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Fans rally, hope Jets will, too

Jets fans gather in Times Square for the

Jets fans gather in Times Square for the New York Jets Rally in preparation for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Indianapolis Colts. (Jan. 21, 2010) Credit: amNY / RJ Mickelson

For the Jets, the big game Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts could be the final hurdle in a long Super Bowl drought that has been filled with many painful endings.

And for the thousands of fans who packed barricades in Times Square yesterday, their excitement was at a fever pitch.

"I have been waiting my whole life for this," said Ted Moran of Manalapan, N.J., who attended the rally with his fiancée, Valerie Burtis. "We are 60 minutes away from the Super Bowl. I don't think [the Colts] fear us. They should fear us."

Burtis, 27, a lifelong fan in her own right, said, "If they get to the Super Bowl, I said, 'We could put the Jets emblem on our wedding invitations.' "

At the afternoon rally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave Manhattan the honorary name Revis Island for the weekend in honor of Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis.

Urcel Williams, 54, of East Flatbush, happened to have the day off for a doctor's appointment, and when she heard about the rally, she was not going to miss it.

Williams moved to New York from Jamaica when she was 26 and instantly fell in love with the green-and-white. "First it was the color of the jerseys," she said of the green that is prominent in the Jamaican flag. "And then everything just fell right into place. I can't wait for game day."

She even has a prediction: "It's going to be 24-13. Those are my numbers."

Bob Johnston, 45, of Great Neck, was supposed to meet a friend, but the friend's phone died, so he stood at the rally alone. "What are you going to do?" he said. "I was happy last week but not satisfied. I think they can do it."

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