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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan declares Jets best in NFL

10.19.10 at 7:56 am ET

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NHL: Bruins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan is feeling good after New York squeaked out a controversial win on Sunday in Denver, its fifth straight victory. On Monday, Ryan said: “It’s hard to say we’re not the best team in the league.” With the Jets heading into a bye week, Ryan gave the team the week off.

“When you win five games in a row, you kind of just wish you keep playing, to be honest with you,” Ryan said. “But it is good to have the bye right now. We can enjoy it. Give them a little time off. And then they come back ready to go. … We know that this is just the start of our mission.”

‘™¦ Tim Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday in the Broncos‘ loss to the Jets. Dave Krieger in The Denver Post wonders when Tebow will throw his first pass.

‘™¦ Tebow’s alma mater, the University of Florida, started the season ranked third in the nation. After losing three straight games for the first time since 1998, Urban Meyer‘s Gators are unranked. George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel looks at the reasons for the fall from grace.

‘™¦ When he was a player with the Knicks in the 1970s, Phil Jackson did not seem the type of person likely to become a basketball lifer. In The Los Angeles Times, DeAntae Prince looks at how Jackon ended up one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. Meanwhile, Jeannie Buss, Jackson’s girlfriend and the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has a book coming out in which she discusses her relationship with Jackson.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 19, 1996, which Massachusetts native became the 116th NHL player (and fifth American-born player) to appear in 1,000 career NHL games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If that’s what we’ve got to do to get our team going and to get our defense to be more aggressive and be better on third down, then I’ll take it.” ‘€” Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather, speaking on the Dale & Holley show Monday, about his head-to-head hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap that drew a 15-yard penalty Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 7-0 ‘€” Cliff Lee‘s career postseason record, after the Rangers ace pitched his team to an 8-0 victory over the Yankees on Monday night

‘NET RESULTS: Pepperdine basketball player Keion Bell shows off his dunking skills at the school’s Midnight Madness. The highlight is a dunk over seven people.

A college football official mistakenly signals that a field goal is good.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bobby Carpenter

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George McCrae turns 66 Tuesday.

Read More: Phil Jackson, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer