Re: Looks good on Scrooge Jacobs
posted at 12/22/2010 4:22 AM EST
In Response to Re: Looks good on Scrooge Jacobs
[QUOTE]Barely worked TTBI as Edmonton East almost lost to the Devils and Canucks so "buying the league out" (Fred Cusick quote) almost failed by a couple of posts actually ask Pavel Bure. I don't think an owner has to be visible walking around the field before a game (Dan Snider), running onto the court (Mark Cuban), doing interviews calling out players (Jerry Jones) does not matter cause JJ let Chiarelli spend to the cap and this boring mess is on Peter not Jeremy or Harry or MOC. One person to blame if Chiarelli announces "I couldn't make any trades because I was to tight against the cap" as his excuse. How do you equate a visible Owner as a successful championship organization ? Kraft got lucky with the fact Belichick didn't stay in NY as he came here to spite Parcells (Most of Parcell's drafted players were still in NE) and Jerry Jones was made by Jimmy Johnson then blew it because Jerry is too visible. How many more championships would Jerry Jones have had if he let Jimmy run the show and stayed in the background like Jacobs ?
Posted by SanDogBrewin[/QUOTE]
Big diff. between a Jerry Jones ego owner who "runs the show", as you correctly point out about the Dallas JJ...I'm not arguing our Boston...er, I mean, Buffalo--JJ should get his hands involved in every trade/acquisition...only that the perception of an owner who truly and passionately cares about his team and is more visible in that sense can have a positive effect at least psychologically for the players and especially fan base.
Not saying it brings Cups--it's an intangible for sure--but it sure would take some of the sting out a nearly 40-year title drought if, as a fan, I knew the owner was as peeved as me that this Original 6 franchise is the black (and gold) sheep of the Boston sports scene--the only one of the big 4 pro teams to be steeped in utter failure and futility (especially the past 20 years), without even a sniff of a Cup.
I also think it's a bit unfair for you to conclude that the only reason Belichek came to NE was to spite the Jets....at least some credit must go to Kraft for pursuing Bel. so strongly, and Kraft's presence at Pats games and in the Boston community in general is a huge plus...it creates an atmosphere of caring and passion that makes players want to come to NE and yes, I believe on some level it transaltes to succcess on the field.
Theo's smart and dedicated pursuit of free agents (Schilling; Gonzalez, etc.) is equally as inspirational and shows the fan base he cares. Sfter the horror of '03 for Red Sox fans Theo didn't turtle up, stay quiet, and let things be...he aggressively went after the key player who could bring down the Yankees and did.
After last year's collapse v. Philly, I would have wanted an owner to break some furniture, fire the coach, and say "I'm a Bruins fan as well....I know this hurt all of us--and I want every fan to know I will re-dedicate myself to bringing a title to Boston.*" Instead we got nothing but shrugs of the shoulders from JJ, PC, and even CJ, and now this year's incredibly disappointing squad.
At what point (i know i've asked this b4) do we stand up and say that the ownership at the top bears some responsibility for what happens on the ice? 38 years and counting is nothing to be proud of. We deserve better--and at the very least, a sign that those who run thw show care as much as we do, and not just about setting ridiculousy high prces for tickets and beer.
*-Again, not saying broken chairs lead to Cups--only that after such horrible collapses, it helps at least a little to know it's not just the fans upset about what occurred.