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And Another Thing


Paging Tom Hanks ...

We've got crying in football now

Question: If there's no crying in baseball (as Hanks famously told us in "A League Of Their Own") how can there by crying in football?

And yet here was Jets coach Rex Ryan, openly admitting that he cried Monday during a team meeting after the Jets' 24-22 loss to Jacksonville.

This could be the part where I make enormous fun of Rex. Instead, this is the part where I kinda-sorta defend him.

I mean, I'd have cried if I'd just lost to Jacksonville, too. So there's that.

Then there's what this story reminds me of.

When I read that I immediately flashed back to a story I heard back in my Anderson days, close to 30 years ago now. It seems one night one of our reporters came back to the office after watching Anderson Madison Heights -- no football school -- get racked by someone or another. When the game was over, the reporter couldn't find Heights coach anywhere.

Eventually he tracked him down in the end zone, where coach had gone to, um, have a good cry.

So, see. There is crying in football.

Ben Smith's blog.