It's just a footnote


It's just a footnote

By Michael Felger

We're getting in and out quickly this week, folks. Even the chronics are relatively succinct (for them, anyway).

We're taking next week off. Merry, merry to everyone. See you in 2011.

On to Rex Ryan and his lovely bride. Now those are some footy pajamas I'd like to see!

Felger,You go ahead and hitch your wagon to Sexy Rexy's and I'll stick with team Belichick and take my chances. You really think after all the years of embarrassment on and off the field that the guy who's going to make them respectable and feared for years to come is the coach who puts foot fetish videos of his wife on the Internet? REALLY? Would you like to re-think your stand on this? Pats Nation will give you a free pass on this since no one could predict that a head coach of a major market team would do something so stupid as to post fetish videos online while he's currently in a high profile position, but you seriously have to question the intelligence of that coach and the stability of that organization. Because how in the world did he think it was a good idea to post his profile and his wife's real profile on that site and not disguise his voice or the Jets car he drives and then post it for the world to see? We told you Mike, but you didn't want to believe it. The Jets are and always will be a JOKE! Sure, they have a few good years here or there, but they will never have sustained long-term success and respect because they hire clowns to run that team all the time. Parcells was the exception, not the rule. There is nothing wrong with what Rex and his wife did, and after listening to you on Wednesday I suspect that you and your wife are into some kinky stuff as well (Pats Nation will dig deep for any vids you might have on-line). But it is highly comical and he will never live it down. NEVER! I am praying for a Jets Pats rematch in January because I can't wait for the razzing he is going to take at Foxboro! DanEast Providence

I think this affects the Jets not one iota. You think Rex's players are surprised? Tannenbaum? In case you haven't noticed, Rex is a different kind of cat. So is his entire family. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun story. But when you sit back and think about it, are you really surprised? Of course Rex and his wife post foot-fetish videos on the web. It's almost like we should have known it.

There's certainly an issue there with his judgment, intelligence and discipline -- but again, it's nothing we didn't know about him to begin with. That's the Rex Ryan package. The Jets obviously are familiar with it, too. You all seem to think it won't work, but all I know is that last year Rex got his team to the AFC title game and you got blown out in the first round at home. They're 10-4 this year. They may not be as good as you, but it's hard to say Rex's style has hurt them to this point. I think we need to let it play out.

Finally, I found the stuff posted on the web to be so mild that it was almost cute. Basically, they were just videos of her stretching her bare feet. One of them (my favorite) had her in her panties. That was the worst of it. Big deal. And the one where they role-played, with Rex (allegedly) acting as a cop and Michelle (apparently) acting as the stranded motorist? Good, clean, fun right there. Almost endearing. An older couple having some fun. You go, Sexy Rexy!

And what do you think? Michelle Ryan = Joan Allen.

Hey Bitch and Moan (Felger: Im pretty sure he means me and Maz),

I know you were probably taking Sexy Rexy's side because of your contrarian ways, but what a couple of wussies. Rexy was basically selling his wife, but that's okay. You were probably chicken (expletive) because you were afraid the same press would find out your perverted ways, like Felger playing stewardess to Sara's Pilot, and Mazz doing his thing with chickens.What a golden opportunity missed by a couple of gutless Boston Sports-radio pervs.Ed

Hey Ed. I'm drop dead serious about what Im about to say. If you can get the Wood to dress up like a stewardess Ill pay you 10,000. Cash.

Mike,First of all, you keep focusing only on the foot-fetish videos. What about the other fetishes? Yeah, it's a personal thing, but they PUT IT ON THE INTERNET!!! What they do in private is their business. But they did it in public, to some extent. And what about the other fetishes? I agree the foot thing and video isn't a big deal. But what about the bi-curious? Did Rex mean himself? What about defilement and wanting to see his wife "take it in (expletive deleted)"? Its their business, but do you think its a good image for the Jets who are trying to sell Suites and Boxes to corporations? He's like a CEO or high ranking exec. You don't think being into bondage, defilement, humiliation, torture, etc. is a problem for a corporation?Also, you KILLED Spikes for this. Yet its harmless fun for Rex? Give me a break with your switching standards and inconsistency.Ted

I KILLED Spikes? You must have me confused with another talk show host. I had as much fun with that as I did with this. Otherwise, what "other fetishes" from the Ryan thing offend you? So what if Rex or Michelle are bi-curious? You have a problem with that? And what humiliation and torture are you talking about? It seemed to me from what I saw that Michelle was a more-than-willing participant. I bet even money that she was the instigator. And do you really believe that the Jets will lose a single ticket, a single luxury box over this? Id be stunned if that was the case. The bigger issue for them is sucking on the field which they havent done since Rex got there.

Hey Felger,Pats are 11-2 and you and Mazz spend an hour on Wednesday talking about Pats' draft misses. Good timing. Clay Matthews, like it or not, wasnt drafted because he gained 80 pounds in four years in college. How does a guy gain 80 pounds of muscle in that time frame? It is genetically impossible.GeorgeWoburnP.S. In 2008, the Pats hosted Cameron Wake for one ofthose nothing tryouts and didn't sign him. Unlike Matthews' veryquestionable past, Wake was an oversight.
From now on, before the Cartel decides to second-guess the Pats, George, we'll be sure to consult you first to see if it's on the cleared list.

Anyway, I don't know if you heard me say this, but if the reason the Pats passed on Matthews was a performance-enhancing-drug issue, then I don't blame them. I believe you should scout that stuff. If you feel a college player won't be able to pass tests at the NFL level, or if you think his production is too much of a result of drug use, then I don't blame you for skipping him.

And based on that logic (which I assume you agree with, based on your question) we then have to consider the drafting of Spikes a major mistake. Opps! He didn't even make it through his rookie year . . . Sorry for spiking that Patriots Kool-Aid with a dose of realism. (See, Ted, you had it confused. Ive spent more time on Spikes drug test than his Hogan.)

Also, as it relates to Wake, don't you get the feeling we're talking about the same issue as Matthews?

Felger You DB! After watching the first episode HBO's 247, how can anyone not have coach envy! Dan Bylsma is what every B's fan has been wanting since Pat Burns (God speed, coach). And while Burns was saddled with tasks like trying to explain to Darren Van Impe that the other team scoring was "bad,'' we get to see Bylsma guide an ultra-talented squad with a philosophy that's tough, blue collar, down to earth and motivational while not being the least bit fake.Listen to Bylsma and you would never know who the stars are. Love it. Forget contrasting him with Bruce Boudreau. Poor Bruce can't win even if he was in Slapshot. How about a quick side-by-side with your local team's leader? Bylsma makes Claude look like a cross between a French Canadian Homer Simpson and Otto Pilot from Airplane. And can you Imagine Bylsma ranking players with Chiarelli?DB: "Savard cost us the game against the Flyers. I gave him a 2.''PC: "Well, I hope he improves 'cause I gave him a 7. As in a 7-year extension.''I love this show and wanted more as soon as this episode was over. But I know that by the time the Classic rolls around, barring JJ selling the team to Mark Cuban, I am going to have to medicate myself every time I hear Claude or PC speak. Hey Cam, set your TiVo. This is how you lead a hockey team. MikeAttleboro

Tuukka and Deion Branch are going to have to step aside. Ive got a new BFF and his name is Dan Bylsma. You watch Wednesday night? The Penguins lost for the first time 13 games and Coach B made sure the feeling sunk in. "Werent ready," he said. "Losing sucks." First time in over two weeks. Love that guy.

And I havent even seen him with his shoes off.

Felger returns with his Patriots-Dolphins game column on Jan. 2. Listen to him on the radio weekdays, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 the Sports Hub.

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.

The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now. 

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. 

Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.

Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached. 

As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.