Fan Tries to Work Magic for Jets
Mark Williamson is not a nutjob, although when I saw videos of him parading in Times Square trying to break the “Jets Curse” it’s hard not to think he has a screw loose (or two).
He lit three green candles in a box, dropped three pennies, dropped three pieces of candy, knocked the ground three times and led the crowd that had gathered around him to a J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! cheer three times.
He even questioned his own sanity when I spoke to him on the phone today. Williamson said that he was really wondering how he would make it through this season after the Jet’s collapse last year.
“I really questioned my sanity,” he said. “Did I have any soul left to commit to these guys? I’m 37 now. Can I keep doing this to myself? Why am I doing this?”
He sounded remarkably normal - a bit sedated even which surprised me. I’m used to fast talking New Yorkers. In contrast he sounded almost like a West Coaster, relaxed and deliberate. But being a fan of a sports team can make you do crazy things and even have crazy ideas.
See, Williamson is a lifelong Jets fan.
“I was born into it. My father was a big Jets fan. He was a big Joe Namath fan. Myself, and I have three brothers, we all were raised in a Jets household.”
Williamson decided to make a documentary titled The Jets Curse with his friend Wayne Earl who is directing and producing, . They are also blogging about the season on The Jets Curse.com.