Jets’ schedule is meshugah!

Boy, if you’re a Jewish Jets fan and you’re paying big money for season tickets, you can’t be happy.

A full quarter of the Jets’ home games next season fall out on the High Holy Days.

The Jets’ home opener is on Rosh Hashanah and their second game, also at home, will end on the eve of Yom Kippur.

The NFL offices are in NYC, so you would think someone there knows that there are a lot of Jews in New York.

Jets owner Woody Johnson isn’t happy. In a letter to the league, he wrote: “I am extremely disappointed with the league’s decision to schedule us to play at home on consecutive Sundays that are in direct conflict with the Jewish High Holy Days. There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets not the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country.”

I would expect the NFL to relent on this one and make a schedule change. We’ll see.

UPDATE: The Jets’ game on the eve of Yom Kippur has been moved from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. so Jewish fans can make it home in time for services.

Still, have you ever tried to leave the Meadowlands after a Jets or Giants game? It can take hours to get out of the swamp.

Jewish fans will still be cutting it close to make Kol Nidre.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.