The champion, state-of-the-art Heat will own this town’s attention again soon enough, like, in two days, but before we get to the sublime, let’s deal with the ridiculous — the buildup to Sunday’s Dolphins game at the Stinkin’ Jets.
The idea that one coach’s benign comment about “hot sauce” might cause barbs to be lobbed up and down the Atlantic seaboard and continue more than a month later is, well, a bit absurd. I mean, what were the odds “hot sauce” would be a phrase you’d even hear from a coach? That’s about as likely as one presidential candidate saying “binders full of women” and the other saying “horses and bayonets.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said his defenders would put the “hot sauce” on Reggie Bush before the last game and Bush left with a knee injury. Later in the game, Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis was lost to a season-ending injury and Bush said, “What goes around comes around.”
This week, Ryan called on Bush to apologize (Bush hasn’t), and Jet Antonio Cromartie called Bush’s comments “unprofessional” and “not showing any kind of sportsmanship.”
Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin said of Bush, “We want to knock him out” Sunday — to which Dolphins center Mike Pouncey called Maybin “a joke” and — accurately — “one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.” (Better start calling him Mike Pouncing!)
Here’s hoping the excitement of the game lives up to the endearingly goofy buildup.
Quick postscript: Jets quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez finished 1-2 in a Sports Illustrated players poll on the NFL’s most overrated players. Or, did that go without saying?Lance Armstrong Mike Redmond Ozzie Guillen
Man bites dog! Last week’s LPGA tournament was not – repeat NOT – won by a South Korean.Parting thought: Hank Steinbrenner Alex Rodriguez