Ah, the madness in South Florida continues. Last year, about this time, as I was trying to convince myself that the Miami Dolphins had a reasonable chance to make the playoffs and then who knows what might happen, the star of the team, the man the whole offense was built around, Ricky Williams, the guy whose doll I have sitting in my living room, left the team.
His reasons were many, mostly depending on what mood he was in... tired of football... needs to find himself... didn't want to be penalized by the NFL's drug policy... the Taco Bell dog told him to quit... Anyway, his departure caused the Dolphins to have their worst season since the 1960s.
And now, after a year of living in a tent in Australia, learning meditation techniques in a holistic univeristy in northern California, after travelling to the oddest places (both geographically and personally it seems), after learning that he owes the Dolphins 8 million dollars because he broke his contract with them... after all that...
Ricky has returned. Yes, Ricky Williams is back as a Dolphin. He is at training camp, right now, as I type (I just checked the NFL football sites online and no reports of him leaving, so that's a pretty safe sentence).
He'll miss the first four games of the season because he's a dope smoker (or was a dope smoker, he claims to have given it up), but I cannot wait to see him back in action. Yes, I fully expect that he'll never make it onto the field in a regular season game, that he'll hear a bird tell him to become an astronaut or he'll be caught with illegal substances in his system, but I also fully expect him to make a glorious return to the game and be the star of the entire season (except those first four suspended games, of course).
Who knows whether his return is motivated by the desire to play the game, or the desire to rid himself of the debt he owes the Dolphins - - okay, we all know it's the monetary reason that brings him back - - I'm just glad to have him back.
So, Ricky, welcome back, you flaky nut, you. All I ask from you is to run hard as a Dolphin until this season is over. With you, that is a lot to ask, perhaps.