The New York Jets took in their blue and orange brothers’ victory on the ice, a trip headlined by Feeney’s celebratory antics.
Between New York and Manitoba, it’s a good time to be a Jet involved in hockey.
Plenty have come up big for the New York Islanders during their ongoing run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But if Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Co. aren’t careful, they might lose the Conn Smythe Trophy to Dan Feeney.
The newly minted New York Jets offensive lineman stole the show during the Islanders’ 4-1 playoff win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Feeney was one of several Jets in attendance at Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, joining his new teammates (including quarterback Zach Wilson) for first-round action.
Feeney quickly became a favorite of NBC’s cameras. Shortly after Bailey scored to put the Islanders up 1-0, the mulleted Feeney was shown enthusiastically chugging his beer and crushing the empty can against his head.
Fans and analysts alike delighted in Feeney’s celebration, as many were quick to delcare him their new favorite Jet in the aftermath of his Uniondale revelry.
— JetsTalk24/7 (@JetsTalk247) May 23, 2021
Jets OL Dan Feeney with the most elite mullet while chugging a beer at the Islanders game. What a beauty. pic.twitter.com/JcaqbriQQU
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 22, 2021
Put Dan Feeney in the Ring of Honor pic.twitter.com/ijWyxzqPVi
— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) May 22, 2021
Those who know Feeney, signer of a one-year, $3.5 million deal this offseason, know that Saturday’s display isn’t anything out of the ordinary.
“He has a lot of mustache energy,” former Los Angeles Chargers teammate and fellow blocker Michael Schofield said in a report from Joshua Fischman on the team website. “He’s a great guy. (He brings) a lot of energy, (and is) just a good guy to be around. He’s a good locker room guy.”
“He’s fun to be around,” quarterback Easton Stick added in the same report. “You can tell he’s passionate about the game, (and) he loves his teammates. It’s a really good energy that Dan brings every day.”
Perhaps inspired by Feeney’s work in the stands, the Islanders’ victory on Saturday knotted their series with the Penguins at two games apiece in the best-of-seven set. Game 5 is Monday in Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, MSG/NBCSN).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags