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Who Wouldn’t Want To Receive A Recorded Message From Rex Ryan?

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In a move to drum up fan support for their upcoming game against the rival New England Patriots, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan let his fingers do the walking and left a message for Jets season ticket holders urging them to make the conditions Sunday at the Meadowlands when the Jets play the Patriots “miserable for Brady & Co. and seem like there’s 13 or 14 guys out there on defense.” Well, I suppose he didn’t technically let his fingers do the walking – they probably used one of those automated dialer machine thingamajobbers – but who knows, take a look at Ryan – you can tell that guy doesn’t do anything half-assed.

The 70 second unscripted pep-talk began with the following:

“Hey, this is Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets. I just wanted to let you know how much we need you this week. You know, I’ve already admitted that, hey, the Patriots have a better head coach and they’ve got a better quarterback than us. But we’re going to see who’s got a better team.”

And concluded with this closing:

“Again, I admit that I’m not as good as Belichick, but at the end of the game, I want to be 1-0 against him. So, help me out if you don’t mind. That’s my challenge, OK? Thank you. Bye.”

Jets fans, consider yourselves challenged. OK?

Originally, Ryan, who believes it’s a travesty that we as a society have completely abandoned the practice of corresponding with one another via the written word, initially considered sitting down at his desk and writing a letter to Jets fans, but considering his struggles with dyslexia, gave up after the first draft:

Yeah, that was probably a good idea. You have to admire the effort, though.

‘Hey, it’s Rex’: Jets coach calls fans for help [Sporting News/AP]