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The Jets ran on the field at 7:55 p.m. accompanied by roman candles, smoke and flashes of fire from a chimney-type mechanism near the goal line that would have made the Wizard of Oz proud.
Fireman Ed made his first appearance with 3:07 left in the first quarter, leading a chorus of “J-E-T-S” after Brad Smith scored on a 4-yard pass.
Brian DiRossi, 30, of Ronkonkoma, was excited about the game.
“I would be happier if (Darrelle) Revis was here, but we’ll see what happens,” DiRossi said of the Jets holdout cornerback.
Juliano downplayed the absence.
“Come September that’s when we start talking turkey,” he said. “I would like them to get over that HBO drama with Revis and move on. I think we have a good club.”
There was a lot of good-natured ribbing in the parking lot.
Wearing a hardhat with a Jets’ decal, Rosie Tibaldi of Valhalla teased her boyfriend, Gerald Selvaggio of New York City about being a Giants’ fan.
“Sitting with them last year was a little tough,” Selvaggio said, referring to the Giants missing the playoffs and the Jets reaching the AFC title game. “But for the previous number of years wasn’t tough at all, and with the Super Bowl in 2008, the 2007 season, that’s still kind of fresh.”
Tibaldi, who was using her father’s (Tom) tickets to attend the game with her sister, Cathy, and her boyfriend, James Kosky of Queens, smirked about the Giants’ recent success.
“We have one more of these hats in the car that we are hoping to get him to wear,” Rosie Tibaldi said.
Some people were just lucky to get tickets for the opening game.
Mike Collaro of East Stroudburg went online to buy two tickets for him and his girlfriend, Melissa Manger.
“It wasn’t too hard,” he said.
Jay Wordsman of Denville and his friend, Anne Lee of Somerset, said they just wanted to see the first game in “the new Giants Stadium.”
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