That's how we view it. You have a fair point that the Yankees spared no coin to spoil the fans, but the pinnacle of the Yankees run under Torre was with O'Neil and Tino and some affordable stars around the big stars. And there's some logic to that.
And Cox had at least as many Hall of Famers (4) as Torre did and maybe more after the steroids flap. The only two dunks that spent time with the Yanks are Rivera and Jeter since A-Rod, Clemens and Pettitte were under the PED cloud.
Cox is a Hall of Famer, but with the collection of pitching he had, he underachieved.
As a side note, if you were ranking those guys as all-around dudes, Torre is light years ahead of Cox with LaRussa even further behind that.
Agree with the policy in the stance of it makes good business. And mightily agree that he should have been dressed better than a T-shirt. C'mon man, you're the face of a franchise. Be better than that.
Excellent analysis about the Hawks breakdown. And the Hawks owner had tried to sell before, he actually may have watched the Sterling mess unfold and the light bulb went off.
Can't see putting Cox over Torre. Or even over LaRussa for that matter. The first two are dunks as is Belichick.
Has Cal started his 40-0 talk yet? Could happen.
Wow. We tend to agree on a bunch, but we could not be at opposite ends of the spectrum on FNL the TV show. Wow.
It likely would make our Rushmore of all-time TV dramas. Seriously.
What's that? Is that Todd962's intro music?
Holy smokes. It is.
Concur. And as we wrote in today's TFP, drawing blood is a clear step across the line.
As for the cycling mix up, it was either an Average Joe mishap or as Emilio told us in Breakfast Club, they are wearing the required uniform. Tight.
Gang — great stuff today. Sorry for the delay been at the dentist, or as Paschall said, Anti-Dentite.
Stewwie, we could see a game show related one:
Come on down. Is that your final answer? Survery says....
We also could have an entire Seinfeld Rushmore of catch phrases, too.
Great Diff'rent Strokes call. Well played.
And yes, AD is going to be the third best player in the league. Wonder if Chris Paul looks at that nucleus and thinks, "Hmmmmmm..."
Jomo out of the gate quickly.
Thanks for including Goodell. Otherwise, well, you know.
Great stuff and all of this will come up on Press Row in a matter of minutes.
That said, three quick thoughts:
1) GD and Dawg747, we thought of you after that Bobo debacle.
2) Spy, we thought of the position you were in with your two favorite teams going toe-to-toe knowing that an Eagles win would have a) made a great statement for your favorite program and b) cost the job for Paul Johnson, one of your favorite people around. Talk about a rock and a hard place and never the twain shall meet.
3) Jomo, we did not place the blame of Saturday on Dooley. Rather we said Dooley's haste in burning the Worley's redshirt would be painful next year for a UT team that has a lot of pieces in a lot of the right places.
More to come (and yes, JMC, got the mail and thanks again).
Listen up to Press Row. It's worth your while.
About to go on the radio — listen in here and on ESPN 1051 — but before we go...
All reports recently have debunked the story about Ferry reading a scouting report. Those were early reports that have been seriously questioned by almost everyone.
You know, a vulcher, kin to vulture, paramount to the big bad newspaper folk who want people fired all the time.
First and foremost, it's never one person's place to say what does or doesn't or should or shouldn't offend others. If you are offended by something, well, OK.
That said — and with the acknowledgement that we are way, Way, WAY over the top about PC in today's climate — we it's a good exercise to flip the groups and see if the bias or angst or what-have-you still exists.
We think the owner's letter was more about business, and the main color he referred to was green — as in money. It was worded poorly, especially for a business memo/email, but if poor diction is a crime, well, we're going to need more jails.
I have more problem with Ferry's comments than the owner's letter to tell you the truth.
Using the same above exercise, if Ferry said that Greeson kid was a good player, sure, but he had a little too much Southern in him... and then said a negative connotation like being two-faced or what-have you, well, in a business setting, he's kind of lucky to still be employed to tell you the truth.
Is that over the top? Maybe a little. But as we stated earlier, we are in an over-the-top PC culture.
That Stanton thing was bad. Hope he rebounds.
The Ravens cut Rice. And yes, the legal system has a ton of things they need to answer for too.
The NFL and Goodell though also have some things hanging over their head.
1) How diligent were they in investigating this? No very.
2) They put their head in the sand and hoped it went away, which is at the exact opposite end of how we believe in confronting a problem or dilemma.
3) After rethinking it, Goodell changed his stance — although it did not apply to Rice, though it likely should have — and laid out the six-game first offense, lifetime for second offense plan.
4) Then, after the Ravens acted when the video of the punch got out, the NFL comes out of left field with an indefinite suspension, which is above and beyond what it's revised plan calls for.
You brought some interesting points about leadership during the Sterling mess and we talked about whether Adam Silver moved too fast or was overly influenced by the players/public sentiment. We can see that side, but he acted quickly and decisively.
Goodell and the league have been slow and then defiant then remorseful then wishy washy.
The NFL's blame in this is less about Rice and more about the NFL's arrogance and ignorance and indifference. And that's on them.
The one thing that could come from this is a meaningful discussion about the real problem of men hitting women.
We believe Namath to be on the all-time overrated list, but there is no doubting dude's popularity.
Ray Lewis can count himself quite fortunate that every cell phone was a camera back in the ATL on that Super Bowl weekend.
Favre's 'private' texts do not crack the top 10. Although Tiger was global news, so that's a nice call.
Strong list right there. We may have a winner on ballot 2, but we also like Jeter and Peyton from OG's candidates.