And He's Dating Morgan Fairchild, Too!
This just in from the J.P. Ricciardi Sports Flash:
"De La Hoya beats Mayweather in fifth round knockout. . .Devils come back to eliminate Senators. . .Brady Quinn goes first overall in NFL draft. . .Nowitzki's 65 points helps Mavs knock off Warriors. . .Frank Thomas in middle of MVP season."
Yeah, that's the ticket.
I mean seriously, how much arrogance does it take to lie your ass off, then admit it, and then basically shrug and double-dog-dare anybody to say anything about it?
It remains incredible, really, how much cachet Ricciardi seems to have built up in this town despite having never accomplished anything. People barely allowed Rob Babcock to get his family photos up in his office and crucify John Ferguson on a daily basis, but while Ricciardi has been around longer - he's now in the sixth year of his five-year road map to greatness - few seem inclined to even question him.
Right now, after spending more of Uncle Ted's money, he may have put together a worse club than last year, albeit with some difficult early injuries to Reed Johnson, Greg Zaun and, of course, B.J. (My Aching Back) Ryan.
This business about it's-not-lying-if-you-know-the-truth is one of the most incredible blatherings to erupt from the yap of a local sports exec since Floyd Smith fired Doug Carpenter with the immortal opening line, "I've got nothing to say and I'm only going to say it once."
You might think that a franchise that has endured such drastic attendance setbacks over the past decade might want to show the paying customers a little more respect than out-and-out lying to them through the media. Now, there is no reason to ever again believe a single utterance from Ricciardi's mouth. We all simply have to assume he's fibbing again anytime he has something to say.
Clearly, the man thinks he's not only the genius of baseball, but that he's untouchable.
Not bad for a guy who runs a club with the third worst record in major league baseball. Guess reaching the giddy heights of second place went to his head.