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Rex Ryan’s book isn’t a flop, or is it?


Omitted from the Rex Ryan book tour, Mike Francesa of WFAN pointed to the fact that the book hadn’t cracked the top 100 on as proof that it’s a flop.

Earlier today, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News posted back-to-back tweets pointing out somewhat more flattering figures.  Per Mehta, Ryan’s book, Play Like You Mean It, ranks 11th on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction, and 13th for all nonfiction.

So that means Ryan’s book is finally kick ass and making Francesa look foolish?

Nope.  At, and as of this posting, the book has slumped to 437.

Either there are a ton of fiction books that are kicking butt right now, or someone’s numbers are out of whack.

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49 Responses to “Rex Ryan’s book isn’t a flop, or is it?”
  1. Richard Dickson says: May 16, 2011 2:09 PM

    Or not everyone uses Amazon to buy books. They’re not the be-all end-all of book sales.

  2. killxswitch says: May 16, 2011 2:09 PM

    Maybe they should’ve waited until he did something great to write a book about him. That’s usually the subject of a biography: someone who did something great. What has Ryan done other than coach some good defenses and embarrass himself and his wife with their foot sex videos?

  3. mvp43 says: May 16, 2011 2:11 PM

    Well, it would be quite a feat if the book cracked the top 10……..(or feet)

  4. Cheesehead Ken says: May 16, 2011 2:15 PM

    Good Lord can we please have this lockout end soon?

  5. mickqueue says: May 16, 2011 2:17 PM

    So obviously Amazon isn’t the only place people by books, despite what Francesa says.

  6. mickqueue says: May 16, 2011 2:17 PM


  7. nowathand says: May 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    Amazon has shifted its focus to selling books for Kindle since they are the creators of Kindle.

    Sports books often sell for years and years after they are published. If the Jets are making another playoff run around Christmas time, I’m sure it will be a top seller this Christmas and in ones in the future.

  8. agentpyro says: May 16, 2011 2:20 PM

    The only things worse than a Chicken Little headline is a completely ambiguious headline. Or is it?

  9. oaklegend says: May 16, 2011 2:26 PM

    Or maybe it’s a flip-flop. That would be more appropriate.

  10. oaklegend says: May 16, 2011 2:26 PM

    Because if it’s a flip-flop you can see the whole foot.

  11. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: May 16, 2011 2:27 PM

    Does his book include advice on how to flip the bird to a crowd of rednecks and delicious delicious recipes?

  12. commoncents says: May 16, 2011 2:28 PM

    Normally it is clear what you want your readers to think by your bias, but I am confused Flo-Mo, what should we believe??

  13. airplayful says: May 16, 2011 2:31 PM

    Amazon is one of many outlets for a book to rank on and you don’t need to be Top 10 there to have a bestseller. Those rankers also fluctuate throughout the week.

  14. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: May 16, 2011 2:31 PM

    “Rex Ryan’s book isn’t a sandwich….or is it?”

  15. lhaveprettyfeet says: May 16, 2011 2:32 PM

    Can’t wait to read the footnotes.

  16. dpvnyj says: May 16, 2011 2:34 PM

    Who cares?!??!

  17. vikesn8 says: May 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    Wow, could your ignorance show even more than Francesa’s? The NYT Best Sellers list is the TOTAL sales of a book from all sources. Amazon’s list is just that, sales at Amazon.

  18. benh999 says: May 16, 2011 2:38 PM

    “Either there are a ton of fiction books that are kicking butt right now, or someone’s numbers are out of whack.”

    Do you ever research your stories? Amazon counts electronic (Kindle) sales. NYT only counts sales of physical books.

  19. ampats says: May 16, 2011 2:39 PM

    Have to agree with killxswitch.

    Since I haven’t read the book nor do I plan to, I am guessing it is more fiction than non fiction like the Jets Super Bowl chances.

  20. dafranchize says: May 16, 2011 2:42 PM

    Is this really news worthy? What the hell does this have to do with anything pertaining to the actual football season or future football seasons? PFT, there are a lot more stories out there, maybe go into depth about player workouts, free agents, what coaches are doing during the lockout and so on, this crap about some coaches book sales is just scraping the bottom of the barrel, literally.

  21. scoops1 says: May 16, 2011 2:47 PM

    Rex Ryan’s book makes for a great coffee table book….

    I need somwhere to place my cup of coffee so i don’t ruin the table

  22. j0esixpack says: May 16, 2011 2:48 PM

    Interestingly, Rex Ryan’s weight and his book’s Amazon ranking are now the same.

  23. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 16, 2011 2:49 PM

    He should have included some pop ups of pretty feet.
    Then J-E-T-S fans would have bought more

  24. kd75 says: May 16, 2011 2:49 PM

    I trust Amazon

    So obviously Amazon isn’t the only place people by books

    I didn’t know that the NY times sold books…

  25. philyeagles5 says: May 16, 2011 2:50 PM

    his book is no. 11 on the ny times best seller list. so whats the point of this article again?

  26. hrmlss says: May 16, 2011 2:52 PM

    Amazon is not the only place people shop, but it is a great overall indicator of what people overall in the nation are buying, not just New York. Plus it’s a combined rating , not just fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, cartoons, Quarterback of the Future, etc….

  27. zaggs says: May 16, 2011 3:22 PM

    I think the difference is simple. Someone bought a crap ton of books from stores (aka for Ryan to autograph). Did a little test. Took the book right above Ryans, Dick Van Dykes memoir and checked its Amazon ranking, 63. And the Amazon rankings are for books, period. The NYTimes rankings being used are for hardcover-nonfiction and nonfiction ONLY. A restrictive set compared to Amazons.

  28. jakek2 says: May 16, 2011 3:26 PM

    Since they don’t build Borders in trailer parks, Jets’ fans are only buying through Amazon. If Amazon shows that Rex’s book is 437th, it must be so bad Jets’ fans aren’t even buying it…

    Or they can’t afford it which wouldn’t surprise me either since many of them can’t afford dentists.

  29. wtfru2 says: May 16, 2011 3:32 PM

    Are there any foot fetish photo’s???? That should help move the book along…

  30. Deb says: May 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    Francesca is a dingaling. This is a really difficult time for the publishing industry, and football-themed books traditionally don’t sell as well as other nonfiction genres. It’s a great day when a football entry cracks the top 15 on the Times list. The NYT is a better gauge of overall sales than Amazon, and just making the Times list will help generate sales. Besides, all that matters is how much money the book is earning. If Ryan has made back his advance and then some, his book is a success no matter where he places on Amazon.

  31. schmitty2 says: May 16, 2011 3:35 PM

    Book should be titled “2 wins shy of being the team I said we amazing feet!”

  32. gdonz14 says: May 16, 2011 4:13 PM

    He should have named it “Eat Like You Mean It.” Or maybe “Cheat Like You Mean It.” Oh wait that’s Belichick’s memoir name.

  33. piratefreedom says: May 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    He’s coached his team to the conference finals!
    The Conference Finals!!!
    Not only should the book be number one but we should be tearing down that Lincoln memorial to make room for this man statue. This man, this messiah,this legend who almost won a conference final, his name should be on everyone’s lips.
    Almost Won A Conference Final!

  34. halo81 says: May 16, 2011 4:21 PM

    Well, I went to buy it at Borders the other day and they had 2 copies left, so it must be selling pretty well.

    For the record, who the hell buys from Amazon? I’ve never bought a thing there. Just go to a book store lazy arse.

  35. tombrookshire says: May 16, 2011 4:37 PM

    For God’s sake, Rex, go on the dude’s show or he’ll trash everything you for the rest of your stay in NY. Sheesh, a whiney media dope who thinks his blessing should have been sought by Ryan. Now Ryan is in HIS doghouse? When did radio hosts become bigger than the players and coaches they yap about?

  36. spooner97 says: May 16, 2011 4:43 PM

    From what I hear about Rex, he would dig it if it was a flip flop.

  37. jonkybon says: May 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    Belichick is having a book ghost written for him. Its entitled, “Know Your SONY and How to Cheat”.

  38. ny82jy says: May 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    Haha the foot jokes are so funny. Its not like we havent heard every single one now for months over and over. Some of you guys are really so creative. People can say what they want and make all the jokes you want. Whats funny to me is nobody ever attacks his coaching because they cant. If anybody understands the jets history they would know exactly what ryan has accomplished for the jets. A few people wrote on here what has he done besides lose to champ games. That is just so ignorant its disgusting. He has made them more than relevant again and he has excited and energized the entire fanbase. Rex is everywhere and people hate it. I dont know if its jealosy or what but nobody can give any credit, even when a cool football book comes out. The jets could win the SB this year and people will still find negative bs to say and not give any credit. If any other new head coach came in and was a quiet guy and kissed ass like alot of other coaches do and accomplished what rex has so far they would get so much more credit no doubt. So to each as own i guess i know most jets fans including myself would rather have nobody else running the team besides ryan.

  39. 2mannings1cup says: May 16, 2011 5:39 PM

    That’s because Borders only purchsed one copy to sell. The other was a return from a different location.

  40. 2mannings1cup says: May 16, 2011 5:43 PM

    If Rex would have signed off on making the pages 2-ply, I may have bought a few more copies.

  41. iamthorny says: May 16, 2011 5:46 PM

    His wife told me the “foot notes” were the best part…

  42. hoobsher says: May 16, 2011 6:06 PM

    well, its no Quarterback of the Future.

  43. Deb says: May 16, 2011 6:27 PM

    @halo81 …

    I’ve bought everything from food to clothes to furniture through Amazon. It has nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with price, availability, and the value I place on my time. If I need to buy a newly published book, Amazon gives me a better price than retail stores and free shipping as long as I spend $25. Right now gas to the nearest bookstore would run me about $48.

    Thanks for the input, but I’d rather keep my $48 and work out my lazy arse on the treadmill in the next room.

  44. njpurplehaze says: May 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    Who cares what either one of these fat loads has to say anyway. Just a foot lickin freak and a pompous a-hole!
    End the lock out already so Christian Ponder can lead my team to the promised land!

  45. jarrman46 says: May 16, 2011 8:20 PM

    The problem is that the book is listed as non fiction when it is actually a fiction book.
    Its a fictional story of the greatest football team that is lead by the greatest staff of coaches that has all the greatest players in the NFL. Midway through the story one of the great players from that great team is cheated out of his defensive award by another team. This angers the great team and they beat two evil teams in the playoffs until the mean wizard in Indianapolis cheats to beat them. Then the greatest team vows that they will win next year and they do defeat the mean wizard from Indianapolis the following year. Then the greatest team defeats the big bullies from New England. But then the greatest team is cheated by the evil men in black from Pittsburgh. The jolly leader of the greatest team then declares that the evil Green and Yellow team should not be champions. The jolly leader of the greatest team then declares that in Volume 2 the greatest team will when the championship.
    See Fiction.

  46. doe22us says: May 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    halo81 says:
    May 16, 2011 4:21 PM
    Well, I went to buy it at Borders the other day and they had 2 copies left, so it must be selling pretty well.

    For the record, who the hell buys from Amazon? I’ve never bought a thing there. Just go to a book store lazy arse.

    Dude you still must be living in 1994, who buys books or anything for that matter @ Barnes or Borders where the prices are definitely higher, from books to electronics you just name it Amazon offers for the most part great deals with free shipping to boot.

  47. bleedgreen says: May 17, 2011 9:40 AM

    You realize that the NYT Best Sellers list is a joke right? The publisher ‘buys’ copies of their own book to get it onto the list in order to generate publicity and make OTHER people think its a popular book.

  48. nyjalleffingday says: May 17, 2011 10:52 AM


    As far as reading goes, the Kindle is still second to an actual book to me. I love my Kindle but I’d rather get the real thing. I’m a young guy too, so I’m not even old school like that. Personal preference, I guess.

  49. Deb says: May 17, 2011 11:20 AM

    @bleedgreen …

    Works, too.

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