Meet Your Neighbors: Jodi Beale, 46; Jeanne Beale, 46.
Born in Tampa and raised in South Florida, it might seem natural for twin sisters Jodi and Jeanne Beale to have a preference for Buccaneer orange or Dolphins aqua on football Sundays.
But for these sisters, the football season is a chance to dress up in black, gold and teal and support their beloved Jacksonville Jaguars. For each Jaguars home game, the sisters will grab their team gear and make the four-hour trek north to cheer on the team.
Jeanne, a bartender who lives in West Palm Beach, said she started rooting for Jacksonville because she enjoys cheering for the underdogs.
“They still are the underdogs and we’ve just been fans (ever since),” she said.
The Beales started attending Jaguars home games seven years ago when they received season tickets as a present from their parents.
“It’s going to the actual games in Jacksonville that I think has really helped us embrace their fans and their team because their fans are absolutely amazing” said Jodi, an insurance broker who lives in North Palm Beach. “They make the game experience amazing.”
Despite a slow start that saw the Jaguars lose their first eight games of the season, Jodi and Jeanne’s enthusiasm never wavered.
The team won four of its next five home games, including a Thursday night home win over the Houston Texans with the Beales in attendance.
“We got questions all the time. ‘Why are you guys still fans?’” Jodi said. “Especially at the beginning of the season. … If they lost every game this season, I’d still be a die-hard fan. I’m not doing anything with my jerseys. Nothing will make me not be a fan.”
Said Jeanne: “It’s always fun to see them win games you don’t expect them to win. You see them improve every game.”
Both said they also enjoy the time they spend together during the trips to and from Jacksonville.
When not following the Jaguars during the football season, the sisters said they enjoy spending time relaxing and enjoying activities such as boating and fishing.
While there have been rumors in recent years that the team could be relocated to another city, Jodi and Jeanne said they believe the Jaguars will stay in Jacksonville.
“We’re not moving,” Jeanne, without needing to hear the end of the question, said.
And, speaking before the Jaguars’ Dec. 15 home game against the Buffalo Bills, the sisters were still holding out hope that the team could extend its season.
“We may make it to the playoffs,” Jodi said with a smile. “If all the right teams win and the right teams lose, we’re there.”
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Jodi: We did gymnastics when we were younger. The team-building experience of gymnastics and learning how to compete, learning how to win and how to lose.
Jeanne: High school. The friends that we made in high school we still have today.
What event in history would you like to have witnessed?
Jeanne: The inauguration of the Jacksonville Jaguars. (And) the season that the Miami Dolphins went undefeated.
What has been your been biggest accomplishment?
Jodi: Getting my master’s degree in human resources and sticking with my career.
Jeanne: Being a bartender for 25 years.
What is the best thing about being being twins?
Jodi: Having that connection. You always have somebody that you can go to.
Jeanne: Having that tight bond and connection with someone you know is always going to be there for you.