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Ryan's no ace; Sparano wants a shot

Rex Ryan, dressed like Nolan Ryan and looking more like Mickey Lolich, threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night's New York Mets game.

Rex Ryan's two-seamer had movement, and the New York Jets head coach fared better than some other celebrities. Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards and Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis come to mind.

Still, Ryan felt compelled to analyze his pitch to reporters Thursday.

Using a split-screen video clip that synced their deliveries, Ryan appeared side-by-side with Washington Nationals phenom and fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg. You can see Ryan's presentation at NewYorkJets.com.

"You'll see the form is not exactly where we want it," Ryan said. "But we've got to understand something. The kid is just a rookie."

Ryan confessed the only time he'd thrown from a mound in his life was in a batting cage that night. He guessed he hit about 45 mph on the radar gun. The ball tailed away from his catcher, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

"No left-handed batter was going to touch my pitch, nobody" said Ryan, who wore a Nolan Ryan throwback jersey on the Citi Field mound. "The movement is filthy, is how we'd have to put it."

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, a lifelong Mets fan, shook his head and laughed Wednesday when asked about Ryan's first pitch.

"I would love to throw out the first pitch at a Mets game," Sparano said. "That would be nice.

"I did not see it. I have to tell you I was not watching. I am a Met fan so I did hear about it. So I'm not going to comment on it. I have thrown a slider or two in my day, though."