Rank and file (cont.)
Posted: Friday July 6, 2007 5:12PM; Updated: Friday July 6, 2007 5:12PM
"Quick comment: you've got a tough job -- lots of quality owners. I think Jimmy Irsay should be rated higher. He committed the team to Indianapolis, got a new stadium approved, has delivered a Super Bowl championship, and rules judiciously without overstepping his boundaries. He lets Polian do his job, and he sticks to his role. My cousin was an intern for the Colts in 2000, and upon her untimely death in a house fire in '02, Irsay stepped in and paid for the funeral. That's the kind of guy he is. Not to knock your rankings, but just wanted to share that. I was shocked that Irsay wasn't in the top 8."
I'm sorry about your cousin. And I'm not surprised that Jimmy came through at a difficult time.
"Benson's dance is typical New Orleans. His continual attempts to backstab the fans are as well. Let the dance stand."
Gulp. Now, for our 32nd-ranked owner ...
"I question that Mike Brown actually made that comment about Hitler at the owner's meeting. Not that I don't think he is dumb enough to make such a comment, but this remark is very, very similar to the one attributed to the late Marge Schott several years ago. Still, your ranking of Mike Brown at No. 32 is dead-on."
You're right about the similarities to Schott's infamous comment, and I should have caught that. Here's one key difference: Whereas Schott seemed to be supportive of the infamous facist, no one believed Brown was expressing admiration for Hilter. He was merely making a clumsy analogy, perhaps with Schott in mind, be it on a conscious or subconscious level.
"Robert Kraft (and the whole Kraft family, wife and kids included) has been the best possible owner the Patriots could have asked for, and richly deserves the No. 1 ranking that you gave him. However, you seem to be giving him credit for a lot of the personnel moves the team has made, including the many WR signings this past offseason. The team of Belichick and Pioli would be the ones responsible for the actual player recruiting and signings, no? After the end of the Parcells era in New England, it seems to me that Kraft learned a lesson about letting his chefs "buy the groceries", so to speak. Mr. Kraft shouldn't be given the credit for the player signings, he should be given credit for trusting the men he put in position to make the signings. This ability to NOT have to be involved in every aspect of the team sets Mr. Kraft apart from many other owners, including the number 2 man on your list."
We're still on the Parcells Is God kick? I think the lesson Mr. Kraft learned was that Belichick, in the end, is a much better coach.
"Dude, you are high. Jerry Jones is a meddlesome owner who thinks he is smarter than his 'football people' and who would rather see his name in the headlines than have the team win. His teams have been 73-87 in the last decade for a reason. He had a chance to alleviate the worries of possible incoming head coaches by hiring Bill Parcells and working well with him, but instead he went behind Parcells' back and signed a cancer to stick in Parcells' locker room. He's run Jimmy Johnson off and now Parcells. No head coach worth his weight in salt is going to even consider coaching for the Cowboys as long as Jones is the owner. You would think he would learn his lesson, but his ego just won't let him. Hell, he started signing assistants before he filled his head coaching position this time. Do you think a Cowher or Belichick would ever go there knowing that as much hot air comes out of Jones' mouth saying he won't, Jerry is going to pull some BS stunt whenever he doesn't get enough spotlight? I would say that you had the list upside down except you have the Krafts at #1, so that means you must be high."
If Phillips doesn't work out (and I'm betting he'll do a great job, for what it's worth), watch how "high" Cowher is willing to get for $8 million a year.