Sal Alosi: the epitome of a tripped up Jets fan baseby Christopher C. Wuensch on Dec. 13, 2010, under Sports
New York Jets’ strength and condition coach Sal Alosi creates a controversy in the Big Apple after intentionally tripping Miami’s Nolan Carroll on Sunday in the Meadowlands
I once saw a man strangle another man outside of Yankee Stadium with a thick, metal chain — the kind used at construction sites or boatyards — and my initial reaction was: there’s a lot of love there.
A love for sport that says, no amount of petechial hemorrhaging is going to prevent me from exercising my right as a New York sports fan.
It’s played out at all New York sports events at one point or another from Knicks basketball games to the U.S. Open.
If you don’t witness a fight in the stands of a Islanders-Ranger-Islanders hockey game, for example, you have legal recourse to ask for a refund on your ticket.
Bloodlust is the name of the viewing game for many, not all, but many New York sports fans.
The Big Apple’s outrage over the actions of Sal Alosi is justified, but a bit shocking.
Alosi, a New York Jets strength and condition coach, intentionally leg lunged into Nolan Carroll on Sunday, injuring the Miami Dolphin special teams player as he ran along the Jets’ sideline.
These are Jets fans, the same people that practically burned down Giants Stadium during a Monday night game in 1988.
They’re same fans who invented a halftime game in the spiral ramps that climb the stadium called “get the money.” Object of the game: chase the money thrown into the center pit and see if you can survive the unforgiving rain of debris.
It’s a fan base cut off from drinking alcohol during all night games.
And these were the Dolphins. Back in the 80s and 90s, the Dolphins, not the Patriots, were Gang Green’s chief enemies.
Instead, Jets Nation has, in large part, condemned the reprehensible actions of Alosi — as they should.
Old Jets fans would have celebrated the maiming of an archenemy.
Now many fans are calling for Alosi to lose his job.
Attitudes have been changing in New York, starting with the chest-thumping boasting of Rex Ryan’s Jets.
Winning will do that. And until two weeks ago, the Jets were quite good at putting a “W” in the win column.
Sunday’s 10-6 loss to Miami, however, was a crushing reminder of the past, when winnable games simply floated away — just like the green penis balloons that some guy would release out of the upper deck of Giants Stadium…EVERY single game.
Alosi’s actions are a reminder that you can take the green out of the gang, but deep down, the gangly past always lurks.
Jets Nation calls this: “Same Old Jets.”
All is not lost. The Jets still remain two victories up in the wildcard race with three games left in the regular season.
Alosi has apologized on Sunday and Monday. Spare him his job and move on toward rehabilitating the reputation of a proud, if not routinely downtrodden, fan base.
If bloodlust is what you still seek, then, put him in the spiral. Let’s see if he can get the money.