Peter King To Jets Fans: You Are A Disgraceful Lot

This was inevitable, I suppose: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Peter King, official Brett Favre ball washer, thinks Jets fans are selfish ingrates who don’t know how good they have it. You see, in Monday’s column, King pointed out that, inexplicably, the Meadowlands had a few empty seats even though it was Favre’s debut for the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.

Peter King

Forget for the moment that it was a preseason game and that Favre would only play a handful of snaps. Because King’s world only spins when Brett allows it, apparently, we should all stop what we’re doing and bask in his greatness:

I think I don’t want to hear what great fans the Jets have. Not for a long time. That crowd Saturday night was a disgrace. At least half the stadium was empty for Favre’s debut in a Jets’ uniform. I expressed my amazement to a few fellow scribes Saturday night — emphasizing that N.Y. traded for an all-time-great quarterback, not a broken-down one — and they gave varying reasons for the poor turnout. Like it’s the middle of vacation month for New Yorkers, and it’s a preseason game. Horsefeathers. If you really love your team, and you have season tickets, you should have been at that game unless you were in Tibet. Ridiculous.

Ridiculous, indeed — nobody uses “horsefeathers” anymore, Peter.

Seriously, it’s a good thing the Jets are cracking down on Gate D pervs, because there’s a 100 percent chance King would be subjected to “show your rack!” catcalls after this rant.

Thankfully, the NEW YORK TIMES’ FIFTH DOWN blog offers some much needed perspective on the King-fueled lunacy.

I’ve found Jets fans to be plenty passionate. And I’ve found football fans in New York to be fairly sophisticated. At the very least, they’re not sheep.

It was a preseason game. Favre was going to play two series.

Some people — and that’s mostly us media folks — have to stop behaving as if it’s national news when Brett Favre belches.

Sounds like great advice to me. Of course, I don’t have my head halfway of Favre’s hindquarters, so my point of view might be a tad skewed.