The Rex Ryan Diaries: How I like it


The Rex Ryan Diaries: How I like it

By Adam Hart

Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011

Dear Diary,

The chicken has come home to roost. And it smells expletive delicious.

I got a player twitting or whatever it is, someone else calling Tom Brady a expletive and another leaking game plans. Good. They're finally approaching my level.

The media'll cry about it all, say we're stoking the fire. Found out that last one from that expletive Michael Kay:

"He said to me off the air, he said, 'We know exactly what we did wrong.' He said, 'And if we ever play them again, I'm telling you that we're going to win.' He said, 'Because what we should have been done sic was funneling them in toward the middle of the field and we weren't doing that.'"

He said this, he said that. I say, "See ya!"

Like, doesn't anybody get it? I don't give two expletive what my guys say. I'm not over here criticizing Michael Kay for pronouncing the 'd' in ARod's last name like a 'j'? So maybe take care of that first, expletive, then think about blasting our style.

It's not just him, though. All these media expletive keep asking if I'm mad, if I'll punish my players. For what?! They're doing what they want; why should I expletive with that? It's all part of what I've been teaching them since training camp: my guys can do whatever they want, whenever they want -- touchdowns, interceptions, Super Bowls, meeting new lady friends.

Like, when I want a expletive snack, I get a expletive snack. When Revis wants an interception, he makes an interception. When Cromartie wants to call Tom Brady an expletive, he calls him an expletive.

Only one resisting right now is Nacho. When Nacho wants to throw a touchdown pass, Nacho throws a expletive pick. What the expletive, man? He's softer than my wife's beautiful feet . . . Ah, not even thinking about those little piggies can cheer me up. Nacho's a bust. A BUST!

. . . Sorry to get all angry there, Diary, but the media's really harshing my mellow.

Mmm... marshmallow.



Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally


Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.