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Jets fan Mark Williamson begs to the gods on 42nd and Broadway in Times Square in New York City on December 3 to lift the curse from the New York Jets. Photo by Lilly Charles/Used with permission
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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.

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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.

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“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.