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from Steve Serby of the New York Post,
Sorry, but the Jets are not the big story in town with the Rangers playing a Game 6 Thursday night at the Garden against the Canadiens for a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.
“I hope they make it, I hope they go all the way,” Ryan told The Post.
Ryan got a taste for how the New York metropolitan area embraces winners — not as big a taste as Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning and the Giants have gotten since 2008 — and he understands this latest New York love affair with the Rangers.
“Oh yeah, of course. There’s nothing like it,” Ryan said. “But I think what New York’s embracing about the Rangers is, like obviously the [Marty] St. Louis deal and things, but the courage he showed [following the death of his mother], that was awesome to me. And his teammates I’m sure said the same thing. Nobody needs to say anything, that was impressive. But the guts they showed, they’re down 3-1 against Pittsburgh, and come back and rally and take that series. That was fantastic.”
Ryan is a hockey aficionado from way back.
“Growing up, I was a Ranger fan and a Maple Leaf fan, if that’s possible,” Ryan said. “I lived in Toronto, and my dad [Buddy] was in New York, so that’s kinda how I grew up … Eddie Giacomin, Brad Park — I can give you ‘em all — Walt Tkaczuk, Rod Gilbert, you name ‘em, Jean Ratelle … I could name every one of ‘em.”
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada found the New York Jets head coach in the crowd.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
There was an unlikely visitor on the Blues’ bench at today’s morning skate. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan watched the team practice and spoke with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.
“I said, ‘Man, you coach this team like a football team ... and that’s the truth,” Ryan said. “He spent a lot of time around football coaches as well. This is my first opportunity to be around a great hockey coach.
“Sport is sport, but you watch this (Blues) team and golly, this is what I want for our football team ... everybody buys in. They have one all-star and it’s the backup goalie, and here they are with the best record in hockey.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
The New York Jets coach returns to the city where he grew up, played hockey, cut classes ... and cheered for the Leafs.
Rex Ryan is practically mapping out the parade route.
The one down Bay St., not Broadway.
The emotional coach of the New York Jets is discussing how much a championship would mean to a certain title-starved city. He’s not talking about the Jets, the Big Apple and the NFL, either.
“Can you imagine how crazy Toronto would go if the Maple Leafs were to ever win a Stanley Cup?” the bubbly Ryan says with excitement. “Man, people would go nuts!
“It might be the biggest celebration in the history of sports.”