Since Reid's streak of boneheaded moves have renewed the nostalgia for the days of Buddy Ryan....
Buddy Ryan an old Bird who still enjoys football
By Ed Barkowitz
When Buddy Ryan was the Eagles' coach, he very rarely referred to his players by name.
If linebacker Seth Joyner would make a stellar play, Ryan might say "that ol' No. 59 knocked the stuffing out of the quarterback."
Or if Heath Sherman would roll into the end zone, Ryan would utter "that little running back sure is a handful."
So when Ryan was asked to name some of the studs on his fantasy football team, the 72-year-old former coach reverted to his old form.
"Well, I got the running back from San Diego, I got the running back from Baltimore... "
Ryan is retired now, raising horses in Kentucky and skippering a successful fantasy football team although "I got lucky and only won by three last week."
Ryan is a member of the 12-team Central Kentucky Football League run by Will Rodes, the vice president of Wilson Equipment, a distributor of commercial machinery based in Lexington. His team is Buddy's 46ers, named after the vaunted "46" defense scheme he devised as a coach.
Ryan has been playing fantasy for a number of years. This being Buddy Ryan, though, how he became attracted to it is somewhat unconventional.
"I met a guy that owns a bulldozing outfit down here and he gave me the operation of a bulldozer to play in their league," said Ryan, referring to Rodes' brother and business partner Charlie. "I enjoy it. It's fun turning in your team every week."
A league rule that needed to be waived was the one that required owners to have Internet access. The league is run through CBS SportsLine, but Ryan has yet to jump on the information superhighway.
"He's a very active owner," Rodes said. "I thought he might do it for one or two years, but here we are going on eight years. He calls in his roster and stops down to the office to get updates on his team."
In addition to the running back in San Diego and the running back in Baltimore, Ryan owns the Ravens defense, where his son Rex is the coordinator, and the Raiders defense, where son Rob is the coordinator.
The guy does everything his way.
One of his self-imposed rules is to never start an offensive player against those defenses. He even sat LaDainian Tomlinson in the season opener against Oakland. Tomlinson ran for 131 yards, but Ryan still won his game handily.
The old coach still has enough contacts in the NFL that the other members in the league sometimes wonder if he's getting inside information.
"He's been accused, but we can't prove it," Rodes said. "A couple years ago when Randall Cunningham was playing for Minnesota, we thought he was calling Randall to get an idea of how many passes he would throw that week."
Ryan has never won the CKFL championship, but this year sits atop the standings tied at 7-2. He still doesn't like kickers and has five Ravens on his roster.
He also has Donovan McNabb.
"I like McNabb. He can run and throw," Ryan said. "I like that, he's like Randall Cunningham."
ROSTER OF THE WEEK
Who: Buddy Ryan, former Eagles coach (1986-90).
League (size): Central Kentucky Football League (12 teams).
Team Name: Buddy's 46ers.
Quarterback: *Donovan McNabb, Eagles; Steve McNair, Ravens.
Running backs: *Jamal Lewis, Ravens; Fred Taylor, Jaguars; *LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers; Michael Turner, Chargers.
Wide receiver: Michael Clayton, Buccaneers; *Derrick Mason, Ravens; *Randy Moss, Raiders; Marcus Robinson, Vikings.
Tight end: *Todd Heap, Ravens.
Kicker: "The Seattle guy" (Josh Brown)
Defense, special teams: *Baltimore; Oakland
• - Indicates usual starter.