Bad news for all Americans: Training camp opened yesterday for the Buffalo Bills, who start before everyone else because . . . well because they are Buffalo Bills, that’s why.
Worse news for all Americans: James Garner, the coolest thing Al Davis ever did for the Raiders, passed Saturday. And no, I am not interested in your responses to other cool things he might have done. Having Bret Maverick on your sideline is the zenith of all accomplishments.
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That is, the zenith of all football-based accomplishments not achieved by Jets coach Rex Ryan, who is back and chattier than ever. During a June interview with Brian Costello of the New York Post that was published Saturday night, Ryan got rolling again on his pals to the north and east.
“Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. Bulls---,” Ryan said. “We’re focused on us. We’re focused on us and how are we going to be better. I have to be honest, I don’t worry about them. They need to worry about us. I think that’s really where we’re at now.”
Then he doubled down with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News when asked to say what kind of coach he is.
“Do I think that I’m a great coach? I absolutely know I’m a great coach. But it’s not just about me. What makes a great coach is the people that surround you, the people that are with you every day. There’s guys that help me be a great coach. My players help me be a great coach.
“I’m not saying that I’m the best or whatever . . . or the best of all time. I know that I’m willing to do the work. I may have limitations. I get that. But nobody’s going to convince me that they’re more passionate about their job than I am . . . and that they’re more passionate about their organization than me.”
Somewhere, Vince Lombardi breathes a sigh of relief.
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Rory McElroy’s dad got paid off for being Rory McElroy’s dad, which is pretty good work for a guy whose main job is walking golf courses. His $341 bet on his son to win the British Open within ten years nailed him $171,000.
I have an uncle who put up $10 just to predict I’d be an unpleasant misery farm of a man by the time I hit 50, but he was too ashamed to reveal that we were related to ever collect.
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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid is on the hot seat after pulling Xander Bailey after he had his only shot of Saturday’s friendly with Tottenham Hotspurs saved by Brad Friedel. At least we’d like to say that, but as it turns out, Bailey, an 18-year-old living with cystic fibrosis, got the start as part of the Make-A-Wish program. He signed Wednesday, began training with the Sounders on Friday and got the start Saturday in what is pretty much a very good thing all the way around.
But since he was out there, he should have at least gotten in one good professional foul on Lewis Holtby. I mean, Make A Wish doesn’t mean you can’t make a play.
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Speaking of the game you thought you could forget now that the World Cup is over, we give you, courtest of 101 Great Goals, this spectacular own goal from Milan Gajic of the Swiss side Young Boys (http://bit.ly/1u6hNqU). We bring it to you only because this is what is known by folks in the know as a “thunderbastard.”
Use that in a sentence at your next staff meeting and see if people don’t look at you with newfound respect and even fear.
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And finally, Odrisamer Despaigne of San Diego took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the New York Mets Sunday. He didn’t get out of it with one because of the more pedestrian-named Daniel Murphy, but it matters not.
Odrisamer Despaigne. Case. Freaking. Closed.