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As Gang Green Turns: What a Difference a Week Makes – Jets and Steelers Play Nice?

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It is amazing how different things can be in one week in the soap opera As Gang Green Turns. You will probably recall all the bluster coming from New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan concerning his arch nemesis Darth Bull—New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick—in the week before the game between the Jets and Pats. This was a showdown. This was a war between coaches. Man your battle stations and full speed ahead.

Well, this week the Ryan Express has slowed down some. He has toned down all the rhetoric and has actually made nice. He likes Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin. He admires the man. He respects him. The last time Rex got so enamored with someone—Darrelle Revis, when he was missing from training camp—he talked about giving his cornerback a great big smooch if he walked in the door. Mr. Tomlin, you have been warned.

And if our wondering eyes are to believe what we are seeing, then we get a reciprocal round of praising of Ryan by Tomlin. He likes Rex too. There is either something wrong with this picture, or perhaps it is just the silence before the fury. Either way, this kind of lovey-dovey stuff gives me the creeps right before a big game.

Now, before you go thinking this game is going to be boring, today Steelers’ defensive back Ike Taylor said he was going to “lay him out” in reference to his former teammate, Jets’ wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Ah, some turmoil has finally surfaced. This is just the kind of threat we need to get the fun going again.

Come on, Rex, you know you want to respond to this comment. Truthfully, we’re waiting.

Photo Credits-

Ike Taylor – Steelersgab.com
Mike Tomlin – Esquire

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana's stories, articles, and poems have been published in literary magazines and online. His books 'A Death in Prague' (2002), 'Move' (2003), 'The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories' (2005), and 'Like a Passing Shadow' (2009) are available in print, online, and as e-books. His latest books 'If the Fates Allow: New York Christmas Stories,' 'Garden of Ghosts,' and 'Flashes in the Pan' are available exclusively on Amazon. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated on writing mostly fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as a faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with 'Blogcritics Magazine' since July 2005 and has written well over 500 articles; previously co-head sports editor, he now is a Culture and Society editor. Having traveled extensively, Victor has visited six continents and intends to get to Antarctica someday where he figures a few ideas for new stories await him.
  • Arch Conservative

    Congrats to you and your team Victor.

    Although I will be rooting against them. I can’t stand the Steelers either but the Jets took out my Pats. I don’t care what anyone says, Rex Ryan is a world class meathead and I can’t wait for the Steelers to make him shut his fat piehole.

    I’m pulling for the Packers to win it all.

  • Funny, Arch, just last week I referred to Rex as Luke Piewalker (when I called Belichick Darth Bull). I think it’s going to be a great game, and the one between the Bears and Packers will be as well.

  • Jesse

    Taylor better watch out. If he intends on laying anyone out, he better be prepared to pull out his checkbook to pay the fine!

  • As a lifelong Vikings fan that hates both the Packers and Bears during the regular season, when the playoffs come around, I’ll root for the NFC North all day long! Go Pack!