One more reason why I hate Elmo: he's a Jets fan
by Joel Keller, posted Dec 20th 2006 8:03AM
Jeez, you win a few games unexpectedly and everyone loves you. At least that's what I'm noticing about the New York Jets, who have exceeded all expectations by compiling an 8-6 record so far this season. They've become such a surprise, that everyone's favorite annoying red Muppet is even a fan of theirs.
At least that's what I want to think after reading this New York Times article detailing the visit that punter Ben Graham, wide receiver Laveranues Coles, quarterback Chad Pennington and head coach Eric Mangini made to Sesame Street last week, a few days after the team lost to the Buffalo Bills. The four Jets were on the show to teach Elmo some football skills, and each man danced with their kids (well three of them, anyway... the article didn't say if Coles had kids) on the popular "Elmo's World" segment.
The appearance is notable because Mangini is from the intense, sleep-in-your-office coaching school made popular by his mentors, Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. But apparently, Mangini couldn't pass up the opportunity to be on his two-year-old son's favorite show. Awww. He's just a big ol' softie, that Mangini.
Can you tell that I'm not a Jets fan? I follow the New York Giants, who aren't direct rivals to the Jets but share the same stadium. Needless to say, given how the Giants are playing lately, seeing their cross-hallway rivals frolicking with the little red menace doesn't quite fill me with the warm fuzzies.