Yes it is the middle of June and now that the NHL and NBA Finals are complete, we should turn our attention to baseball right? Wrong! This is prime football time and certainly the month where plenty of trash talking, my team is better than yours, and swagger is necessarily urged to get out before training camp’s begin. Yet one of the bigger stories over the past couple of weeks has been revolving around the New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s countless comment’s toward various members of the AFC East, which includes Bill Belichick and Channing Crowder. Is this all in good fun or is he just pouring fuel on the fire?
Ryan has expressed countless times that he loves his job and will enjoy every second being around the game, but as much as it may seem strange, wacky, or uncommon regarding his recent actions, we need something like this to get us extremely enthusiastic about the upcoming NFL season. Who didn’t enjoy the article Sports Illustrated ran during the summer in 2006 when Terrell Owens exclaimed he was counting the days until the Cowboys strolled into Lincoln Financial Field? How much have Patriots fans enjoyed this year’s OTA drama surrounding Vince Wilfork’s contract? Finally, how annoying has it been to hear daily updates about whether Brett Favre will stay retired? You get my point? We need these silly stories leaked to us by the media to get us excited and eager for baseball season to go away and football season to stay!
The Jets will face off against the Patriots and Dolphins for a total of four games this season and if we have all learned one thing over the past few decades, make sure you can back up what you say to the media. Sure it has been nearly 40-years since Namath’s guarantee of winning Super Bowl III, but I do not know if Ryan would want to kiss Belichick’s Super Bowl ring’s after losing in Giants or Gillette Stadium this fall. I am sure he won’t want to shake hands with Mr. Crowder after losing to the Dolphins in sunny Florida either. Yet, no matter what Rex Ryan is doing all of us non-enthusiastic baseball fans a favor by turning our attention to him, instead of our local nine’s coverage in the paper.
Overall I am fine with Ryan talking as much as he feels it is necessary. Besides he is a coach who has to answer questions regarding his team, himself, and how he feels today about oh who knows… Tom Brady or Jason Taylor. His comments mean nothing right now and with just about two months to go before pre-season football, I am sure all eyes will be on this New York Jets team that is claimed to have the best defense, according to father and former Houston Oilers coach, Buddy Ryan.
As Patriots or Dolphins fans, just enjoy this nonsense now because come September Rex Ryan will wish he had never opened his mouth about his opponents in June.