Rex Ryan Clarifies That the Jets Can Sleep with Their Wives Before Playing the Patriots
Should be a weird matchup this weekend.
It’ll be an interesting match-up between the Patriots and the Jets this weekend, not the least because of a goofy clarification Jets coach Rex Ryan was forced to offer the media about what behaviors are and aren’t allowed out of his players as they prepare for the game.
According to kick returnerÂ Josh Cribbs, quoted in the New York Daily News, Ryan told his players (charmingly),Â âDonât do nothing for your wife.â This was interpreted by some to mean that players should avoid wasting energy on, ahem, bedroom activities so they could keep focused on defeating the Patriots. Cribbs, though, thought Ryan was focused more on unnecessary household chores that might distract his guys. Cribbs said:
“Say baby, next week. Youâll take out the trash next week. Iâll take the kids to practice next week but Iâve got to rest for this game. Iâm going to tell [Ryan] to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife, I can be like, âRex said that I donât got to take out the trash.â So he might get a call.”
But other players had their minds in the same place as reporters. “‘Most definitely,’ defensive lineman Sheldon RichardsonÂ told the Daily News when asked if Rexâs message included “hanky panky,” (to use the paper’s phrase.)
This so entertained players and reporters, many of whom have carried headlines on the subject, that Ryan had to come into the media room and clarify that no, Jets players weren’t banned from having sex. (God, imagine if a reporter put that question to Belichick.) It’s perhaps worth noting that if the Jets were supposed to abstain, they’d be in a fine tradition of athletes who have sworn off carnal pleasures in the days before competition. Though with some studies actually suggesting that sex before competition might improve performance, we New Englanders are left a bit disappointed that Ryan wasn’t feeling more Puritan.
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