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One Last, Glorious Look Around the Place

Posted by jetsstaff on January 7, 2010 – 3:00 pm

The weather outside was indeed frightful Sunday night as our beloved New York Jets closed out their 26-year run off-Broadway at the Meadowlands. But like the song says, inside it was just delightful. The popsicle-friendly weather did little to dampen the spirits of the full house, or the team, as a crisp 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals meant a playoff berth and, just as important, the Green & White were able to close out the place in style.

From a pregame tour of our new home, the New Meadowlands Stadium, with Jets greats recent and vintage, to the bombastic introductions, it was a night of fireworks and fun. The halftime ceremony was one for the ages, with players from each year of our tenure charging upfield from the tunnel to thunderous applause.

You know the story of what took place between the whistles. Any night that ends with Kerry Rhodes and Mark Sanchez giving coach Rex Ryan a Gatorade bath has got to be good, no? For an encore, the entire team took a victory lap that is surely among the greatest memories at the stadium.

I’ve gathered up my favorite shots from that electric night, with two assists — Henry O’s dramatic shot of Mark Sanchez before the intros and Lee Weisman’s heroic stadium shot. Hope you like them all. If home is where the heart is, then the Meadowlands will always be with us.

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20 Responses to “One Last, Glorious Look Around the Place”

  1. By Ira on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Al, I hated to walk out of that building last week. I really liked that place which i always called The Meadowlands. I never called it blank Stadium. Who knows maybe we still have a Jets/Ravens AFC Championship Game to play there. But the new stadium should be great and it will be the start of making new memories and winning some Championships. GO JETS!!!!

  2. By mikeyfromjersey on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    good riddance its about time we stop playing in someone elses stadium. we got no resepect from the giants, giants fans and the league. it bothered me to no end that we played our home games in giants stadium. and the ny area thought there was only 1 ny team, well here come the jets we r here and we will be great. go jets

  3. By 36 year fan on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I’m with you Mikey.In regards to The Jets not getting any respect.But that last game in there… It had a special feeling. It was magical. Something I won’t forget.

  4. By 36 year fan on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I am getting tickets for San Diego and I’m going to root on my Jets.

  5. By joe b on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Unfortunately it will not be a new beginning to many fans who cant afford the PSLs. We support this team through good & bad, mostly bad, and than were slapped in the face. I loved my covered seats, never got wet. I had 3 tickets since 64. Even went to Titan games at the old Polo Grounds. Wish the team all the luck in the world. will still support them. But ownership can kiss my you know what.

  6. By Schuyler on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Can we for once prove all the haters wrong. It’s to the point where our own radio personalities make fun of us. I know this team can win. Go Jets!!!!!!!!

  7. By George Koretski on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I have just one question about this new stadium………..Does it have a roof on it? Maybe a sliding roof? If it doesn’t I think that they need get their money back. Even here in Arizona we are not that dumb not to put a sliding roof when it gets to 110 outside!!!!

  8. By antonio on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    TO not know who the leading tackler in the #1 defense in the NFL says He doesnt watch much film on opponents and if he does he’s as dumb as dirt in the memory department. Benson will know who Harris is when he gets drilled.
    Only chance Bengals have is if Shotty tries to get fancy instead of just pounding the ground with this #1 Rushing Offense.

  9. By Sheldon on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    What happened to dustin keller? he’s been a non-factor since we started being more conservative. I’d like to see him in more of the offense.

  10. By joeyjets fla on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    hey is there any way you could put up some single pics of the past players. NBC did not cover the half time festivties at all. sure would like to see the guys a little closer and how the aged or didn’t. i was telling people all week to watch the halftime show it’ll be great to see all the former players, thanks NBC.

  11. By joeyjetsfla on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    never mind just watched the video and ALL the pics you took. still NBC could have covered it live. thanks joe

  12. By Anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Great Pictures! Well Written article. The pictures combined with the words brings the night back to life. I always look forward to reading Al’s blog.

  13. By Al Pereira on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    joeyjets, we put up Al Pereira’s slideshow of the halftime festivities and postgame celebration Thursday and video of the night’s highlights went up last night.

  14. By uncle joe on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy,Thanks for the Victory Lap and Halftime Footage,AWESOME,brought tears.Hey,you and EA should’ve been announced too! Thanks again for the Best Team Site in the League.Uncle Joe’s is gonna be BANANAS from Jan.9 to FEBUARY,SORRY NEIGHBORS!

  15. By dougmc on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    The 1st game I heard the J-E-T-S…JetsJetsJets chant at the stadium was so cool.Saw about a dozen games there over the years and suprisingly only 3-4 losses.Saw the Generals a bunch of times,hilarious.One time I caught a warm up field goal by Leahy that passed the net and was going into the tunnel…still have it and my buddy still has piece of turf from Sheas last day.Thanks for all the memories

  16. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    CONT> plus FYI we lost 2 games maybe 3 in the last 2 min M-S & his growing pains had more INT’s & fumbles then we could over come in at least 4 games now if you do the math that’s 7-8games lost ..you cracked the case he cost us 1 game maybe MIKE-T GET THE PINK SLIPS facts Ray facts not opinions the guy is batting 90% or better

  17. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Al, there was nothing obscene nor inappropriate, merely factual and honest, in my who-gives-a-hoot farewell to this miserable stadium that the Jets should never have set foot in. So I expect to see it posted here soon or I’ll appeal to Randy in a second post about the Giants Stadium played in by the Jets (only “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” tops that one for absurdity).

  18. By Steve from Lindenhusrt on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Is there any way to get the 1050AM radio call on the internet? I would like to avoid listening to Joe Theisman, but would like to hear Bob and Marty’s call of the game…

  19. By Al Pereira on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Steve, the game is not carried on 1050espn.com to my knowledge but it is available for a fee through nfl.com’s Field Pass and on Sirius Radio.

  20. By Steve from Lindenhurst on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the info Eric! Let’s Go Jets!

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