Go ahead and ask any Jets fan why his or her team didn’t make the playoffs this year and you’ll get a wide range of answers. Some will blame the team’s coach, Todd Bowles. Some will blame quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for not getting the job done. Some might blame kicker Randy Bullock, or wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, or one of the many other players seemingly responsible for the crushing loss to the Bills on Sunday that eliminated the team from playoff contention.
But lo and behold, all of those answers are wrong.
In the end, it was Jets owner Woody Johnson’s fault and it’s all because he supports Jeb Bush’s campaign for president of the United States and not Donald Trump’s.
At least if you listen to Trump, that’s the case.
It’s unclear how supporting Trump would have given Johnson’s Jets what they needed to make it into the playoffs, but it almost certainly has something to do with Trump considering himself to be a “winner” and Bush being a “loser.”
At least now in 2020 the Jets’ owner knows he’ll have to choose more carefully.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.