Originally posted by trev33
i knew baseball was more popular in NY so i guess it's not surprising that the hate isn't as strong between the football teams than it is between the mets and yankees. is there a trend that if you're a fan of one of the baseball teams you're a fan of a particular football team? i have no idea were either the jets or giants stadium are in NY.
In general, the "rule" is that one group of fans like the "ETS" (Mets, Jets, Nets) and another group likes the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers.
The Knicks and Rangers play at Madison Square Garden - Yankee Stadium is just across the river from Manhattan, and the Giants used to play there before they moved to Giants Stadium. So these teams share ties with the part of the NYC metro area near Manhattan
the Jets used to play in Shea Stadium (in Queens), so they're connected to the Mets -- and the Nets used to play in Nassau Co, Long Island with the Islanders. So these four teams all have ties with the Long Island side of the NYC metro area.
Fans in north Jersey would naturally favor the Devils and Nets (although I'm sure a lot of these people right now wish the Nets had already moved to Brooklyn.)
On the other hand, both football teams and the Nets moved out of the City in the 1970s or early 80s, so the old geography-based "rules" might not be as important for the younger fans.