Not to get all TMZ-y but this story is just goddamn hilarious. While Ryan was vacationing in the Bahamas, some paparazzi grabbed a few photos of the shirtless Ryan. Those photos, of course, contained the now famous tattoo.
There was much speculation on whether it was real or not, most probably didn't even care.
Turns out it's real. Rex Ryan says so himself.
"There's a question – is that a real tattoo or not?" he said. "I'll keep you guessing. It is funny. It is a tattoo I've had going on three years now. I know what you're thinking, 'Obviously, if Sanchez doesn't play well, that number is changing.'
"That's pretty much a given. But, no, I've been married 25 years and through my eyes, my wife's the most beautiful woman in the world. So that's what it is."
Now why the story of the 6-10 Jets became the story of this unforunate body art, I don't know. Oh wait, yeah I do. It's because the Jets are a complete joke. I love how Ryan says he's going to have to change the number on the jersey if Sanchez keeps playing terribly.
I really cannot envision how things could've turned out any better from a Patriots fan perspective.
Here's Ryan on the radio when he was first introduced as Jets head coach back in 2009.
“I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s, you know, rings,” Ryan said. “I came to win. Let’s just put it that way. So we’ll see what happens. I’m certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else. . . .”
“I think we already have sent a message to them,” Ryan said. “So they can read between the lines. . . . They can figure it out. And when they come here that second week of the season, we’ll see.”
My, how far we've come!