Sports Beat “Rex Sounds Like A Goner”
By Lloyd Carroll
      Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer reported during Sunday’s pregame show that Jets head coach Rex Ryan had told his team at a meeting the previous night that he expected to be fired at the end of the year. At the press conference following the Jets’ 24-13 win over the Cleveland Browns I asked Ryan to comment on the Glazer report.

    “What I said during team meeting is private. I will not comment on it. Right now my focus is to win our last game of the season in Miami,” he said.

      While Rex did not corroborate what Glazer reported, he did not angrily deny it either which to me indicates that Jay got the story right. Rex also sounded like he was speaking of his tenure in the past when he told the media that coaching the Jets has been a great opportunity for him. He also remarked that he had a contract for next year but did not say whether he thought that he would be back as coach.

      Jets quarterback Geno Smith had arguably his best day in the NFL last Sunday. Being from Miami he admitted that he enjoyed playing a football game in late December in the freakish 70 degree weather New Yorkers enjoyed. Geno would not answer any question about whether he used his time-stopping resources efficiently as he burned through the Jets’ three timeouts fairly early so that the team did not have any left with six minutes remaining in what was then a tight game.

       The New York Islanders won their first game in over a month last Friday night. Of course that 5-3 win came over the equally inept New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. There was a time when a Rangers-Islanders game was always an intense affair but with both teams stinking this season it was hard to feel any electricity in the Garden 

        Islanders right winger Michael Grabner called the win over the Rangers on their home ice the biggest win of the season. “Then again we haven’t won too many other games,” he added with a knowing smile.

       Of course the Islanders did not want to spoil their fans before Christmas. The following day they reverted to form and blew yet another two-goal third period lead as they lost to the Anaheim Ducks at the Nassau Coliseum.

        NBC “Sunday Night Football” play-by-play man Al Michaels was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the annual ceremonies held at the Hilton last Tuesday night. I have always felt that his career was overly boosted by his “Do you believe in miracles call?” during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid when the Americans upset the Soviet Union in the semi-finals. Even though his “SNF” partner Cris Collinsworth was the MC, Michaels refused to come to New York and gave an acceptance speech from his home in LA.

        This was the first time that CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz did not handle the hosting chores. He did pre-tape a message to the attendees urging them to contribute to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Fund that distributes monies to members of their industry in need. Jim also cracked a few good-natured jokes at Cris Collinsworth’s expense. He did not however extend any congratulations to Al Michaels. Read into that what you will.

         Local motorcycle enthusiasts will be happy to know that Harley-Davidson has opened a showroom in Tribeca where clothing and choppers can be purchased. The same family that runs the Long Island City Harley dealership owns the one in lower Manhattan as well.