Brooks Wears New ColorsApril 13th, 2011
Joe’s got to give a hand to Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm owner Jeff Vinik. In addition to the complete one-year transformation of the Lightning and massive upgrades to The Forum, Vinik went out and hired Derrick Brooks to run his fast-food/pinball football team.
Brooks was announced this week.
So Derrick Brooks wanted to stay in town and build a football management resume and he works for the Storm? Something’s wrong with that picture, although the Arena route was good enough for John Elway.
Hmmm, Joe wonders whether Chucky is still breaking down film in the bowels of the Forum.
“Look 55, you and I are cut from the same fuc*n cloth. We eat and sh*t this game. My brother played Arena ball. I know the damn game. You want to pack the building and sell sponsorships, you freakin’ hire me as an assistant coach. We’ll bring home another ring and rip some money out those Glazer pockets at the same time. Did Parcells or Walsh or Belichick get an Arena Bowl ring? Huh? Huh? You think I don’t want this? I love you, man.”
It’ll be interesting to see how visible Brooks is with the Storm. He’s got massive marketing value to the team, if he’s willing to bang the streets.
Yeah, it’s nuts. But Joe wonders whether Brooks might put the pads on for one more game.