Does it, Cecil?
- Cecil wrote:
"At some point, it has to become about the product on the field..."
Cecil, why should it for management, when it certainly doesn't for the
players? Off they go at the drop of the highest dollar.
The emphasis on the term "Professional sports" is, now more than every
before, on the first word; often to the detriment of the second word.
That's just the way it is.
Sure, there are exceptions among the players. But they are as rare as
is an NFL owner. like Bob Kraft, who will build a stadium with his own
money; or a MLB owner, like George Steinbrenner, who will spend
whatever it takes to keep his team on top; or an NBA owner, like Mark
Cuban, who will emulate Steinbrenner. The vast majority of owners and
players are out for the big buck above all else. The desire to win
takes second place; and, most often, a distant second place.
I still come back to the fact that Lawyer Milloy was about to make
somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million this year with a
re-negotiated contract (according to the rumors), with more millions to
come in years ahead. That is enough money to allow any American to set
himself up for a life of luxury for the rest of his life. WTF more
material wealth does an individual need? Why isn't the opportunity to
continue playing with a team that has recently won a SB, and is in
excellent position to contend for at least one more immediately, enough
to provide all the satisfaction a person needs? Why isn't a couple of
million dollars a year, AND "the product on the field" enough?
As for the "leadership" issue, it certainly will cause some disruption
in the immediate future. It may even cost us this first game. But
players adjust to movement and loss of "leaders" in today's NFL. As
noted above, that's just the way it is today. Wasn't there
consternation when we lost Drew? And you can cite dozens of other
examples around the league in recent years of a team losing a "leader",
and surviving the initial shock to play well.
I definitely believe that it, if it was to be done, it should have been
done sooner. But when? Before the acquisition of TW? I don't think BB
would have considered it then.
Again, think about my comments on the "changes" in our defense this
season. Without TW, we would still be dependent upon the SS for
considerable run support, and for frequent blitzing. With TW, I believe
those needs are significantly ameliorated. I think the acquisition of
TW (and likely a lot of film study to confirm its affect) is what
convinced BB that he could afford to go "hard line" with Milloy.
Wishful thinking? Looking through the rose colored glasses? Maybe. But
I'll go with that theory until we see how the next few games unfold.
** N E Patriots ....
Last AFC World Champions! **
- Well, I have to admit i'm in shock on this one. It's funny
because I was thinking the last couple of days...man isnt it
nice how the team has no really big issues to contend with
leading up to opening day. Last year we had the Ted Johnson
walk out right before the opener...which really shook things
up. So I was enjoying the relatively peaceful environment
around the team...and then....WHAM!
My opinion....really bad move here. The timing is
horrendous. The team was under the cap, so why do this now?
Let this year play out, and then deal with the Milloy/Law
issue next offseason. I didnt like the hard line stance that
Milloy and Law were taking myself..and I hate their agent
(Poston). But...to make a cut like that now...not good.
Milloy is a leader on this team...a guy many guys look up
to...a guy with many friends. In many ways he was the
heartbeat of this team. This move will have a negative
impact on this team to start the season...there is no doubt
in my mind about this. Eventually the shock will wear off,
but at what price? There simply was no need to do this now,
and I'm shocked that BB and Pioli chose now to do it. Now I
read that the Bills are interested in Milloy. Just great.
As for the acquisition of TW..and his affect on the
defense...well I pray that this guy doesn't get hurt. And at
35 years old and nearly 400 pounds, why would it not shock
me if he does get hurt? I agree his inclusion in the defense
is huge (literally and figuratively), but if Milloy was cut
partially because TW is expected to shore up the run defense
the Pats are certainly putting a lot of eggs in his basket.
Two weeks ago we didnt even have this guy...now we're
cutting people based on his spot on the roster? Scary
-Pats Freak (not a happy camper right now)
- ***** Chris, Apparently the concept of "greed" has simply left the
planet for many Americans today. You all seem to feel that there is no
such thing as "enough". Well, I don't agree. I think there IS a point
at which making more money can and should take a back seat to the
personal satisfaction achieved from a combination of giving and
producing at the highest level of your chosen profession.
***** You can, and will most certainly choose to disagree. But those
are the principles that drove the vast majority of the people who moved
the human race from the cave to the age of automation.
***** I'm not suggesting that "subsistance" is enough, Chris. I'm
saying that a person who earns, in a year or two, enough money buy a
large home, a few cars, a plethora of luxury items, and a few solid
investments really has all the material things that he should need for
an enjoyable material life. What he reaches for beyond that is, purely
and simply, greed and gluttony.
***** I agree that we who are getting into this again are beating a
horse that's been dead for some time here. So, fear not, I'm done with
it. At least as a part of the discussion on this issue. But I did think
it was appropriate to remind some of you that there are those who feel
that super rich athletes and their leaches are what a religious man
(which I certainly am not) would call greedy to the point of being
sinful. Those of us who believe that, also believe that Lawyer Milloy's
departure was the net result of that greed, as it has "matured" over
--- Christopher Robert Woods <chris@...> wrote:
> On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, George R wrote:
> > I still come back to the fact that Lawyer Milloy was about to make
> > somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million this year with a
> > re-negotiated contract (according to the rumors), with more
> millions to
> > come in years ahead. That is enough money to allow any American to
> > himself up for a life of luxury for the rest of his life. WTF more
> > material wealth does an individual need? Why isn't the opportunity
> > continue playing with a team that has recently won a SB, and is in
> > excellent position to contend for at least one more immediately,
> > to provide all the satisfaction a person needs? Why isn't a couple
> > million dollars a year, AND "the product on the field" enough?
> Behaviour is good or bad regardless of how many zeros are in the
> George, I am going to pay you $20 this year and $40 next year to
> bring this topic up again.
> Next year I'm going to change my mind and promise you $20 for that
> and $45 the following year.
> The year after that, I'm going to offer your $18 and promise you $46
> dollars the following year.
> At which point do you wake up and smell the coffee and realize that
> jerking your chain?
> Who here wouldn't leave a job to get more money? Or, even worse,
> happily leave a job where your employer kept coming back to
> your contract to cut your pay this year, but promise to make it up to
> next year?
> Serious, keep the amount out of your brain here, for just one second.
> Lawyer is betting that he can do better somewhere else. Its
> capitalism at
> work. I won't even start on your 'utopian' view of players having a
> and static market value locking them into a job they might grow to
> I guess you forfeit the freedom to choose to change jobs after you
> making a certain amount of money, huh?
> Funny how capitalism is all fun and games until you stop gaining from
> Christopher Robert Woods