Archive for July, 2010

July 31st, 2010

The Indiana Hoosiers’ basketball program brought in some solid recruits in Will Sheehey, Victor Oladipo, and Guy-Marc Michel.

Basketball has always been something popular for Indiana University. Actually, basketball has been something popular for the whole state of Indiana. This is where they eat, sleep, born, breathe, and live basketball.

For IU, it’s really something special. From Bob Knight and Steve Alford to Eric Gordon and D.J. White, IU is rebuilding their team with head coach Tom Crean.

Since the departure of White and Gordon as they entered the National Basketball Association, the Hoosiers have struggled and gone through some painful defeats.

They haven’t even gotten over .500 since their departure.

But the three new recruits bring something special. And the fans are hungry. Hungry for winning again. Hungry for the joy of the team’s basketball. Hungry for everything.

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July 31st, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks; although they went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals and winning the Stanley Cup still ended up losing money even with the long run deep into the playoffs. There is also some bad news for Blackhawks fan’s, this season they are also going to pay more money for their tickets as well.

The Blackhawks ended their season with capacity attendance and record merchandise sales, television ratings and sponsorship revenues, and the Stanley Cup.

But financially the team was a loser.

Exactly how much money was lost is something team executives will not discuss.

One consequence: Season ticket prices will increase by an average of 20 percent this fall, which is projected to rocket them from the second-cheapest in the National Hockey League three seasons ago to among the 10 most expensive, according to the team. And fans should expect “more modest” increases in the future, team owner Rocky Wirtz said.
[Chicago Tribune]

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July 31st, 2010

I know that done deals can be announced later, but Fast Eddie has turned down multiple offers for the ol Wifebeater and for Brandon Lyon (so much for he can’t be moved) and for Pence.

So far it is just Roy and Lance, who was traded for Mark Melancon, a AAA pitcher, who apparently Fast Eddie thinks is the reincarnation of Brad Lidge 04/08 – not sure why he thinks that seeing as how if he is this closer material NOW, why on earth the Yankees didn’t call him up to be The Bridge To The Mariano (now that Joba has failed and they have no obvious 8th inning nail it down guy) and 21 year old Jimmy Paredes, an A-ball second baseman/SS.

Let’s take a look:

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July 31st, 2010

The Arbitration hearing is over and the decision has been made. It will be interesting to see what happens now, the Chicago Blackhawks have cap issues and not a lot of room to work with.

An arbitrator has set Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi’s salary at $2.75 million, according to a report on ESPN.com

The Hawks now have 48 hours to decide whether they want to walk away and make Niemi an unrestricted free agent immediately, or accept the arbitrator’s decision and sign Niemi at that salary for one season. The Hawks could also accept the decision, sign and then trade the goalie.

Niemi was expected to seek at least $3 million, after making $827,000 last season while leading Chicago to the Stanley Cup title. Because of salary-cap constraints, the Hawks were believed to be seeking a decision in the $2 million range. [TSN.CA]

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July 31st, 2010

In the sense that our society is engaged in money and earning a decent amount, we are shortsighted by committing fraud, armed robberies, extorting the system, and handing unproven athletes ridiculous paychecks.

As you probably know by now, Sam Bradford, the highly-regarded No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, finally agreed to terms on a rookie contract with the St. Louis Rams.

But $50 million in guaranteed money isn’t only a risk, but preposterous for an unproven quarterback who hasn’t even taken his first snap or engineered the substandard Rams to meaningful accomplishments. So now he’s the main attraction, not an ordinary student who adored the campus lifestyle and declared an effulgent image at Oklahoma during an astonishing regime as the Sooners starting quarterback, when scouts were able to evaluate a talented gunslinger.

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July 31st, 2010

In this post, we’ll compare cuts that NFL teams made between the beginning of July and the beginning of training camps. For analysis of previous cuts this offseason, go to the May/June cuts post and work your way back. Because there are so few major cuts, we’re not comparing them but simply listing them in this post.

Jaguars (cut DE Reggie Hayward) – Hayward has had some good seasons, but recent injuries have limited his effectiveness. With the Jags continuing to seek to upgrade at defensive end by adding Aaron Kampman and several draft picks, Hayward’s so-so production and advancing age became an unattractive option.

Lions (cut S Josh Bullocks) – Bullocks was the last remaining draft pick from Matt Millen’s reign (at least the 2002-2006 part of it). Bullocks has physical skills but has never translated them onto the field, and with the Lions adding Louis Delmas last year, it quickly became clear that the team had better safety options.

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July 31st, 2010
December 30, 2008:Wide Receiver Dez Bryant #10 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys attempts a catch while being defended by #2 T.J. Ward of the Oregon Ducks during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcom Stadium in San Diego CA Photo via Newscom

The ink on Dez Bryant’s contract is just drying and he’s already out for at least a month with an injury. Cowboys 1st round draft pick Dez Bryant was injured in practice yesterday with a high ankle sprain after getting tangled up with cornerback Orlando Scandrick after a pass play. Scandrick landed awkwardly on Bryant’s ankle which caused the injury.

Dez needed assistance from trainers to get off the field, which was an alarming site to Cowboys fans in attendance at Friday’s afternoon practice session.

Bryant was scheduled to have an MRI on the injured ankle last Friday night, but no word as to if the results were negative. In speaking with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that Bryant may have been over worked in practice as he’s working with the receivers and special teams as a kick returner.

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July 31st, 2010

St. Louis Rams newest member, quarterback Sam Bradford, holds up his jersey as he is introduced to reporters at Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri on April 23, 2010, one day after being selected No. 1 in the first round of the NFL. Bradford played his college football at Oklahoma. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

Can words be used to describe for the largest deal in NFL history for a rookie?

And by that, I mean, in guaranteed money. If you thought the last few years were getting out of control (Matthew Stafford’s deal and JaMarcus Russell’s), then you have seen nothing yet.

ProFootballTalk.com has been told that the deal for the number one overall pick for Sam Bradford is legit. Yes, it comes with 50 million dollars in guaranteed money “That’s $8.3 million more in guaranteed money than the first overall pick received in 2009, an increase of 19.9 percent.”

I am by no means upset that Bradford and his agent went out and got him this kind of deal. A deal that has put me over the edge to the current situation.

A rookie cap is needed in the NFL.

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July 31st, 2010

This post appears in full here: http://atmajors.com/2010-articles/july/trade-deadline-winners-and-losers.html

Alright, I’m finally feeling well enough to be coherent for at least some amount of time longer than 140 characters. And just in time, as there was a pretty busy trading deadline that we just finished up with. Let’s take a quick look at the so-called Winners and Losers of the day, because everything in life is immutably binary. NO SHADES OF GREY ALLOWED IN PUNDITRY.

WINNERS

Pittsburgh Pirates

Yeeah! How bout them fellas, pickin up a good catcher in Chris Snyder for essentially nothing useful, and then flipping a couple of middling relievers (Octavio Dotel and Javier Lopez) for a handful of useful prospects in pitchers James McDonald and Joe Martinez and outfielders Andrew Lambo and John Bowker? Kudos to Neal Huntington for adding good pieces and sending away some of the organizational chaff.

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July 31st, 2010

I thought this perspective by Ryan Lambert was worth taking a look at. I agree with Lambert that the arbitrators are out of their mind awarding mediocre to good player’s multi million dollar deals. You’re also pretty much stuck with them once they sign their deal, see the Peter Schaffer mistake deal that the Bruins are still paying for. What ever happen to incentive laden deals that award players for meeting performance based numbers like scoring goals?

I think Wheeler is a perfectly good hockey player, not great or even that much above average, but good. And the fact that he’s getting $2.2 million from an arbitrator rather than his team or another that slid him an offer sheet tells you that’s roughly market value for comparable players. The Bruins will take that number for sure.

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