Jews: 1, NFL: 0.
Football, Football, Football. While SoSickWitItYo and I are desperately waiting for the season to begin (yeah we know it's still a while away) so that we can go gung-ho in Fantasy Football again this year (Hopefully we'll have a TGLR League...and by hopefully I mean we will!).
My homepage is currently set to msn.com, and every day when I get on I like to browse the headlines. As soon as I saw a headline with Jews and Football, I was hooked and had to check out the article that was simply one click away.
The article had to do with a terrible tragedy regarding the fact that the first two home games for the Jets were scheduled on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur!
The New York Jets' first two home games are against two of the AFC's elite teams -- the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. A large segment of the team's fans might not be able to attend the heavyweight matchups, however.
The Jets' home opener against the Patriots is scheduled during Rosh Hashanah. The next week, the Jets host the Titans hours before Yom Kippur starts. The conflict with the two holiest holidays on the Jewish calendar may keep the team's Jewish fans who observe the holidays from attending.
"The Jets are hearing from their fans," Katz, the NFL's senior VP of broadcasting, told the newspaper. "There was miscommunication between the Jets and the NFL office, for which I take full responsibility. All we can continue to do is look and see if there is a solution to this."
Fortunately we have been updated with the following information:
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The NFL has moved up the start time of the New York Jets' game against the Tennessee Titans on September 27 after the team complained to the league about having to play home games on consecutive Jewish holidays.
The league made the change Friday, rescheduling the 4:15 start to 1 p.m. a day after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.
The Jets' home opener against New England is 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
"By changing the time of the Tennessee game from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the NFL has provided the best compromise to resolve our scheduling conflict," Johnson said in a statement issued by the team. The Jets owner also thanked Goodell and Howard Katz, the league's senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, for their prompt response.
Thanks Roger Goodell, you're the man!