NY Jets vs. Buffalo Bills from the Field and the Owner’s Box

A few months ago, I was invited by the wonderful Johnson family to join them at MetLife Stadium in the Owner’s Box to watch their team, the New York Jets, battle it out against the Buffalo Bills. It was a beautiful day and a great experience. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time on the sidelines in the past, the most memorable time being the Christmas Eve do-or-die game between the same-stadium rival Jets and the NY Giants in 2011 (I posted some photos about it ). However, watching from the owner’s box was certainly an experience, particularly since I stood next to team owner Robert “Woody” Johnson most of the game.  To the delight of the Johnson family and fans alike, the Jets took the game 27-20.

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Above:  Happy Endings and The Mindy Project star, Adam Pally.

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From the Sideline: New York Giants vs. New York Jets on Christmas Eve

Everything was setup perfectly for the type of showdown that you wish every football game could be.

It was the two same-city rivals, who only meet each other in the regular season once every four years.  They share the same stadium, alternating home games from week to week.  And, although, the Jets were officially the home team, the stadium was heavily flooded with Giants blue.  The weather was sunny and unseasonably warm and everyone was more than happy that they could leave and have, at least, the next two days off from work, instead of treking to the office as they normally would after a typical Sunday afternoon game.  Most importantly, however, the game actually meant something:  The winner would go on to play the next week in an attempt to win their division, while the loser’s season would be, effectively, over.  It was all or nothing.

I was lucky enough to be on the sidelines before kickoff.   And, also lucky for me, the New York Giants prevailed 29 to 14, in a matchup that was worthy of twice the already-inflated ticket price.

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There are many more pics that can be seen in my Flickr set for this game…

New York Giants Win; Hoboken Madness Ensues (Update: February 5, 2008)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s no need for me to recap the Giant’s spectacular upset of the New England Patriots yesterday.

Hoboken is the home to Big Blue’s Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning (he lives in the Hudson Tea Building, along with NJ Governor John Corzine) and has always been a center of gameday energy any day the Giants are playing. Last night was no exception and the city’s main drag, Washington St., had to be shut down after the Giant’s clinched the victory.

Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the madness:

Yeah, that win was pretty amazing.

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Below is a snapshot of Michael Strahan and Eli Manning holiding the Vince Lombardi Trophey during the victory parade this morning (taken by my friend around the Wall Street area):

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