Okay, I did my first official mock draft a little over a
month ago. In that time, teams have franchise tagged players, cut players, and
traded players. The NFL combine also happened and I wanted to do this mock
draft before the free agency started. There will be a third when the free
agency starts, don’t worry.
Here’s why April is the greatest month in sports. I know
there is no NFL in the month of April, but look at all the other sports going
on. First off, right from the start of April, it’s Opening Day for baseball.
Second, the first Sunday in April, the Road to Wrestlemania has finally. Then
the exact next day after Wresltemania, you have the March Madness finals. After
that, the following weekend will be The Masters. Then, while all that’s going
on, you’ll have the NBA and NHL going on throughout April. Finally, at the end
of the month, you’ll have your taste of the NFL season with the NFL Draft.
Plus, how could I forget, all the UFC fights that’ll happen.
Think about it. This is a month we’ll see Mike Trout,
Rory McIlroy, Seth Rollins, Zion Williamson, Sidney Crosbey, and Roger Goodell
getting boo’d, in action all in this one month. You literally couldn’t ask for
anything better. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for April.
Now that the 2018 NFL season is officially over, it’s time for the Jets to focus on potential offseason moves. The Jets spent little time firing Todd Bowles after another losing season. In about 2 months, GM Mike Maccagnan named former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as the new head coach. Personally at first, I didn’t like the hiring, but as the next couple days went on, I warmed up to Gase and started liking him.
I started looking at the positives with the hire. One, before Ryan Tannehill got hurt, he was on the verge of being an above average quarterback in the league. Second, in his 3 years in Miami, he beat the Jets 5 times out of the 6. Third, with an average offense with no quarterback, the Dolphins didn’t do awful. Fourth, Peyton Manning gave this guy a sweeping endorsement. I know Manning doesn’t feel the need to be coached, but when Gase was Manning’s offensive coordinator in 2013, Manning did throw a record-breaking 55 touchdowns. And fifth, Sam Darnold loves this guy. So Jets fans……..IF OUR FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK LOVES THIS GUY, THEN SO SHOULD WE!!!
Gase rounded out his staff very well by bringing on Greg Williams as the new defensive coordinator to run the defense. Williams will have full control and be able to focus on the defense, while Gase focuses on the offense, which is great. Let Williams run the defense the way he wants and we can see great things.
Dowell Loggains was named the offensive coordinator. Loggains was Gase’s offensive coordinator while in Miami. While the Dolphins offensive wasn’t the best, but they always managed to win games or at least be in them. Brent Boyer was a huge bring back for the Jets and 100% deserved to keep his job. The Jets special teams in 2018 was A++. He was able to send 2 special teams players to the pro bowl with how they played this year (Jason Meyers and Andre Roberts).
Some other notable names who rounded out the rest of the coaching staff is running backs coach, Jim Bob Cooter, who served as the Lions offensive coordinator for the past 4 years. Frank Pollack, who is credited for the development of the Cowboys offensive line. Joe Vitt is the new outside linebackers coach, who you may remember was suspended in 2012 for the Saints bounty scandal. Dennard Wilson, defensive backs coach, was another coach who was brought back, and rightfully so.
For the roster, let’s take a look at the offense. The big news around the Jets this offseason so far is, will Le’veon Bell play for the Jets in 2019? Bell will make this offense drastically better. That’s the talent Bell brings to the table. Jamal Adams has been recruiting him to come play in the green and white. The Jets have over $100 million in cap space, so the ball is in the Jets court.
I think the Jets will cut or trade Crowell this offseason because after a promising first 6 weeks in 2018, Crowell’s game took a turn for the worst as he sucked the rest of the season and eventually got injured. If the Jets don’t sign Bell, there’s guys like Mark Ingram from the Saints who the Jets could sign.
Ingram is a really good running back and would be great for the Jets. And if neither of those guys are there, I wouldn’t be opposed to the Jets signing Adrian Peterson. Peterson had a good bounce back year for the Redskins as he rushed for 1042 yards and had 7 touchdowns. So, if he can do something close to that in 2019, plus he can help develop Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon, I’ll take that on my team.
Realistically, the Jets need 5 new offensive linemen, but can live with Brandon Shell at right tackle and Brian Winters at right guard. With the release of Spencer Long, James Carpenter most likely not getting re-signed, Kelvin Beachum on the back end of his career, the Jets need a left tackle, left guard, and center.
For the center, in the free agency, the Jets could sign Matt Paradis from the Broncos or Mitch Morse from the Chiefs. Both men had good seasons for their teams and the Jets are in a desperate need for a center. They could also look out for Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State. He turned a lot of heads in the Senior Bowl and the Jets could draft him in the later rounds.
For left guard, the Jets could look to sign Rodger Saffold from the Rams, who was part one of the best offensive lines in 2018 or A.J. Cann from the Jaguars. For left tackle, the free agency is dry, but the Jets hold the 3rd overall pick in the draft, so you could see the Jets possibly draft Jonah Williams (Alabama), Greg Little (Ole Miss), Cody Ford (Oklahoma), or Jawaan Taylor (Florida). All have tons of potential and Jets could draft any of them.
Finally, the Jets need a true number one wide receiver. Quincey Enunwa was Darnold’s “safety blanket” in 2018, until he got injured. Anderson and Darnold developed a strong connection with each other towards the end of the season. That’s what we want to see from Anderson’s development. Kearse is a free agent and after his poor performance in 2018, I doubt he comes back. So, the Jets need one or two more wide receivers. I think the Jets should go after Adam Humphries from the Buccaneers. Humphries had good 2018 season as he had 816 yards and 5 touchdowns, plus he’s 25 years old. He would go great alongside Enunwa and Anderson. Some other guys the Jets could sign are Cole Beasley from the Cowboys or Tyrell Williams from the Chargers.
For the defense, the Jets are only a couple pieces away from having an elite defense. But the way they address this offseason depends on what Gregg Williams does with the defense. For years the Jets run a 3-4 defense, but Williams is known for his 4-3 defense. Either way, one thing the Jets need to address is pass rusher.
Henry Anderson had a good year in 2018, tying for first on the team with 7 sacks. The Jets need to sign him back, but also need another pass rusher. Priority number one, if he’s not franchised, should be Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence in William’s defensive will thrive. The Jets haven’t had an elite pass rusher since John Abraham and Lawrence would provide the pass rusher the Jets need.
Another name being thrown out there is Dante Fowler. Fowler had a good 2017, but a not so good 2018. Fowler has tons of potential and with a coach like Gregg Williams, the sky’s the limit. Also, Trey Flowers is a possible name. He had a good season and a good post season. I can’t imagine the Patriots not signing him back, but if they don’t, the Jets should go after him.
The Jets could find some good pass rushers in the draft. This is a defense heavy draft. Personally, I think the only defensive player the Jets should have an eye out for is Nick Bosa (Ohio State). Bosa has elite talent like his brother and has the potential to be better than his brother. But if the Jets do go in the direction of drafting a pass rusher, the Jets could draft guys like Clein Ferrell (Clemson), Rashan Gary (Michigan), or Montez Sweat (Mississippi State). All have great potential and Jets could draft them.
Defensive tackle is a bit of a question mark. Steve McClendon is set to be a free agent, but I can imagine the Jets signing him back for his great play and leadership. Depending on how Williams runs this defense will determine if they need another defensive tackle.
Among guys in the free agents are Ndamukong Suh. First off, just imagine Williams coaching Suh. Like a match made in heaven. Second, Suh is a great run stopper and can improve the Jets defense so much. Another guy the Jets could possibly sign is Jonathan Hankins. Hankins was a solid defensive tackle for the Giants a couple years and still has potential to be a great defensive tackle.
For the draft, a lot of mock drafts have the Jets drafting Quinen Williams (Alabama). Williams was a star for the Crimson Tide and if the Jets draft him, Williams has the potential to be the next big thing in the NFL.
Jordan Jenkins improved greatly last season. The trio of Brandon Copeland, Frankie Luvu, and Neville Hewitt was okay, but the Jets still need a true starting outside linebacker opposite of Jenkins. But, again its depending on how Williams shapes this defense. If he goes to a 4-3 defense, it’s possible Darron Lee makes the move to outside linebacker, but if not some guys the Jets could look at in free agency is Dee Ford from the Chiefs, if he hits the free agency.
Ford had a breakout season in 2018, recording 13 sacks. Ford is just the piece the Jets need. Another name is Anthony Barr. I always felt Barr was underrated as an outside linebacker. Barr isn’t the pass rusher the Jets need, but he’s a great field general, great run stopper, and a great cover guy, too. Also, the Jets could draft Josh Allen from Kentucky. This kid is something special. He has the potential to be the next great pass rusher in the NFL.
The Jets secondary was awful in 2018. Trumaine Johnson had a bad year and looks to bounce back in 2019. As for Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine……they had awful seasons and with them set to become free agents, I can’t imagine the Jets bringing them both back.
Darryl Roberts took a huge step forward in 2018. He developed into a decent corner and filled in fine when Marcus Maye got injured. Kareem Jackson has always been a solid corner for the Texans and if the Jets sign him he would not only bring his skill, but his leadership experience, especially for this young team. Darqueze Dennard has been a decently solid corner for the Bengals. Jason Verrett is also on the market. He missed the 2018 season due to injury, but before he got injured, Verrett was a very solid cornerback. The Jets could take the risk and sign him because Verrett still has a bunch of upside. That goes for Ronald Darby as well. Darby is a very good corner, before he got injured. So, if the Jets sign him, there’s huge upside.
If for some odd reason the Jets don’t sign back Andre Roberts and Jason Meyers, I’ll be so mad. It wouldn’t make any sense. So, I can’t imagine the Jets not signing them both back.
Overall, this offseason can make or break the Jets for the next 3-5 years. The Jets hold the 3rd overall draft pick and over $100 million in cap space. The Jets can make significant moves this offseason that could help the Jets dethrone the Patriots.
For those who know me or for those that don’t know, I’m a die-hard Jets fan. I’m 23 years old and have bled the green and white since the day I was born. For 18 years of my life (that’s 78% of my life) Tom Brady has tortured me and my Jets fandom. I hate Tom Brady with a dying passion, but I was watching the Patriots vs. Chiefs AFC Championship and I realized I was rooting for the Patriots.
For a second, I thought I was hallucinating or dreaming or something, but no I wasn’t. I was actually rooting for the Patriots to go to the Super Bowl. You can call me a fake fan, a fraud all you want for rooting for the Patriots, but I will bleed green and white until I die. Then I realized, the reason I was rooting for the Patriots was for the 8 Super Bowls Tom Brady has played in, have all been decided by one score. So, I knew if Brady was in the Super Bowl again, it would be a good, exciting game.
Then I really started thinking about it, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. He’s literally the GOAT. You can think its Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees or whoever, but it’s Tom Brady. And this is coming from a Jets fan.
First off, the man has not only been in 9 Super Bowls, he’s won 6 of them. Then someone might make the argument, but Montana never lost in the Super Bowl. Who cares! Do you know how hard it is to win a Super Bowl, let alone make the Super Bowl?
And in Tom Brady’s 18-year career (and counting), he’s been in it 9 times and won it 6. He is 4th all-time in passing yards (70,514) behind Favre, Mannig, and Brees, and if he continues to play the way he’s playing he’ll easily pass Favre and Manning in the 2019 season. He’s 3rd all-time in passing touchdowns (517) behind Brees and Manning, and like before if he keeps playing the way he’s been playing, he’ll easily pass Manning and it’ll be between Brady and Brees to become the leader.
Then, he also has the highest QBR in a single-season (2007, 88.50), 4th all-time passer rating (97.6), he has 35 come from behind wins, 44 game winning drives, and the list goes on and on. And that’s just the regular season. As for the post season, in Tom Brady’s 18-year career, he’s made the playoffs 15 times…..15 TIMES IN 18 YEARS!!!
Brady literally is the post season leader in almost every quarterback category and it’s not even close. He has 73 passing touchdowns. Montana is behind him with 45. He has 11,179 passing yards. Manning is behind him with 7,339 yards, and the list goes on and on. Plus, he’s a 3-time league MVP, 4-time Super Bowl MVP, most games won by a quarterback, since becoming the starting quarterback in 2001, he missed the playoffs one time (not counting the year he was injured), he’s been to 8 straight AFC Championship games, and he’s never had a losing record.
Look, we may never know how Tom Brady is without Bill Belichick, but that shouldn’t matter. Tom Brady is the one on the field making the throws, making the decisions, reading the defenses, and more. The fact that the experts thought this was a down year for Brady and the Patriots, and they go on and win the Super Bowl. Must be nice. Brady time and time again continues to play amazing. Him and Belichick both turned the Patriots into one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.
As a Jets fan, year in and year out Tom Brady crushes my hopes and dreams and like I said earlier, I hate Tom Brady with a dying passion. I really do, but I respect the man, and he is the greatest quarterback of all time.
People have dreams. For a LOT of people, the dream they have
is to be a major league athlete. Maybe the Quarterback that leads his team to a
win in the Big Game. Maybe it’s having the ball in the 9th inning to
win the game. Or maybe you want to be the player that is first to hoist Lord
Stanley’s trophy. Or hold that big metal basketball against your head because
you were the next Jordan?
Not me. Nah.
Sure, when I was 13 I wanted to be the starting
centerfielder for the New York Mets. But then I faced major league pitching at
one point and realized it was time for plan B. I thought “maybe a coach?” So I
tried that, and it was fun, but it came with limits. Coaches have short
careers, and can’t manage a roster, so coaching was a fleeting thought.
The next want was General Manager. Anyone who has read the
last near decade of these blogs on various platforms knows that I was 100%
confident that I could do a better job with running the Islanders than Garth
Snow. But who couldn’t?
However, walking from a different career into a GM spot is
something that no team would do. After all, who would hire a guy with no
experience to run an entire organization? They’d be a world class moron for
such. #Wilpons #Wang Another dream deferred.
What about ownership? Now, that’d be something awesome. But
how to finance a sports team? Can you or I buy a sports team? Can we mortgage a
house to buy a team? Can we get a few buddies to join in to cover the
I was quoted in Newsday a few years back (https://www.newsday.com/long-island/liers-scoop-up-tickets-for-325m-powerball-jackpot-1.4257051)
saying that if I hit a big Powerball jackpot that I would absolutely buy the
Islanders and keep them playing in the Nassau Coliseum. That wasn’t a lie. Say
I won and cleared $500 million and used all of the money to purchase the team. Financial
advisors would say I’m stupid. It’s always a bad idea to put your eggs in one
basket. Why would I do such a thing? As a Series 7 license holder, wouldn’t I
want to keep a few bucks for myself instead of put my eggs in one basket?
Wouldn’t I want to diversify? Save for a rainy day? Earn some profits from the
If I bought a pro sports team, I just did.
Owning a major league sports team is akin to having a bank
account with a crazy interest rate. Say I did spend the entire lottery winnings
on a sports team. Would I be afraid of a downturn in value? Would I be afraid
of my $500 million becoming $400 million a year or two later?
Not a fucking chance.
Look at that pig Donald Sterling that owned the LA Clippers. He bought that team for $12 million in 1981. He sold the team for 2 billion dollars. I’m not sure about how many investments earn 1400% in 30 years. Even if interest rates were 10% a year, it would take 140 years to see the same return. Of course you can add the value of the tax breaks, business write offs, annual profits, and you’re looking at the Clippers guy that hangs with gold digging skanks making money all the way during his ownership on top of his $1.988 billion profit. Well beyond $2 billion. So he earned 1800%? And won what exactly?
What about…well, just name the owner that lost money. These
other rich shitbags that buy franchises, make some changes, usually fail, then
sell to make a fantastic profit while simultaneously holding a city hostage for
the new owner to come in and get a sweetheart deal. Oh, does that sound crazy?
Look at the deal New York State gave to the New York
Islanders. There are lots of arenas within 20 miles in state of each other.
There’s an arena in Queens. There’s an arena at Jones Beach. There’s a
remodeled Nassau Coliseum. There’s a Barclays. MSG. So why was New York in such
a need to build a Belmont, where the owners will PAY NO TAXES. NOT A DIME.
Do Long Island homeowners pay taxes? The highest in the
country. Now you know why. We pay for rich assholes.
Do you think that two guys who agreed to a sale price with Charles
Wang- another guy that vastly profited from owning a sports team- suddenly had
to add a third owner because they didn’t have a bigger picture? They kept money
in hand so that they could make a billion dollar investment for a new arena
complex. And to stop paying taxes. And to increase the resale value of the
team. After all, what’s the resale on a team with a Stanley Cup winning coach
in a brand new 19500 seat arena with a hotel and shopping complex next to a
major horse racing site that pays no taxes to anyone? With a Hall of Fame
general manager? You think when Ledecky and Malkin sell the team- and they
will- they’re not seeing a $2 billion return? You don’t think they’ll double
their money? After Wang nearly tripled his? Pfft.
The astronomical returns these owners make are unmatched by
hedge funds, companies that play with options, and other investments. Why?
Because nothing appreciates without such unique circumstances. Cities want a
team. That demand inflates a value from the get go. Cities with no teams will
make plays to take your cities investment. Ask the salty fans in San Diego
about football or heartbroken Hartford fans about how your team can be poached.
Look out Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes! Why? Because another city
will overpay to steal your brand and organization and history.
Just look at the expansion fee paid by the new Seattle NHL team, or the last fee paid by Las Vegas. Vegas dropped $500 million just to exist. That means that every other team in the NHL is worth more than $500 million. Seattle is paying even more. The baseline for owning an NHL organization is just about $700 million. Has any owner paid as much as $700 million dollars to field a team?
Check out the NFL Raiders moving to Las Vegas. Or the Chargers returning to Los Angeles. Or the Vancouver Grizzlies moving to Tennessee. Every time these team moves they became more valuable. BAD TEAMS SOMEHOW BECOME VALUABLE. Does your beat up jalopy gain value after 10 years of depreciation? No, no it doesn’t.
I begrudge none of this profiteering on the surface. It’s American to steal as much of someone else’s money as you can. However, I do have issue with the representation of a very basic concept of capitalism. That idea? You get what you pay for.
Sports teams owners buy and sell teams at amazing profits
with assured regularity. But who really owns a team? What is a balance of
power? What if fans never showed up for a game?
Look at the New York Mets. The Mets are one of the worst run
organizations in all of sports. They play in maybe the biggest market in the
league, own their stadium, have their own basic cable channel, insure large
player contracts to get a financial return on injuries, actually profited (allegedly)
from the Bernie Madoff scandal, and yet spend money organizationally like it’s
the Deer Park Little League.
If I were the Mets GM (see prior dream jobs) my payroll
would be 1 cent less than the amount that triggers the luxury tax. My scouting
staff would number in the hundreds, maybe the thousands. I would poach scouts,
coaches, executives and management from other organizations as a practice, not
a rarity. I would have one rule- everyone I hire has to be smarter than me,
because those guys will make me look good. Garth Snow never got that. Nor do
the Wilpons, who hired an agent to run an organization. An agent that
negotiated half a dozen Mets players contracts. That’s like making the guy that
does your dry cleaning the buyer for Macys.
Back to the Mets. In the past decade they had two playoff
appearances. 20% of the decade was playoff bound. Sounds acceptable? Well, what
about the other 8 years?
Sub 500 winning percentage. 8 losing years. Does a World Series loss and a playoff loss balance out 8 years of being shit? No. It’s just a new place to lose. Losers.
Does Charles Wang’s 12 years of ownership with 3 playoff
appearances and one series win deserve New York state taxpayers to be on the
hook for all of the taxes their new arena will generate for 40 years? Hell no.
And do teams need to be so cost prohibitive that some owners
have teams in multiple sports because regular multimillionaires are priced out
of ownership? The LA Rams are owned by the same guy that owns the Colorado Avalanche.
But how do we fix such a system where demand is inflated and
supply is limited? The same way your company looks at your job. Yay capitalism.
It’s time to fire the dead weight. It’s time to increase the
supply of owners.
Here’s the starting premise. If your team in any major sport
misses the playoffs for 5 consecutive years, you have to sell your team. Why’s
Most sports leagues have greatly expanded the money making
playoffs format, and in doing so have created extra regular season buzz as your
favorite team moves towards making a postseason. That’s all good for a fan
experience. But what about the fan experience for a team that loses a lot?
What’s the consequence for a team that disappoints fans on an annual basis?
What would selling more teams cause? Think about what would
happen if 5 of your neighbors all put their houses up for sale at the same
time. What would happen to the asking prices of their home? What would happen
to the value of your home? Everyone plummets. In some neighborhoods it allows
for social mobility to happen. American dreams, yo.
Now apply this to the sporting world. How many people would be able to buy the New York Knicks? A $4 billion franchise? But say the Knicks HAD to be sold. Suddenly the price drops significantly. Maybe a consortium is able to pull together funds to own a team. A consortium that wants to win, instead of an owner who wants to badly jam on guitar with celebrities as his team again misses the playoffs as the owner refuses to hire a coach with a championship pedigree.
Capitalism promotes this idea. Winners win, losers go bankrupt.
Anyone flying on TWA lately? Driving a De Soto? Eating at Wetsons? So why are sports owners exempt from this
risk? If your product fails, fuck you. NEXT!
So here’s the premise. It’s January 1 2019. An investor
named Mike Oxhurts buys an NBA team. Mike has until the 2024-2025 season to
just make the playoffs. First question- is this a heavy burden?
No. In the NBA half of the league makes the playoffs. Well,
ok, what if his team sucks?
If they suck? They get to draft elite players. They have
ability to add established superstars. If they suck it’s simply the choice of
ownership to do so. To steal from their fans. To lie to the community. There is
no reason for a team taking one of the top 10 best college players two or three
years in a row on a 7 man team with the option to acquire an established player
to not at least appear in the playoffs. Forced sale.
And not on the owners terms. Say a team is worth a billion
dollars. But they missed the playoffs for 5 years in a row, so clearly they’re
overvalued. Your billion dollar company is now a $750,000,000 company. BOO HOO.
That’s how Wall Street works.
In hockey more than half of the league makes the playoffs.
If you can’t make the playoffs in a 5 year span, BOO HOO. Sell. NEXT!
Baseball has a somewhat more selective deal, but with
wildcards 10 teams are playoff bound. Opportunity!
Football’s playoffs format needs a degree in chemistry to
understand, but 12 out of 32 teams show up. In major sports the playoff
participation rate varies between 30-55%. That’s a 42% average. To make it easy
we’ll say half.
Half. Here’s an experiment. Flip a coin. Try to get the
results wrong 5 times in a row. It’s impossible. But to demand winning from a
team? That should be the goal. Why is that goal impossible? Why would owners
want to lose?
That’s an easy punchlist. First off, it’s a long term
investment guaranteed to gain value disproportionally to other investments.
Next is that the chance to cook books to offset gains in other businesses that
these guys own to fatten up their tax returns. After that, you have the
guaranteed bank account of not losing on the investment unlike living with
market volatility. The ability to relocate creates a new financial incentive. Then
there’s what I call the Kool Aid factor.
What’s the Kool Aid factor? It’s something I’ve had to live
with since I was 13. By the age of 13 the local teams I rooted for had won 7
championships and lost 2 more. 13 years, 9 title appearances, 7 wins. Add to it
the local teams I didn’t root for who provided 4 more title appearances and 3
wins. 13 years, 13 title appearances, 9 wins. Fast forward 8 more years, and
local teams added 5 more titles appearances and another championship. So what
is the kool aid factor?
Because of this success, fans got “full” from winning, like the team was a buffet and the fans ate enough. They never asked- why did a franchise that was championship caliber stop seeking and/or providing such? But the fans were somehow satisfied with a “good run” of titles, which in all fairness is hard to sustain, and hard to jump back into after you lose. Or maybe it’s not. We’ll discuss that later.
Instead the conversation became “We can return to glory if
we just believe!” The Philadelphia 76er’s even made this their mantra- trust
the process. The process got assraped in the playoffs last year…BUT THEY MADE
THE PLAYOFFS! That’s an improvement. And the best part- under my plan, the
owner gets 5 more years to sustain improvements.
So I’m sure you’re thinking like I am. You’re saying “Owners
hire league presidents. If they are afraid of losing their team, they’ll fire
league presidents.” No, they won’t.
League presidents add value to franchises. So do you think
in a sport where half a league annually earns a postseason paycheck that
they’re going to fire what works over what doesn’t? You think Jerry Jones
sitting on $3 billion dollars really wants to see his doofy league president
take a hiatus? Well, he does, and 30 owners shouted him down. Everyone not named
But what if some owners in the club would suddenly not be in
the club. What would a league likely do in the face of flailing owners? They’d
expand the playoff format. Owners would
pressure each other to make the NFL regular season one or two games less to add
6 more teams to the playoffs so nobody has to sell. Truth be told, I’d rather
see 14 regular season NFL games and more playoffs just for the excitement, so
that makes my suggestion even more enticing.
And baseball would probably make 4 divisions per league and
4 wildcards, and the wild card with the worst record plays against the team
closest to them in record- think 8 versus 9- to see who is the last to make a
play in. Suddenly you’ve expanded baseballs playoffs from 10 to 18. So if you’re
one of the 14 or 32 that can’t qualify for the vastly expanded post season?
The next issue I can think of- what if there is a strike or
lockout? That season does not count, because it’s not a true season. However,
no league CBA can be under 6 years.
I’m sure you’re saying “Well, what if the new buyers want to
move a team?” Sure, that’s an option and may even be the impetus for a
purchase. So here’s a solution. A Divorce tax. Any man that’s been divorced
knows how the court turns that marriage based on love for both into a viscous
ass raping based on finances created in fantasy land where the man is
impoverished. A housewife has an annual value of WHAT? Amazing nonsense. But it
can set a precedent.
Say the Calgary Flames hold true to their threat of moving
out of the old Saddle Dome. Sure. How many years were you here? OK, so you
claimed how many tax breaks over those 35 years? OK you have to pay half of
that back in a lump sum and the rest in annual payments.
Also, there’s an Alimony tax, the tax on a team’s future
earnings. Which is another bullshit thing courts do – tax a man’s pension
decades after a marriage breaks up. How come they don’t make the person
receiving such suck dick for it, like he was accustomed to in the marriage? So
your new team is making money in Houston? Great, we get a piece for the next
ten years. We need to get back on our feet and save for a new team. And we don’t
even have to such off the old team.
Lastly there should be a relocation fee to season ticket
holders. “Hey loyal fans, sorry we fucked you. Here’s three years of seat fees,
on us to say thanks for the years of your support.” Can you imagine an owner
treating their fans with such dignity and class? Me either.
Won’t owners just shift ownership to a family member or a
shell company? Not if you make rules against families in consecutive
generations passing teams back and forth, and do enough due diligence on a
shell company to make sure it’s not run by an absentee or a bad owner.
Maybe this opens up American sports to foreign investment.
Didn’t Nintendo own the Seattle Mariners? And they were good?
Some people will say that this plays favorites for large
markets at the expense of small markets. But the “small market” 2015 Kansas
City Royals won a World Series. The Tampa Bay Lightning have recently both won
and lost playing for a Stanley Cup. Green Bay may be the smallest professional
market and yet the Packers are multiple time champions. The Cleveland Cavaliers
brought a title to Cleveland for the first time in…before man walked on the
moon. So are the rest of the “small market” guys shitty owners? Do they deserve
to lose a team?
The answers are maybe and maybe. If you look at sports team
champions, there’s usually patterns of teams that are well run and return to
post season in their era of good coaching and management. I would never sleep
on the San Antonio Spurs as long as Greg Popovich is head coach, but they
aren’t winning a title in the next two years. But when Pop retires?
Look at the Yankees in the year change between Joe Girardi
and Arron Boone. Girardi took a team that was expected to be an 80 win team to
a few innings away from a World Series. Boone took a team expected to be in a
World Series and had them get smoked by the eventual champion Boston Red Sox.
When a great coach leaves, there’s almost always a step back. Did the Mets do
better without Davey Johnson? The Cardinals without Tony LaRussa?
Good news Jets fans. When Belichick goes, there will be
intolerable pain in Boston.
And that small market argument is invalid. Large market
teams can eat a dick, too. The Knicks have been awful for a decade plus. The
Flyers stink. The Nationals lose a lot. There are plenty of big market teams
that will get impacted by this. And here comes the best part.
When they do, there will be lower prices and new owners with
a motivation to win. Not old owners with a motivation for fat TV contracts to
larden up their portfolio and eventually create a class system upon the sale of
the team. So folks, root for some core changes, and think bigger picture.
Imagine how much more fun would be if your team was playing for a championship
every game of the season? Until then, you’ll get the same crap you’re presently
somewhere around 10 years now, I’ve been doing 1st round NFL mock
drafts. Doing mock drafts are something I really enjoy. This is my first one of
the year and this is all prior to free agents being signed or any trades that
have happened, so as that happens things will change, but for now, here’s the
first official Chris Klim mock draft.