I can't be the only person out there who thinks that maybe Rudy T stepping down has something to do with the bottle, can I? As you may know, I have a long and passionate love affair with the sauce so, naturally that was the first thing that popped into my head when I heard that he may be retiring again, that and how good a beer would taste, but thats another subject altogether.
Then yesterday during his press conference Rudy made a cryptic comment about "slipping deeper and deeper" into bad health. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that comment just sounded like something from Behind the Music...you know, like when the commentator would preview what was coming up after the commercail with phrases like "with Nikki Six slipping deeper and deeper into the grips of cocaine addiction..."
I'm just saying that it all seems to have happened very quickly to be purely health related. Maybe Rudy fell of the wagon and that was contributing to his decline in health. Maybe the idea of coaching the team that basically ended his career (see: Kermit Washington) and the memories that came with it were too much for him to take and he retreated to comforts of his old friend Johnnie Walker? Remember, nobody really knew that Rudy T had such a problem with the booze until after his first retirement due to cancer treatments...he's obviously well versed in hiding this type of thing from people, is it that farfetched to believe he's not doing the same thing all over again?