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Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:48 am
 

Meadowlands Stadium Naming Rights

Ok fellow Giants and Jets fans - I've heard all about everyone wanting the stadium to be called "JETBLUE STADIUM" and all that.  I'll admit that name would not hurt the image of either teams, But you have to face one thing. There are other companies who's name would be just as good if not better. Have you ever heard of New York Life insurance company ?   "NEW YORK LIFE STADIUM"  - Pretty nifty if you think about it.  Personally I don't think any company can afford to buy naming rights to the stadium right now the way the economy is.  Why not just simplify everything and just call it "NEW YORK STADIUM" ?   With New York already in the name - It's a natural connection to The Jets And The Giants. Both teams are already named after New York - Why not the Stadium as well ?  Sure it's in New Jersey, But New Jersey would not have a real arguement against it since they refused to pay one red cent for the building.  New York would have the name, But New Jersey would have the location.  I say it would benifeit everybody to name it after New York. By naming it after the biggest market media in the world - It would encourage more big events to take place in this stadium more often than most stadiums like the SuperBowl, World Cup, and even College Football Championship games. That would be good for New York, Good for New Jersey, Good for the fans, and Good for the New York Teams. Who's in a position to lose ?  
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:38 pm
 

Are Shared Stadiums Really Practical ?

I've been asked to post this blog by a few friends to try and get the opinion of most people:


In a perfect sports world - Every team in all sports could easily build a stadium or an arena all their own right at the heart of the city they represent with no problems what so ever, But The truth is we're not living in such a perfect world - So we take what we can get.


  The Giants and Jets have made a shared stadium work for them well enough in New York, New Jersey for years. If a shared stadium can work there it could work anywhere.  With The New Meadowlands Stadium and a full 50-50 partnership at a deal that doesn't cost the tax payers in either city one red cent, The Giants are as solid a team as ever despite the early struggles and The Jets are looking like a real team these days. Both look like they're going to get nothing but better in the long run. A new Shared stadium era looks like it's going to smile on the New York Teams for years to come.


  Roger Goodell is trying to convince The Raiders and The 49ners to work together in building a shared stadium venue together as well. Personally - I think The smart thing to do is to have The Raiders and The Rams move back to Los Angeles and share a stadium there Which is already being paid for in Private Financing and not the Tax Payers. The Niners have their heart set on building their own stadium in Santa Clara, The Raiders Oakland Coloseum is an embarresment to the league, And the Edward Jones Dome is dome stadium not many feel comfortable with all the time. Football & Soccer are made for outdoors not indoors. Since The Rams lease in St. Louis expires in 2014 and The Raiders Have no real promise staying in an ugly Oakland Coleseum - This could be a perfect time for The Raiders & Rams to return to L.A. Back in the 1980's The Raiders and Rams we're always winning in L.A. Bo Jackson & The Raiders was were a threat to make the SuperBowl while Jim Everett & The Rams were always Challenging Joe Montana & The Niners for the Division. It was the glory days where L.A. was a Big Market NFL city having 2 promising NFL teams.  A New L.A. Stadium for both could  bring it all back again. The Raiders and Rams have Nothing to lose & have no where to go but up from where they stand in the league now and once a salaery cap is in place - Both teams could greatly benefiet in the free agent market as well as the Draft. After all - A world class state of the art stadium built in a major city like L.A. with natural grass field in southern California is an attractive setting to any player in the NFL.  


  The Chargers could certainly use a new stadium. They are currently in talks about building a stadium downtoun San Diego. If it doesn't work out - Could it hurt the organization one bit to move to Santa Clara and build a shared stadium with The 49ners ? 


  What about The Cowboys and The Texans ?   Even though they're named after 2 different Cities - Both are located on the east side of Texas State. Would it really have hurt Those 2 teams to build a joint stadium between them ?  No doubt it would have made things alot easier on Jerry Jones's  income. Two stadiums in Texas with a retractable roof. Imagine how much that's costing the tax payers of Texas state.

What about The Eagles and The Steelers ?  Both teams have stadiums of their own in Southern Pennylvania even though tax payers in each area paid over 60% of the price for these new stadium venues. That has to hurt the economy of the state as well.

It doesn't really matter in Texas and Pennsylvania anyway. Teams in both cities have their great new stadiums and their fans seems to be satisfied regardless of the financial situation.


Who knows - Maybe I'm wrong about all of this. Maybe what works for New York-New Jersey might not work in other cities. Maybe I'm right about at least one of them.  Odds are I'm right only about The New York & L.A. area. Under the circumstances - The team that ends up in L.A. could end up becoming The future Lakers of the NFL weather it's The Raiders, The Rams, or The Chargers.
Category: NFL
Posted on: June 5, 2010 2:51 am
 

NFC East Prediction 2010

Last year I predicted The Giants would beat Dallas and win the division. One out of 2 is not bad.


This year I predict New York and Dallas will beat each others brains out for the division. Who ever wins it could go all the way.

Dallas Cowboys:

Miles Austin was a Beautiful surprise for the Cowboys. Roy Williams should be able to get it together this year. No.1 Draft pick Dez Byant will be a force to reckon with and Patrick Crayton is good enough to hold his own. Looks like Tony Romo finally has a full set of Deep Threats that could set the tone for the Cowboys SuperBowl chances this year. The Running game is good enough. The defensive backfield could be questionable. The only part about the Cowboys that concerns me is the Offensive Line. LT Flozell Adams is a big loss despite his age no matter what anyone says. Whoever takes his place had better be up to the challenge or it could hurt the boys.

Predict finish 11-5   - ( Division winner over New York by an Eyelab )




New York Giants:

The G-Men have made all the right moves this off season plugging up the holes on the Defensive side of the ball. You can't go wrong adding another dangerous pass rusher like DE Jason Pierre-Paul in the mix. Adding him to an already dangerous pass rushing unit will put alot of things back into place. Osi Umenyiora will surely return to his usual dangerous pass rushing form. Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield and Mathias Kiwanuka are always reliable. LB Clint Sintom is ready to make a name for himself. Rookie MLB Phillip Dilliard is no Rolando McClain, But he's no stranger to getting his hands on the QB. Still it could take him a full year to learn the whole system. Defense should not be a problem for this team. Offensively they're set. Eli Manning played with a banged up ankle all of last year and is in great shape this year and has a full set of recievers that are now proven players. With Andre Brown coming back fresh and healthy - It will be a tremendous boost to the running game of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Tough to find a major weakness on this team.

Predict Finish 11-5   - ( Division Winner or Wild Card - Giants are back in the post season )



Washington Redskins:

The Redskins have done it all this off season. Big Coaching Changes, Big QB changes, Even a Big Draft. I would not be surprised one bit if This team ends up going a long way in the post season. Especially if Donavan McNabb has at least one or two Major SuperBowl Fight left in him. The Skins have assembled all the pieces in place. Coach Mike Shannahan is no stranger to producing championship caliber teams. You have to love their draft pick OT Trent Williams who should prove to be a huge success. If this team has any real source of concerns - Age at WR's could slow this team down a bit, But still it looks promising. However in reality - It may take a full year to put it all together, But knowing Shannahan - It may all come together by December. 

Predict Finish 9-7



Philadephia Eagles:

Out with the old in with the new. McNabb Gone. Kevin Kolb will have his chance to prove his value to the team. Not many weaknesses on this team despite the loss of McNabb and Westbrook, But can they be nearly as dangerous in the running game without Brian Westbrook ?  The Eagles still have a solid Roster. A solid draft pick, and a solid coaching staff. Kolb is no Donavan McNabb and he's not even in the class of Tony Romo, He's not even in the league of Eli Manning, But he's good enough to hold his own. There's only one true major source of concern I can see with this team that can hurt them going into this season. The Eagles have a history of starting out slow only to get back into the thick of things in the second half of the season. With all 3 of their division rivals making big improvements in the off season - Can they really afford to start off slow ?  MacNabb always had this thing for pulling the Eagles out of the hole. Who can really guarantee that Kolb will do the same. At least they have big playmaking WR's, a decent RB in LeSean McCoy and a solid defense to give them a fighting chance. I would not count this team out. They will go as far as Brian Kolb takes them.

Predict Finish 9-7



( Between Eagles and Redskins - One of them will capture the final wild card spot in the playoffs )

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 5, 2010 2:51 am
 

NFC East Prediction 2010

Last year I predicted The Giants would beat Dallas and win the division. One out of 2 is not bad.


This year I predict New York and Dallas will beat each others brains out for the division. Who ever wins it could go all the way.

Dallas Cowboys:

Miles Austin was a Beautiful surprise for the Cowboys. Roy Williams should be able to get it together this year. No.1 Draft pick Dez Byant will be a force to reckon with and Patrick Crayton is good enough to hold his own. Looks like Tony Romo finally has a full set of Deep Threats that could set the tone for the Cowboys SuperBowl chances this year. The Running game is good enough. The defensive backfield could be questionable. The only part about the Cowboys that concerns me is the Offensive Line. LT Flozell Adams is a big loss despite his age no matter what anyone says. Whoever takes his place had better be up to the challenge or it could hurt the boys.

Predict finish 11-5   - ( Division winner over New York by an Eyelab )




New York Giants:

The G-Men have made all the right moves this off season plugging up the holes on the Defensive side of the ball. You can't go wrong adding another dangerous pass rusher like DE Jason Pierre-Paul in the mix. Adding him to an already dangerous pass rushing unit will put alot of things back into place. Osi Umenyiora will surely return to his usual dangerous pass rushing form. Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield and Mathias Kiwanuka are always reliable. LB Clint Sintom is ready to make a name for himself. Rookie MLB Phillip Dilliard is no Rolando McClain, But he's no stranger to getting his hands on the QB. Still it could take him a full year to learn the whole system. Defense should not be a problem for this team. Offensively they're set. Eli Manning played with a banged up ankle all of last year and is in great shape this year and has a full set of recievers that are now proven players. With Andre Brown coming back fresh and healthy - It will be a tremendous boost to the running game of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Tough to find a major weakness on this team.

Predict Finish 11-5   - ( Division Winner or Wild Card - Giants are back in the post season )



Washington Redskins:

The Redskins have done it all this off season. Big Coaching Changes, Big QB changes, Even a Big Draft. I would not be surprised one bit if This team ends up going a long way in the post season. Especially if Donavan McNabb has at least one or two Major SuperBowl Fight left in him. The Skins have assembled all the pieces in place. Coach Mike Shannahan is no stranger to producing championship caliber teams. You have to love their draft pick OT Trent Williams who should prove to be a huge success. If this team has any real source of concerns - Age at WR's could slow this team down a bit, But still it looks promising. However in reality - It may take a full year to put it all together, But knowing Shannahan - It may all come together by December. 

Predict Finish 9-7



Philadephia Eagles:

Out with the old in with the new. McNabb Gone. Kevin Kolb will have his chance to prove his value to the team. Not many weaknesses on this team despite the loss of McNabb and Westbrook, But can they be nearly as dangerous in the running game without Brian Westbrook ?  The Eagles still have a solid Roster. A solid draft pick, and a solid coaching staff. Kolb is no Donavan McNabb and he's not even in the class of Tony Romo, He's not even in the league of Eli Manning, But he's good enough to hold his own. There's only one true major source of concern I can see with this team that can hurt them going into this season. The Eagles have a history of starting out slow only to get back into the thick of things in the second half of the season. With all 3 of their division rivals making big improvements in the off season - Can they really afford to start off slow ?  MacNabb always had this thing for pulling the Eagles out of the hole. Who can really guarantee that Kolb will do the same. At least they have big playmaking WR's, a decent RB in LeSean McCoy and a solid defense to give them a fighting chance. I would not count this team out. They will go as far as Brian Kolb takes them.

Predict Finish 9-7



( Between Eagles and Redskins - One of them will capture the final wild card spot in the playoffs )

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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