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Think of something you really hate. Now double it, and imagine it keying your car. Do you feel the anger rising up from deep inside you? Yeah, that’s kind of how New York Jets and New England Patriots fans feel about each other.
This week, their teams will face off for the first time this season and as you can imagine, fans are fired up to let the loathe-fest kick into high gear. Let the trash talk begin:
Team Jets: Emily Krauser, West Orange, New Jersey
Years as a fan: My dad is a huge Jets fan, so it's a family thing. I got really into football during college, so I've been a diehard fan for the last nine or 10 years.
Craziest thing she’s done to support the team: The Jets played the Raiders in Oakland last year, and I'd never been to a pro game. One of my good friends in Los Angeles is also a huge Jets fan, so we found cheap tickets to the game and drove up Saturday morning with a third friend (a Patriots fan!). We stayed in Berkeley and took the train to Oakland Sunday afternoon, then drove back to L.A. right after the game. The drive wasn't nearly as crazy as the fact that I wore the jersey in the stadium. I hid it in my bag, put it on when we got to our seats, and took it off as the game ended. Lucky for me, the boys got harassed for being with a Jets fan more than I did for wearing the jersey to begin with. Who was I to argue with that?
Why she loves the Jets so much: I bleed green and white, partially because that's how I grew up, but also because they're simply my team. Even with injuries and the media circus, I keep my faith in Gang Green for the long haul. Plus, I like Rex Ryan -- he's got the kind of attitude that makes you wonder how he wasn't born and raised in Jersey.
Team she hates the most? The Patriots!
Game Day Rituals: Now that I live in California, I set my alarm clock in order to wake up for the 10 a.m. games! Besides that, I wear my Sanchez jersey and green and white knee-high socks. Then I yell at the TV a lot, usually with my fellow East Coast transplants who've also managed to roll out of bed for the game.
Score prediction: The winner will score the most points. (Yeah, I’m superstitious about this, too.)
Team Patriots: Robin Nagot (Vermont)
Years as a fan: Many, many, many years.
Craziest thing she’s done to support the team? I taught my Chinese students all about the Patriots when I was an English teacher in Beijing. The Patriots are more important than sleep too, as I learned in those countries.
Weirdest superstitions: At least one article of Patriots clothing must be worn on game day. I up the ante during the playoffs. And when I do any 5K races, I'm wearing my Patriots hat.
Why she loves the Pats so much: They are the Patriots!! We have Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Vince Wilfork.... Plus we have Coach Belichick in charge. I'm excited for the new players, and our incredible offense.
Team you hate the most: The Jets (AFC East rivals + Rex Ryan= Ick!)
Score prediction: Jets 21, Patriots 41
The Patriots are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks and don’t seem to have the same intimidation factor they’ve had in years past. In fact, the scariest thing about the team this season is that we’re starting to wonder if Belichick ever washes that sweatshirt he wears to every game.
And while the Jets put a hurting on the Colts last week, they’ve been inconsistent all season long. QB Mark Sanchez still can’t seem to assert himself as leader of the team. And it appears we might experience Daylight Savings Time before “Tebow Time” kicks in. It’s hard to believe that Brady, Belichick and whatever pact they made with the devil will make it possible for the Jets to beat them on their home turf. So we’re calling this one for the Pats.
Chicks in the Huddle’s prediction: Patriots 30, Jets 13
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