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Did New York's NFL Teams Get the Worst NFL Hashtag Emojis?

By John Ness | September 7, 2016 5:59pm

The NFL will be back for its first full Sunday of the season, dominating every bar with a television and taking over your Twitter feed. To mark the occasion, Twitter rolled out devoted hashtag emojis — but Jets and Giants fans might be scratching their heads over theirs.

Here's how the emojis work: Cleveland Browns fans, who have long called a section of their stadium as "The Dawg Pound," will now share a little Browns helmet whenever they use the #DawgPound hashtag.

But, as many people noticed, the hashtags for New York's two football teams don't make much sense to fans of the team's storied franchises.

First there's the Jets, who long-standing "J-E-T-S" cheer was passed over in favor of #JetUp. As SBNation's Rodger Sherman explains:

I have been a Jets fan since 1994. I have never said "Jet Up!" to somebody, I have never heard the phrase "Jet Up!" said to anybody, and I never will say the phrase "Jet Up!" to anybody.

The Jets have a rugged, beloved moniker that fans already use, so it's not clear why the NFL didn't use it.

Giants fans had similar questions about the choice of the oddly touchy-feely hashtag, "Blue Pride" in lieu of the much-used "Big Blue."

There are arguably worse official team hashtags out there (the Steelers have "#HereWeGo and the Dallas Cowboys have #DallasCowboys, and it's hard to say which is more bland.) But no other city can claim two hashtags this ham-fisted.