The Jaguars were on television in New York City yesterday. It was one of the three biggest days of the year in New York City, the other two being the anniversary of 9/11 and Super Bowl Sunday—when the Jaguars will also likely be on television in New York City.
I didn’t watch the entire game. I was in and out, running errands and what have you. But I saw enough to know that the Jaguars played to a thrilling tie at the end of regulation. Internet research I conducted just this morning tells me that “The Jaguars have still not played a tie in their franchise history.” That leaves only a few possibilities: The outcome of yesterday’s game was something other than a tie; the internet research I conducted is out of date or otherwise erroneous; or I have been “hacked.”
When the Jaguars were tied at the end of regulation yesterday, I chose to go outside. It was a beautiful day, and the sky was blue. “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, or wrote. In that spirit I also enjoyed a sandwich yesterday on bread—bread as soft and white as the clouds in the very same sky, above everyone’s head equally.
All people are equal.
The irony of life as a professional sports journalist is that when the Jaguars are on television in New York City, the real story is not on television—it’s out in the streets. Are they more empty than usual, due to people staying in to watch the Jaguars? As I walked the streets yesterday, it felt like they just might have been. They just might have been.
“Jaguars Junction” is an independent source of football analysis unaffiliated with any professional sports franchise.