What's more painful: having mono or being a Jets fan? | The Tylt
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is out for the foreseeable future as he battles mono. Mono, ladies and gentleman. Putting aside the potential source of the ailment known as the "kissing disease," mononucleosis is rough and having it can ravage your body for weeks at a time. Still, weeks of pain is a drop in the bucket for Jets fans, who have dealt with decades of bad football while they stay loyal to the cause. What causes more pain? 🏈
What's more painful: having mono or being a Jets fan?
Here is a description of what mono does to you via WebMD:
If you’ve never been infected with EBV and you get it, you may start to have symptoms of mono within about 4 to 7 weeks. You could develop a fever, fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, or other symptoms, like sore muscles and a loss of appetite...
If you develop complications from mono, they can be serious. One problem that can happen is an enlarged spleen. If it becomes severe, your spleen can rupture and cause a sudden, sharp pain on the left side of your upper abdomen. If you have pain like this, it’s an emergency. Get medical care right away because you may need surgery.
Mono can also cause complications that affect your liver, including hepatitis or jaundice. It’s less likely, but mono can also cause problems with your heart and nervous system, and anemia.
If you think being a Jets fan is more painful than that, you're weak
Here is what writer Dan Hanzus had to write about being a Jets fan in 2015:
I'm a Jets fan. I was at the Fake Spike Game, where I watched apoplectic fans tear up their Johnny Mitchell giveaway posters in protest as they exited Giants Stadium. I've had passionate arguments with my father about the relative merits of Ray Lucas. I named my dog Boomer after a quarterback who went 15-27 with the team. I bought multiple Chad Pennington jerseys under the sincere belief he was the AFC East's best quarterback (in a division with that Brady guy!).
Football is my business, but the Jets are personal. I like to think their perpetual failures have helped build my character on some level. At least that's what I tell myself as I wait for the Same Old Jets to crash and burn forever. Gang Green's eternal struggle lands them at No. 2 on the Pain Rankings.
From trading Bill Belichick to the Butt Fumble to mono, rooting for the Jets is like walking through a car wash where every brush is fresh sandpaper for 50 years. That is a pain not even mono can equal.