Season 34 of The Amazing Race kicked off last week, and as is so often the case after an opening episode with 12 duos, it’s too early to pick a favorite (although, our twins, as they always do, root for the team made up of twins, which is a regular fixture on The Amazing Race, although there’s a twist this season. The identical twins were adopted by separate Jewish families, raised apart, and didn’t even know of each other’s existence until last year).
What is clear very early on is that Rex Ryan (and his golf buddy) were the first team we were rooting for to be eliminated (alas, spoiler, it didn’t happen in the season premiere). For the unfamiliar, Rex Ryan is a lifelong football coach (and assistant) and the former head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. If you watched any football in the years between 2009-2016, you’re no doubt aware of him: He’s gregarious, outspoken, and a bit of a clown. Also, beyond the first two seasons with the Jets, he was not a very good head coach (he’s now an ESPN commentator if that tells you anything about his abilities as a coach).
I am here, however, to remind everyone that Rex Ryan also has a well-publicized foot fetish. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you, and in Ryan’s case, it’s almost endearing. In 2010, as first reported by Deadspin, Rex Ryan’s wife posted several videos to a foot-fetish website, and it’s fairly clear that Ryan — who spoke glowingly of his wife’s feet — was the cameraman. Ryan, ultimately, had to deflect questions about the videos during press conferences, calling it a “personal matter.” No shade. He wasn’t doing anything wrong, and the videos were of his own wife of, at the time, 23 years.
Again, weirdly, it’s probably the most endearing thing about Ryan, who was also a MAGA guy. He introduced TFG at a Buffalo rally in 2016 after switching allegiances after Chris Christie dropped out of the race. At the time, Ryan spoke glowingly of TFG for “saying what is on his mind.”
I will give Ryan some credit, though. He spoke out against TFG over the NFL’s kneeling controversy in 2017, calling TFG’s position on the matter “appalling.”
You know, calling our players, SOBs and all that kind of stuff, that’s not the-that’s not the men that I know. The men that I know in the locker room I’m proud of. I’m proud to be associated with those people. I apologized for being pissed off but guess what? That’s it, because right away I’m associated with what Donald Trump stands for and all that because I introduced him. I never signed up for that, I never wanted that. That doesn’t mean I support 100 percent of the things he says.
OK, maybe not the worst guy. But have you seen those veneers? Because they’re hard not to notice on The Amazing Race.
Rex Ryan with the most preposterous veneers i’ve ever seen. Jets are gonna win today. pic.twitter.com/t7EvcUiLzT— JMo (@Jawn_Morgan) September 11, 2022