This video of a seven-year-old Jets fan giving a Buccaneers fan hell has made the internet rounds, primarily because the child, like life and the stereotypical Jets fan, is nasty, brutish, and short. I want to point out the bad parenting decision made:
It's not the one you think, of allowing your seven-year-old kid to go out in public and yell IN YOUR FACE LOSER at total strangers.
The reason I am a Jets fan is not because my father was a Jets fan, or because I grew up in a neighborhood or community with many Jets fans. It's because when I was three, someone gave my dad tickets to a Jets game, and for some horrible reason, he took me and my older brother. My recollection isn't very good. I remembered that Boomer Esiason was the good player and that the Jets won. I don't remember who the team was playing and certainly did not understand much about the sport, but I decided that day that my favorite football team was the New York Jets.
This Sunday, I jumped up from a chair and celebrated when a Buccaneers player tackled Geno Smith out of bounds, allowing the Jets to advance the ball 15 yards and kick a game-winning field goal to win.
This is my life.
It's nice that you have an urge to do nice things for your children. That's instinctual, and it means you're a good parent.
But let me assure you: taking your child to a New York Jets game is not a nice thing. Allow them to get out while they still can.