Sam Darnold
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold plays it smart by keeping the New York Jets and Mets together, appealing to most of his fandom.

Sam Darnold’s New York Jets career has yet to begin, but a certain faction of fans may already be questioning his decision-making skills.

Partaking in “A NY Minute,” a weekly segmented hosted by the Times Square-based NFL Experience, a virtual reality tourist destination that allows fans to “participate” in NFL heroics, Darnold is asked a series of “this or that” questions, and is immediately put on the spot with the classic “Yankees/Mets” topic.

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“I’m a Dodgers fan, so it’s kind of tough but Mets,” he says. “Definitely Mets.”


In some of the ensuing tests, Darnold goes on to prefer pretzels over hot dogs, expresses his anticipation to try a New York bagel, and says the Jets will get New York its next Super Bowl ring, though he admits that one was a “tough one” in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Darnold, of course, is entitled to his opinion, but several Jets fans expressed concern that, given a fresh slate in New York baseball, he chose to side with the long-suffering Mets rather than the 27-time champion Yankees, who are currently battling the Boston Red Sox for the best record in baseball.

The Mets, meanwhile, are struggling to stay out of the National League East cellar, currently mired in a 23-48 stretch after an 11-1 start.

At least Darnold can take solace in the fact that his “true” favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are climbing up the NL West standings, a half-game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the division lead entering Thursday night’s MLB games.

Much to the Capistrano Beach native’s presumed delight, the Dodgers have won four in a row, including a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week, begun with a 17-1 win on Monday night.

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