I’m not raining on the Giants’ parade today. I’m just a contrarian. And by the time the next football season rolls around, Shea Stadium will be on the short end of its existence.
Here’s a great photo of Joe Namath playing at Shea, courtesy of the NYTimes archives:
N.Y. Jets vs Houston Oilers at Shea Stadium, Sept. 18,1966
This photo captures a rare moment captured when Joe Namath leaped to complete a pass over the defensive line.
That’s back when Joe had knees.
True story about the Jets and their training grounds out at Hofstra University. My aunt was a nun and at one point, was stationed out on Long Island. She provided day care services for kids on the Hofstra campus. Her apartment was on the opposite side of campus. Between the two points was the field on which the Jets would practice.
My aunt walked across that field to get to her job every day, 12 months a year – whether the Jets were there or not. It was the quickest way to work and no one was going to alter her course. When the Jets would come and set up camp at Hofstra, she still stubbornly walked across the field and live practice to get to work. The Jets officials knew when she was coming and would halt practice for her. Pretty cool stuff. She was a great lady and the Jets were pretty kind by not sacking her. Although she probably could have held her own.