The long-suffering wife -- no, not Elin Nordegren
The magical season of the New York Jets and their voluble coach, Rex Ryan, came to an end in a 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game yesterday, and this corner of the Toy Dept. is bummed.
Ryan, the great big bear of a coach, was fun to watch as he stalked the sideline, alternately smiling and cursing at officials and exhorting his team. He showed more passion and life than any other 20 NFL coaches combined. The frowning, corporate headset-wearer, able to cooly remain above the bloody and bruising dock brawl on the field -- that was never Rex Ryan's way. And more power to him.
As to what has this corner of the Toy Dept. irritated this morning, well, that would be the incessant camera shots of a concerned Deanna Favre and her family in the stands during the New Orleans Saints' 31-28 OT win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Sure, she SHOULD have been concerned, since her old man was getting pounded like a veal cutlet in the second half by the Saints' pass rush.
But did the FOX network really have to milk the drama with all those cutaways of Deanna with her hands over her mouth, agonizing as Brett was pummeled to the turf time and again?
She's an NFL quarterback's wife. Quarterbacks take a beating in this league, even 40-year-old Wrangler-shilling sure-bet Hall of Famers. It's a fact of life. She's been watching Brett take beat-downs for years.
One of the Favres' older daughters, I noticed, seemed much more relaxed about the whole thing. You could almost see her thinking: Oh, well, dad's getting smacked around again. Hope we can still go out for Chinese food when this is over.
It was a great game. And Favre showed the same heart and guts he's always shown. There was enough drama taking place on the field -- FOX didn't need to go looking for more in the stands.