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Oakland Coliseum
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CBS Sports: Report: Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis Meets With San Antonio Officials: Possible Move?

I agree with the CBS Sports Network crew that the Raiders belong in Oakland and that San Antonio which is a solid sports market that could support a future NFL franchise would seem strange for the Raiders. With that being said the Oakland Coliseum or whatever the hell they call it now is not an NFL caliber football stadium. It is not an MLB caliber ballpark either and very soon the City of Oakland is going to have to step up and build two new stadiums. An NFL football stadium for the Raiders and an MLB ballpark for the Athletics or they’ll lose both of their great franchises. Two of the best franchises in all of pro sports.

So the City of Oakland has to decide do they want NFL football and MLB baseball or not. If the answer is yes the Coliseum needs to go and be replaced with either a football stadium or a baseball park. And then they need to look at downtown possibilities as far as building the other stadium. With the Athletics and Raiders staying at the Coliseum while their stadiums are being built. Otherwise we could see the Raiders back in Los Angeles or San Antonio and the Athletics headed to San Jose or Sacramento in the near future.
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Ralph Wilson Stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium


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CBS Sports: Report: Josh Katzowitz: Jon Bon Jovi Also Wants to Keep the Bills in Buffalo

I think it would be borderline tragic if the Bills were to ever leave the Buffalo area especially for a Canadian city like Toronto or any other city in Canada. With all due respect to Toronto and other great Canadian sports cities, but Buffalo is great Americans football market as far as how they support their club. Their fans aren’t the reason why the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999. Their management has been by not settling on a general manager and head coach and not finding the right people for those positions. And as a result they switch head coaches almost every year or two years.

The Bills have been close to becoming a playoff team a few times the last ten years or so and even producing a few 9-7 winning seasons and a few 8-8 seasons. But never quite getting over the top, but haven’t been able to find that head coach to get them to the next level. And give that coach the players and talent needed to get over that hump. And a part of that has to do with revenue and where they play. Which is where my solution comes in how to save the Bills in Buffalo.

The City of Buffalo and Upstate New York is pretty well-known for having a lackluster economy where good jobs are hard to find. You not only keep the Bills in the Buffalo area, but move them to downtown Buffalo with a retractable roof downtown stadium and you’ll have a club with the revenue stream to compete against the rest of the AFC East. But now the Bills with that dome stadium would be in the market for the Super Bowl. And be able to attract December and January college bowl games. And other major events to the area. Which would a big economic boost for the rest of the economy there.
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Solid NFL QB

Solid NFL QB

Palmer so much more than Flynn – CBSSports.com.

I’ve always liked Carson Palmer as an NFL quarterback but never for the most part have liked the teams he’s played for. As far as giving him the opportunity that he needs to be successful. Because except for a couple of seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He for the most part has had to carry most of the load at least for his team on offense to have a shot at winning. Because a lot of his teams have lacked either a strong offensive line, a solid running game or multiple receivers he. Could throw the ball to and Carson hasn’t been the problem with the Oakland Raiders. But a lot of what the Raiders have around him has been the problem.

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Solid NFL LB/Head Coach

Solid NFL LB/Head Coach


href=’http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/252316/44/Former-NFL-Coach-Jack-Pardee-Dies-At-76?source=nletter-#.UVpD5ulEoGk.wordpress’>WUSA Sports: Jack Pardee, Former Redskins Player And Coach, Dies At 76.

Jack Pardee had a very good NFL career both as a linebacker with some very good Chicago Bears teams in the 1960s. And then later with the Redskins under George Allen in the 1970s and then used that experience to become a good successful but not a great head coach. In the 1970s, 80s and 1990s with the Bears, Redskins, Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League and. Then in Houston again in the 1990s and what made him a successful head coach was the experience he got from. George Allen with the Bears and Redskins and he knew how to shut teams down on defense. And when he got to the USFL in the early and mid 1980s, he learned about the run and shoot offense. And how to not only score points fast throwing to a lot of different receivers but also how to control the game offensively with the passing game. And then get big plays in the passing and running games when defenses became impatient and started trying to attack the quarterback.

Not a great or hall of fame head coach because the success he had in the regular season didn’t translate into the playoffs. Just not a very successful playoff coach because his teams lost games they should’ve won and cost the Oilers chances to win AFC and Super Bowl championships. Because they would lose to teams they should’ve beaten. Either had big leads against them like against the Denver Broncos in 1991 and then the Buffalo Bills in 1992. Or led late in the game against teams that weren’t as good as the Oilers like against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. But still someone who had a very good NFL career.

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Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary Open house.
Source: USA Today-Boston AP: Yankees Club Five HRs To Spoil Red Sox’s Celebration of Fenway Park

What I’m about to blog, is no way to sound like a damn Yankees fan. Because I’m not trying to bash the Red Sox, I’m a lifelong Orioles fan. And not a fan of either team, the Yankees and Red Sox. And they are the Orioles top two rivals. But you would think when celebrating the 100th Birthday of what I believe is the greatest of the classic ballparks in Major League Baseball, you would bring your A Game, bring your best. Especially when facing your arch-rival in the New York Damn Yankees.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholtz did that. Only giving up one run over six innings. The Red Sox batters gave Buchholtz a 9-0 lead and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine pulls Clay Buchholtz, to bring in the Red Sox bullpen. The bullpen thinking it must be their off day, or they were throwing batting practice to the Yankees or were still drunk from celebrating the Fenway 100th Birthday. This is Boston, that is possible and no that wasn’t an Irish joke, but a Boston joke.

The Red Sox bullpen giving up, count them fifteen runs over three innings. Represents the ultimate of chokes and again we are talking about the Red Sox. So that’s saying something, for a regular season game and the Red Sox fans and Fenway Park deserved a hell of a lot better.

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Los Angeles Dodgers
The Nation: Dave Zirin- Taking Back The Los Angeles Dodgers?

I’m not a Socialist in any form, even though I do read The Nation Magazine and I’m in favor of a limited safety Net. Limited form of a safety net being the key words there. But as a Liberal I’m also not a big fan of centralized power, whether it comes from the private or public sectors. Liberals tend not to trust establishment power and like to see it spread around where a lot of the population can benefit from it. We like to see power whether it comes from the private or public sectors to benefit the many and not just the few.

I believe in capitalism and freedom of choice and decentralized Power. Where its spread around and the people can decide for themselves where to get their services from. The Green Bay Packers are an excellent example of this where they are run yes by a CEO, and Board of Directors and stockholders throughout the Green Bay area and the State of Wisconsin. The Packers don’t have one or a few people owning the club and collecting the profits. The Packers aren’t a socialist franchise that’s owned by the government, where the Mayor is essentially the boss of the club. Like Socialists in America have claimed that they are either. But they are owned by the people who are actual stakeholders in the Packers Club. And make money off of them with their stocks.

In today’s corporate dominated sports world, especially in pro team sports, the model of most if not each franchise in the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA except for the Packers, is that you have one person owning and running the club. Sometimes others as well, but there’s generally a majority owner of the club. MLS is an example of a sports league that has a similar management model as the Packers. But the other four have essentially a strongman running each club. Who’s accountable to no one, other than having to follow the rules of the league.

But for the most part are chief executive of the club accountable only to the profits and makes decisions, good or bad based on that. And these owners are essentially strongmen with no term limits or contracts that they have to sign. In most cases not even a Board of Directors that they have to respond to. So they can pretty much do whatever they want, again as long as they comply with league rules. The Los Angeles Dodgers one of the greatest franchises in both MLB and pro sports in general, at least historically, are going to up for sale. Because the McCourt couple that owns the club, are going through a divorce and their battle has turned into a public soap opera.

And the McCourt’s can no longer afford to run the club. This would be a great opportunity for MLB to install public not government, but public ownership of the club. Where they would have a CEO and their administration, but with a Board of Directors that would represent the stockholders. Meaning the people of Los Angeles and the surrounding market that owns stock in the club, would make profits with their stocks based on how the Dodgers are doing. Where the CEO has a contract and runs for election to get the job and reelection to keep the job. Where the Directors would run for their jobs and run for reelection to keep their jobs.

This would make the Dodgers Management as well as players accountable. And they would know that they need to do a good job to keep their job. The Dodger franchise is worth around 1B$ or more, in a city of 4M people, in a market of 15-17M people. They are a great franchise that would make a great investment for their fans.

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