Charlie Sheen is losing his marbles in front of the whole world. Gas prices are climbing. Mother Nature continues to pound the globe with mammoth storms and events. Hell, even Qaddafi is back. Hey, these are wild times.
So, why not a Tiki Barber comeback? Because of all the things I mentioned, this might be the worst of the bunch.
Barber is going to be 36 years old next month. Most RBs are long retired by that age, but Barber feels he can regenerate his career after a five-season self-imposed retirement.
This, folks, is real madness.
A trainer saw him at an event and put the bug in his ear. You look great. You can still play. Others tell him the same thing. Of course , none of them are Troy Polamalu or Clay Matthews with scowls on their faces.
The people telling Tiki he can come back have no NFL chops. The NFL is unforgiving. Defenses could care less about the name on the back of the jersey. They want you on the ground.
Tiki, at 36 and the ability to gauge the speed and power of the game a half-decade behind him, will receive a lesson in physics (as well as gravity) every time he hits the field.
One of the voices advising Tiki to play again is probably his accountant. If you recall, Tiki retired because he never sustained a serious injury and felt he would have been pressing his luck had he continued to play. So, he decided to walk away at the top of his game and leave millions on the table.
Tiki's salary in 2006 was $4.15 million per year and his advisors may think he can make close to that money again. They would be wrong in thinking that. Very wrong.
Money should not be the sole motivation for Tiki to return because he won't get anything close to his 2006 salary right now. Gary Myers of the Daily News spoke with an NFL GM who said that Tiki should not expect the welcome wagons.
"Somebody might give him a tryout. Nobody is going to give him any money," the GM said Tuesday night. "I wouldn't even acknowledge it. I would rather read the cartoons. What running back plays at 36? Who wants to bring a guy in for one year?"
Barber's very public divorce derailed his media career, which was the reason why he left football in the first place. He was with NBC, but they dropped him. He has done spot work with the BBC and Yaho0, but his career has basically run aground.
He is not starving (he reportedly has invested well), but in order to stay relevant he needs to stay in the limelight until something better breaks. Football is the best of those options right now. Until it isn't.
The Giants want nothing to do with him. The Jets are done inking overpaid veterans, so they won't bite, either.
Most of the other NFL teams have shown no interest. The Tampa Bay Bucs, the employer of Tiki's twin brother Ronde, may take a flier on him, but the interest will be minimal as well and so will the money.
Barber may find himself in the fledgling UFL with old coach Jim Fassel. That would be like Joe Louis turning to wrestling after his boxing career ended. Sad.