The league would need to last. I've got a closet full of swag from leagues that came and went from here. I am wearing my IBL hat right now.
How so? Bill Laurie had every chance to buy the Grizzlies and move him here but he wouldn't play along with the league and pretended that he would give Vancouver a chance to keep the franchise. Other than Laurie, we haven't had a billionaire interesting in stealing a franchise or, back in the day, backing an expansion bid.
People might come out to cheer for injuries.
Yeah, first bigger tracks came along to push Gateway back in line and then the overall business slipped. There was a time when such an investment seemed possible, but it came and went.
Oh, DeWitt could afford both Harper and Machado. He is rich. The team is rich. But would those two guys create massive franchise appreciation? No. The team would grow some top line revenue, but not enough to offset the increased payroll. Boras is trying to see Harper as a great business deal, not just a player. And for the Cardinals, Harper is not a great business deal.
He just took another shoulder hit, so I wonder how he is feeling today. But I don't believe last season's injury is an excuse for his decline in production this year/
The Concrete Circle of Death awaits the XFL, so presumably it would be suitable for the NFL still.
I don't believe this perceived feud is as big a concern as almost every single player underachieving and the group collectively showing now resolve -- even with Pietrangelo long gone due to injury.
I don't see Harper as a total game changer.
Schenn threw a little shade at Steen after the last loss, perhaps an indicator that some of the boys had enough of Alexander's chatter. It's tough for Steen to position himself as team leader since he is frequently hurt and his own production has been declining for years. Steen is an all-in guy who puts himself in harm's way, but it's not like he has been making lots of plays on the ice that lead to victory.
I agree. When healthy and on his game., Pietrangelo is one of the 10 best all-around D-men in the league. He is in his prime and he has another year on his contract with a decent cap number. He logs big minutes, kills penalties, takes defensive zone starts and plays against No. 1 lines. Beyond him, the next best defenseman is Colton Parayko -- a player fans complain about constantly.
Proven coaches like Alain Vigneault and Joel Quenneville are available now. Dan Bylsma, an assistant coach for the Red Wings, fits that bill. After that there are college and European coaches. The Kings brought Marco Sturm in from Europe as an assistant coach for this season and possible head coach for next season. Might Armstrong do something bold like that?
Maybe not. As I noted in earlier chats, he keep learning more about concussions and what we're learning is not good.
I don't see Robinson making the team unless he has a miraculous spring and somebody gets hurt. Obviously Martinez and Gyorko are on the trade block and the team is still looking for another bench piece.
The problem with that role is it promises so few at bats, barring Molina getting hurt.
This team needs more scrappiness!
Again, if Baines gets in, then a LOT of guys get in. We mentioned Ted Simmons earlier. Harold was a very, very good player, but please.
I did not see the video so I have no comment on it. If Fowler wants to smile, then he can show ready to hit and play the outfield with more energy in the spring. If he does that and if he produces, fans will cheer and he'll get to smile.