New NFL schedule brings MetLife Stadium closer to full life once again


The previous pal’s identify is MetLife Stadium, and everybody longs to see her once more.

A Massive 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 followers hostage by the 2020 NFL fall and winter.

The discharge of the NFL schedule on Wednesday night time solely makes the Giants fan and the Jets fan starvation much more for the return of the nice 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 Part 302 ultimately zone, Row 13, seats 5-8.

“It’s time to get again to dwelling,” 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 among my ideas on it, it is dependent upon the place Aaron Rodgers is gonna land,” Logan mentioned. “The Giants can beat the Broncos handily with the roster that they’ve.”

The Giants take the field with no fans in the stands
The Giants can sit up for followers within the 2021 NFL season.
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Sheepshead Bay Excessive College grad Ira Lieberfarb — higher recognized from discuss radio circles as Ira From Staten Island — turned 67 on Tuesday. His two seats are in Part 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 dependancy.

“However Namath kinda put the cherry on high,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “I’ll throw in Don Maynard.”

His Jets will open the season Sunday, Sept. 12 at Carolina, which may very effectively 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 higher,” Lieberfarb mentioned.

The Jets house opener is Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) towards Invoice Belichick and the Patriots.

“I’m cautiously optimistic due to Belichick’s document towards rookie quarterbacks,” Lieberfarb mentioned.

“It could nearly really feel like I got here out of a time warp … or I awakened from a coma or one thing. It could be very surreal and peculiar, however it could be a beautiful feeling. Actual life comes first, however an enormous a part of my life is the Jets, and if you get that taken away for shut to 2 years, it’s bizarre, actually bizarre.”

The welcome roar of the gang once more.

“There’s a camaraderie between Giants followers … everybody is aware of one another,” Logan mentioned. “It wasn’t the identical final 12 months. It was unhappy. You had the whole lot happening with individuals falling off, dying left and proper … I had two relations that I misplaced throughout the entire thing, after which it took away one factor that all of us sit up for, and that was Giants.”

The Giants might be on the street 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 house in Arrowhead, I’m not gonna say it’s inconceivable, however I feel it is perhaps an excessive amount of for this soccer crew.”

The loudest Logan ever heard MetLife Stadium was on Jan. 1, 2012, a 31-14 victory over the Cowboys.

“It was as electrical because it will get, division rivals with the whole lot on the road 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 sport.

“After they’re profitable they usually’re defensively pounding individuals into the bottom, the stadium shakes,” Logan mentioned. “You may really feel the complete stadium shake. It’s like being in the course of a stampede with 80,000 screaming lunatics.”

Lieberfarb, who’s undecided about attending the Jets’ Oct. 10 sport in London towards the Falcons, is a member of the inaugural Jets Fan Corridor of Fame Class of 2017. The loudest he ever heard MetLife was the day the Patriots beat the Dolphins in time beyond regulation after which the Jets routed the Packers 42-17 to seize the 2002 AFC East crown.

“Swiftly in some unspecified time in the future within the first quarter, they flash on the scoreboard that the Dolphins misplaced, after which the place erupted,” Lieberfarb recalled.

J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS has been music to his ears.

Buffalo Bills playing the New York Jets at MetLife without fans
Jets followers can begin dreaming about an in-person glimpse of their overhauled crew.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Publish

“It’s like a brotherhood,” Lieberfarb mentioned.

From afar final season, Logan was thrilled together with his rookie head coach Joe Choose.

“I don’t wish to say he’s Invoice Parcells,” Logan mentioned, “however he’s from that mould.”

Lieberfarb shudders to suppose how Jets followers 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.

“Because the quarterback was happening the tubes on high of the coach and the crew, it could have been brutal,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “I feel they may have flown planes over the stadium in the event that they have been in a position to do it like they did with the [1978] Giants. The baggage would have come out after Week 4. Particularly 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 flexibility? I feel he does. Will he do it? Your guess is nearly as good as mine.”

Lieberfarb is happy about Wilson.

“I used to be one of many first on the Wilson bandwagon,” he mentioned. “I feel he has the it issue and may very well be a star if the Jets groom him proper.”

And head coach Robert Saleh?

“I’m cautiously optimistic due to his power,” Lieberfarb mentioned. “It looks as if he’ll join together with his gamers.”

It’s time to get again to dwelling.


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