On New Year’s Eve, the Boston Police Department’s hockey team had a five-goal surge in a span of six minutes to unwrap a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Police Department in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The classic, which was free to the public, was also a benefit to support fallen firefighters and police officers through the Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund and The Police Foundation. The FOP and foundation took donations during the game.
“It’s a great cause," Boston Police squad coach Mark McHale said. "Hockey itself has been a big part of my life and it’s been a part of these players’ lives. The force itself is a big backer of the Boston Police hockey team.”
Leading Boston in scoring was St. Lawrence University alumnus Charlie Daniels and Boston College alumnus Cliff McHale with two goals apiece.
In last year’s matchup at Fenway Park, the Boston Police squad won 10-2.
“It was a classic day all around and a great tribute to be there,” McHale said.
The Boston Police lineup consisted of college alum Jeff Connolly (Boston College), Brendan Walsh (Maine), Jerry Cahill (UMass-Amherst), Frank St. Peter (Suffolk), Garvin McHale (Curry), Terry Long (Trinity) and Boston Police deputy superintendent Darren Greeley. Pro athlete Chris O’Sullivan, who played with the Calgary Flames, and team captain Chris Cunniff, son of the late John Cunniff (1987-88 assistant Boston Bruins coach) also participated.
Following up on the action, the BPD hockey team will play the Boston Fire Department at Fenway Park on Wednesday.
Right about now, Rex Ryan is probably longing for the days when any questions about feet had to do with kicker Nick Folk.
The Jets coach, already a favorite of the New York tabloids for his openness, quotability, and bombastic proclamations, finds his name in the news for an entirely unexpected reason, though the word "foot" is rather prominent.
As you may have heard, Deadspin.com posted a series of videos yesterday featuring a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Ryan's wife, Michelle Ryan.
In the clips, the woman, whom Deadspin reported goes by "ihaveprettyfeet" on YouTube, talks to a man off-screen who sounds remarkably similar to Ryan. The topic: The attractiveness of her feet.
"I know you have to ask, it's a personal matter," Ryan told reporters during a conference call today.
Earlier this morning, the Jets issued at statement that said: "This is personal matter and Rex will have no comment."
There does seem to be at least some circumstantial evidence beyond the extremely similar physical appearance that suggests it is Michelle Ryan in the foot-fetish videos. Deadspin reported that the user "ihaveprettyfeet" listed her location as on a foot fetish site as Ellicott City, Maryland. That is reportedly where the Ryans lived when Rex Ryan was the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator. Deadspin also noted that in another profile, a user's birthday is an exact match to Rex Ryan's.
In one of several clips on Deadspin, the woman is sitting in an SUV with her bare feet hanging out the window. The approaching camera man tells her, in a very Rex-ish voice, that she has beautiful feet. She thanks him in so many words, and he responds by asking two questions.
"You mind if I touch them?"
And: "Can I smell them?"
It should be noted that the man does not say "Now let's go have a ---- snack" in the video, which is perhaps Rex Ryan's most famous one-liner.
Think Patriots fans may have some fun with this? Almost makes one hope they face the Jets in the playoffs. At the very least, they'll keep Ryan on his toes. (Sorry.)
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