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Eric Mangini: Master Of The Zinger

Say what you want, the guy has a face for comedy

If this whole NFL head coaching thing doesn’t work out for Eric Mangini – and up until last weekend’s beatdown of the Patriots – that seemed to be the direction his career was heading – the Browns head coach might have a future in zinger-based comedy.

The upcoming game between the Jets and the Browns has been fraught with sideshow-like attractions: Rex Ryan dressing up like his twin brother, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and then putting a bounty on his brother’s head, among other random displays of skullduggery and tomfoolery.

If that weren’t enough, Coach Rex shot a backhanded compliment across the Browns bow recently, saying that he considered putting a bounty on Eric Mangini as well, but, alluding to Mangini’s considerable weight loss, “he’s small right now. It would be hard to hit that kind of target.”

Well, Mangini wasn’t going to take this lying down, so he had a little comeback of his own to the fiery Jets coach’s witticism (via The Wall Street Journal):

“I think everyone in New York is happy about that,” Mangini said, “except maybe Macy’s losing one of their floats.”

Zing! Can I get a drum roll and a cymbal crash?

That’s better. I tell ya, this Mangini guy, he’s like a regular Don Rickles, which considering Mr. Rickle’s advancing age, is a pretty good thing. Being regular, that is.

Mangini jokes about Ryan’s weight loss [Wall Street Journal]