WatchDog Nation Enterprises, LLC, in conjunction with SportsWatch, Inc., is proud to announce that our third annual New York Sports Media Person of the Year Award goes to . . .
Rex (Cryin') Ryan, coach of the New York Football Jets and gale of fresh air after the stifling Eric Mangini era.
Ryan made Jets news conferences fun again, and even shows signs that he can win more games than he loses during his term in green.
Bill Belichick should be kissing this guy's ring when it comes to media relations, even if Ryan did miss the playoffs in his first season, er, I mean, not quite yet that is. Not mathematically. Whatever.
Be careful, though, Rex. The two previous winners of the NYSMPOTYA did not fare well in the subsequent year.
Hank Steinbrenner, the 2007 honoree, soon was muzzled by the Yankees.
Jerry Manuel, the 2008 winner, had an awful season with the '09 Mets.
Better luck in '10 than those guys had, Coach Ryan. They'll be waiting for you at the White House.