Rex Ryan is handling this all wrong

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Rex Ryan is handling this all wrong

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

The internet is flooding with allegations Rex Ryan and his wife, whom Rex once compared to Tom Brady's bride, produce foot fetish videos. But the big guy only had this to say Wednesday:

"I know you need to ask, it's a personal matter."

What in the what? That's not the Rex Ryan we know and like as a friend. There's no need to be coy. Be yourself; make a joke out of the whole thing.

Until he gets his plan of attack figured out, here's a bevy of situations creating a conflict of interests for Rex. Actually, it's more a merger of interests:

Ed Hoculi: The Jets player was stopped short of the first down. There is no penalty on the play, but I figured it appropriate to explain the Jets need a foot to move the chains. Does this. Repeat: the Jets need a foot.

RR: That's EXACTLY what we need.

Team Statistician: Coach, you do know there's three feet in a yard, right?

RR: Expletive right I do.

Mike Westhoff: Look, we've got the Bears this week. They might try that surprise onside kick crap, so everybody be on your toes!

RR: All ten of your beautiful toes.

Jim Nantz: And Santonio Holmes is out with a foot.

RR: Wish I was out with a foot right now. Heck, who am I kidding. One foot won't cut it anymore -- I need two.

Woody Johnson: Still can't believe I'm footing the bill for that sexual harassment training. Should've just denied, denied some more and pawned it on Belichick.

RR: You're doing what to the bill?!

(O-Coord.) Bill Callahan: Coach, remember when you said we'd win the Super Bowl? Well, the Patriots have taken over the top spot in the AFC East.

RR: Are you saying there's a mutiny afoot? . . . Please say there's a mutiny afoot.

Mark Sanchez: Hey, Coach. Just bought a new car. It's one of those hybrids.

RR: Ha! Nice move, Nacho. Pretty soon they'll be selling those Flintstones cars again. You know, the ones they power with their big, neanderthal feet. Actually . . .

Training Staff: Tomlinson has a slight case of turf toe.

RR: Ooo, I like the sound of that. . . . Wait, what's turf toe?

Mark Sanchez: Coach, I watched this great movie this weekend, Happy Feet.

RR: Not what you thought it'd be, right?

Mark Sanchez: . . . Uh, not sure what you mean. It was really good, fun for the whole family.

Team Equipment Manager: Coach, we're traveling to Soldier Field this week. They've got shaky turf, so I'll be advising players on their spikes. Got to have good footing.

RR: I'm all about good footing. All day every day.

Braylon Edwards: For the team flight, we were thinking of switching it up a bit. We want to watch Footloose instead of 300.

RR: I'm listening. . .

Reporter: Coach, any word on new sponsorship deals with with golf product supplier FootJoy and athlete's foot medication Tinactin.

RR: Can't comment. But I'll say the Jets organization would be proud to be associated with companies doing great work in the field of foot pleasure.

That's more like it.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.


 
 

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

TORONTO – It’s far too soon to say if the Celtics’ decision to stand pat at the trade deadline was a mistake.
 
But the early returns aren’t encouraging.
 
Their 107-97 loss Friday night to the Toronto Raptors wasn’t because of Kyle Lowry (right wrist), who didn’t even play, or DeMar DeRozan, who played out his mind while scoring a career-high 43 points.
 
The game will be remembered by the new guys Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, both acquired at the trade deadline by the Raptors.
 
Ibaka, who was a bad fit, and on most nights a bad player, in Orlando, looked like the O-K-C Ibaka while scoring 15 points to go with seven rebounds against the Celtics – numbers that were better than his two games combined against the Celtics this season with the Magic when he scored a total of just 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
 
And then there was Tucker, who got a crash video course on Raptors playbook just hours before the game, and proceeded to show the kind of toughness at both ends of the floor that has made him one of the league’s more underrated defenders as he finished with a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds.
 
It was their first game with their new team, but you would have thought they had been with Toronto all season long with how seamless they seemed to fit in.
 
Ibaka draining jumpers, Tucker causing chaos defensively, while absolutely crushing the Celtics on the boards...their play was a painful reminder of what could have been for the Green team.
 
Both were rumored to have been in the Celtics’ crosshairs prior to the Thursday 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Celtics were lukewarm at best on Ibaka (they didn’t want what would have been a 25-game rental) and just couldn’t quite strike a deal and cross the finish line for Tucker.
 
It’s too soon to hit the panic button and rip Danny Ainge for not getting a minor deal done like adding Tucker or Ibaka.
 
Still, his players have to embrace the truth behind what transpired this trade season.
 
Ainge went big-game hunting, focusing most of the team's efforts on landing a major difference-maker, a la Jimmy Butler or Paul George.
 
When that didn’t work out, he settled for the next best thing, which was to keep this group together.
 
The onus is now on them to prove that trust Ainge has in them, was well-placed.
 
Putting too much stock in the first game after the break is a risky proposition that no one should subscribe to.
 
But in the loss, it revealed many of the concerns and weaknesses of this roster that tend to get magnified in defeat while glossed over when they manage to win despite those flaws.
 
Isaiah Thomas may be the best scorer in the fourth quarter, but he’s human.
 
There will be games when Mr. Fourth Quarter can’t get it done.
 
Friday night was that kind of game for him. He scored just four of his team-high 20 points in the fourth.
 
And as the Raptors blitzed him repeatedly with two and three defenders, his teammates failed to step up when the opportunity was there to make impactful, game-altering plays down the stretch.
 
Watching the Celtics’ defense in the second half was painful.
 
DeRozan got whatever he wanted, when he wanted it.
 
And when he missed, the Raptors controlled the boards, got all the 50/50 balls and repeatedly out-worked Boston.
 
It exposed Boston in a way that’s painful to see, especially when those inflicting the greatest amount of damage could have been in the Celtics huddle and not the one on the other sideline.