The previous buddy’s identify is MetLife Stadium, and everybody longs to see her once more.
A Big Blue military chanting Dee-Fense once more … a green-and-white refrain singing J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS once more … that is the dream, this has been the dream for what looks as if an eternity after COVID held soccer fans hostage by the 2020 NFL fall and winter.
The launch of the NFL schedule on Wednesday evening solely makes the Giants fan and the Jets fan starvation much more for the return of the great previous days and nights — with fingers crossed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s promising outlook for a Week 1 full stadium isn’t any pipe dream.
Jackson, N.J.’s Sean Logan, 48, has been a Giants season-ticket holder since 1991 at Giants Stadium. His favourite participant was Phil Simms. His 4 seats now are in Section 302 ultimately zone, Row 13, seats 5-8.
“It’s time to get back to living,” Logan mentioned.
His Giants will open the season at MetLife on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 4:25 p.m. towards the Broncos. Logan has been at each Opening Day for the final 28 years.
“One of my thoughts on it, it depends on where Aaron Rodgers is gonna land,” Logan mentioned. “The Giants can beat the Broncos handily with the roster that they have.”
Sheepshead Bay High School grad Ira Lieberfarb — higher recognized from speak radio circles as Ira From Staten Island — turned 67 on Tuesday. His two seats are in Section 313, Row 3. seats 3 and 4 — the 45-yard line behind the Jets bench. His uncle first purchased season tickets at Shea Stadium in 1974. Matt Snell sparked his Jets habit.
“But Namath kinda put the cherry on top,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “I’ll throw in Don Maynard.”
His Jets will open the season Sunday, Sept. 12 at Carolina, which might very properly imply his new quarterback, Zach Wilson, versus his previous quarterback, Sam Darnold. He and his spouse, Linda, have already booked journey preparations for Charlotte.
“Sam versus Zach. Couldn’t be better,” Lieberfarb mentioned.
The Jets house opener is Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) towards Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“I’m cautiously optimistic because of Belichick’s record against rookie quarterbacks,” Lieberfarb mentioned.
“It would almost feel like I came out of a time warp … or I woke up from a coma or something. It would be very surreal and weird, but it would be a wonderful feeling. Real life comes first, but a big part of my life is the Jets, and when you get that taken away for close to two years, it’s weird, really weird.”
“There’s a camaraderie between Giants fans … everyone knows each other,” Logan mentioned. “It wasn’t the same last year. It was sad. You had everything going on with people falling off, dying left and right … I had two relatives that I lost during the whole thing, and then it took away one thing that we all look forward to, and that was Giants.”
The Giants will likely be on the highway for a Week 2 Thursday nighter towards Washington and Monday nighters towards Patrick Mahomes (Week 8) and Tom Brady (Week 11).
“Brady’s beatable,” Logan mentioned. “Beating Mahomes at home in Arrowhead, I’m not gonna say it’s impossible, but I think it might be too much for this football team.”
The loudest Logan ever heard MetLife Stadium was on Jan. 1, 2012, a 31-14 victory over the Cowboys.
“It was as electric as it gets, division rivals with everything on the line and the Giants took it to ’em,” Logan recalled.
Then got here Jan. 8 and the Giants’ 24-2 victory over the Falcons within the NFC wild-card playoff recreation.
“When they’re winning and they’re defensively pounding people into the ground, the stadium shakes,” Logan mentioned. “You can feel the entire stadium shake. It’s like being in the middle of a stampede with 80,000 screaming lunatics.”
Lieberfarb, who’s undecided about attending the Jets’ Oct. 10 game in London towards the Falcons, is a member of the inaugural Jets Fan Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The loudest he ever heard MetLife was the day the Patriots beat the Dolphins in extra time after which the Jets routed the Packers 42-17 to seize the 2002 AFC East crown.
“All of a sudden at some point in the first quarter, they flash on the scoreboard that the Dolphins lost, and then the place erupted,” Lieberfarb recalled.
J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS has been music to his ears.
“It’s like a brotherhood,” Lieberfarb mentioned.
From afar final season, Logan was thrilled along with his rookie head coach Joe Judge.
“I don’t want to say he’s Bill Parcells,” Logan mentioned, “but he is from that mold.”
Lieberfarb shudders to suppose how Jets fans would have reacted to the 0-13 begin and foibles of Adam Gase and Darnold — who couldn’t ultimately lose sufficient to land Trevor Lawrence.
“Since the quarterback was going down the tubes on top of the coach and the team, it would have been brutal,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “I think they might have flown planes over the stadium if they were able to do it like they did with the  Giants. The bags would have come out after Week 4. Especially with the hatred of Gase.”
Logan was thrilled when Dave Gettleman drafted Daniel Jones.
“He’s gotta step up,” Logan mentioned. “Does he have the ability? I think he does. Will he do it? Your guess is as good as mine.”
Lieberfarb is happy about Wilson.
“I was one of the first on the Wilson bandwagon,” he mentioned. “I think he has the it factor and could be a star if the Jets groom him right.”
And head coach Robert Saleh?
“I am cautiously optimistic because of his energy,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “It seems like he will connect with his players.”
It’s time to get again to dwelling.