Updated 08/08/2012 06:51 PM
Jets camp not just for fanatics
Fans of the Gang Green are flocking to SUNY Cortland to catch a glimpse of their favorite players at Jets training camp. But they're not the only ones watching the action. Tamara Lindstrom tells us how Jets camp can be a blast for even the least sports-minded among us.
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Decked out in green and white, fans gather by the thousands to cheer on their favorite players at this year's Jets training camp.
"Every eight minutes, a horn goes off and players move from one side of the field to the other," said Matthew Kemak. "So there's a nice crowd that moves with the players."
But if sitting in the bleachers just isn't your thing, or, you can be honest, the Jets aren't your team, there's still plenty to do to make a trip to Jets camp worth your while.
"We're going to get some merchandise and eat something and go home," said 13-year old Noah Steele, visiting with his family from Buffalo.
Buy a lot of things.
"We went shopping at the Jets shop and got a few things to take home," said Debbie Zampetti of Cazenovia.
Jump on something bouncy.
"We're going to go check out the bounce houses," Steele said.
Start your football career.
"The punt, pass and kick is a skills competition for kids ages six to 15. And it's NFL sponsored, so this is a true NFL event," said Kemak, who organized the event for the Cortland YMCA. "It just gives them something different besides standing behind the fence."
Do some recon for your home team.
"I am a Bills fan, so these are actually our rivals," Zampetti said. "Yeah, I'm reporting back to Bills camp."
Do some illegal gambling.
"They're going to beat the Bills both times?" Zampetti asked her son, a Jets fan. "There's going to be a wager at our house, I think, on that."
Make something to sell on eBay.
"I don't know a lot of the names," Steele admitted. "I got number 17. Then this one guy who didn't have a jersey and one of the coaches. That’s about it. We're going to bring this back every year and get more signatures."
Pretend you're the wealthy owner of an imaginary football team.
"I'm going to do fantasy football this year and I'm going to definitely put some Jets players on my team," Steele said.
Guaranteeing a great time, no matter what your NFL knowledge is.
"I'm not a big sports fan. But it's cool anyway," Steele said. "I like it."
It's not too late to catch Jets practice, or pay a visit to Jets Fest. They will be back on the field Sunday morning.