Rex Ryan's vision doesn't come with 'guarantee'

Former Ravens defensive coordinator seeing the future … or past?

August 06, 2010|Peter Schmuck

News item: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is back in the prediction business. He said this week that he looked into his crystal ball and saw a Super Bowl Trophy.

My take: In a cruel cosmic twist, he didn't notice that it had "1969" engraved on it.

News item: New Orioles manager Buck Showalter went 3-for-3 in his debut series against the Los Angeles Angels.

My take: Maybe it was just a coincidence — since the O's have swept a few series this year without any noticeable change in overall direction — but it's also possible that Buck was the wakeup call this organization needed. We can only hope.

News item: Another former teammate of Lance Armstrong is charging that the seven-time Tour de France winner was aware of doping on his U.S. Postal Service team and encouraged it.

My take: I didn't want to believe it, but I had to wonder when my Livestrong bracelet beat the heck out of my wedding ring.

News item: The potential ownership group led by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh businessman Chuck Greenberg outbid Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for the Texas Rangers franchise in a bankruptcy auction that ended early Thursday morning.

My take: I'm sure all of you are waxing nostalgic for the last time a Major League Baseball team was sold at a bankruptcy auction. I mean, has it really been 17 years since Peter Angelos outbid Jeffrey Loria to buy the Orioles?

Bonus take: Apparently, time flies whether you're having fun or not.

News item: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that he's pleased with the way Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is reshaping his life after a sexual misconduct scandal, but will not consider reducing Big Ben's six-game suspension until the end of training camp.

My take: The whole situation is pretty academic for Ravens fans, since they play the Steelers in Game 4 and league officials have made it clear that the suspension will not be reduced by more than two games.

News item: Published reports that Brett Favre had decided to retire were quickly denied by his agent, who said that a decision will not be made until Favre has his surgically repaired ankle re-examined next week by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.

My take: I've got a confession to make. When the first report surfaced that he might finally be hanging up his Wrangler jeans, I was a little disappointed. For all the jokes that Brett has generated in this column, he's great fun to watch and I'll miss him if he ever actually decides to retire.

News item: Disgruntled Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth underwent an MRI this week that showed no structural damage in his sore left knee.

My take: I know he has had knee issues throughout his career, but I still think that examination was conducted about five feet south of where the real problem lies.

News item: MASN broadcaster Rick Dempsey said Tuesday that he is "very, very disappointed" that he has not gotten an opportunity to manage the Orioles despite four managerial changes over the past seven years.

My take: It's no wonder that Rick feels slighted, but he shouldn't be surprised. Four times is seldom the charm.

News item: The Steelers are still mad at Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco for a disparaging remark he made about them on his VH1 reality dating show.

The remark: "Man, I haven't seen this many girls on a football field since the last time we played the Steelers."

My take: I would normally make a joke here, but I can't top that.

News item: The New York Knicks have announced that they have re-hired former team president and coach Isiah Thomas as a consultant.

My take: Not sure how he'll be able to help them. They already know how to lose.

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