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Woody requested Jets play on Thanksgiving night: source


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By BRIAN COSTELLO

Last Updated: 2:05 PM, November 20, 2012

The Jets are playing on Thanksgiving for the second time in three years. That is something that makes the team’s owner happy, but might not be such a thrill for the fans.

Owner Woody Johnson actually requested that his team play on Thanksgiving night, according to a league source, despite the challenges it presents for his team and the inconvenience it places upon its fans.

Clearly, fans are not thrilled with the idea of leaving Thanksgiving dinner to go to MetLife Stadium. As of yesterday, Stubhub had 5,622 tickets available for the game with the rival Patriots, some priced as low as $28.

It is interesting that Johnson requested to play on the holiday. According to a source, the Giants ask the NFL not to schedule them on Thanksgiving.

The Jets players said all the right things yesterday about the game, but it presents football challenges for a team battling for its playoff life. The Jets would have had a Thursday game on the schedule regardless, but possibly earlier in the season when the game was not as crucial as this one.

Now, instead of having a week to heal injuries and prepare for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Jets (who did win that last Thanksgiving game, 26-10 over the Bengals in 2010) must cram everything into three days.

“It is [challenging],” tight end Dustin Keller said, “but the other team is in the same exact situation. You’ve just got to do all the things to keep your body healthy and get back on the field in three days.”

The Jets crammed a lot into yesterday, treating it like a normal Monday, when they review their last game, and a Wednesday, when they begin preparation for that week’s opponent.

The Jets had meetings from 12:45 until 4 p.m., then practiced from 4:30 to 6:15. Their itinerary for the week said “Stay hydrated and well rested” at the top of the page. Thursday’s itinerary is simple, “Beat the Patriots” it says.

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Don't go, sh*tbirds.

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Woody thought His Holiness Tebow would be lording over the JETS offense. That would give enough wood to America to root for the JETS as we enter the holiday season.

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No problem here. Don't blame him on this one. I like it.

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What a dick.

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Don't go, sh*tbirds.

Preach

I'm now considering the game as an excuse, I'm not sure if I dislike family get togethers or the Jets more. I'm going to soul search the next 24 hours.

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National publicity > W.

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National publicity > W.

That's why we got the best owner in football

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considering that it's at home, and that home teams have romped on Thursday (and points have been low during these games), and it's the Pats, i'd say the Jets have the advantage with this scheduling. They have to play the Pats twice, this is probably the best time to play em.

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As much as its a pain in the ass, its better than having a home SUnday night game this week like the Giants go if you plan on going to the game.

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I would Expect to see many patriot fans there as jet fans bail out for the holiday especially

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considering that it's at home, and that home teams have romped on Thursday (and points have been low during these games), and it's the Pats, i'd say the Jets have the advantage with this scheduling. They have to play the Pats twice, this is probably the best time to play em.

the pig is ripe.

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Woody is the root of the problem. Priorities are not correct.

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No problem here. Don't blame him on this one. I like it.

This.

I've been wanting to see MY team on Thanksgiving forever. If a sh*tty franchise like the Lions can ruin a national holiday, then why not the sh*tty franchise I root for too?

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This.

I've been wanting to see MY team on Thanksgiving forever. If a sh*tty franchise like the Lions can ruin a national holiday, then why not the sh*tty franchise I root for too?

We played on Thanksgiving 2 years ago. Why was it necessary to do it again?

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We played on Thanksgiving 2 years ago. Why was it necessary to do it again?

I want us in that game every year. It's like a great big FU to America for them to have to endure our ineptitude

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I want us in that game every year. It's like a great big FU to America for them to have to endure our ineptitude

Oh, gotcha.

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We played on Thanksgiving 2 years ago. Why was it necessary to do it again?

What the hell do you care? Aren't you in some remote place like Casper, Wyoming or some chit?

I love the game being on TG night.. Beats watching Home Alone with everyone.

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I want us in that game every year. It's like a great big FU to America for them to have to endure our ineptitude

and when we win?

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What the hell do you care? Aren't you in some remote place like Casper, Wyoming or some chit?

Just because it doesn't affect me doesn't mean it isn't an inconvenience to the fans. Jets fans are giving away tickets in droves, posssibly to Pats fans. Won't you find it annoying listening to Pats fans taking over the building on national TV?

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and when we win?

lol, your funny

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I believe we had to dump 4 of our 8 seats. Think my Dad's friends took 4, and not sure about the other 4. Why would this be a good deal for fans?

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Who giiiiiives a ****? What owner doesn't want Thanksgiving night?

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Who giiiiiives a ****? What owner doesn't want Thanksgiving night?

Are you going to the game?

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What owner doesn't want Thanksgiving night?

The Maras.

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