Early in his first training camp with the New York Jets, in 1997, Bill Parcells was asked why he'd want to take over one of the sorriest franchises in professional sports. He responded with a sneer and a story.
"Two guys are sent to Australia to sell shoes to the Aborigines," he said. "One calls his boss and says, 'There's no opportunity here; the natives don't wear shoes.' The other guy calls and says, 'Boss, great news: These people don't have any shoes.'"