Matt Hoover is a 35-year-old software engineer who lives in Chicago, and who has very much enjoyed the New York area’s recent lack of pro sports success.
But it is not primarily because of intercity rivalry. It is because of his website, “Tankathon,” which he described as “a site for fans of bad teams that are looking for a source of hope for the future.”
Hence: “The Knicks traffic, Jets, Giants, it’s been a good run in New York for me.”
Most recently, the winless Jets have provided a burst of attention, as each week journalists and fans who follow the team turn to “Tankathon” for updates on the “race” for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The prize is expected to be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and what once was a tight, multi-team battle has come down largely to the 0-11 Jets and 1-10 Jaguars.