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    Image courtesy of, I couldn't  help myself...just a warning, this entry doesn't have much to do with 1980's pro football.  The Jets beat the Patriots this past weekend 28 to 21 in a stunning upset, catapulting the Jets into the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Jets are 1 game away from their first Superbowl appearance since 1968. 

    Generally speaking, most football fans know about the Jets' dramatic upset against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Superbowl III. But, what everyone may not know is that the Jets had 2 defensive coaches that year, one of which was Buddy Ryan (Rex Ryan's famous ex-coach father). Buddy Ryan helped the Jets play great defense in Superbowl III due to his contributions in designing a number of state of the art blitz packages to attack the Colts' quarterback.

    Now, Rex Ryan has the Jets playing great defense again (as demonstrated in their upset of the Patriots).  So, even for those Jets haters out there, it would be pretty cool if the Jets made it to their next Superbowl appearance and a possible Superbowl win with another Ryan as their head coach/defensive mastermind. Image courtesy of

    PS - Late breaking news! There is some connection with 1980's pro football here.  After all, Buddy Ryan was the defensive coordinator and architect of the 1985 Chicago Bears' defense-arguably the greatest defense in the history of the NFL!Image courtesy of


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