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It's just a footnote

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It's just a footnote

By Michael Felger

We're getting in and out quickly this week, folks. Even the chronics are relatively succinct (for them, anyway).

We're taking next week off. Merry, merry to everyone. See you in 2011.

On to Rex Ryan and his lovely bride. Now those are some footy pajamas I'd like to see!

Felger,You go ahead and hitch your wagon to Sexy Rexy's and I'll stick with team Belichick and take my chances. You really think after all the years of embarrassment on and off the field that the guy who's going to make them respectable and feared for years to come is the coach who puts foot fetish videos of his wife on the Internet? REALLY? Would you like to re-think your stand on this? Pats Nation will give you a free pass on this since no one could predict that a head coach of a major market team would do something so stupid as to post fetish videos online while he's currently in a high profile position, but you seriously have to question the intelligence of that coach and the stability of that organization. Because how in the world did he think it was a good idea to post his profile and his wife's real profile on that site and not disguise his voice or the Jets car he drives and then post it for the world to see? We told you Mike, but you didn't want to believe it. The Jets are and always will be a JOKE! Sure, they have a few good years here or there, but they will never have sustained long-term success and respect because they hire clowns to run that team all the time. Parcells was the exception, not the rule. There is nothing wrong with what Rex and his wife did, and after listening to you on Wednesday I suspect that you and your wife are into some kinky stuff as well (Pats Nation will dig deep for any vids you might have on-line). But it is highly comical and he will never live it down. NEVER! I am praying for a Jets Pats rematch in January because I can't wait for the razzing he is going to take at Foxboro! DanEast Providence

I think this affects the Jets not one iota. You think Rex's players are surprised? Tannenbaum? In case you haven't noticed, Rex is a different kind of cat. So is his entire family. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun story. But when you sit back and think about it, are you really surprised? Of course Rex and his wife post foot-fetish videos on the web. It's almost like we should have known it.

There's certainly an issue there with his judgment, intelligence and discipline -- but again, it's nothing we didn't know about him to begin with. That's the Rex Ryan package. The Jets obviously are familiar with it, too. You all seem to think it won't work, but all I know is that last year Rex got his team to the AFC title game and you got blown out in the first round at home. They're 10-4 this year. They may not be as good as you, but it's hard to say Rex's style has hurt them to this point. I think we need to let it play out.

Finally, I found the stuff posted on the web to be so mild that it was almost cute. Basically, they were just videos of her stretching her bare feet. One of them (my favorite) had her in her panties. That was the worst of it. Big deal. And the one where they role-played, with Rex (allegedly) acting as a cop and Michelle (apparently) acting as the stranded motorist? Good, clean, fun right there. Almost endearing. An older couple having some fun. You go, Sexy Rexy!

And what do you think? Michelle Ryan = Joan Allen.

Hey Bitch and Moan (Felger: Im pretty sure he means me and Maz),

I know you were probably taking Sexy Rexy's side because of your contrarian ways, but what a couple of wussies. Rexy was basically selling his wife, but that's okay. You were probably chicken (expletive) because you were afraid the same press would find out your perverted ways, like Felger playing stewardess to Sara's Pilot, and Mazz doing his thing with chickens.What a golden opportunity missed by a couple of gutless Boston Sports-radio pervs.Ed

Hey Ed. I'm drop dead serious about what Im about to say. If you can get the Wood to dress up like a stewardess Ill pay you 10,000. Cash.

Mike,First of all, you keep focusing only on the foot-fetish videos. What about the other fetishes? Yeah, it's a personal thing, but they PUT IT ON THE INTERNET!!! What they do in private is their business. But they did it in public, to some extent. And what about the other fetishes? I agree the foot thing and video isn't a big deal. But what about the bi-curious? Did Rex mean himself? What about defilement and wanting to see his wife "take it in (expletive deleted)"? Its their business, but do you think its a good image for the Jets who are trying to sell Suites and Boxes to corporations? He's like a CEO or high ranking exec. You don't think being into bondage, defilement, humiliation, torture, etc. is a problem for a corporation?Also, you KILLED Spikes for this. Yet its harmless fun for Rex? Give me a break with your switching standards and inconsistency.Ted

I KILLED Spikes? You must have me confused with another talk show host. I had as much fun with that as I did with this. Otherwise, what "other fetishes" from the Ryan thing offend you? So what if Rex or Michelle are bi-curious? You have a problem with that? And what humiliation and torture are you talking about? It seemed to me from what I saw that Michelle was a more-than-willing participant. I bet even money that she was the instigator. And do you really believe that the Jets will lose a single ticket, a single luxury box over this? Id be stunned if that was the case. The bigger issue for them is sucking on the field which they havent done since Rex got there.

Hey Felger,Pats are 11-2 and you and Mazz spend an hour on Wednesday talking about Pats' draft misses. Good timing. Clay Matthews, like it or not, wasnt drafted because he gained 80 pounds in four years in college. How does a guy gain 80 pounds of muscle in that time frame? It is genetically impossible.GeorgeWoburnP.S. In 2008, the Pats hosted Cameron Wake for one ofthose nothing tryouts and didn't sign him. Unlike Matthews' veryquestionable past, Wake was an oversight.
From now on, before the Cartel decides to second-guess the Pats, George, we'll be sure to consult you first to see if it's on the cleared list.

Anyway, I don't know if you heard me say this, but if the reason the Pats passed on Matthews was a performance-enhancing-drug issue, then I don't blame them. I believe you should scout that stuff. If you feel a college player won't be able to pass tests at the NFL level, or if you think his production is too much of a result of drug use, then I don't blame you for skipping him.

And based on that logic (which I assume you agree with, based on your question) we then have to consider the drafting of Spikes a major mistake. Opps! He didn't even make it through his rookie year . . . Sorry for spiking that Patriots Kool-Aid with a dose of realism. (See, Ted, you had it confused. Ive spent more time on Spikes drug test than his Hogan.)

Also, as it relates to Wake, don't you get the feeling we're talking about the same issue as Matthews?

Felger You DB! After watching the first episode HBO's 247, how can anyone not have coach envy! Dan Bylsma is what every B's fan has been wanting since Pat Burns (God speed, coach). And while Burns was saddled with tasks like trying to explain to Darren Van Impe that the other team scoring was "bad,'' we get to see Bylsma guide an ultra-talented squad with a philosophy that's tough, blue collar, down to earth and motivational while not being the least bit fake.Listen to Bylsma and you would never know who the stars are. Love it. Forget contrasting him with Bruce Boudreau. Poor Bruce can't win even if he was in Slapshot. How about a quick side-by-side with your local team's leader? Bylsma makes Claude look like a cross between a French Canadian Homer Simpson and Otto Pilot from Airplane. And can you Imagine Bylsma ranking players with Chiarelli?DB: "Savard cost us the game against the Flyers. I gave him a 2.''PC: "Well, I hope he improves 'cause I gave him a 7. As in a 7-year extension.''I love this show and wanted more as soon as this episode was over. But I know that by the time the Classic rolls around, barring JJ selling the team to Mark Cuban, I am going to have to medicate myself every time I hear Claude or PC speak. Hey Cam, set your TiVo. This is how you lead a hockey team. MikeAttleboro

Tuukka and Deion Branch are going to have to step aside. Ive got a new BFF and his name is Dan Bylsma. You watch Wednesday night? The Penguins lost for the first time 13 games and Coach B made sure the feeling sunk in. "Werent ready," he said. "Losing sucks." First time in over two weeks. Love that guy.

And I havent even seen him with his shoes off.

Felger returns with his Patriots-Dolphins game column on Jan. 2. Listen to him on the radio weekdays, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 the Sports Hub.

Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31

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Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31

SEATTLE - Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons did enough through 3 1/2 quarters that even the best comeback attempt by Russell Wilson fell short this time.

A couple of yards short to be exact.

Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Falcons watched Blair Walsh's 52-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds fall short, holding off the Seattle Seahawks for a 34-31 win on Monday night.

Atlanta won its second straight to stay on the heels of New Orleans and Carolina in the NFC South, and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss.

"What an absolute team win from the guys tonight," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. "Coming here, in this environment, with the crowd, we thought it would be two competitive, tough teams that were going to battle for it in the biggest way."

Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a 1-yard TD run on Atlanta's opening possession.

But it was Clayborn's fumble return that helped break the game open early in the second quarter and gave Atlanta a 21-7 lead. He scooped up a loose ball after Wilson was crunched by Takk McKinley and Courtney Upshaw.

"I think we're moving in the right direction. We keep proving we can finish games and beat guys. We have to take the momentum and keep rolling with it," Clayborn said.

With Seattle down 11 points, Wilson hit Doug Baldwin on a 29-yard TD with 3 minutes left and then threw to Jimmy Graham for the two-point conversion. Seattle got the ball back and moved in range for Walsh, whose attempt was on line but landed short of the crossbar.

"That was in our range, and in hindsight I would have just driven it more," Walsh said. "I would have driven it more and not left it short. I was too accurate and didn't have enough on it."

Wilson again was the entirety of Seattle's offense, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and running for another 86 yards and a TD.

But it was an awful night for the Seahawks, filled with more injuries and questionable decisions by coach Pete Carroll. He called for a fake field goal late in the first half rather than attempting a 35-yard kick. He also made a questionable challenge in the fourth quarter that didn't go his way and left Seattle with just one timeout.

That lack of timeouts came back to haunt Seattle on the final drive when seconds ticked away and rather than running one more play, Walsh was sent out to attempt the 52-yard kick. His long for the season is 49 yards.

The conclusion only amplified Carroll's baffling decision at the end of the first half, when Seattle ran a fake field goal rather than having Walsh attempt a 35-yarder that would have pulled Seattle within 24-20. Holder Jon Ryan completed his shovel pass to Luke Willson, but Grady Jarrett read the play and tackled Willson for a 4-yard loss.

Willson said Atlanta's defense on the play was different than what Seattle had seen on film.

"It would have been a really good call if we had made it," Carroll said. "Terrific opportunity right where we wanted it and the defensive tackle made a better play."

Seattle played a game for the first time since the end of the 2010 season without Richard Sherman. His streak of 99 consecutive starts in the regular season was snapped because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered against Arizona. The Seahawks were also without safety Kam Chancellor because of a neck injury, leaving their vaunted secondary with several new faces.

"Those two are phenomenal players. ... It was a lot different," Sanu said. "They did a lot of different things but we just had to take advantage of our routes."

MATTY ICE

Ryan was more than happy to pick on a defense without Sherman and Chancellor. He was 19 of 27 passing for 195 yards and rarely faced pressure. Seattle had one sack, and the Falcons went 9 of 14 on third-down conversions.

Sanu made a great one-handed grab for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Ryan found Toilolo on a 25-yard TD in the third quarter to give Atlanta a 31-20 lead. Matt Bryant added a 19-yard field goal with 3:49 left to put the Falcons ahead by 11, and Wilson's late heroics weren't enough.

Ryan's streak of 64 straight games passing for at least 200 yards was snapped.

INJURIES

Seattle's injury woes continued. The Seahawks lost rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin to a concussion on the second play of the game, forcing newly signed veteran Byron Maxwell into a more prominent role than expected.

Early in the second half, promising running back Mike Davis was lost to a groin injury after taking a screen pass 21 yards. Davis had two receptions and had carried six times for 18 yards before getting hurt. Seattle also lost starting guard Oday Aboushi in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Atlanta got a scare when safety Keanu Neal was checked for a concussion in the first half. He was cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday to open a three-game homestand.

Seahawks: Travel to division foe San Francisco on Sunday.

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'Resilient' Celtics continue to find ways to win

'Resilient' Celtics continue to find ways to win

We have seen the Boston Celtics play less-than-stellar basketball for long stretches, only to turn it on in the second half and escape with a win.

But Monday night’s game at Dallas was different.

Usually it has been Boston’s offense that has kept the game closer than expected, but on Monday it was the team’s defense that struggled more than usual.

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But this team continues to show an ability to withstand all in-game struggles to eventually emerge victorious which was exactly what happened as the Celtics rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to knock off the Mavericks 110-102 in overtime.

The Celtics (16-2) have now won 16 in a row which ties the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.

But this win, like so many of its predecessors during this historic run, was not one to celebrate afterwards.

“Quite a resilient comeback in the fourth,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Not our best foot forward before that. Of all the comebacks, that did not look good for a long time. We found a way to win it.”

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 47 points, 10 of which came in the overtime period.

But his performance was just one of many Boston needed to extend its winning streak.

“In a game like this, you have to do whatever it takes, both ends of the floor,” Boston’s Jayson Tatum told reporters afterwards.

And he did just that.

In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Tatum’s defense forced a Harrison Barnes miss that would have won the game for Dallas.

And in the fourth quarter, Tatum’s rebounding was critical to Boston (16-2) extending its stay atop the NBA standings.

The 6-foot-8 rookie had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, with four of his boards coming in overtime.

Boston also got another strong game from Jaylen Brown (22 points, nine rebounds) and Marcus Smart, whose shooting was well off the mark most of the night (3-for-15) but like he has done too many times to count, Smart managed to make a positive impact on the game.

He led the Celtics with eight assists off the bench, in addition to a slew of hustle plays that included a desperation save of a ball going out of bounds that managed to find its way into the hands of Kyrie Irving, who drained a much-needed 3-pointer late in the game.

“Those are worth more than whatever the shot goes in,” Stevens said. “That’s why it’s hard to quantify Marcus Smart.”

The same can be said about Boston’s winning streak, which has come about despite several stretches, every game seemingly, where the Celtics struggle.

But to their credit, they don’t allow the in-game setbacks take away from their focus night-in and night-out and that’s to find a way, any way possible, to emerge with a victory.

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