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Clearing the air on the Radio City boo birds

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Several times over the past few days, I’ve made mention both here and on Twitter of the fact that the crowd assembled at Radio City Music Hall had a “boo” reflex whenever the name of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was mentioned.  It happened twice when I was in the seating area, in connection with some sort of giveaway of some sort of trinket that bears Sanchez’s signature.

The name was uttered by the P.A. announcer, and the boos were instant and unmistakable and not simply a mixture of boos and cheers with the boos winning out.  It was unequivocal booing.

Plenty of you have shrugged off the dynamic by explaining that everyone got booed, other than the members of the military who periodically took the stage.  Not so.  Hall of Famer Barry Sanders received a rousing and prolonged standing ovation before he announced the Lions’ second-round pick on Friday.  Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, as he prepared to announce his former team’s second-round selection on Friday, heard more Giants-fan cheers than Jets-fan jeers.  Ditto for Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who made an appearance on Saturday.

Indeed, two other members of the Jets heard at worst a mixture of approval and rejection when they appeared on Saturday:  tight end Dustin Keller and running back Shonn Greene.

Of course, the worst reception was reserved for Commissioner Roger Goodell.  In what has become a bizarrely contradictory ritual at the draft, the fans collectively — and loudly — boo Goodell when enters for the first time, typically during the introduction of the draft picks who will be waiting in the green room to be selected.  This happened after fans waiting in line Wednesday night for tickets to the draft clamored to meet and be photographed with Goodell — and before Friday night, when Goodell left the stage and worked through a sea of fans and well-wishers and admirers.

The ultimate point, if there is one (other than justifying the write-off of the cost of the trip to New York), is that there’s evidence Sanchez has plummeted out of favor in New York, where only a year ago he was seemingly on track to become the direct heir to Broadway Joe.  From being booed with receiver Santonio Holmes at a Knicks game to being booed merely when Sanchez’s name is mentioned almost in passing, it’s going to be a very interesting season for the Jets.

Then again, pretty much every season at this point is a very interesting season for the Jets.

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50 Responses to “Clearing the air on the Radio City boo birds”
  1. vexey says: May 1, 2012 7:55 AM

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  2. reed20fence says: May 1, 2012 8:00 AM

    They should really seriously consider moving the draft every year. New York is a good location, but it’s not fair that they always get to pack the draft and everyone else has to make the trip.

  3. dldove77 says: May 1, 2012 8:11 AM

    It’s time to move the draft to a new city. Each year.

  4. sportsmeccabi says: May 1, 2012 8:12 AM

    I want a chance to boo the commissioner too.

  5. east96st says: May 1, 2012 8:18 AM

    In fairness to Sanchez, every cut away shot of the audience I saw on the NFL Network, at least 50% of the fans had beers in their hands and were visibly inebriated. Add on to that, the average Jets fan is NJ/Long Island/Staten Island trailer trash and there you go. Look on the bright side At least they weren’t chanting their usual, “Show us your t*ts!” to Goodell.

  6. theandy59 says: May 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    Listening to those morons boo everything and virtually everybody (including a 10 year old child announcing a pick for the Patriots on Saturday) puts a huge stain on what is otherwise a typical NFL production. The league definitely needs to address this, perhaps by moving the event to a new city each year.

  7. tfbuckfutter says: May 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    I think the thing to take away from this is that dumb New Yorkers outnumber smart ones.

    And are louder.

  8. terraj35 says: May 1, 2012 8:28 AM

    Seeing New Yorkers always gives the rest of us a chance to feel good about ourselves

  9. phinfan says: May 1, 2012 8:28 AM

    Maybe they’re the same boo birds that booed chad henne?

  10. sevensixtwonato says: May 1, 2012 8:29 AM

    Goodluck Tebow

  11. bigjimatch says: May 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    I don’t understand the obsession with Bill James-esque booing analytics. All booing tells you is what a relativley small number of fans of any number of teams think at a certain moment in time. East coast fans boo. I heard Mariano get booed. Santa got booed. Don’t look into it too much.

  12. peachyc39 says: May 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    I agree with this @dldove77 it should be in a different city. Give others the chance that do not get to go experience it. There are plenty of cities around the US that are just as metropolitan as NY for instance Miami or Atlanta would be good choices also. But there are plenty of other great choices as well.

  13. ampats says: May 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    Congratulations to all who booed a 10 year old kid announcing the Patriots 6th round pick. As East96st said, there are alot of low life’s similar to the crowds at the jets games. But then again, when your life is miserable, go get your jollies at the expense of a kid to make your existence tolerable.

  14. jetfan28 says: May 1, 2012 8:42 AM

    The fact that he spends so much time on this topic shows that Florio knows little about the NY fan. Jeter, Booed. Eli, booed. Mo Rivera, booed. Strahan, booed. Carmelo, booed. On and on. Unfortunately NYers love to boo in the moment. Infact many take pride in it, but what does it really mean? Nothing.
    Sanchez is one win from getting rid of the boos and another loss from them returning. The fact that Florio chooses to dig deep and analysis their overly emotional and irrational behavior is pointless. Just another reason to post yet another article on the Jets.

  15. randygnyc says: May 1, 2012 8:44 AM

    Sanchez would be more comfortable if he would only decide to use Chapstick on his chaffed labia. The Jets now belongs to Tim Tebow. The sooner Ms Sanchez realizes he’s trespassing, the quicker he’ll leave and the team as a whole can start to recover from the damage he’s inflicted upon this team, the city and the NFL.

  16. boltdaddy says: May 1, 2012 8:45 AM

    New Yorkers booing. Now there’s a story. Who would think a bunch of arrogant, complaining, condemning and criticizing people would boo? Next.

  17. billh1947 says: May 1, 2012 8:46 AM

    The location of the draft should be moved every year like the Super Bowl is,NFL fans in other cities should have the priveledge of going to see a draft live in their city,Goodell said welcome to the start of the 2012 NFL season when he first came on stage,if thats the true start then it should be rotated and not the pure domain of NYC and their obnoxious fans.

  18. opneon says: May 1, 2012 8:53 AM

    I think it should be relocated to LA, where they don’t care about football or they would not have lost so many teams.
    or a civil place like Philly where they never boo anything.

  19. 3000ft2glory says: May 1, 2012 8:54 AM

    I mean did ya’ll see the people in the crowd? A bunch of grown men wearing jerseys of players that were half their age. Lot of trashy folks sitting in those stands.

  20. zimaman says: May 1, 2012 8:56 AM

    The venue should be changed each year

    It’s getting pretty boring listening to the boos and cat calls from the same morons every year

    I would like to hear some others for a change

    How bout Philly, Chicago, Boston, Dallas etc…….

    Give all the teams a chance

  21. vincentbojackson says: May 1, 2012 8:57 AM

    The Browns think the Jets are an embarrassing organization.

  22. exibitsman says: May 1, 2012 9:01 AM

    The Jets need to trade or cut or whatever it takes to get Sanchez. the h”ll out of new York.

  23. citynative says: May 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    As a west coaster … i can understand a lot of coverage on the Patriots, Giants, Steelers, etc. Multiple championships and much prestige.

    But why all the Jets coverage? No one cares! Really no one cares who is going to start at qb, who got booed, what the coach said, ir what Fireman Ed looks like.

  24. cali49er707 says: May 1, 2012 9:21 AM

    i would loudly BOOOOOOO goodell myself if i had the chance!!!! everytime i see his grill, i wanna throw something at my tv!!!!

  25. 69firebird says: May 1, 2012 9:26 AM

    You expected something different from new york? Biggest bunch of idiots in the country.

  26. dhrodgers52 says: May 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    Guys, enough of this “let’s be fair” crap. Why does everyone complain about stuff being fair and moving the draft? What about tradition and the history of te draft being at Radio City Music Hall? Players don’t want to go to Baltimore or San Francisco or Miami because there is no history there. These young guys want to walk on the same stage as the greats before them in the greatest city in the world.

  27. xxwhodatxx says: May 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    “In what has become a bizarrely contradictory ritual at the draft, the fans collectively — and loudly — boo Goodell when enters for the first time”

    What’s so bizarre about it? There are many people who think he is ruining the game. Not just Saints fans. The guy is a power crazed maniac who does whatever to whomever. It’s out of control and the people will be heard, in the draft room the Internet or where ever else.

  28. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    “This happened after fans waiting in line Wednesday night for tickets to the draft clamored to meet and be photographed with Goodell”

    I doubt there was much clamoring. Prob more along the lines of….Hey, let’s get a picture with the man who will be known as the guy who killed the NFL.

  29. mybrunoblog says: May 1, 2012 9:37 AM

    Do they sell booze at the draft? I cringe when I see these idiotic fans drunk with their faces painted just booing because they are part of that pack mentality. ” hey bro, we can all boo this guy! He sucks!”

    NFL should close the draft to the public or here’s a funny thought. Admittance only to those dressed in business attire and no booze sold!

  30. Pacific NW Mark says: May 1, 2012 9:42 AM

    I’m pretty much over hearing ‘live fans’ booing and shouting throughout the draft. This is NOT a live competition, it’s NOT an NFL stadium, and the draft is now a whole lot bigger than just the crowd inside Radio City Music Hall – it’s a nationwide, multi-day event.

    I get that obnoxious fans are obnoxious – and there are people who think it’s great fun to get tuned up and ‘express themselves’ in every NFL city, not just New York – but it’s time for the league to clean this mess up and take it to the next level.

  31. beedubyatoo says: May 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    Move the draft to Green Bay. I’ll guarantee you that the only booing would be for anybody or anything representing the Vikings or the Bears. Lions? Nah, thy’re still inconsequential.

  32. JohnnyTwoTimes says says: May 1, 2012 10:06 AM

    What’s wrong with BOO’ing Goodell and Sanchez?
    I would too if I was a New Yorker.

  33. billsman says: May 1, 2012 10:07 AM

    The NFL needs to move the draft to other cities, Phoenix would be a great place to host the 2013 draft.

  34. east96st says: May 1, 2012 10:08 AM

    I actually wouldn’t mind seeing it get moved from city to city. No big deal. But it won’t happen.
    1) NY is where NFL HQ is.
    2) Number one TV market
    3) It’s now a prime time event, so an Eastern Standard Time zone is ideal for a live broadcast for a large number of reasons, not the least of which is how many fans there will be in, say, Seattle if they start the show at 5pm Pacific time in order to be on air at 8pm EST?
    4) You get four times the press coverage in NY than you would anywhere else. It’s free publicity for the NFL. Small markets would turn off the press corps. Let’s face it – this is a paid vacation for most sportswriters and reporters. They want a prime location.
    5) Control and cost. By having it in Radio City every year near NFL HQ, NFL can keep a tight watch on everything. No new variables to deal with. That makes a BIG difference when you are broadcasting live TV. Everyone knows where everything goes and how to get it up and running in the shortest time possible.

  35. nfl1818 says: May 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    Isn’t attendance at the draft some sort of inverse intellignce test or a sign of an emotional or drinking problem ?

    Of course i would like to do it just once :)

  36. pokerbucs1981 says: May 1, 2012 10:14 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:May 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    I think the thing to take away from this is that dumb New Yorkers outnumber smart ones.

    And are louder.

    Are you telling me there are actually smart New Yorkers???

  37. catman72 says: May 1, 2012 10:28 AM

    They should just close it to the public… the constant booing is ridiculous and ruins the experience for everyone except drunk jets fans

  38. east96st says: May 1, 2012 10:36 AM

    “Are you telling me there are actually smart New Yorkers???”

    Wall Street tanked the economy and got the taxpayers to pay for their damage. No one went to jail. So, ask yourself, who’s really stupid? You DO know where Wall Street is, right?

  39. kungfubillysims says: May 1, 2012 10:40 AM

    Haven’t seen ol’ Rex in a little while but I bet he’s still super fat

  40. skolvikesskol says: May 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    Those photos of rg are posted on dartboards all over america today

  41. pkrlvr says: May 1, 2012 11:04 AM

    New Yorkers are and have always been disrespectful idiots. Only fans worse are Philly fans.

  42. hebertespinosa says: May 1, 2012 12:12 PM

    I thank God every day for making me a Giants fan, widely recognized as classy and respectful – unless we do something very stupid on the field. Go Big Blue!

  43. all32 says: May 1, 2012 12:57 PM

    Everyone can experience Yets fans just visit your local Walmart..

  44. bsizemore68 says: May 1, 2012 1:26 PM

    I think if they were smart they would charge fans to come in, no booze and get the camera off the fans, however its the usually New York mind set, they are Rude, Crude and loud, and move the draft to the city of the Super Bowl winner each year, did I mention they are Rude, Crude and Loud? Bill

  45. granadafan says: May 1, 2012 1:50 PM

    New Yorkers don’t need booze to be obnoxious and classless boors. Agreed with the previous comments that the Draft should be moved to different cities.

  46. jimmylions says: May 1, 2012 2:41 PM

    Why are you surprised fans booed Goodell? Last time Detroit won the Stanley Cup, Gary Bettman got booed when he walked out on the ice!

    Allow me to repeat that … fans booed the NHL Commissioner when he was presenting the championship trophy!

    I think it’s all about fans taking sides with players against the guy who issues fines, etc.

  47. tfoz5150 says: May 1, 2012 4:44 PM

    And they say Philadelphia fans have no class

  48. raysaster says: May 1, 2012 4:51 PM

    For everyone talking smack about New Yorkers, you have no clue. You keep enjoying your lives on the farm, sleeping with your sisters, and watching your lives pass you by as the rest of the world flies by you… Get a life, you’re all jealous.

    Ans as for classifying NJ/LI/Staten Island as trailer trash…. Have you ever even been to any of those places?!?

    As far as this story goes, PTF’s reaching to make anything a story… Simply ridiculous waste of time reading this.

  49. east96st says: May 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    Ans as for classifying NJ/LI/Staten Island as trailer trash…. Have you ever even been to any of those places?!?

    Born and raised in Manhattan. And, yes, I’ve been to all of those places. And showered heavily and repeatedly when I got home. In fairness, there are parts of NJ and LI that are absolutely beautiful. I’ve just never seen a Jets fan in any of them – unless they were mowing the lawn.

  50. jetfanfolife says: May 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    I love how all you haters seem to forget Sanchez’s stats in the playoffs. He’s better than some of your QB stats ever in the playoffs with exception of a few.

    Tom Brady lost twice to the Giants and he lost one against Sanchez in the playoffs and if memory serves he outplayed the almighty Brady or as I like to say “Tom Cry Baby”!

    He had one bad year (as every QB has in their early careers). You just can’t stand the fact and admit he made it to the championship game twice in two years and played spectacular, why you had to sit farting around the house, picking your nose and rubing it on the side of your couch wondering what happened to your team that year…

    We’re coming to getch ur team and we’re grounding and pounding our way with Sanchez behind center and Tebow rushing

    LOOK OUT! 2012 Year of The Jets!

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