Jack McKeon, trailblazer: Bring back more 80-year-old coaches

Eighty-year-old Jack McKeon is back to manage the Marlins for the rest of the season, striking a blow for the octogenarians of the world. Here are 10 other 80-somethings we would love to see coaching again.

Buddy Ryan, 80

His son, Jets coach Rex Ryan, is a couple of cans shy of a six pack, and he's a chip off the ol' crazy block. Buddy is such a whack job, he once attacked another coach during a game and it was one of his team's coaches!

Bobby Bowden, 81

Daggumit, it still seems shabby how Bowden was pushed out the door by FSU. Sure, the 'Noles might be better for it, but college football isn't. His old school, West Virginia, is a mess. Maybe he could go to Morgantown and get the sendoff he deserves.

Jerry Tarkanian, 80

Give him a towel to chew on and a basketball team to run-and-gun, and we bet Tark the Shark could get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Plus, the beauty of Tarkanian returning would be watching all the stuffed shirts at the NCAA work themselves into a lather, because the NCAA hates Tarkanian. The way we see it, any enemy of the NCAA is a friend of ours.

Earl Weaver, 80

Major-league baseball umpires are so arrogant, incompetent and out of control that we need a manager to come in and give them all the "what for.'' Who better than Weaver, the former Orioles manager who was ejected 97 times in his 17-season, chain-smoking career. Legend has it that an umpire once handed Weaver his rule book and Weaver responded, "That's no good. I can't read braille.''

Bum Phillips, 87

Most of today's NFL coaches are football nerds who look the same and sound the same and have zero personality (uh, Bill Belichick?). Bum has more personality in his 10-gallon cowboy hat than any NFL coach has in his entire body. Plus, he speaks his own language. Example: He once said of Alabama icon Bear Bryant, "He can take his'n and beat your'n and take your'n and beat his'n."

Don Zimmer, 80

If Joe Maddon needs a couple of days off, the Rays should bring back Popeye. He publicly feuded with late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and tried to deck former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. Any guy who gets in fights with the Yankees and Red Sox is all right in our book.

Tommy Lasorda, 83

That warm, fuzzy, funny guy you see in all the interviews isn't the true Lasorda, who could be ornery and rude when the cameras were turned off. But you have to admit the guy could manage, and the times haven't passed him by. He tweets constantly on Twitter.com, where he has nearly 28,000 followers.

Bud Grant, 84

Here's how to fix the Vikings: Tear down that awful dome, build an outdoor stadium and rehire Grant, who coached the team for 18 years. When he was honored in December at a frigid outdoor game, he showed up in short sleeves. Who wouldn't run through a wall for a guy like that?

Yogi Berra, 86

I really didn't say everything I said. The future ain't what it used to be. If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be. Hey, who knows if Yogi could manage, but his postgame interviews would be a blast.

Earle Bruce, 80

Ohio State's football job is open again. Bruce was 5-4 against Michigan from 1979-87. And at least his players paid for their tattoos.

Jack McKeon, trailblazer: Bring back more 80-year-old coaches 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:36am]

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