That's fine. It's a free country.
Many athletes have moved the bar. Billie Jean King was a trailblazer for women's sports. Muhammad Ali took on the Vietnam war. Martina Navratilova brought the battle for gay rights into the open. Arthur Ashe raised awareness to the AIDS fight. The NFL pushed Colin Kaepernick into the forefront of police reform. Those are some of the more dramatic examples.
I am not aware of that Twitter war. As for Missouri, if a billionaire wants to buy and NBA team and move it here, we'll have a NBA team. Bill Laurie could have had the Grizzlies here in the STL, but his impatience cost him the deal.
The 2021-22 cap will likely be flat, too, so there will be a squeeze for that season too. Faulk could have a big role in a post-Petro world -- if that's how it plays in 2020-21 -- and he could still end up exposed. When Faulk got that contract, Doug Armstrong figured the salary cap would be $90 million or higher in a few years. Instead, it may barely budge from $81.5 million. I am not picking on Faulk here, I'm just saying the economic landscape changed.
Great points. Like I noted, Armstrong had a vision for how the cap was going to play out. He was going to keep most of his key guys, but not all. Now the turnover will be much greater. You mentioned Jaden Schwartz and that is a great example. A big Alex Pietrangelo contract would have to fit with the new deals for Robert Thomas, Colton Parayko, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O'Reilly down the road.
Colton Parayko, given his age and lower mileage after coming through the college ranks, would be the better investment. The back end of the Alex Pietrangelo deal, assuming he got the full eight years, could be a little tough. Alex would likely be the better player for the first two or three years, but Doug Armstrong has to play the long game with the NHL facing a long road back to big cap increases every year.
If this were 1964, you might have a point.
Ali thumbed his nose at the draft, which is slightly bigger deal than taking a knee or making a few comments. All of the people I mentioned broke convention over and over again and took heat for it.
That's a tough call for me because I can't rate this nicknames on the range of offensiveness to Native Ameicans. I'm out of my element on that. Redskins is the one name is universally condemned. Like you see, mascot caricatures must go along with the chop.Maybe the Chicago Blackhawks keep the name but ditch the logo.
Who is the closer? Great question. BenFred and I kicked that around in our video today, Maybe Carlos Martinez is the best choice, but he could give the Cardinals an elite rotation if he is right. Right now Andrew Miller is the one proven late-inning guy in camp. Junior Fernandez succeeded at every other level last season in that role, but got roughed up a bit in his MLB debut. There are lots of big arms among the young guys, but not much experience in that relief role. So the short answer would be Shildt is eager to see Gallegos arrive.
There were many issues in baseball in those days. I would say the Cardinals deserve credit for promoting and embracing African-American stars while other franchises held back.
Times change, sensibilties change. Humans evolve, ever so slowly.
Gestures are great, but they useless without real change. And like or not, this period, like the late 60s and early 70s, will be remember for real change. But the quest to get things completely right will never end.
He certainly has the arm for it. He was making great strides until suffering that setback last season. I can definitely see him in the late-inning mix regardless of which other relievers are healthy.
Chicago endures racial problems on an epic scale. But it is also one of the nicest cities to live in if you have money, which Jason had. Ask 100 rich athletes if they would pick Chicago over St. Louis, if all else was equal, and I bet at least 85 pick Chicago. You get a nice condo overlooking Lake Michigan, maybe a boat too, and choose from scores of world-class restaurants every night.
Actually I agree with that. The Cardinals honor Jackie, like all teams,with a tribune. And the best way to really do that is to run your organization the right way now.
I know BenFred likes that idea and the Cardinals gave it some thought. By sticking to a five-man rotation, though, the Cardinals can keep guys in a normal routine with normal rest while having more back-up pitching as guys build their pitch counts on the fly. We could see some tag-team starts this season, with the first guy going three or four innings before tagging out. The pitchers might not have normal stamina until the 25- or 30-game mark.
That is certainly a consideration. He is a key player for sure, but not quite on the level of Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O'Reilly or Brayden Schenn. Armstrong finds comfort in having good, deep defensive corps and he will spend there. On the other hand, the cap crunch is going to impact most teams and it will be interesting to see where the money goes for upper-mid-level guys like Schwartz and the young guys coming out of the entry-level deals. If money comes down far enough for those two groups, maybe the Blues will lessen their turnover. But we know this much: The top guys will get paid. They always do.