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Francesa: Jets are 'anti-me'

Here is something I wrote for the Tuesday paper about Mike Francesa, the most reliable, reader-inciting lightning rod in New York sports media - if you don't count people who work in the Yankees radio booth.

There was much drama late Monday night - during the BCS Championship Game! - as I launched a frantic Twitter and Facebook campaign to link to the Francesa story before we turned back into paywall pumpkins.

This morning, though, I am happy to link to it here for y'all, our most loyal customers, the people who are kind enough to pay for subscriptions to Newsday, Newsday.com, Optimum Online or all of the above.

Thank you as always for your business and loyalty.

During my conversation with Mr. Francesa early Monday evening he made a number of specific points about Rex Ryan that I did not include in the story only because I ran out of room and because he has made similar points on the air all season.

Mike said Ryan has "captivated the New York media more than any single coach that I have ever experienced since I’ve been doing this."

True, but Francesa didn't mean that in as positive a way as it sounds. Mostly he believes we have been duped by a master manipulator.

Initially, Francesa said he was willing to believe Rex was just being himself. But he thought Monday morning's performance to kick off Patriots week was "utter nonsense" that was "concocted to manipulate."

Much as I like Ryan and loved his Monday show for entertainment value, I agree it was his most transparently manipulative outing to date.

On to Tuesday!

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