“Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid, reporter. The only reason he’s empowered is we’re spending all this time this morning talking about Manish Mehta, who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a lineup. And no Jet fan really gives a damn about Manish Mehta.”
-Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, on one reporter’s behavior during a press conference
When Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York Jets, faced reporters recently, after New York’s preseason 24-21 win, in overtime, over the New York Giants, Ryan was likely more worried about his quarterback situation, with Mark Sanchez struggling with a shoulder injury. And when reporters pressed Ryan hard about his decisions, he didn’t worry about hurting their feelings. Ryan did admit that it was his idea to put Sanchez in the game in the 4th quarter.
According to a YouWager news source, Ryan said, “We’re there to win. We had our starting offense out there for three quarters — we’re trying to win the game, that’s what we wanted to do. … We’re trying to compete. Everybody’s out there and injuries are part of the game. … We’ll see the severity of Mark’s injuries. Obviously it didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, but we’re here to compete.”
But one reporter kept pressing Ryan, to ask if Geno Smith could be the starting quarterback in the 2013 regular NFL football wagering season, and Ryan became impatient. YouWager’s source tells us Ryan snapped back, “I don’t have to answer a question. … We will make the decision on a starting quarterback when we think it’s the appropriate time. Not when you, not when this person or this person or this person…”
The reporter, not giving up, asked, “How can you say-“
Coach Ryan cut him off, saying “I can say anything I want. That’s the beauty of the country.”
On a popular New Jersey radio sports show, the press conference questions came up again with guest Chris Christie, the notoriously outspoken Governor of New Jersey. Because both the Jets and the Giants actually play their home games in New Jersey, the Governor takes the business of NFL sports quite seriously. Some online sportsbook bettors were surprised at just how seriously Christie takes it all.
On the Jets, and quarterback Mark Sanchez, Christie was typically blunt. He said, “It seems like the fans have amnesia about this guy, Yeah, he was awful last year, but by the way, he had no weapons last year to throw to, he had no receiving core, he had no running game and the offensive line was below average. So what are you looking for from the guy? I think they’ve treated him awfully. It seems like they’re determined … and I think this new general manager (John Idzik) is just determined to play the guy (Geno Smith) that he drafted.”
On the radio show, the conversation with Governor Christie extended to the exchange between the reporter and Coach Ryan. Christie let it be known that his sympathies were with the coach. YouWager’s new source reports that the Governor said, “As somebody who stands in front of the press asking you questions, what’s he supposed to say at that point? He tried to defend the decision, and people keep yelling at him, so he had enough of the BS. He’s like, ‘Enough, I’ve given you my answer.’ There comes a point, Craig, sometimes, with you people in the media, where you just have to say, ‘Hey, that’s my answer. You think it’s stupid, you don’t like it, then say that. But leave me alone.’”
The show hosts continued to explore the subject, Christie got angry. He didn’t feel that Manish Mehta, the reporter in question, was a worthy topic on a sports show. YouWager’s source said the Governor put it this way: “That’s my point. It shouldn’t be about that. It should be about the Sanchez decision. We shouldn’t be giving this DOPE the amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”
Governor Christie has a point, sportsbook bettors admit. Was the press conference really that big of a deal? Belichick has been ignoring questions for years. Some online wagering enthusiasts say situations like the one Rex Ryan encountered were even more colorful back when Jim Mora was still a head coach. His angry remarks to the press, especially after losses, were priceless, they say.