Blame it on the “supermoon,” but Marvin Lewis is right. Things have gotten weird.
How else to explain Jets’ coach Rex Ryan comparing himself to The Babe while throwing in some Roosevelt edict for good measure?
“They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick. I love that. I agree with that 100%,” Ryan told New York Daily News writer Gary Myers in New Orleans for the owners’ meetings. “But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I’m going to walk softly, I’m going to carry that big stick and then I’m going to point and then I’m going to hit it over the fence.”
Kudos for confidence, but it’s not like we haven’t heard it all before from the big guy. The difference is that Ruth, you know, actually delivered on his called shot whereas Ryan has yet to even make it to the show having whiffed back-to-back AFC Championships.
So what to make of the man crying Ruth? And where will it stand in the pantheon of football pledges?
Is he attempting to channel Broadway Joe and his Super Bowl III guarantee – the one and only crown for the J-E-T-S? (the good).
Or like when Jon Kitna predicted more than 10 wins for the 2007 Lions (the bad).
Or will it be more reminiscent of when Steelers’ safety Anthony Smith predicted they would beat the then undefeated Patriots and subsequently got owned by Brady (the downright ugly).
“How am I crying wolf?” said Ryan. “We built a perennial winner. Now we just have to find a way to get it done. All I want is to win two more games.”
That, and a snack of course. Baby Ruth?