Posted: Friday July 7, 2006 11:54AM; Updated: Friday July 7, 2006 1:39PM
"Jonathan Kraft? What about Art Rooney II, Dan's son, who was executive of the year in 2005? The Glazers? Jerry Richardson will tell you himself that he wishes his franchise was what Dan Rooney has built the Steelers into. Jeffrey Lurie? Bob McNair? When I read that while on vacation, it totally ruined my buzz as I lounged poolside at a Vegas hotel. It almost made me miss the best purple bikini God ever created -- but I'm not totally crazy."
I'll keep my response short and to the point: You brought your computer to the pool?
"I guess in your eyes the more money you spend the higher up on the list you go. Dan Snyder ahead of Dan Rooney? Come on. Snyder has overspent year after year and hasn't put a good product on the field for a long time. All Dan Rooney has done is build a team that wins year after year. By the way, nice scruffy face, your razor obviously broke before that picture. Maybe you should get Robert Kraft to buy you a new one...." -- John, West Chester, Pa.
There's actually a funny story about that photo -- it occurred during Day 4 of the five-day "Football Odyssey" on which photographer Robert Beck and I embarked at the start of the 2002 season, so no, I hadn't shaved when I arrived that morning at Invesco Field at Mile High after having spent the previous night in Florida. As for the Kraft proposal, I assume you're suggesting that because of the naming rights deal he has with Gillette, he should flow me one of those cool Mach 3 Turbo razors.
"Honestly, Michael, I think you are just baiting us.
"1. Jerry Jones: The Cowboys have never had the success in the salary-cap era that they had previous to it. Bill Parcells keeps his mouth shut because of his salary, not because of any respect for an owner who would put his team in a weakened position just to make a dinner date. Let's remember that the Dallas Cowboys are and will be the most popular team in the NFL no matter who is signing the checks.
"2. Dan Snyder: Are you not getting enough e-mail? Are you lonely or something? Why else would you highlight one of worst examples of ownership in the league? I'll give you that Snyder wants to win; he just doesn't have the patience or know-how to do it. The constant coaching changes, the overpriced and fruitless acquisitions, the utter lack of media savvy; how does this point to top-of-the-line ownership? Great that he's making money, but he didn't take over the Bengals. The last time a Redskins game didn't sell out was during the Johnson Administration. You don't have to be Bill Gates to make money on that backbone. Call me when the Redskins make it to the NFC Championship Game. I'm holding my breath.