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Farewell to Fireman Ed

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Someone asked last night in the Sunday Night Football Extra live chat what I think about the decision of Fireman Ed to walk away from his status as the unofficial mascot of the Jets.

I said in response I try not to.

But it bears mentioning that the most recognizable fan of the most notorious NFL team has decided to pack it in.

In a column written for Metro New York, which Peter King explained last night is a free newspaper that no one reads, Ed Anzalone writes that he’s calling it quits because of run-ins with other Jets fans.

“The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy,” the Fireman formerly known as Ed wrote.  “The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent.  Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.”

So farewell, Fireman Ed.  It was nice knowing you.  Even though we didn’t know you.  And even though it wasn’t particularly nice.

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69 Responses to “Farewell to Fireman Ed”
  1. 4ever19 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:00 AM

    Never heard of him. And I don’t know that the Jets are the most notorious team, just the most dysfunctional – on purpose.

  2. supremekingz says: Nov 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    I thought he would have quit because of the lousy team. But he’s quitting because of other fans?

    Wow

  3. jsratx says: Nov 26, 2012 8:04 AM

    I’ve seen a lot of sports in alot of stadiums. No one could command an entire stadium better than this guy. Too bad his own have run him off. Typical Jets fans.

  4. hehateme2 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:07 AM

    About time and good riddence.

  5. 513guy says: Nov 26, 2012 8:08 AM

    This guy is such a tool.

  6. grogantomorgan says: Nov 26, 2012 8:09 AM

    In other news the San Diego Chicken is still looking for a job.

  7. sd1024 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:10 AM

    WHO CARES??????????

  8. electionconfidential says: Nov 26, 2012 8:10 AM

    That was harsh. I think it’s somewhat significant when the team’s unofficial mascot quits on them. How far will the Jets unraveling go??

  9. coldplay519 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    This is Ndamukong Suh’s fault too.

  10. W.R. Koss says: Nov 26, 2012 8:15 AM

    Only the Jets would have a fan mascot that is a fair weather fan. What a joke.

  11. Satan's Valet says: Nov 26, 2012 8:16 AM

    Oh, he’s quitting because he gets a lot of flak for wearing a Sanchez jersey, well that makes sense. I mean, I’d probably just change my jersey, but what’re you gonna do?

  12. piratefreedom says: Nov 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    Finally a reason to like Tebow despite his pandering to the suffering children demographic.

  13. jamomma says: Nov 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    Rex Ryan – are you starting to get the idea that Sanchez is not the answer?

  14. brandedthefirst says: Nov 26, 2012 8:18 AM

    Go ahead and quit fireman Ed!! We don’t need you! Just you go ahead and walk away…’sob’ oh Ed ,how could you leave us now?

  15. wwwmattcom says: Nov 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    After the bills lost to the jets a long time ago I saw him in the parking lot. I was wearing bills garb and I shook his hand. He was a good sport so I liked him ever since. Surprised that jersey/York fans make someone feel this way? Not at all. A combination of the road rage to get to the stadium combined with the teams frustrations. Time to think of a new chant. J-e-t-s is an old dog.

  16. ravensgrl says: Nov 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    This is really sad…

  17. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 26, 2012 8:21 AM

    what a shame. i wish my team had a dude like that. good job guys, take out your problems on the biggest fan of your team, one of the most recognized fans in the nfl. [quiet golf clapping]

  18. broncostevenp says: Nov 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    THIS is the reason Elway traded Tebow.

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    It’s a sad day for NFL B-roll shooters everywhere.

    See ya later, freak. Thanks for the laughs.

  20. ReinaLee says: Nov 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    Hey Fireman Jerkoff, the fans didn’t turn on you because of the “sanchize” jersey, it’s because you are a massive tool bag and they are embarrassed that you are the unofficial face of jets fans. No one wants to be represented by a dick head, just saying

  21. pkhale007 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:26 AM

    True fans don’t walk away from their team

  22. flash1283 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:27 AM

    The N.Y Jets, the joke of the NFL!

    Remember just a few short years ago Jet fans telling us all how great Rex is?

  23. jetsclaps says: Nov 26, 2012 8:27 AM

    What the heck is with such the negative column? This guy was a diehard fan that went to every game and tried to rally the other fans. That is the definition of a fan.

    Hopefully he comes back

  24. grod116 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:31 AM

    He finally realized what everyone in NY has known for years: Jet fans are moronic half-wits.

  25. getyourownname says: Nov 26, 2012 8:32 AM

    Rex was not aware of the dissension.

  26. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:34 AM

    The only reason the Jets are notorious is because the media has forced them on us for no reason other than a big mouth coach and lousy 2nd string QB.

  27. rg3andthensome says: Nov 26, 2012 8:38 AM

    Take off that stupid hat! And who made you God?!!!! You are Ed!! Just some guy….!

  28. ajg314 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:39 AM

    As a Jets fan, it’s a particularly tough time for all of us. The “classy” haters will have their field day with their insults. If Woody Johnson can’t see that an entire dismantling of this team must be done in order to turn this franchise around, then I’m at a loss for words. For proof you don’t need to look any further than one team who converts a 4th and 29 in order to win a game and then on the opposite side you have the Sanchez humiliation. Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum need to go.

  29. rubicon202 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:44 AM

    #1 wearing a Tebow jersey is dumb anyway and 2 he probably is tired of the Jets losing and its costing him all of his 401k/retirement money to keep gooing to the games…

  30. dutchhmaster says: Nov 26, 2012 8:44 AM

    He’ll be back when the Jets are good again. That’s how most bandwagon fans operate.

  31. rdrdrs58 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:48 AM

    must have missed when the JETS became the most notorious team in the NFL… if it wasn’t for the media slobbering over Tebow, no one would remember the 2nd best football team in New Jersey.

  32. pmp300300 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:49 AM

    Stay classy New York…eeerrrrrr…I mean New Jersey.

  33. klutch14u says: Nov 26, 2012 8:50 AM

    Could careless about the Jets and/or Ed but if you’re out there all year every year why wouldn’t you just be wearing a generic jersey with J-E-T-S written on the back and a 1 ?

    Not that they “are” number one but a generic jersey would probably be better suited. Besides, it’s have written on the back what you’re getting the fans to chant. Plus you don’t have to buy a new jersey constantly.

  34. finsfan71 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:51 AM

    Like any obnoxious NY’er, we won’t see the last of him.

  35. keepounding1234 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:51 AM

    jsratx says:
    Nov 26, 2012 8:04 AM
    I’ve seen a lot of sports in alot of stadiums. No one could command an entire stadium better than this guy. Too bad his own have run him off. Typical Jets fans.
    ___________________________________
    I thought he was an annoying Ahole.

  36. jets2481 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    Goodbye and good riddance. This guy cant take the fans…come on ed. Ive sat in that section for a few years and moved my seats because of this clown standing up for the entire game, turning around and yelling at more fans to stand up, when the jets offense is on second down, week 16, when the team was headed towards a 4-12 season. he ruins the fan experience for many fans sitting in that section. if any other fans want to stand up on the railing of the stadium, and start screaming, they are kicked out of the stadium…but not him. I wonder how much he got paid for the commercials for the west side stadium. or the commercials he did for nfl on cbs. Ed believes its all about him. thats why he does the chant continuously before kickoffs, so the camera can focus on him before the kick. the guy believed he was the voice of the jets fans which is just not true. we all saw when he chest bumped the giants fan in the pre-season game. he shouldve been tossed, but nope… not fireman ed! not to mention that this guy grew up a dolphins fan, and stole the chant from a colts fan. im not saying i speak for all jets fans, but i would believe that his popularity fell to a minimum of only about 40% of fans who liked him. hopefully the jets can right the ship and get things going in the future. who knows if he will jump back on the bandwagon when the team rights the ship.

  37. tbtrojan says: Nov 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    Thank god he’s gone.
    He was about as obnoxious as Rex Ryan.
    What makes him think he should/can command what a stadium full of fans cheer about and when.
    As someone else said, he was a tool.

  38. ogre2010 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    Jets Fan is stupid!!!

  39. santolonius says: Nov 26, 2012 9:00 AM

    it’s too bad. fireman ed was good shtick and a more authentic mascot than some goofball in a fur suit. it’s a sad commentary on how far the jets have sunk, but they actually need this guy. i predict he will be back.

  40. abninf says: Nov 26, 2012 9:04 AM

    Man, they even have drama in the stands now.

  41. rg3andthensome says: Nov 26, 2012 9:05 AM

    Look at everyone behind him in the random picture….Of him at his “BEST”….People look miserable! They are all hoping he falls over that rail and smashes his bald little pea head on the ground.

  42. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 26, 2012 9:09 AM

    With his helmet and all, he may as well have been screaming, “Me!! Me!! It’s all about ME!!!!”

    People come up with silly costumes or gimmicks like the fire helmet so the TV cameras will show them on TV, it’s all and ego boost, usually they’re just harmless fun, like the Hogettes, or the Raider Darth Vader freaks, but this one and some others seem to be a pain in the other fans’ rear when trying to watch the game, doing things for attention, etc. and they’re just a distracting agggravation

  43. coys10 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:13 AM

    I guess Peter King has not ridden a NY Subway recently. If he had, he would notice that those “free” newspapers are handed out at virtually every stop in NYC and are well-read, at least on people’s subway rides.

  44. jaketdogg says: Nov 26, 2012 9:15 AM

    I am forever grateful for the New York Jets. They make being a Viking fan seem somewhat tolerable. No way Syd Davy would quit

  45. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 26, 2012 9:15 AM

    Delighted to learn that his real name is Ed Analzone. That’s how I read it, anyway, and I’m sticking with that.

  46. AlohaMrHand says: Nov 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    Joe Namath could care less about Fireman Ed.He just wants wants to kiss you

  47. bigfranky75 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    So basically he couldn’t handle people calling him out for the jersey he was wearing? what an absolute cry-baby… LOL… unreal… this dude wouldn’t last 3 seconds at The Ralph! haha… Bills fans are BRUTAL (to their own included).

  48. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 26, 2012 9:23 AM

    You think DolfanDenny never took any crap from a bunch of loudmouth drunks for the orange coaches shorts, orange sombrero, and those ridiculously huge “GO” signs? Man dressed like an idiot, acted like an idiot, and took his abuse like a MAN!

  49. realitypolice says: Nov 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    I was at a sports bar in Manhattan last season when the Jets played the Broncos in Denver. He was in the booth next to us dressed up in his whole “Fireman Ed” outfit acting like a celebrity. Whenever people stopped paying attention to him, he would jump up and start his Jets chant. He was an annoying attention addict.

  50. sjhesketh says: Nov 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    Who is going to teach their fans how to spell JETS now?

  51. rc33 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    The image of Fireman Ed looking like a cigar store Indian after N.E. had piled on 35 points in a half hour was legendary. A permanent scowl just frozen on his face.
    And to learn he left the game at halftime and then deleted his twitter account? Sublime.
    This current Jets grouping…the Ground & Pound, “can’t wait” N.Y. Jets…are officially finished. However they decide to go about it, they need a whole buncha “new” in 2013.

  52. ampats says: Nov 26, 2012 9:58 AM

    The Implosion Is Complete ! The Jets and their fanbase have hit rock bottom.

    RIP Jets 1969-2012

  53. cassius2271 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:59 AM

    There will only ever be ONE true “celebrity” superfan…RIP “barrell man” of the broncos

  54. kane337 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    If he didn’t like taking flack from fans he should have just worn a Jets tshirt. Problem solved.

  55. jturbo1402003 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:21 AM

    Ed says he fpught w fans who say he is on the Jets payroll. While he may nit get a paycheck from the Jets he did get his tickets for free so to some that would be a form of payment. Also IMO as a paying fan u have the right to leave game early but i think if the team is giving u free tickets i think its unacceptable to leave early two weeks in a row.
    Im sure the Jets front office was also getting tired of giving this guy free tickets to be the ultimate fan only to have him leave at half time two weeks in a row. He may have quit on his own terms but im sure the Jets were about to make that descion themselves as having him leave games early isnt the example the Jets wanted him to set for their fans when he is gone & in his car at halftime.

  56. tiggerblood says: Nov 26, 2012 10:23 AM

    Going to be a fan of a real team in the same stadium, he’d be a better mascot than Victor Cruz’s mom.

  57. eyeh8goodell says: Nov 26, 2012 10:43 AM

    I’m willing to bet the confrontations were largely because he always seems to be standing up on his seat for extended periods and obstructing the view of everybody around him.

  58. sabatimus says: Nov 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    To the people who are saying he’s walking away from his team: he isn’t. He said he’ll be back, but he needs some time, and then will continue attending games.

    That said, if there ever were a team to be walked away from, it’s the 2012 Jets.

  59. happster says: Nov 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    Wow, so their fans are quitters too? Interesting. Hey, maybe we can find him some work within the organization?? I hear they’re in the market to replace their loudmouth coach and their horrible QBs.

  60. tacosupreme9 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    I thought this guy got arrested for assault last season on another fan?…I could be wrong…anyone who can admit hes a jets fan deserves a beer…and a hug.

  61. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    Circus loses a clown.

  62. banggbiskit says: Nov 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    I dont understand why people are saying he’s a ‘tool’ and ‘good riddance’. And to the guy who said “never heard of him” where have you been, this guy has been prominent part of the Jets for decades, you might want to pay attention a little more to your surroundings.

  63. dalrymple86 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    Every time i think of the Jets i hear circus music.

  64. jetsfansince1968 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Don’t be angry with “Fireman Ed”. No reason a person should feel “at risk”.

    Stop all alcohol sales and watch how many families return to watching all sporting events.

    If this trend continues, many young fans will lose their attachment to their teams, in addition to the PSL mess created by the greedy owners.

    As far as the Jets, it’s upset win in Super Bowl 3 made the AFL/NFL merger happen quicker, turning players into instant millionaires and owners into billionaires.

    That, you can thank the NY Jets for.

    Price all us Jets fans paid for that Super Bowl win is 44 consecutive years of frustration.

  65. denverdude7 says: Nov 26, 2012 4:39 PM

    Say it ain’t so Ed, say it ain’t so…

  66. rtk23 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    No 60 year old man should be acting like a clown. I think he thought it would get him some tail.

  67. mlbbal52 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:12 PM

    Nice bash a guy that loves his team and is a die hard fan win or lose…

  68. j0esixpack says: Nov 26, 2012 7:13 PM

    This – and the Jets – are so pathetically hilarious on so many levels its amazing.

    You couldn’t make this stuff up!

  69. mumakata says: Nov 26, 2012 8:13 PM

    Good riddance, you attention hound. Now maybe the people behind you can see the game. Typical Jets fan, obnoxious as all get out, right until they disappear because their team is awful.

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