200 Miles From the Citi

December 22, 2010 7:08 PM

Stories That Aren't Going Away


So I guess I should weigh in on Rex Ryan and the Jets' latest off-the-field news.

I want to take an approach to it that you aren't already sick of hearing.

And that approach is this - when it comes right down to it, sports is full of people who just really aren't all that bright.

I don't think that's a huge revelation...but it's something that dawned on me after an e-mail exchange with the Southern Bureau, when he suggested that "this Internet situation" (how Ryan referred to it to the Jets in Wednesday morning's team meeting) could cost Ryan his job.

Until he wrote that, I hadn't thought the situation all that serious...but it really could.

And it's a stupid thing, and it would go down in sports history as one of the most ridiculous reasons for someone losing their job.  But it's not out of the realm of possibility.

And I don't think it will happen before the end of this season.  The company line right now is that it's a personal situation and no one is really commenting on it.

But the story is not going away.  And it's the latest of the 2010 disgraces that I'm sure will last well into 2011 and beyond.

Everyone keeps bringing up the Ines Sainz story, which will continue to be a stain on the 2010 Jets.  Rex Ryan may not have been primarily responsible for it, but he certainly didn't do much to prevent it.  I'll add to the list of 2010 disappointments the Charlie Samuels firing by the Mets.  That all happened way too quickly - I'm sure more of that story and who else may have been involved will surface in the future.

Then, of course, heaven knows we haven't heard the last of Brett Favre's 2008 season thanks to his alleged inappropriate behavior towards Jenn Sterger.  And when the target's on Ryan's back, everyone likes to continue to point out his ill-advised middle finger in the off-season.

And the point of all of these situations is how stupid everyone involved is.  I'm a teacher.  Part of my job is helping 10-year-olds understand appropriate behavior with technology and how anything you do on-line is permanent.  I don't understand how people who are actually in the public eye and are video-taped on a regular basis aren't constantly reminded of this.

Never ever put anything on video that you wouldn't want being linked back to you in the future.  Seems simple, doesn't it?

It's a rule that applies to everything from what you would put on your Facebook account to twitter to, I don't know, videos in which you and your wife may or may not be talking about her feet.

I don't think it would hurt for people involved in professional sports to be treated like 10-year-olds every so often.

And I don't think it's unlikely for a guy who really knows what he's doing on the football field to lose his job because he has no clue how to behave off the field and under a microscope.

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