NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Jets fever is alive and well in New York. Jerseys and T-shirts were selling fast, and many sports bars were gearing up for Sunday’s game.
But fans couldn’t wait until Sunday to get fired up about their team. A rally was held Saturday afternoon at the New Meadowlands Stadium featuring live music, a video message from Head Coach Rex Ryan and plenty of raucous fans.
One lucky fan was also awarded a trip for two to see the game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
With a trip to the AFC Championship Game on the line, Jets fans remained confident.
“This has gotta be it, this is our year this time,” one fan told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
With the stadium filled with a sea of green and white, fans were able to walk onto the field and take photos. For some, however, the game was all they had on their mind.
Brian Nolan, a season ticket holder for 30 years, told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall “We’ve been through a lot of pain…over the years.”
His advice for the Jets on Sunday was to be “not too excited” and to be “calm and just consistent.”
Other fans also chimed in with their coaching tips.
“Gotta run the ball, gotta keep it between tackles. Run the ball right down their throat,” another man told Sandberg.
The celebratory drinks were already pouring for Jets fans on the Upper East Side. A sports bar named Bradys was expecting a huge crowd.
“It should be the place to come for the Jets on Sunday. We get a lot of Jets fans here,” bartender Peter Carew told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.
All week, Jets paraphernalia has been flying off the shelves at one Jets store in Manhattan. Among all the green and white, there was plenty to say about the Brady bunch.
“Brady, unbelievable. Pretty boy, you’re going down. You’re going to feel hurt when this game is over,” said Pete Rodriguez, Navy vet and Washington Heights resident.
“Your time has come and gone. It’s time for the New York Jets,” said Joe Koczko of Garden City.