When it comes to Who’s No. 1 in Woody Johnson’s life, the Jet owner has a simple answer: M-I-T-T, Mitt, Mitt, Mitt.
One day after his Jets suffered an embarrassing 34-0 loss at home to San Francisco he deemed “unacceptable”, Johnson was asked on Bloomberg TV Monday if he would rather have a winning Jets’ season or a victorious presidential election for Mitt Romney.
Hope you are sitting down Jet fans.
"Well I think you always have to put country first," Johnson said. "So I think it's very, very important that for - not only us - but in particular for our kids and grandkids that this election come off with Mitt Romney and (Paul) Ryan as president and vice president."
While Johnson’s words could leave Jet fans with faces redder than any Red state, the way things are looking right now,Johnson may not get either wish.
The Jets are 2-2, but have lost cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season and Monday Rex Ryan announced injured wideout Santonio Holmes would miss at least a few weeks with a foot injury.
Add to that Mark Sanchez’s dismal QB play and the ever-growing call for Tim Tebow to step in and you have a Jet recipe for disaster.
Romney, meanwhile, is struggling worse than Sanchez. Some polls have him 5% behind President Obama heading into Wednesday’s first debate between the two candidates.
Still, when it comes to picking one or the other, Johnson, who has owned the Jets since 2000, clearly pulls for Paul Ryan over Rex Ryan.
The Jet owner is the chairman of Romney's campaign in New York and is the middle of an aggressive fundraising schedule for the Romney-Ryan campaign. Following the loss Sunday, Johnson attended a dinner that evening and two breakfasts on Monday.
After pumping up Romney for about eight minutes in the interview, Johnson was asked about the Jets.
“The coach and the coaches and I are not happy with what happened yesterday,” he said. “And the players aren't either. That performance is absolutely unacceptable."
After being asked about Tebow's prospects as a starting quarterback, the owner deferred to Ryan's decision to keep Sanchez in the starting job.
"No, it doesn't mean Tim Tebow's starting next week," Johnson said. "But it's a question that's going to be asked more frequently if this progresses."
This comes after Johnson said at the Republican National Convention that you can "never have too much Tebow," a comment he later said was intended as a joke.
"There's going to be more pressure. This quarterback can get the job done. He had a bad day and the team had a bad day," the owner added. (But) it wasn't all Mark Sanchez."
By Seth Walder, New York Daily News, October 2, 2012