Cautious optimism is probably the best way to describe the New York Jets 2015 campaign. Currently sitting in the wildcard place of the AFC East, Todd Bowles’ team are enjoying a 3-match winning streak that could continue to 4 if they take care of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday lunchtime (AEST).
The franchise has a history that stretches back to 1959 where they were an original member of the American Football League. Whilst the club has an iconic history in the city, they don’t have a lot of trophies to clean in the cabinet.
Their single Super Bowl victory came way back in 1968 against the then named Baltimore Colts. The closest they’ve come in recent memory is a 2010 AFC Championship loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, the tide seems to be turning this year. The natives at MetLife Stadium have cause to feel excited about what lies ahead as wins against bitter rivals the Giants and Dolphins shows a side on the upward trajectory. Even the 30-23 loss in week 2 to the Patriots showed a side capable of pushing the very best.
The club has a history with Australia as well. Rugby star Hayden Smith played a season back in 2012 as a tight end and former Geelong Cats player Ben Graham had 3 years at the franchise as a kicker.
The golden era with Joe Namath at quarterback throughout that 1960s and 1970s period is long gone, as the club suffered multiple rebuilding attempts that stuttered and started over and again. The Gang Green faithful are a demanding group who demand a lot more than the team has been able to deliver over the past 5 decades.
When it comes to reporters and fans alike that cover the game 24/7, which are the best ones to be following on your Twitter timeline? We’ve compiled the top 5 with a few other suggestions to boot.
- Eric Manassy @JetsTwit
As you can tell by the name of the supporter blog he created, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Eric is a self-proclaimed die-hard Jets fan and blogger who founded the website and podcast which he hosts alongside regular compatriot Lon. Eric is one of those rare people who got on the Twitter bandwagon way back in 2006 before it was cool, something of a football hipster in that respect. Manassy’s website jetstwit.com is as comprehensive as it gets for a fan blog.
- Jet Nation @JetNation
Fan culture has become a bigger and bigger phenomenon in the last 10 years with the advent of streaming and social media. Jet Nation has utilised this to perfection via their official YouTube channel, posting videos of meet and greets with fans before and after matches that gives an insight into how fans really feel when the game is over. While the Twitter page offers GIFs, clips and breaking news, the website goes a step further with a shop for apparel, fan forum and a podcast.
- Jets Insider @JetsInsider
“Covering the Jets online since 1999.” How about that! Hardly anything was being covered online in 1999, let alone comprehensive coverage of the green and white outfit from New York City. Run by sports columnist Connor Hughes and writer Chris Nimbley, the Jets Insider account offers fantasy tips, locker room interviews with pictures and all the content you could ask for. The boys website goes above and beyond the call of duty, jam-packed with NYJ goodies from top to bottom.
- Kimberley A. Martin @Kmart_LI
14,000 followers can’t be wrong. The specialist journalist and writer for newsday.com covers all of the breaking news, statistics and most importantly, banter for the Jets. Unlike a lot of other reporters who bury their heads inside a football organisation, Kimberley loves interacting with the fans of the game. The live press conference tweets are worth the follow alone.
- Darryl Slater @DarrylSlater
If news breaks in the Jets world, expect Darryl Slater to be first on the scene. His experience covering the beat for the franchise via NJ Advance Media with partner in crime Dom Cosentino culminated in in this website on the club which gives an excellent rundown in a simplified format. Whether it’s direct quotes from the horse’s mouth, injury reports or any type of update, Darryl Slater is essential following for all Jets supporters.
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