Playing the Field: Loons like Ozzie Guillen can say whatever they want

We've learned Ozzie can say whatever he wants without losing his job. Who else made the Teflon cut?
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So it looks as though Ozzie Guillen is NOT going to be fired from the Marlins. This, after he more or less said the one thing you cannot say in Miami: Castro wasn’t all that bad.

We knew Guillen was pretty close to Teflon prior to this. He’s said enough insane things over the years that the majority of onlookers just throw up their hands and say, “Oh, it’s just Ozzie being Ozzie,” every time he goes off on a controversial rant.

Of course, we have seen this before in sports and it often happens in life. You have a friend that says ridiculous things all the time and it becomes nearly impossible for him or her to ever go “too far.”

Some will say that this public speaking approach is a crazy way to live life. But, when you really think about it, maybe this is the best way to live. You can say anything you want, and there are little repercussions. You’re either too crazy, too revered or too cool to get in trouble.

When you reach this state you are part of The Teflon Crew:
 
Muhammad Ali
“I don’t try to move into white neighborhoods. I don’t want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was 12, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m not a Christian anymore.”
If any athlete touched on race or religion like this today, Tom Rinaldi would surely die of insomnia by the end of the week. And yes, Twitter would explode.
 
Vince Lombardi

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”
Try going down to your local U-10 soccer field and spout off this beauty. Expect to be doused in iced coffee from five moms named Lynette.
 
Tommy Lasorda
“All last year we tried to teach Fernando Valenzuela English, and the only word he learned was million.”
Borderline racism and sexism were always part of Tommy’s repertoire. Bonus: “I’ve had escorts before, but nothing like this.”
 
Charles Barkley

“I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan.”
Barkley is one of the few public figures that can joke hard on race anytime he wants. He’s also one of the few people in the world that can get away with cheating on his wife … as long as it’s in an entertaining way.

 
Andre Agassi
“I got 100 bucks that says my baby beats Pete’s baby. I just think genetics are in my favor.”
Agassi taking a shot at Pete Samprass and his movie star wife Bridgette Wilson.  Sure, maybe Andre and Steffi Graf can pump out uber-tennis stars. But, hey, at least we’re sure Wilson and Samprass’ kid can spell ‘Rizzuto.’ Rirruto???
 
Honorable mention: Rex Ryan, Yogi Berra, Babe Ruth, Joe Paterno (pre-Sandusky), Mike Tyson (any time after 2004), Red Auerbach, Manny Ramirez (prior to shoving old men to the ground).

They love Isiah Thomas … Wait, what?

We’re all for a good protest here at PTF, but when you’re protesting Isiah Thomas getting fired from his job (which ‘Zeke’ has perfected at this point, seriously who has been fired more times than Isiah?!), you lose a few points. Typically when there are legit protests, you’ll see random people out on the streets latching on to the cause. I’m guessing that’s not happening in Florida today (wherever FIU is).
Nonetheless, here’s the video … And who the hell is that girl in the red!?

 
Ovechkin drops it like it’s lukewarm

So apparently the Washington Capitals and their fans are worried about being ‘out-toughed’ by the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in their first round series starting tomorrow.
This doesn’t help any:



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