NEW YORK (WFAN) – Christmas, Christmas time is near. Time to sell your seats this year?
Travel. Family obligations. Last-minute shopping trips.
The holiday season — and everything that comes with it — has arrived in full force. What’s usually not on the docket is a Jets home game against the Giants on Christmas Eve.
Rex Ryan understands some fans won’t be able to make it out to MetLife Stadium for the game. But he hopes to at least ruin Saturday for any Big Blue backers that happen to snatch up tickets.
“Obviously, there is going to be a lot of Giants fans in the stadium, so we expect that,” Ryan said during a conference call earlier this week. “At the end of it, all that matters is that the Jets fans leave the game happy and the Giants fans leave the game sad.”
“This is one of the premier matchups in the league,” he added. “Quite honestly, this is bragging rights. To say it’s not is foolish because it is for bragging rights, but it’s also for more important things. Both teams are fighting for the playoffs.”
As of Wednesday morning, there were still over 2,000 tickets for sale on StubHub, ranging from $191 to $6,050 per seat.
How many of those will turn from green to blue, like a super-sized game of Othello?
“Well, I hope he doesn’t do that, number one,” Ryan said of the Jets fan who might consider selling their ticket to a Giants fan. “I hope the Jets fans keep their tickets, but I understand it’s Christmas time and all that stuff, and if the price is right I’m sure it’ll be tough not to let those things go.”
Offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson said Tuesday that it’s just not going to happen.
“It goes against what Jets fans are,” he said.
One thing’s for certain: whoever shows up ought to be in for a treat with both teams fighting for their playoff lives.
Christmas will come a few hours early for one set of NY rooters. For the other fans, the ones on the losing end — not even the latest gadget will be able to wash off the stink come Sunday morning.
As for the boos that plagued Jets home games earlier this year? Ryan hopes those days are over. They’ll have enough to contend with if Giants fans end up taking over East Rutherford.
“The atmosphere ought to be great,” said Ryan. “I hope everybody will be safe and enjoy the football game, but cheer for your team and cheer for your Jets. Forget about cheering for the Giants.”
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