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Larry David’s love of the Jets surfaced in Sunday’s new episode

The New York Jets didn’t play on Sunday but still served as a potential source of frustration for one of their most renowned fans: Larry David.

Gang Green plays a minor role in “The Mini Bar”, the latest episode of the HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. The series, depicting the curmudgeonly “Seinfeld” creator’s obsession with society’s most minute details, once again brought David’s love of the Jets into the limelight, this time as an excuse for an apparent anger problem.

Sunday’s episode carried on the 11th season’s recurring storyline of David trying to sell a television pilot entitled “Young Larry”, a comedic biographical origin story in the vein of real-life sitcoms “Young Sheldon” and “Young Rock”.

With Larry’s shenanigans having scorched negotiations at Netflix in the prior episode, he and his manager/best friend Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin) turn to Hulu.

As is tradition on the long-running series, a seemingly innocent act from David, in this case closing a door with an inadvertent slam, has large ramifications. Having also encountered Larry’s apparent fury, his ex-wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) claims he must be “door deaf.”

But, by the end of the episode, Jeff must cover for the former’s legitimate anger when issues arise in the casting process for Young Larry by blaming Gotham Green.

Forced by the Hulu executives into casting the untalented Maria Sofia (Keyla Monterroso Mejia) in a major role, Larry storms out of the meeting with a legitimate door slam. When the head of Hulu (Elon Gold) asks if everything is all right, Jeff covers him with a single word: “Jets.”

The executives immediately excuse Larry’s outburst.

David’s real-life Jets fanhood has previously served as a major plot point on Curb. “The Ugly Section,” an episode from the 10th season, partly centered on Larry’s deceased friend and fellow Jets supporter Carl (Bobby Slayton), whose suicide is blamed on the team’s struggles.

Larry later engages Carl’s widow Veronica (Jane Krakowski) in a spirited debate about Austin Sefarian-Jenkins’ controversial fumble in the late stages of a 2017 loss against the New England Patriots.

David’s co-star J.B. Smoove, whose character Leon Black has been a staple on the show since the sixth season, previously served as the master of ceremonies when the Jets unveiled their new uniforms prior to the 2019 season.

New episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” air on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO. The Jets (2-6) return to action on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com

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