Page 8 of 18 -- A: I was with you until the salary cap on sports writers salaries. I hear what you're saying, but you have to admit football is run so well compared to the other sports. The cap controls salaries so the players have to work really hard to earn them. I think most fans like that. I will say that the owners make out very nicely because of their fixed costs and fans pay the exorbitant prices they ask for at Patriots games. There's a 50,000 paid waiting list. I don't hear many complaints about the cost of Patriots games. I'm sure I will if they start losing again. But I hear more whining about the costs of Celtics and Bruins games and even Red Sox games before I hear anything about the Patriots prices, which are the highest in the NFL. I think the feeling is, the Kraft family does a great job and puts out a good product and therefore people will pay the money.
Nick, Since Bill Belichick is the only Patriots coach to actually win a Super Bowl isn't it a bit premature to bash him as hard as he has been in the past 2 weeks? I think fans forget that we(all fans for that matter )root for laundry. While I was and will continue to be a huge Milloy fan I still remember that football and the other sports are now and will forever after be a business. I just hope this gets me further up on the season ticket holder list, because to think that the Patriots will fade away and never play in the big game again is foolish.
A: That's why I wrote when this happened you had to give Belichick the benefit of the doubt until the Milloy decision proves itís ruined the team.
To be honest I'm sick of hearing about Lawyer Milloy. Yeah the guy was a great leader and was loved by the Patriot community. But the team only has so much money to spread around. I feel that asking Milloy to take a 1million dollar pay cut was not unreasonable. He was asked to do this for the team, to help the team win. And to hear Milloy say "I need to put food on the table" makes me sick. I am an Emergency Room nurse, I work long hours, and I work to care for others and save lives. I make a modest income and am content with getting a $2 raise a year (if I'm lucky). I would love to take a 1 million dollar pay cut, and still try to put food on the table, I think I could do it. The timing of the release was questionable indeed, and may affect the team this year, but in the long run and with the large number of high draft picks next year I think we will be better off without Milloy's services.