Originally posted on NBC New York  |  Last updated 12/20/11

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: Rex Ryan addresses the media during a press conference after being introduced as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
The rest of us should be grateful the Jets and Giants only play each other once every four years. Imagine the hype if next weekend's "Battle of New York" actually meant something. "There's no way I'm going to be second fiddle," blustery Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "If we were playing the New York Yankees, I don't want to be second fiddle to them. This is the same type of deal. I want to be the best team in football, not just the best team in this city. But we'll start by being the best team in this city." Smart man that Rex, framing the Christmas Eve collision as a fight for supremacy instead of survival. Though the winner remains in the playoff picture, both Ryan and the Giants' Tom Coughlin know deep down that neither team is likely to make much of a dent in the postseason. Then again, nobody would tune in if promos for the game began, "If you can't make it there, you can't make it anywhere!" So Ryan did his level-best Monday to sell it. "There's a lot of talk going back and forth, most
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