The spirit of the 2009 Mets lives on in the Tennessee Titans, who were expected to contend this year but are now 0-6 after getting humiliated by the Patriots, 59-0. Many observers thought that the Titans appeared to give up against New England.
But Titans coach Jeff Fisher has an odd way of bringing the winning spirit back to Tennessee. Fisher appeared in public Tuesday wearing an Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning jersey. Even worse, he told the Nashville crowd that he wore the Manning jersey because "I just wanted to feel like a winner."
ESPN has video here. Be sure to keep watching for Herman Edwards' enthusiastic defense of Fisher. Apparently, you play to look like someone who won the game.
I suppose we should be grateful that Jerry Manuel hasn't donned a Jimmy Rollins or Derek Jeter jersey so he, too, could feel like a winner. Because the way things have been going lately, that is probably his best bet.
But if sports figures are going to wear inappropriate outfits, here are a few more that I would like to see:
Oliver Perez wearing a CC Sabathia jersey: "I just wanted to feel like I was living up to my contract."
Razor Shines wearing Tim McClelland's umpire uniform: "I just wanted to feel like someone who has even less of an idea about what is going on at third base than I do."
Dan Warthen wearing new Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson's jacket: "I just wanted to feel like I once coached a pitching staff into the playoffs... But do I have to wear this jacket when it's 90 degrees?"
Scott Boras wearing a ski mask: I just wanted to feel like I got the Mets to give Matt Holliday Teixeira money.
Omar Minaya wearing no shirt at all: "I just wanted to feel like I was challenging minor leaguers to a fight."