|Iron Blade COMMENTARIES column November 10, 1994
by Steve Maddy, staff writer
All They Have Is Tampa Bay Junk, Sorry Eric
This Sunday, I watched the Jets and the Bills play. A lot of things popped into my head while I watched the game. Things like, "The Jets sure look tough this year!
Will the Bills make it to the Super Bowl again?
Jim Kelly sure
Boomer Esiason needs to shave his scruffy beard." and the conversation I had with Eric Baker in Dr. Gribbins' novel class.
I walked into class Friday, and he realized that
I'm the one who does this column. (Imagine
that!) Eric said to me, "You're
I replied, "Are they funny?"
"Yeah, I think so."
"Well, that's good to know."
He exclaimed, "So are you going
to do anymore football articles like how hard it is
to get Jet stuff? Green Fields
doesn't even carry Jets' stuff. I
don't understand; the Jets
The Jets are 5-4, and only two games back of the Dolphins who are in first place in the AFC East. The Jets are very much in the play-off picture. I thought to myself as I was watching this game, "Thanks Eric, you just gave me a topic for my column this week, even though I am a Cowboys fan." (And no, I didn't jump on the band-wagon. I've been a Cowboys fan ever since I knew what football was.)
I hadn't come up with a topic yet, and I usually don't until Sunday which is the day before our deadline.
After the game, I went out to Tanglewood Mall to
see if there
I asked one of the salesmen, who work at
this store with many aliases, why they had no
Jets' stuff displayed. I think
He bluntly said, "We don't carry Jets paraphernalia."
In Erics' defense, I wanted to know
why. He stated, "This is
Virginia; nobody down here likes the
Jets. Besides, they're
From Champs, I went down to the Footlocker where you would think only shoes were sold. But as it turns out, they sell a little bit of everything except Jets' stuff. I was really beginning to realize where Eric was coming from I tried to put myself into his shoes. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't find any Cowboys or Notre Dame stuff. You would almost have to travel to that region to get the paraphernalia. I just realized something; New York is a lot closer to Virginia than Dallas or South Bend. Sorry Eric.
From Foot Locker, I went to CMT Sporting Goods, and told myself that if they don't have it, no one in this area will. I walked into the the store, and instead of looking for myself, I tracked down a salesperson for the information. Oddly enough, this store did have a pair of Jets' boxer shorts, and the salesperson said they had T-shirts, hats, a jersey with Boomers' name on the back, and a couple of different style hats at the stadium in Meadowlands. Just kidding, he said I could find these items at the parent store on Brandon Avenue.
Well, there you have it, Eric. CMT Sporting Goods has your Jets stuff which seems to be a wide variety. I think you can get some Tampa Bay "junk" there too!
You can thank me later.