Good “::insert whatever time of day you may be reading this::” Jaguars nation. My name is Gerard Fitzgerald, and I’m happy to be a part of the Black and Teal family. Being this is the first of hopefully many posts (depending on how long it takes for them to hand me my pink slip), I’ll take a few minutes to introduce myself.
I hail from a small, very inconsequential and useless town known as Seaford – located on the south shore of a larger and more well known inconsequential area - Long Island. I began watching Jaguars football in the winter of 1996. When as a 10-year-old optimistic youth unaware of the world’s growing imperfections - the shining glory of Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, and Natrone Means on Sundays was enough to make everything seem in its right place. I’m sure most of us remember that ‘brief look of a team destined’ playoff run, where the Jaguars would beat Jim Kelly and John Elway in dramatic fashion in consecutive weeks, and never do anything remotely that cool or gutsy since.
Through the ups and downs, I take pride in rooting for the Jags even if I am from New York, because I know that I’m probably one of seven people within a 1100-mile radius that actually takes this team seriously. Now through the wonders of widespread Internet technology and Black and Teal.com, I can write about all-things Jags (::pumps fist in elation::)- and I’m sure the informed readers of the website will finally know what the hell I’m talking about.
As for the rest of the introduction, I graduated St. John’s University in May with a Journalism degree, which means I dedicated myself to a life of poverty and frustration. I enjoy fast-pitch wiffleball, good Hip-Hop (Nas, Lox, Common, Gangstar, Atmosphere, etc), and I believe that National Football League executives should comprise the governing body of this great nation.
As far as our uninspiring 2-3 start is concerned..I wouldn’t worry. This year has all the makings of a non-playoff, mediocre mid-first round draft pick, 7-9, 8-8, or 9-7 finish. I’m pumped.