In the last edition of the Ryan Bowl--which pitted New York Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan against then-Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan--there was overtime theatrics (the Jets won on a Santonio Holmes touchdown catch), a lot of defense and, predictably enough from the animated twins, a lot of pre-game trash talking.
The next edition, which will see Rob’s new team, the Dallas Cowboys, take on the Jets, won’t likely be quite as shrouded in good-natured trash-talking--as the game will take place on September 11 in New York, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
"I have a great time going against my brother; it’s always kind of emotional for me and everything else,” Rex told reporters in a conference call Wednesday, per ESPN Dallas. “But the fact that it’s on 9/11, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, that’s where the focus should be. It shouldn’t be on my brother and I competing against each other even though that’s a family thing and that’s something that we’re awful proud of.
"But the fact that it’s going to be on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I feel honored that we’re going to be playing, right there in our stadium. That’s fantastic. It’s obviously going to be an emotional night for everybody, not just in the New York/New Jersey area but in the whole country. I feel honored we’ll be opening up the season playing at home."
So, there won’t be any trash talk, whatsoever?
Well... Maybe a little.
"That could be," Rex said. "It’s going to be a little different. The fact that the game is on opening night and the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 will put a little damper on [the trash-talking]. I certainly don’t want to do something that would take away from [honoring the anniversary of 9/11]. This game certainly won’t be about my brother and I. I think there probably won’t be as much trash-talking as maybe what’s gone on in the past."
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