Saturday, February 19, 2011

The fins need that exorcism

I went out to the marlins fan fest today. They (gasp!) let you out on the field and you can interact with players.

I stood there and stared up at the name in the ring of honor and thought about my post about dolphin history and how the recent years have been unkind to the fins.

And I thought about my idea for an exorcism and how badly it's needed.

I did what I could as I stood there, but it needs to be an organizational thing with lots of fans and players.

C'mon capt izzy and help take the "long suffering" away from long suffering dolphins fans.

Whaddya say?

Friday, February 18, 2011

unexpected development in the CBA

The NFL and NFLPA turned to an independent arbiter -part of a government labor relations group - to help mediate their dispute.

I'll admit, I did NOT see that one coming.  The way this works is that the owners group is in one room laying out their proposal to the mediator; the NFLPA is in another room laying out their proposal.  The mediator then looks for commonalities and makes suggestions to each on how they might get a deal done.

Will it work?  I still doubt it.  This is not binding, and its likely just to get all their unabridged differences on the table, without bickering or sparring, or even communicating through the press.  At least they'll be able to see where their differences really are, and with a neutral observer it may help each side to appreciate the others' position.

Meanwhile the two other streams move forward: the NFLPA will still have its day in front of the special master regarding TV revenue; and the NFL will pursue its legal action stating that the NFLPA is not - and never has been - negotiating in good faith.

The relative good news is that players are being encouraged to go to the combine (and not boycott it).  While I think that the combine is a colossal waste of time - and watching it on TV even more so - the opportunity for coaches to get to meet some of the players is good, and may help them to form opinions about them.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The CBA: That's irritating

Our old friend, Rog (aka the Commish) sent an op-ed piece around.  In it, one thing he said was:
"Owners need more money to offset costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums. We need new stadiums in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego."

Hold the phone.  That just irritates me.  Why?  Well let me splain:
  • Nearly every NFL stadium, no I'm sure its EVERY stadium, is subsidized by public funds in some way.  To say that they need that money for financing or building a stadium is disingenuous. 
  • Previously, there was a fund for interest-free loans that owners could use to pay for stadium improvements, but owners dipped way in and took everything, and as I understand it, depleted it.  So, if that couldn't be managed correctly, how can they manage larger sums?
  • Typically an owner is playing with other people's money when it comes to the big $$ in a stadium deal (just look at how the Fins are trying to get someone else to pay for the upgrades "to support a superbowl.")
  • As for maintaining and operating stadiums, that's what luxury boxes, parking, and general concessions should be paying for! I get it, they want more, but that seems greedy to me

And as for new stadiums, lets look at each of the ones on the list:
  • Minneapolis' stadium needs roof repairs/a new roof, how does that qualify as a new stadium?
  • Oakland does have an older stadium, and they share it with a baseball team.  But its undergone some pretty serious renovations over the years.  I think the larger issues are that its not owned by Al Davis, and they have to share it.
  • San Francisco - this one is somewhat political, as they are in negotiations with Santa Clara to build a new stadium.  Yeah, this building is old, and probably needs to be replaced, but  $1billion off the top wouldn't be enough, given that its essentially divided 32 ways (about $31 million each), so they'd still need city/state funds to pay for it.
  • San Diego has been turned down by the city and state numerous times.  While they do need some new digs -  or a serious renovation - I don't see a scenario where the ownership pays for it out of pocket; they're more likely to move than do that
  • and LA doesn't have a team so WTF?  
So I say to the owners: you're a private club and you're using my tax dollars, as well as any money I give you for tickets, merchandise, etc, and an indirect cut of whatever I pay to your advertisers.  And yet you want to keep your books a secret.  Why?  Because you have something to hide?  Why not go ahead and throw open those books and let us all see what you have?

If your situation is what you tell us it is, then maybe I'd be more apt to support your position.  But I can only assume you're just being, ahem, capitalistic, and trying to get what you can for free.  And I just can't support that.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maybe he just needs a hug?

There's an article about Bob Keuchen-wanker being arrested for being over the legal limit and getting into an accident.,0,5848832.story

Keuch is a wealthy guy who owns a house out on Fisher Island (a very upscale address).  Dude should be in the football HOF.  He should have hired someone to drive him home.

And this apparently is his second offense.  Too bad, so sad.

Frankly, there is no excuse for driving drunk.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

We heard this week that Bill Parcells (who is STILL ON Miami's payroll) joined Sparano and Ireland in a couple of junkets this week, as they met a few potential players that maybe, possibly could get drafted.  Among them was the QB from TCU.

So what's his aim here?  To try and find a guy who will actually hurt the team?  To steer the team away from someone the Jets covet?

I can't imagine he's actually adding any value to these discussions.  Other than, of course, to bill Mr. Ross for some "business trips."

I wish he would just go away - and stay away already!

Hasn't he already done enough damage?

Oh wait, the franchise still has a modicum of dignity. He won't leave until that's gone.