You've been looking forward to the Sunday Night opener between the Jets and Cowboys for a long time now, and why not? It features two teams with a combined three playoff appearances over the past four years. It features Jason Garrett's debut as the full-time head coach of Dallas. It features a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant trying to match up against a brutal Jets defense. But above all else, it features those nutty Ryan brothers going head to head, talking smack and wearing wigs and doing all that crazy crap that makes them both beloved and loathed by football fans across the country. And now, Rob Ryan has upped the ante a bit by finally coming out and talking about his brother's alleged affinity for making foot fetish videos:
"Aw hell who cares...Believe me, everybody has whatever screwed up thing going on. I don't care. I'm sure you do, and everybody else that points fingers. Who cares? Everybody has a life off the field. Who gives a crap? I'm sure I'm worse than he is. So big deal."
"Naw, I mean hell, he is a little freaky I guess...Hell, I don't know. I like everything about my wife. She got great feet, too. She got everything nice. What the hell."
God, I love him. He sounds just like Nick Nolte. AW HELL... Anyway, Rob makes some good points in there, accurately pointing out that, deep down we're all a little freaky. And I like that he indicted himself alongside his brother. If he's worse than Rex, I wonder just what that all entails. Maybe he's into manga comics and stuff. Don't put it past a Ryan to be crazy like that!
The Ryans have a well-documented history of good-naturedly teasing each other prior to games (Rex dressed up as Rob prior to the Jets playing the Browns last season). For his part, Rex reacted to Rob's comments by saying the two would "speak this week" about the matter, which perhaps suggests that the needling went too far this time (though I think Rob was clearly defending his brother and not taunting him). Both men like to use themselves as media punching bags to divert scrutiny away from their players, so expect this little exchange to have virtually no effect on either team once Sunday night hits. All it does is add to the fun.