Re: Pats fans are going to get their wish - Welcome to the New Red Sox Nation
posted at 12/6/2009 8:47 PM EST
In Response to Re: Pats fans are going to get their wish - Welcome to the New Red Sox Nation
[QUOTE]Nick - definitely worried. MLB is a joke of a league. I fully understand that you don't get this, and that is ok. When you are one of the teams on top, you cannot begin to understand how it is for those on the bottom. I am a Reds fan and they haven't been competitive for years. As for the other bashing me. The constant barrage on what amount to 3 calls over 4 games without an eye for what may have been illegitimately earned by the the other team disgusts me. it is especially at times like these that I become labeled a troll because I don't just take the BS lying down.
Posted by underdoggg[/QUOTE]
I've never considered you to be a troll. I've only considered you an oddity in that you're a fan of a visiting team that shows up regularly, but you're no different than JBolted or JintsFan (obviously we're all fans of our teams here). Ultimately, it's nice to hear the perspective from other cities, like when JBolted informed me that San Diego people hate L.A. like Bostonians hate NYC. I did not know this, and would not have learned this unless I lived there.
I understand your fear, but the Colts have a nice new stadium that should help revenue, even if it isn't nearly as loud as the RCA Dome. Among other companies, AIG is in town and God knows they'll spend thousands if not millions of our tax dollars on luxury boxes and front-row tickets for employees and company friends. They should also have a successful team for as long as Manning plays, who I don't see retiring until north of 40yo (while with Brady, I could see him possibly retiring and pursuing other interests). The other thing with Manning is that he'll be an attraction unto himself until he retires, especially when he starts closing in on Favre's records - as Barry Bonds and the SF Giants proved, this is a revenue boon for the team, too.
So I understand that you have to come here to find passionate sports fans because I notice that most of the fans at your games aren't cheering out loud and therefore mustn't be very big fans, but I don't think the Colts will be at a significant disadvantage. They build primarily through the draft anyway, and do so extremely effectively. I've never seen a team produce so many talented cover 2 linebackers and corners, lose them to injuries and free agency, and instantly replace them. As long as Polian (a good draft guru despite villainy on these boards) is drafting, the Colts won't be at a disadvantage at all.
Plus, the "uncapped year" doesn't work the way you'd expect it to, anyway - it's extremely Byzantine in nature (i.e. teams that make the playoffs can't sign free agents until someone signs away one of their free agents, allowing non-playoff teams to essentially collude against playoff teams). If I remember right, there are still contract restrictions despite being "uncapped."