5. The New York/Boston Rivalry
Red Sox-Yankees, Knicks-Celtics, Patriots-Jets, it's no secret that New York and Boston sports fans don't exactly see eye to eye. Separated by merely 233 miles, the two cities couldn't be further apart when it comes to rooting interests. While the Jets and Patriots rivalry pales in comparison to the history of its MLB counterparts, New York against New England is developing into the most compelling and bitter battles in the sport. The state of Massachusetts has produced eight world championship teams since 2000 compared to New York's four titles over that same span. If for no other reason, New Yorkers can't bear to watch another Boston area team reach the pinnacle of the sporting world.
4. Patriots Divisional Dominance
New England has captured the AFC East title 10 of the last 11 seasons and has run roughshod over the rest of the division. The Jets last divisional crown was back in 2002 and the Patriots decade-long run of success has been a sharp thorn in the side of the Green and White. While Jets fans will look back fondly on their 2010 AFC Divisional Playoff upset up in Foxboro, the Patriots have been a model of consistency, but aren't without their share of controversy. (More on this later)
3. Tom Brady should thank Mo Lewis
With five Super Bowl appearances and three Lombardi Trophies perched in the display case, Brady is climbing the pantheon on the NFL's great quarterbacks. If No. 12 reaches and wins his fourth Super Bowl title, he'll tie both Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for the most All-time by a quarterback. While former Jets' linebacker Mo Lewis is credited with getting Brady's career started after dealing a crushing blow in Week 2 of the 2001 season to then-starter Drew Bledsoe, Brady's meteoric rise has left a sour taste in the mouths of many Jets' fans.
2. The Spygate Scandal
This controversy took on a life of its own after the Patriots were caught red-handed taping the Jets' defensive signals during the 2007 season. After the NFL conducted its own investigation of New England's operating procedures, Roger Goodell imposed a $250,000 fine on the Patriots and docked them their original first round draft choice in 2008. Bill Belichick was fined the maximum of $500,000 for a blatant disregard for NFL rules after being notified by the league that his video taping techniques were illegal. Jets fans won't soon forgot this scandal that rocked the football world and brought into question the legitimacy of New England's championship runs.
1. Bill Belichick spurns the Jets
After serving as the Jets' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells from 1997 to 1999, Belichick appeared to be the heir apparent once Parcells stepped down following the 1999 season. After just one day on the job Belichick turned a cold shoulder on the Jets' franchise and announced his resignation during what was supposed to be an introductory press conference to announce his hiring as Gang Green's head coach. Merely weeks later Belichick agreed to become head coach of the Patriots and the NFL awarded the Jets with a first round draft pick in exchange for allowing New England to hire him. Belichick has publicly expressed disdain for the Jets and used his run of success with the Patriots to create resentment within Gang Green's fan base. Belichick is widely considered the Jets' public enemy No. 1 after this bizarre series of events.