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Let's Hear It for Rex in the City

Jan 4, 2010 – 12:32 AM
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Jay Mariotti

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Rex RyanEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the frozen, tailgating-trashed parking lots outside Giants Stadium, the drinkers and stoners renamed the place. "FINAL GAME AT JETS STADIUM,'' read their T-shirts, worn by folks who have felt like second-class bums for 26 years in the structure named for New York's blueblood NFL team. Other than the Los Angeles Clippers, no franchise in sports has dealt with a civic inferiority complex quite like the Jets, who are to the Giants what a street vendor is to a Fifth Avenue jeweler and whose crazier fans have passed time with stunts such as encouraging women to bare their breasts, which some actually do.

But on Sunday night, Gang Green won its revenge. While the Giants crashed in one of their worst finishing stretches ever, the Jets closed down their Meadowlands co-share by clinching their first postseason berth since 2006. Wisely, the team decided not to sell beer at stadium concession stands, citing the late start and unique circumstances. "We feel it is not prudent to serve alcohol,'' a team spokesman said. There is no critical need for beer or breast-flashing, of course, when the fans have an entertaining coach, a monster defense, a power running game, a rookie quarterback who has learned to stay out of the way and a former quarterback who's a serious weapon in the Wildcat offense.
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