Friday's Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan down more than 100 pounds

July 20, 2012 - 3:59 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (WGN) Golf: British Open, 4:30 a.m. (ESPN) SATURDAY: MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Rangers at Angels, 3:30 p.m. (Fox) MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Bucks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) MLS: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE) Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN) SUNDAY: MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Dodgers at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (TBS) MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 2:05 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Rangers at Angels, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI) NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Clippers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV) Golf: British Open, 6 a.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan went public Thursday about his weight loss, saying that he wanted to reach a milestone before commenting. Ryan, who underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2010, said he has lost 106 pounds -- including 50 since the end of last season -- and is down to 242. His waist went from 48 inches to 38. "I wanted to break that 100-pound barrier before I really said, 'All right, guys, this is what it is,' " said Ryan, who was not paid to have the surgery but has since been hired by the company to talk about his experience. Ryan, 49, said it was a wakeup call when he checked his weight before the 2009 AFC championship game. "I thought, 'Let me get on the scale,' I'm thinking I'm going to be 300 or 310, around that range. I'm 348 pounds," he recalled. "I was like, 'I've got to do something.' I couldn't believe it. I swear to you, I turned around to look to see if there was somebody behind me. But it was just me." Ryan said that in addition to eating substantially less, he walks between 45 minutes and an hour each day and wants to start running soon. "I wasn't walking because I felt so uncomfortable doing anything," he said, adding: "Finally, I lost enough where I was like, 'I'm going to start walking. I'm going to start moving.' " '™¦ The departure of Jeremy Lin to the Rockets has hit Knicks fans hard, but recently acquired point guard Raymond Felton let them know they shouldn't be concerned. Felton, who averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists for the Knicks in the first half of the 2010-11 season before being traded to the Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony deal, said he thinks he'll be an upgrade. "I am a competitor. I am a point guard just like he is, so do I think I am better? Of course I am going to say that," Felton said in a television interview during the Knicks' Summer League game in Las Vegas on Thursday. "I think I am better than any point guard. That's the way I am supposed to think. But at the same time, it's nothing personal between me and Jeremy. But people are going to make it about that, [and] I am fine with that." As for his team, Felton has high expectations. "Good enough for the finals," he said. "This is a contending team, without a doubt." '™¦ One of Roger Clemens' most bizarre moments on the field occurred during the 2000 World Series, when he threw a splintered bat at Mets catcher Mike Piazza. On Wednesday night, Piazza and his wife, Alicia Rickter, were leaving a Southern California restaurant when a TMZ reporter asked Rickter if her husband agreed with an assertion that Clemens' outburst was fueled by his alleged steroid use. "Yes! He does think that," she said. Piazza did his best to downplay the situation, calling Clemens a "great pitcher" when asked if the seven-time Cy Young Award-winner's career has been tarnished. "The only time I've ever known him is hitting against him," Piazza said. "It's really tough for me to say, 'cause I never played with him, just against him. I mean, look, he was a great pitcher. His record speaks for itself." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1958, which Tigers hurler recorded the fourth (and most recent) no-hitter by an opposing pitcher at Fenway Park when he won the first game of a doubleheader, 3-0? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I've always wanted to be up in those situations since I was like my son's age. '€¦ It's a great feeling, especially when you come through and you're the hero." -- Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross, on his walk-off home run Thursday night against the White Sox STAT OF THE DAY: 5 -- Patriots players who reportedly failed their team physicals Thursday 'NET RESULTS: Rory McIlroy hits a spectator with an errant shot at the British Open. University of Pittsburgh kicker Kevin Harper shows off some trick kicks. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Bunning SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kim Carnes turns 67 Friday.