Tiki Barber, who retired the season before the New York Giants broke through and won a Super Bowl without him, has been living a charmed life since his retirement. If by charmed you mean losing his television job with NBC, attracting the vitriol of legions by jilting his pregnant wife for a much younger woman, and announcing that he’s going to return to the NFL after four years off and having no one particularly care. Barber, who seems to always be burnishing his public image, has done it again by telling Sports Illustrated in an article published in this week’s issue that after moving with girlfriend Traci Johnson into the house of his agent, Mark Lepsiter, the couple were hiding out in his attic.

“Lep’s Jewish,” says Barber in the article, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.” 

Oh, boy. So Barber is comparing the isolation he felt while hiding from the media to a young Jewish girl who unsuccessfully tried to hide from the Nazis and died in the Holocaust. And here I was holding out hope for Tiki’s political career.