INDIANAPOLIS — Patriots fans can take Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Jets fans are happy to have Adam Sandler.
Sandler looks like a Jets fan. If you put him in a hat and dropped him off at a Meadowlands tailgate, many would never suspect he’s one of the most bankable Hollywood stars in the history of the business.
When I got a couple of minutes with him Friday on Radio Row, I asked if he could imagine the Jets ever actually being the focal point of this type of scene. The Jets have been to one Super Bowl, way back in 1969.
Before there was a Radio Row. Hell, it was before there was “The Brady Bunch.”
“You know what’s great? The last couple of years, you felt it get closer and closer,” Sandler said. “And, in fact, there was so much pressure on them this year that it was supposed to happen it was bananas.”
Unlike most Jets fans, Sandler remains optimistic.
“You can kind of taste it right now, and we had a little setback this year, but hopefully, we get rolling again,” he said. “It would be good, people would be happy for the Jets. It’s one of those teams that struggled for so long that you do get like, ‘All right, good for the Jets.’ They’re not a nationally hated team quite yet.”
Sandler was only 2 when Joe Namath jogged off the field at the Orange Bowl with his finger pointing skyward, but he says it still counts as a title for him.
“I felt it.”
– Dan Hanzus