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.

69 responses to “Farewell to Fireman Ed

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. #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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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).

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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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