You may have already known, but I just found out that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a new owner. I found this out because I was reading The Consumerist, where I get all my sports news when I'm not getting it from The Superficial, and I read how the new owner thinks you're not a real fan of the Jaguars unless you spend a couple hundred dollars to sit outside and watch them from the cheap seats:
Some Jaguars fans are upset about comments made by new team owner Shahid Khan. Others are supporting him.
Khan made the comments during Wednesday's introduction of new head coach Mike Mularkey. "For me a fan is somebody who is a season ticket holder for the Jaguars. So that is a key definition we need to get out. We want to hear from people, we want a huge amount of constructive feedback. We need input, but we need that from fans who are season ticket holders," Khan said.
(First Coast News) So if you like to watch the Jaguars at home, well, you've been out of luck for a long time because most of their home games are blacked out, but the point is, the new owner doesn't want to hear from so-called "fans" who aren't willing to put their money where their mouth is and their butts where the stadium is.
After realizing that alienating the 17 people who still care about the Jaguars might be a bad move for a new owner, the team backtracked, releasing an email from Khan that read:
"All it takes to be a Jaguars fan is to love the Jaguars. And if you love the Jaguars, you're the most important person to me and the entire organization."
(Same source.) The outrage led to "over 100" comments on a Facebook page, so Jaguars Nation was outraged. Although, is it right to call them "Jaguars Nation" when they number just "over 100"? Maybe "Jaguars Province" is more accurate.
Down in Jaguars Province, the fans were outraged, though. Or not:
"Fans aren't season ticket holders, they're anybody who loves football,"
said Traci Soenksen, who obviously confused what the Jaguars have been doing for years with "football". Another fan, Alisha Brown, was quoted as saying:
"In the heat of the moment we all say things that just come to our head, and sometimes going back and thinking about it, we rethink of what we said and realize it must not have been the best thing to say,"
although very few press conferences are held "in the heat of the moment"; I'm starting to see why Khan maybe wasn't too crazy about having these people on his side.
Meanwhile, what Khan was trying to do was head off criticism over his bottom-of-the-barrel hire of a new head coach: He pulled Mike Mularkey from the Atlanta Falcons, where Mularkey had just finished coordinating a 24-2 loss to the Giants. Me and that other Buffalo Bills fan out there remember him as the coach who led Buffalo to their last winning season (9-7 in 2004) before bottoming out the next year and finishing 5-11 with a 24th ranked offense.
Since then, Mularkey offensive coordinated the Dolphins to a 29th-place ranking before sending the league's boringest team, the Falcons, up to the stratosphere of 10th-place on offense.
Mularkey is bound to disappoint his own team, which was hoping that someone, somewhere, would do something to make the team at least credible again: cleaning out their lockers after another futile fall, some players expressed hope that maybe next year the offense might be, you know, good:
That would have been a great idea. Too bad they hired Mularkey.
Last year at this time, upgrading the defense was a major priority. The team did that in free agency with the additions of Paul Posluszny, Clint Session, Dawan Landry, Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery, and Matt Roth.
"Hopefully they put as much energy into upgrading the offense this year as they did with the defense last year," said defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.