The New York Jets, upset about being scheduled for home games on consecutive Sundays in direct conflict with Jewish holidays, sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a letter Thursday asking that one of the game times be changed.So an exception should be made to the New York Jets because New York has the largest Jewish community? Um, sorry, not buying it. And what about all the other cities in the U.S. with large Jewish communities, because they are not the largest they should not have home games on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? And all those times that the NFL scheduled games on Christmas, did all of the Catholics cry heresy and threaten to ex-communicate every Catholic who went to those games instead of spending time with their families? And you can't forget about all of the Muslims in the United States. Should special exceptions be made to the cities in the U.S. with a large Muslim population during the month of Ramadan? (and yes, Ramadan, for those who don't know, does fall in the middle of the NFL season).
The Jets' home opener is Week 2 against New England at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. New York then plays Tennessee at 4:15 p.m. the following Sunday, with Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, beginning at sundown.
In the letter to Goodell, owner Woody Johnson suggested the game against the Titans be changed to a 1 p.m. start to give Jewish fans time to arrive home before sundown.
"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," Johnson wrote. "There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets nor the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country."
And yes, I know we've gone past that stage in the church (or so we think so), but the point is still there that why on earth should a special exception be made for the Jets when it does not happen for other teams and other religions? If you're that upset about the schedule, don't go to the game! But somehow, I think in the end, a Jets football game will override a religious ceremony for the day.....assuming that the Jets don't enter that weak without a win, which is a possibility given this team this year. Then people may stay home for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
And don't get mad religious fanatics out there who are reading this. I hate all religious institutions equally, as you can probably tell from reading this. ;-)
Update: It appears that the Jets got their wish. The Yom Kippur game has been moved from 4:15 to 1:00.