We probably should have seen this coming.
With his bank account low on cash and his creditors coming a-callin', Jose Canseco is turning to the next logical option in Tonya Harding's 12-step program for the Desperate and Broke Celebrity.
From the Philadelphia Daily News:
Canseco and promoter Damon Feldman are seeking a challenger to fight the Oakland Athletics veteran on July 12 at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City. The chosen opponent will be paid $5,000. Brave souls should e-mail email@example.com. Canseco's opponent will be revealed in this column next week.
When I first saw this article, my initial thought was that I should send an e-mail offering to fight Canseco myself. Frankly, the Stew could use some publicity, I could use the $5K and I'd appreciate the surreal fact that I'd be fighting — and possibly defeating — a guy whose Donruss Rated Rookie was the obsession of my summer between second and third grade. I've never been to Atlantic City, either.
Yet upon further review, I think there is only one logical opponent for Canseco come July.
It makes perfect sense. Back in the years between 1986 and '90, I would have listed three people as being completely indestructible: Canseco, Tyson and Hulk Hogan. Now that two of the three have proven the hunches of a 10-year-old 'Duk completely false (God bless the Hulkster for not completely crushing me), why not have the Bash Brother and Kid Dynamite square off?
It's not like Tyson, who hasn't fought in three years or won in five, has anything better going on.
And since everyone wants to see him fight Kimbo Slice in the near future, punching Canseco's smug mug like a modern-day Don Flamenco would provide for a nice tuneup before getting pummeled by the super street brawler.
So, yeah, hopefully Iron Mike reads the Philadelphia Daily News and has access to e-mail.
This needs to happen.
(A big BLS head nod to The 700 Level for the tip)