Sabby The Goat No. 2July 15th, 2011
It’s been a while since Joe checked in on one of the most notorious Bucs players in recent history, Sabby the Goat.
The mere mention of his name makes many Bucs fans break out into a cold sweat or want to chug a bottle of whiskey.
The reason Joe brings up Sabby the Goat on this fine, steamy Friday afternoon was that for the first time, Joe found an article worth a hill of beans from the over-hyped site, Grantland. Most of the, um, stuff written on that site is for New Yorker types only with sports themes, sans some screed the other day about the relevance of Jennifer Aniston upon society who, aside from being amazingly hot beyond her years, really is irrelevant in the grand scheme of life.
Look, would anyone go into a dark, deep depression if she suddenly decided to retire from Hollywood? Would anyone really notice?
Shoot, Sarah Tyson has more interesting articles on her site than the perceived best young sportswriters of our era have on Grantland. The site’s a bore!
Anyway, finally, an interesting article on Grantland appeared earlier this week, detailing the 25 least valuable NFL players currently tagged as present day players and Sabby the Goat, largely for his ineptitude with the Bucs, was chosen as No. 2 behind only Jake Delhomme.
After a dismal 2009, Piscitelli responded to losing his job in camp by all-but-invoking “Operation Shutdown”; he got back into the lineup after rookie Cody Grimm broke his ankle, promptly gave up a touchdown after biting on a run fake, and got cut anyway. His unique mix of blown tackles, dreadful instincts, and inflated ego really make him the worst player to see regular time in the NFL over the past several years.
And to think that Sabby the Goat, with his wretched play, stained the very soil that Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch shed blood upon. Wow.
But as much as Joe has a perverted sense of humor over Sabby’s horrid play, one of the most touching moments Joe saw from a professional athlete came from Sabby. After the Steelers lit up the Bucs this year when rookie Cody Grimm, who turned out to be a damned good safety, was torched as a form of NFL baptism in his first start, Sabby put his arm around Grimm after the game and spoke softly to him for roughly 10 minutes while patting him on the back, encouraging the youngster that he will learn from this, as he showed later he did.
So maybe Sabby could become a strong counselor or perhaps maybe even a coach. Maybe that’s Sabby’s calling?
It sure as hell isn’t playing safety in the NFL.
And to think Chucky flushed a second round pick for Sabby?
Now it’s time for Joe to swill a few pints on this blazing hot Friday, hopefully the final Friday of this asinine lockout.