Before heading to Cincinnati in a rented 2009 Ford Explorer, Jets fan Kevin Carrigan Jr. had to stop at the Clipper King Barber Shop in Valley Stream Thursday for a little maintenance. He wanted his hair just right for the Jets playoff game against the Bengals.
"On one side, I've got J-E-T-S cut into my hair," Carrigan, 28, of Seaford, said. "On the other side, it's got No. 24 for my man Revis."
That'd be Darrelle Revis, the Jets' cornerback and defensive player-of-the-year candidate.
Carrigan - like other area Jets fans - is obviously stoked about Saturday's matchup, the team's first playoff appearance since 2007. He left for Cincinnati Friday.
Carrigan and a friend paid $100 apiece for two tickets and will spend another $100 or so on gas, he figured. The Explorer is a "special deal" from a friend who works at a car-rental agency, he said.
A few bucks for snacks. No hotel. It's drive 680 miles, watch the game, and then drive straight back, he said, adding, "We'll be back here Sunday morning."
Some Jets fans opted for a less-expensive alternative.
Marese Rujigh, 45, a technical designer from Huntington, visited the Modell's in Commack to buy her son and husband jerseys or sweatshirts to wear while watching the game on television. Rujigh said her family has been talking Jets all season.
Other fans bent on supporting their team from the stands of Paul Brown Stadium found tickets readily available through StubHub.com and Craigslist.org for as low as $43.
Ira Lieberfarb, 55, a Staten Island auto parts salesman, said he got his ticket from Ticketmaster for about $87 and is flying to the game for a reasonable round-trip price of $325.
Joanna Duda, 25, a teacher from Islip Terrace, is going to her first playoff game, flying out with three friends. Tickets on the 50-yard line are $275 each and the flight is about $400. "Once it's all said and done, it'll cost me about $1,200 to $1,500," she said. "But it's worth it, especially for this game."
Lieberfarb goes to all the team's away games and he predicts a Jets victory. He also sees Baltimore upsetting New England in the other AFC conference matchup. If those both come true, it would push the Jets into a second-round game in sunny, warm San Diego next week.
"I'm already making plans," Lieberfarb said.
Carrigan also picked the Jets. "I'm just going to be in Cincy, talk my smack like we New Yorkers do and cheer," he said. "And when the Jets win, I'll be singing that song, 'Na-na-na-na, hey-hey, goodbye.' "
As for going to San Diego, Carrigan isn't so sure.
"That might have to be a TV game," he said.