A Stadium Divided Against Itself
November 30, 2012 4:18 PM Subscribe
The retirement of Fireman Ed is more than just an index of the toll taken by the Jets quarterback controversy on fans. It’s also a glimpse into the agonizing heart of fandom.
For more than a quarter of a century, Ed Anzalone has attended football games as unofficial team mascot Fireman Ed, leading the crowd in chants for his home team, the New York Jets. That ended last Thursday—on Thanksgiving, no less—midway through a trouncing the team received at the hands of New England Patriots. It had been a particularly brutal game, marked by several fumbles, including one when quarterback Mark Sanchez fell after accidentally running into the backside of his own lineman. By that time, though, Anzalone had already left the stadium. Shortly thereafter, he deleted the Fireman Ed Twitter account.
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