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Monday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Fireman Ed’ fed up with fellow Jets fans

11.26.12 at 8:00 am ET

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‘™¦ “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, the diehard Jets fan who leads the J-E-T-S chants from his seat at MetLife Stadium, announced Sunday that he will no longer be a cheerleader for the team. Anzalone, in a guest column for New York Metro, explained that he left Thursday’s 49-19 embarrassment against the Patriots before halftime not because it was a rout but because of confrontations with fellow Jets fans that have grown more frequent.

Wrote Anzalone:

We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.

I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.

This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’€™s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.

Although I can ‘€œhold my own,’€ I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.

I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports. I have enjoyed meeting all the wonderful Jets fans around the world and look forward to the day we all can raise the Lombardi Trophy as one and celebrate a world championship down the Canyon of Heroes!

I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed. God bless and, as always, let’€™s go Jets!

‘™¦ Seahawks starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman — who Patriots fans remember for his taunting of Tom Brady after their game last month — face four-game suspensions for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances (reportedly for taking Adderall). Both players are appealing.

The news comes at an especially bad time for the Seahawks, who fell to 6-5 with Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in Miami and are in danger of losing their hold on a playoff spot.

Sherman called the Patriots offense “gimmick, hurry-up stuff” and got in Brady’s face as the quarterback walked off the field following New England’s 24-23 loss on Oct. 14 in Seattle.

‘™¦ Leigh Steinberg, who once was the nation’s premier sports agent, has a column in Forbes magazine in which he takes a look at the NHL lockout. Steinberg notes the lack of an uproar over hockey’s work stoppage and wonders if anyone will care about the league’s disappearing act if it continues.

Writes Steinberg: Every time hockey gains in popularity and geographical reach in this country, a harmful negotiating process comes along to stunt its growth by keeping the games from being played.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45’s for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s what it’s all about. Finding a way to win. Not feeling sorry for ourselves late about giving up a pretty good lead. And just finding a way to grind it out. And that’s what we did.” Celtics forward Paul Pierce, on Sunday’s 116-110 overtime victory over the Magic

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 — Turnovers by the Steelers (five fumbles, three interceptions) in Sunday’s 20-14 loss to the Browns

‘NET RESULTS: University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman gets run over by an official, and he gets a penalty on top of it.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Outfielder Ramon Mejias, who, like Runnels, was out of baseball within two years

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tina Turner was born on this day in 1939.

Read More: Fireman Ed Anzalone, Leigh Steinberg, Mark Sanchez, Richard Sherman