Someone didn’t pass along the memo to newly signed New York Jets’ safety Ed Reed that the team’s official, middle-aged mascot “Fireman Ed” turned in his helmet last season because he was tired of getting harassed for wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey. Yes, this was something that actually happened and reported upon.
The Jets play the Dolphins Sunday in a battle of 5-6 teams. It will also be Reed’s first home game at the Meadowlands. He called on Fireman Ed to get the crowd fired up.
“That guy with the hard hat on, is he still here?” the safety said Wednesday. “I need him getting the whole stadium crunked.”
Reed later said that Fireman Ed needs to come out of retirement, which probably reflects a minority opinion among the fans of Gang Green. Yelling out “J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!” is a simple enough chant that it doesn’t exactly need an unofficial cheerleader, does it?
In any event, “Who is Fireman Ed Reed?” would made for a good question on Jeopardy in one of those mash-up, “Before & After” categories.