New York Jets fan buys Mark Sanchez ‘butt fumble’ jersey for $820

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Give this New York Jets fan credit for his dedication to the team’s good name. Misguided though his efforts might have been, his heart was in the right place…I think.

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This week Jake Hendrickson won Mark Sanchez‘s jersey from the infamous ‘butt fumble’ play at an NFL Auction with a bid of $820. While the list of ways in which a person could better spend $820 might literally be endless, Hendrickson says he bought the jersey to make sure it did not get in the hands of a non-Jets fan. Here is the explanation (from Yahoo! sports):

"“The second I realized what it was I knew I had to have it. Almost for macabre reasons; the amount of ridicule I have received from friends regarding that play and me being a diehard Jets fan out in California especially. There’s no way I could let it get in the hands of an anti-fan or something of that manner to be shoved in our face.”"

First of all, serious props to Hendrickson for his word choice. Macabre? That’s no joke.

Secondly, while I appreciate his efforts to minimize the ridicule and shame directed at his beloved team because of a single play by a now-former quarterback, I am afraid that ship sailed long ago. Even with Sanchez now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the jokes about the butt fumble will remain plentiful for the foreseeable future.