In what could only be viewed as one of the most surprising developments of the summer, former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson went a month without hairspray. Johnson, you may remember, was a contestant on Survivor 21: Nicaragua.
Johnson joined ESPN 1080 in Orlando with Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene to talk about the ordeal (via Sports Radio Interviews).
“We had no hair spray, had no combs, didn’t have a mirror so I have no idea what it’s going to look like,” Johnson said. “We didn’t even have a toothbrush. I cut off a little piece of palm frond to scrape the tartar off my teeth. We had nothing. I had the shirt on my back, a pair of shorts, a pair of shoes and that was it. I got a bathing suit my third day, so I couldn’t even change out of wet clothes and wet shoes.”
Gil Brandt tells me that is what the early Cowboys training camps were like. And, yes, I am just kidding about that.
Johnson said that it was an adventure and tougher than he imagined but he was glad that he did it. Which, incidentally, sounds like what he would probably say about coaching the Cowboys.
Johnson also talked about another popular reality series — Favre Watch. Johnson said that he could not have dealt with a situation like Favre and the Vikings. And I would imagine that former Dolphins QB Dan Marino would concur.
“I’m really uncomfortable with that,” Johnson said. “I’ve always been a team-oriented guy. Having said that, without question, Minnesota’s a better team with Brett Favre. But who’s to say if he’s going to have the magical season this year that he had last year? Who’s to say if that ankle is going to be 100 percent? I don’t think it is right now. And you sacrifice so much of the team concept when you make so many concessions for one player. It’s almost like he’s the savior and if he doesn’t carry us to the promise land, then the rest of them aren’t going to be able to do it. Some of the other players have to be saying, ‘What about me?’”
Yeah, Favre was totally acting like some reality TV show diva.
— Adam Rank