“Can’t Close The Door” On Tiki BarberMarch 15th, 2011
Joe loathes Hollerin’ Gus Johnson with every fiber of his core. As the sports voice of reason Phil Mushnick has written several times, if someone sat in your home or next to you at the bar and screamed and brayed like this fool does, trying to gin up excitement, you’d either call the cops or punch the guy.
But if there was one sport Joe not only would pay attention to but also watch if Hollerin’ Gus Johnson called, it would be golf. To see serial adulterer Eldrick Woods and the rest of those constipated, pampered rich boys wing a golf club at Johnson every other hole at some tournament like The Munsters would be priceless.
Think Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack cranking Journey, piercing the normal wake-like pall over a golf course.
Which brings Joe to Tiki Barber, in a roundabout way. It seems eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune crossed paths with both Tiki Barber’s brother Ronde, along with Bucs coach Raheem Morris at some local golf outing and Raheem refused to defuse rumors that Tiki will join his twin brother on the Bucs… whenever the NFL resumes normal activities.
“You can’t close the door,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said of the possibility of signing Tiki Barber. “Anybody that can help your team, you want to look into it. Obviously, that’s not the direction we’re heading right now – we’re about youth and building through the draft. Me and (GM) Mark Dominik will have those discussions shortly, whenever free agency opens, but Tiki is definitely an impact player.
“Right now, we have a player that looks like him, plays like him, talks like him, walks like him and has had a lot of success with us. Ronde’s an amazing player. Right now, he’s ageless. We all know it’ll catch up with him eventually, but until that day happens, we’re going to continue to enjoy Ronde Barber.”
Well. It seems like in the past few days since Tiki first announced his planned return to the NFL, teams rumored to be interested in him from the Steelers to the Patriots have denied interest.
The Bucs, a team first thought to be a lock for Tiki, haven’t exactly said “No.”