— Days Without Shea —


No one seems to want to talk baseball this week. It's as if everyone is distracted by some other upcoming game. How Sunday's contest could be more interesting than the state of Daniel Murphy's knees or John Franco's induction into the Mets Hall of Fame is beyond me.

Loge13 makes only one football prediction this week: if you watch the HBO documentary on Joe Namath, you will be happy. Great overview of Broadway Joe's life and fantastic footage of Shea Stadium in its football playing days. Here's a little Joe Jingle to get you excited:




[February 18, 2012 2:38 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Plumber harpenden said

Great overview of Broadway Joe's life.


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Jethro TullSaturday was the 35th anniversary of Jethro Tull's historic gig at Shea Stadium.

The gig was noteworthy for the bi screens used to broadcast the festivities throughout the stadium, dubbed "Tullivision" (the predecessor to DiamondVision). The show was also plagued by sound issues, weather and fan-tossed fireworks. Hmm, sounds like an old Jet game. Read our original post on the gig here, including the Jethro Tull set list.

Many Tull fans have left comments through the years on that post. Fortunately, Tom remembered the anniversary and posted his own musings. Thanks Tom. And may you all never grow too old to rock and roll and always stay too young to die.

More on Shea Stadium's rock & roll history here.

Here is Tom's memories of July 23rd, 1976 at Shea Stadium:

Published July 23rd always makes me think of that night at Shea with Tull. Not being a baseball fan, it was the only time I was ever at the stadium and even though it rained and yes the planes drowned out the music at times it was a show I have never forgotten. I don't remember the time between sets being so long but I was with someone special who I still miss to this day that evening. I do recall a very long subway ride back to the port authority which included several changes and we arrived after the last bus to our home town in New Jersey had left but we found an alternative and had a major walk home at 2:00am but in retrospect it was worth it as any Tull Concert was. Saw JT many many many times after that at Radio City, Madison Square Garden and many other venues over the years. I stopped attending their concerts about five years ago. I would rather remember all the great times before Ian Anderson lost his ability to sing. I feel bad for him when I see how bad it has gotten on Youtube. There is a time for all of us to retire. I'm glad I was able to be a part of Rock History at Shea. How I wish we could still buy concert tickets for $7.50!




[July 26, 2011 7:35 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

I was at that concert...I STILL have the ticket stub. Would like to send you a picture of it if you tell me how.....Thanks, Paul

[July 27, 2011 9:13 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman Author Profile Page replied to Paul

Got it via e-mail Paul! I will post.


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Filed under: Jets | Shea | Tickets
by Kingman on June 15 at 4:35PM
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Poor Jets. They left beautiful Shea Stadium three decades ago, only to reside as squatters in the Meadowlands.

Now they are moving into a new two-family home but few Jet fans wants to come visit.

To encourage some season ticket action, the Jets announced they will cut some PSL costs by as much as 50 percent. The revised ticket plans went on sale today.

Here are the details:

Lower End Zone -- The PSLs in Sections 101, 103, 104, 123, 124, 126, 128, 129, 148 and 149 have been reduced by 50 percent, from $5,000 to $2,500.

Mezzanine End Zone B -- The PSLs in Sections 201, 202b, 203b, 224b, 225b, 226, 227b and 228b have been cut by 38 percent, from $4,000 to $2,500.

Lower Sideline -- The PSLs in Sections 110, 116, 135 and 142 have been reduced by 33 percent, from $15,000 to $10,000.

Will that be enough to fill in those 10,000 unclaimed season spots and avoid local TV blackouts?



[June 16, 2010 6:55 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Sounds familiar doesn't it?
Fans are fed up. They are tired of being the team's "Cash Cow" and receiving no respect. I have a couple of questions regarding this issue.
1) What happens to the fans who paid FULL PRICE for their PSL's...Will they get a refund?
2) If they still don't get enough buyers what then? Seats go empty with possible blackouts or sell them as single games and really piss everybody off?

I, for one, am glad that fans are saying ENOUGH ALREADY. We see it at $iti Field with rows and rows of empty seats at almost every game. They made their bed and now let them enjoy lying in it!


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The Super Bowl is a few days off but sports fans have already been gorging on pre-game  banalities.

However, this was a good piece on the ugly history of the New Orleans Saints. If the Jets hadn't been born, the Saints would probably be the football cousins of our Mets.

Former Jets beat writer Peter Finney conjures up 43 Saints memories - one for each year of the team's existence. Number 33 occured at our old home:

33. When the Saints beat the Jets at Shea Stadium in Week 15 in 1980 to avoid a winless season, it started snowing as they marched down the field for their game-winning TD. For Saints fans who thought hell would freeze over before they would win a game - well, it did.






[February 5, 2010 4:59 PM]  |  link  |  reply
G-Fafif said

That was the same Sunday there was a silent 10-minute vigil for John Lennon in Central Park, six days after his murder. The two events are conflated for me.

Steve Serby wrote in the Post the next day that given what had just happened to the Jets, this frozen piece of turf shall forever after be known as Shame Stadium. He may have also labeled the Jets the Ets after losing to the Ain'ts.

[November 8, 2010 5:26 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Mike Hutton said

I was there that day as well. a closet Ain'ts fan rooting for the Jets. My best friend Darrol Ray (#28) was starting F.S. (his rookie year). An injured Kenny Schroy sitting with player's guests was forced to tell a drunken fan to shut up after a Richard Todd TD run. The fan wanted to fight until he realized he was outsized and outnumbered. This memory made the Super Bowl win even sweeter, I hope the Jets win it soon, as long as it not against "Nawlins".


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Filed under: Jets | Shea
by Kingman on January 17 at 9:47PM
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Congratulations to the Jets, who tonight gave us the second best win in their franchise history.

If the sports gods have a sense of humor, they will let the scrappy Jets through the AFC championship portal to face the Nordic Vikings and their currently un-retired ex-Jet QB in The Who Superbowl.

I wonder if the Colts will rest their starters next week.

A Jets memory at Shea that didn't happen at a football game - It was at the Mets/Rockies first game in April 1993, which was the first professional game ever for Colorado. The Jets had also just signed Boomer Esiason, an event the guy in front of me celebrated by drinking about 15 Big Beers and screaming "WE GOT BOOMER" repeatedly throughout the first few innings. Each beer resulted in one less garment of clothing on Boomer's fiercest drunk fan, until he was escorted from the building. We never heard from him or Boomer again.

BTW Boomer picked the Chargers today before the CBS telecast.

Jets/Shea memories here.


[January 18, 2010 12:09 AM]  |  link  |  reply
jrgame said

Another great Jets moment at Shea happened at the same Mets-Rockies game you mentioned. It was the first public appearance for Dennis Byrd after his terrible injury. He received a loud ovation from the fans and players as he walked out onto the field before the game.

[January 19, 2010 7:16 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

NEWS FLASH---Got a message from the METS on the machine today. They want me to call back because New Sections have opened up for 15 Game Plans. When I canceled back in Dec, I said after being a plan holder for 23 years that the Promenade Sect does not cut it. I want seats with a Loge type view between the bases. The message said they have what I'm looking for. We shall see and I'll let you all know...Paul

[January 19, 2010 7:16 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

NEWS FLASH---Got a message from the METS on the machine today. They want me to call back because New Sections have opened up for 15 Game Plans. When I canceled back in Dec, I said after being a plan holder for 23 years that the Promenade Sect does not cut it. I want seats with a Loge type view between the bases. The message said they have what I'm looking for. We shall see and I'll let you all know...Paul


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