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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan’s brother comments on foot-fetish controversy

09.06.11 at 7:27 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

Rob Ryan is in his first season as Cowboys defensive coordinator. (AP)

♦ Jets coach Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, face off against each other when their teams open the season Sunday night in New Jersey. On Monday, Rob was asked about the foot-fetish video of his brother that surfaced in December, which Rex never directly commented on.

“Aw, hell, who cares?” Rob told reporters in the Cowboys locker room. “Believe me, everybody has whatever screwed-up thing going on. I don’t care. I’m sure you do, and everybody else that points fingers. Who cares? Everybody has a life off the field. Who gives a crap? I’m sure I’m worse than he is. So, big deal.”

Rob eventually did let down his guard a little, acknowledging about his brother: “He is a little freaky, I guess. Hell, I don’t know. I like everything about my wife. She’s got great feet, too. She’s got everything nice. What the hell.”

♦ Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who left Ohio State under the cloud of an NCAA investigation and after a Sports Illustrated report that his program regularly broke the rules, was named a game-day assistant for the Colts last week. On Monday, following criticism that Tressel did not face a penalty similar to his former quarterback Terrelle Pryor (suspended for the first five NFL games) the team announced that Tressel will not join the team until Week 7.

♦ Running back Chris Jennings had a really bad weekend. First, the 25-year-old was cut by the Jets on Saturday. Then on Sunday morning the former Browns backup was arrested in Ohio after driving 147 mph in a 65 mph zone. He also faced charges of driving under suspension and having expired plates.

♦ Tennis star Andy Roddick reportedly is feuding with ESPN analyst John McEnroe and refused to be in the same room with the tennis legend at the U.S. Open in New York. According to the New York Post, Roddick would not visit the ESPN suite at Arthur Ashe Stadium for an interview until he was assured that McEnroe had left. Roddick did not comment on McEnroe during the interview but called the position of tennis analyst “the easiest job in the world,” adding: “Everyone is an expert, but I am better than most of them have been.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve just seen a couple of excerpts of it. I hope they can find a way to make me look not so bad.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the NFL Films documentary about him that will debut this month

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 — Consecutive innings pitched without allowing a run for Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon

‘NET RESULTS: During practice for a charity basketball game, Justin Bieber fakes out Steve Nash and scores on the drive.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Belmont’s Wilbur Wood, who was an All-Star with the White Sox in 1971, ’72 and ’74

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries is 39 Tuesday.

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