We keep forgetting that ethnic groups are not just the spices in our multiethnic stew of cliches, they’re also voting blocs. When some Jewish groups complained that the Jets were playing two games that observant Jews couldn’t attend because of religious holidays — one on Rosh Hashanah, one too close to sundown on the first night of Yom Kippur — the Jets took up with the league office their cry to Let Their People Go to the Meadowlands. The league’s senior VP for scheduling has been contrite and promises to work something out.
You’d think it would be too late for mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to weigh in, but today he sent an open letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell, saying “There’s no reason why the largest Jewish community in the country should be punished for a scheduling snafu,” and actually suggests solutions: Move the Yom Kippur game back from 4:15 to 1:00 p.m., he says, and the Rosh Hashanah “to a new day.” Talk about your Big Government! Maybe while he’s at it he should get the stadium’s concessioners to stop serving trafe.
The less white-bread Giants had thoughtfully requested to be on the road those two weeks, and will play their high-holiday games at Dallas and Tampa Bay, where there are no Jews.