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Interesting sports day!

Farve's jersey will be retired on opening night - I think half of Wisconsin is wondering why they're waiting so long to just saint him, let alone retire his number. The only person sitting around going "OK, can I fucking play now?" is Aaron Rogers.

Ray Emery: I'm not a scapegoat! - This is going to make Liz go absolutely apeshit, but I might as well get it out of the way, as I'm bound to say something stupid at the wrong time at some point between now and whenever the Flames get knocked out anyway: Emery is an immature man-child that needs to get out of Ottawa as soon as possible. He acted like a moron and a buffon all year, and the only guys I've seen be a bigger distraction to their teammates like this - while playing goal - are Hasek and Dan Cloutier when he was younger. Then again, Cloutier grew up in Tampa Bay much more than he did as a Ranger, so maybe that's what Ray needs: to go to a shitty team and eat some humble pie.

Hasek benched for Chris Osgood - This just in: Osgood has two rings, and earned the second one. Forgot about that, eh? Osgood might be the most underrated goaltender of his generation.

Steve McNair retires - A lot of people are asking "Hall of Fame?". If I had to decide RIGHT NOW, my first instinct would be no; I don't know if he was QUITE good enough for that.

And finally... last but not least...

Isiah is reportedly done. Free at last... free at last. Thank God almighty, we're free at last. One down, one to go; we have to get rid of that piece of shit, misogynistic owner.

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burning_phoneix
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I don't know whats up with American sport leagues.

One season a team could completely dominate and the next just turn into utter bullshit.

In footie if you manage to dominate a season you've got at least 3-4 years before you hit a slump again.
superbus
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
One word:

Salary cap.

EDIT: Oh, and we have drafts over here. Any young kids coming up enter a draft, and they're picked like schoolboys, with the worst teams going first. That's why even in MLS, the field is a lot more even. In Football, if you throw around enough money, you can dominate (see: Chelski), and if you don't... hey, how's Gretna doing?

Edited at 2008-04-18 02:44 am (UTC)
burning_phoneix
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Can't a rich team buy players from a weaker team after his rookie season? Or is player transfers trade only (ie Shaq for like 5 young players IIRC)
superbus
Apr. 18th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
No, there is too much regulation.

For instance, let's take the National Basketball Association. Let's pretend the Memphis Grizzlies get the #1 pick in the draft, and they pick Michael Beasley. The New York Knicks can't just say "we'll give you X amount of dollars for his rights" for a few reasons:

1) The Knicks are over the NBA's Salary Cap; they couldn't take him on.

2) The Knicks have all 15 of their roster spots alloted, so they'd have to release someone to make room (you can only keep so many players on your team in all of America's major sports). Whoever they release counts against the salary cap.

3) The NBA would see that it was an unbalanced trade, and reject it; they have that power. For instance, when Jason Kidd was initially supposed to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the Mavericks threw in Jerry Stackhouse. There's a rule that the Mavericks can buy a player out, and the player can go back to his team after a month. Pundits predicted this would happen, which was fine. But then Stackhouse made comments about going home to rest up for a month before gearing up for the playoffs; this basically screamed that everyone involved knew that's how the deal would work. The NBA flat-out said that if Stackhouse was traded, he would not be allowed to go back to the Mavericks. Could you imagine if Michel Platini tried that with one of the G14 teams? XD

The National Hockey Association and National Football (American) League all have hard salary caps; you cannot have a team salary go above X. The NHL also has a minimum cap (you cannot spend less than Y), and no player can take up more than a certain percentage of his team's salary. The NBA has a "soft" salary cap, which has rules attached to it. Major League Baseball has no salary cap, though they do have a "luxury tax" (as does the NBA), where every dollar above the threshold means you have to pay the league a percentage against those dollars. In MLB, it's 40% of every dollar over $155m total (only two teams - the Yankees and Red Sox - hit that mark, and maybe the Mets), and in the NBA, it's 100% of every dollar over $64m; there's a detailed explanation of the salary cap in the NBA here.

Notice that the one sport without a salary cap (baseball) also has a definite set of haves (Yankees, Red Sox) and have-nots (Royals, Pirates, Rays, Brewers, Marlins, Nationals/Expos, etc.)
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