Rivalries can be measured in many ways – on- and off-the-field altercations, the sound bites coming out from each team’s locker rooms throughout the week and the intensity of how a game plays out.
And now, according to Jets linebacker Bart Scott, a rivalry can be measured in how many black eyes you get or give over a stripper. Yes, that kind of a stripper.
In an interview on ESPN 1050’s Michael Kay, Scott said that there isn’t a rivalry between the Giants and the Jets like there was between the Ravens and the Redskins. The former Baltimore linebacker divulged that the animosity between those two teams spilled over from the field with the players wanting to wrap a stripper’s pole around each others’ necks. Scott talked about the rivalry with the Giants and the meeting between the two teams on Dec. 24.
“Like I said, when I was in Baltimore I could remember with the Redskins you had guys fighting over strippers and all kind of stuff. I don’t sense that here. I think it is a mutual respect. I think the town is big enough for both of us,” Scott told Kay. “I think we were just trying to make a statement that hey we wanted a little bit bigger piece of the spotlight because when I got here my sense was pretty much all Giants type of town. We played in Giants Stadium. We just want to get our piece of the pie. We respect them, but we would definitely love – we look forward to that game. I believe it is the 24th of December for bragging rights and hoping that’s the game that could help us win this division.”
Scott went on to further elaborate on his comments, including giving a glimpse into the life of how NFL players spend their downtime, apparently with one hand filled with dollar bills and the other clutched in a fist. There won’t be the same concern with the Giants and Jets, he says. In New York, there are more than enough strippers to go around.
“When you are in a small place like Baltimore and the temperature is relatively cold – hey you compete over the same chicks. That’s a football players’ favorite spot. Especially young football players,” Scott said. “It was always a rivalry. Guys fight about hey that is my girlfriend and that’s my girlfriend, but here? Five million people, maybe more. There is plenty for everybody.”
Not surprisingly, Scott also chimed in with an opinion on Rex Ryan’s acting gig. Last week, actor Adam Sandler told the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen that the Jets head coach was set for a small role in the upcoming movie “I Hate You Dad.” Ryan shot the scene during this past offseason and is playing the role of an avid Patriots fan.
“That’s a Jedi mind trick. You know what I mean?” Scott said in the interview with Kay. “That is part of the comedy.”
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