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NFL NEWS & NOTES: IS NEW YORK BECOMING THE TUNA'S TOWN?
Published September 23, 1997
NEWSDAY's Joe Gergen writes today on the NFL football scene in New York: "Who owned New York? There wasn't much doubt, even when the Giants were stumbling through the Ray Handley hangover or Dan Reeves' lame-duck season a year ago. But from the moment Leon Hess introduced Bill Parcells as head coach and chief of football operations officer on Feb. 11, interest in the Jets has grown to the extent that it now threatens to overtake the NFL's flagship franchise. ... The [Giants'] erosion of support that began under Reeves appears to be continuing under [new head coach Jim] Fassel. ... The Giants still have a longer waiting list for season tickets, deeper roots in the community and one more Super Bowl trophy than the Jets. ... By contrast, the Jets offer a vision of progress. ... The image of Parcells is everywhere." Gergen concludes that "obviously the [Jets] fans have gotten the message" as evidence by the near capacity crowds that attended the team's first two home games (NEWSDAY, 9/23). NOTE: In DC, Thomas Heath reports that Sunday's Jaguars-Redskins game will be listed as a sellout despite club seats remaining. The Redskins have more than 1,500 of the club seats -- which cost between $99 and $199 a game -- left to be sold (WASHINGTON POST, 9/23).