About a week ago, New York Jets’ owner Woody Johnson suggested a coin toss to fairly determine which New York football team got to play the opening game in their new, evenly shared, stadium. His idea was rejected, then he was told on Friday that the coin toss took place, and the Jets lost. Here is his reaction that he released in a statement on Monday:
“An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved. That’s how it’s always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game. When the issue of which team would be hosting the first regular season game could not be resolved on the merits, I suggested a coin toss as the fairest way to resolve this issue. The league rejected that idea. Then, I was told on Friday that a coin toss had taken place at the league office and that the Jets had lost. We rejected a process in which neither team was present. The league departed from our time-honored tradition and declined the opportunity to set the matter straight with a transparent process.”
I understand his disappointment to a degree, but does he really think he got cheated in a coin toss by the league? I highly doubt this. And to help pacify him, the NFL gave the Jets the first preseason game in August, and they get the season’s first Monday night game in PRIME TIME on September 13. I think this is beyond fair.
I agree that the Jets were a better team last year, they have done more exciting things this off season, and maybe it would make more sense that this team deserves the opener in the new 1.7 billion dollar stadium. On the other hand, I think a coin toss is fair.
As a Jets fan, I think I would rather get what the Jets received here. The first preseason game and Monday night game in prime time. The entire football world will be watching that Monday night game, no matter who the opponent.
What do you think, football fans? Who should kick off the 2010 season in the “New Meadowlands”?
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