I was at the Bank Atlantic Center last night for the Strike Force event on SHOWTIME. I saw some pretty good action. Herschel Walker made his MMA debut and didn't embarrass himself, in my opinion. Robbie Lawler won on a lucky punch. Cris Cyborg makes me wonder if she could fight with dudes? And, Nick Diaz retained his title. All in all, it was a good night.
Then there was a Rex Ryan sighting.
Rex was taking in the event with Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer (who is the Brock Lesnar of the NFL reporting business). The Jets Head Coach was interviewed in between fights and a cascade of boos came down on him by the crowd of eight thousand. It probably had something to do with him telling the audience that the Jets would beat the Dolphins twice next season.
I was amused & not surprised by the reaction to Rex.
Then I received an email from a listener/reader who was at the event. This is how it read.Here's a pic of the Jets' coach as he smiles and flicks off two of my friends at a recent MMA show in SouthFlorida. They identified themselves as Dolphin fans and thus this is his reaction. You tend to expect some sort of a class from a head coach, or at least you used to...
Dave H., Miami, FL
JUST FOR THE RECORD: I'm not naive to think that this was an amicable discussion between Dolphin fans & Rex. I'm pretty sure that this wasn't just friendly banter that led to Rex's reaction.
Now, I'm in the midst of finding out if I can post the picture sent to me by Dave in Miami of Rex Ryan telling Dolphins' fans, " YOU'RE #1."
Stay tuned as I should have an answer rather soon.
So, here's a link to the picture of Rex Ryan at the Strikeforce MMA Event yesterday (courtesy of my blogger friends at SPORTSBYBROOKS). You can also see the non altered UN-FAMILY FRIENDLY (if you're easily offended do not click on the 790 link) picture at the stations website 790 The Ticket.
From NFL.com Blog
Jets coach Rex Ryan issued a statement Sunday, apologizing for “stupid and inappropriate” behavior after a photo of him making an obscene gesture toward Dolphins fans surfaced on the Internet.
“I wouldn’t accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players, and it’s unacceptable from me,” Ryan said of the incident, which reportedly occurred Saturday night at a mixed martial-arts event in Miami. “I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere.”
Said Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum: “Rex showed extremely poor judgment and his conduct was inappropriate. He knows he was wrong, has apologized, and we have accepted his apology. Any other actions regarding this incident will be addressed internally by the organization.”