Mike Maccagnan will likely be putting in some extra hours over the next few days in an attempt to bring Ryan Fitzpatrick back to the New York Jets. If he does, then he might just be making some runs to his beloved Dunkin' Donuts for some coffee.
If that’s the case, Jets fans got him covered.
Over 50 gift cards totaling $300 in value were collected by Jets fans in recent weeks and shipped to the team’s headquarters in Florham Park, N.J.. Maccagnan, a well known javaphile (sic), is often seen around training camp, practice and on game days – truthfully just about everywhere – with a coffee in his hand. He is adamant that he loves coffee and that the stuff fuels him.
Asked once if he’d switch to decaf or even half-caf, he sneered, “What, and drink just water?”
Such is the life of the Jets' general manager who pieced together a team that last year went 10-6 for their first winning record since 2010.
The movement to send Maccagnan gift cards was put together by NYJetsFans.com, the same group that brainstormed the plane flying over New England Patriots practice last year with a banner that read "Cheaters Look Up." They also invented the social media movement that successfully brought back Fireman Ed.
“Our hope was not necessarily to have ‘Macc’ go to Dunkin' Donuts with them... We just wanted to send him a symbolic gesture of how much we appreciate what he has done since he arrived in Florham Park,” said Jason Koeppel, found of NYJetsFans.com. “And what better way to show that then with his favorite beverage, coffee!”
The gift certificates were shipped to the Jets' front office several weeks ago.
"We are unsure what the Jets will do with them. Of course, it would be awesome if the front office used them. Maybe they will donate them to a local food bank," Koeppel said. "But again, the cool thing about this particular promotion is how many fans wanted to connect with the front office and tell them how happy they are with the direction of the team."
Koeppel came to fame two years ago as one of the spearheads in the FireJohnIdzik.com movement. The campaign placed several billboards around the tri-state area, asking for the ousting of the then Jets general manager.