Kentucky is not ranked # 3. They ranked #11.
Glad you've gotten that off your chest, Mr. Greshes. But—not to be pedantic—I don't think you've really straightened out the facts. You've simply offered your own arguments for the superiority of professional baseball over professional basketball, and leavened it with a few insults. Not exactly on point.
Enjoy the World Series, by the way. We may watch some of it, too!
One last thing. Average ticket price of an mlb game: $27. Average price of an nba game $48. Try getting your facts straight next time
Wow! What an idiotic article. 1st off, the average salary in the nba is far higher than in major league baseball, so there goes the overpaid stiff argument. 2nd, far more nba players than mlb (that means major league baseball, since you seem to know nothing) end up on the police blotter. 3rd should LA, the 2nd largest US city have been deprived of a team for the sake of Brooklyn, especially when the city wouldn't let O'Malley build a stadium where he wanted to? By the way, It would have been on the site of the Nets new arena. And nba teams relocate at a way higher rate than mlb teams. Attendance in baseball is at a record high.the same can't be said for the nba. Revenue is at a record high. And stodgy old baseball has used the internet as a revenue producer for way longer and way better than any other other sport. You can buy live HD access to every game for the entire season online for only $109! Wonder how many people are watching that? Or are you just stuck in an old technology like TV? By the way, have you noticed how long nba games have gotten lately? Plus no sport has had a wider variety of teams winning the championship than baseball. Far better competitive balance. As Hall of Fame sportswriter Red Smith once wrote, "Baseball is only dull to those with dull minds."
Do people see the trade of both Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh to Vancouver for Kellan Tochkin as anything other than a decisive end to lengthy exasperation?
Dvorak earned his spot by beating out the perpetual this-year-is-THE-year prospects like Dalpe. And Dvorak plays like Muller thinks. And Dvorak has respectable size. And he's experienced. No one really knows how many minutes his body allow, but the price was right.
In the depth department: I just got an email from the Canes that they've signed forward Radek Dvorak to a one-year deal. It's a two-way contract, too: $600K at the NHL level and $125K at the AHL level.
Everything turns around if they get out of the blocks quickly. This roster has a little less depth than the roster at the beginning of 2006 had. Two things that happened then: the Canes had like the fewest man-games lost to injury in the history of the league, and Rutherford added key pieces gradually over the course of the year (Recchi, Weight). Perhaps if Carolina can be over .500 when the outdoor games happen at New Year's, management might invest in more depth, though the Olympics might affect dealmaking.
What's your take on drafting Lindholm? I was thinking Nurse would have been a better pick but Lindholm looks great.
I don't disagree that the team has gotten softer while the league has gotten harder. But that's largely a reflection of who the Canes have drafted. I believe the collective management team -- Rutherford, Muller, Brind'Amour, Stillman, Wesley -- sent significant messages by purging the roster of McBain, Dalpe, Boychuk, and Welsh. Unfortunately, although the top six forwards and top four D's (if Pitkanen were playing) are pretty good, the remainder of the roster is still weak and there isn't much depth in Charlotte to draw on. I can't fault Muller for that. Over time Muller will sort out the players who fit his style -- which I think is to play hard for all 60 minutes -- from the players who don't.
I doubt Muller's in trouble with Rutherford and the ownership group, for the reasons you both list. But I think that issuing a pass for last year and this year in the name of not having been able to take a team through training camp is a cop out. Though I appreciate your defense of Muller, I want to know why the Canes so frequently haven't been able to start playing until the beginning of the second period. They come out of the tunnel soft, and I think that's on the coaching staff as much as the players. Where's the urgency in their game? It's time for Muller to turn the volume up on this team. They drill the fundamentals in practice and that shows on the ice. But they don't drill competitiveness like other teams do. Get online with a team that has a rink webcam and watch what the Penguins and the Flyers do in practice. Muller's great on the greaseboard. But he's not changing the culture of a team that's often easy to play against. Maybe I'm impatient.
I second what CT said, and I was also frustrated by "Nor is Muller committed enough to wringing more effort from his middling roster." If there's one thing that Muller has done, it's been getting his players to step up and work, knowing they'll be appreciated if they do or thrown out if they don't. Before Muller, this franchise was rapidly circling the drain, and now we can sit here and cultivate play-off hopes given the wise mix of experienced players and new NHL talent. Injuries have been one of the biggest issues with this team, which also might've been due to the changes in conditioning and plays that came with the coaching transition last year; between this and the incredibly short/intense season of last year, the Canes were sore and it showed. In a way, there were fewer "ifs" last season than ever, and more grit than we've been seeing from the Hurricanes. Franchise transitions cannot happen overnight.
Muller in trouble? Ridiculous. Only if the team goes 0-20, which is very unlikely. This is Muller's first season with a team he took through his own training camp, and the team is already injury-riddled (Pitkanen, Ruutu, Gleason). Rutherford will stand behind Muller for one more year, unless Muller does something that ticks Rutherford off. It happened with Laviolette.
Baseball is the most exciting game in the world. Every at bat is a show down between pitcher and batter. Every inning holds the possibility of changing the out come of the game. Anything can happen on the field. Every game has the possibility of history being made. Baseball is a thinkers game. You have to watch every detail. That's where the action is.
It's nice to have minor league baseball as an outing option but...I have never sat through a game of baseball in my life. I played one season at the age of 8. For me it's simple: baseball is insanely boring.
And now with the boom Durham is experiencing, there are many other things going on that I'd rather attend.
I don't think I've been in 2-3 years. Good luck Bulls, baseball just isn't that exciting for me.
There is a North Carolina Spurs group with over 80 registered members with Tottenham Hotspur FC and many are based in the Triangle area: http://www.northcarolinaspurs.com
First, I just wanted to say nice write up. It really got me thinking. We've got a local pub in Cleveland where we get together as well. But it's got a bit of a different story. Our bar is more of a non-denominational church of soccer. We get everything from City and United fans to Gooners and Spurs fans singing songs back and forth at each other over a few beers.
I'd love to pitch something like your article to our local media to try and spark some interest and growth in our soccer culture in Cleveland. Any tips on how best to pitch it? Or package it? Would it be best to invite someone out or just try and write something up myself and get it in front of an editor?
Thanks, and again, nice piece.
This comment from Albert Colone was sent to me by e-mail on Friday with a request that I post it "wherever it suits":
Neil, Hopefully your well-researched and well-written piece on the soccer hall will lead to renewed interest in reestablishing a living, breathing national historic center for the sport.
Failure to believe in a Hall and America's soccer heritage is failure to believe in the sport itself. Rather than America being seen as one of soccer's [Association Football's] founding nations, soccer in America is seen as the other guy's sport. That condition dramatically restrains the sport's overall public popularity and growth. Sadly, way too many within the sport here in the US are in that category of non-believers!
Without assessing the pros and cons of the Triangle versus other possible sites, the key issue with any location is sustained financing. There's no lack of eager and willing towns with available real property for a new HOF, but they must also have a viable model for traffic and funding. And, of course, US Soccer must decide they're ready to go down this road again.
So why on earth couldn't a National Soccer Hall of Fame open in the Triangle?????
love the international aspects of the beautiful game!
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