The Rex Ryan Diaries: Challenge accepted


The Rex Ryan Diaries: Challenge accepted

By Adam Hart

Tuesday Jan. 11th, 2011

Dear Diary,

I don't like it. I don't like it one bit.

Turns out we are playing the Patriots. But that's not even the worst of it; they're trying to be all funny with the media. That's my expletive shtick!

It all started with my usual "This is personal, blah blah blah" nonsense to scare the Patriots. I said this game comes down to one thing, Me versus that dullard Belichick. Oh, it was expletive great. Belichick did the predictable, "I don't think you'll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches." No expletive, Sherlock.

Then -- out of the blue -- I'm blindsided by some Casio boombox guy saying he'll race Tannenbaum. Who said anything about racing? Only race Mikey's winning is to the buffet line. Am I right or am I expletive right?

Even worse, this bearded guy says he can beat anyone at wearing shorts in the cold the longest. Huh?

I beat the Colts all by myself. I try to do the same thing this week against the Patriots, and they're hellbent on wrecking everything. Every expletive last thing. I mean, I sure as expletive can't beat both Belichick and Casio in a race. And that shorts thing sounds expletive weird. Maybe I'll just go barefoot on Sunday. That'll show 'em.

Long story short, I got absolutely zero game prep in today; I'm talking none. Been too busy thinking about this expletive Me vs Belichick thing and how everyone's ruining it by butting in. Unless they're just messing with my mind, throwing me off-track???

Expletive it. I'mma go see if Tannenbaum's got any expletive snacks. That's right, snacks -- plural.



P.S. Turns out Tannenbaum had some pretty expletive good snacks. But I just saw this news report: someone took all the Tostitos. ALL OF THEM. How'm I gonna make nachos for Nacho?

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

PHILADELPHIA – Despite playing its second straight game without a key rotation player, the Boston Celtics did just enough to get their first win of the season, 102-92, over Philadelphia.

Boston (1-2) was led by Kyrie Irving’s game-high 21 points, but it was Shane Larkin's floor game down the stretch that truly catapulted Boston to its first win of the season.

Larkin, who was seeing action in large part because Marcus Smart was out with a left ankle injury, provided a huge spark in the fourth before finishing with 10 points and four assists.

He drained a 3-pointer that tied the game at 75-all, which was part of an 18-9 Celtics run.

The Sixers (0-2) were led by J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless who had 19 and 18 points, respectively. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start, but finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston played with a lead for most of the first half, but Philadelphia took over with a 7-0 run to end the second quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for all of the third and some of the fourth quarter.

Boston was once again short-handed, with Marcus Smart out with a left ankle injury. He replaced Gordon Hayward, whose left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

But with players out, that opens up opportunities for others to step up.

Larkin, who walked away from a contract overseas that would have paid about $5 million more than he’s making with the Celtics, was one of those players.

Aron Baynes, who got the start with Smart out, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Boston also got another strong game off the bench from Terry Rozier who had 14 points and seven rebounds