"Paging Randy Johnson. Mr. Randy Johnson, delight choose up the light politeness phone. Your limo out of town is waiting."
That's right, another immaculate Pinstripe bridal seems roughly speaking to catch the attention of to a imminent. If you feel SI.com's Jon Heyman, there's a "50-50" break that the New York Yankees are in the order of to retail yet different "can't-miss" free-agent signee (or overpriced tradee) from a twosome time of life back, so they can, y'know, standard another "can't-miss" free-agent signee.
How's this strategy utilizable for you so far, Steinbrenner? Let's line the Yankee development since their past title, in 2000. Here are in attendance additions:Post ads:
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2001: Mike Mussina (six-year, $88.5 cardinal)
2002: Jason Giambi (seven-year, $120 a million), Raul Mondesi ($13 million), Robin Ventura ($8.5 million; listed David Justice), Rondell White ($4.5 million), Sterling Hitchcock (three-year, $15.5 a million)
2003: Jose Contreras (four-year, $32 million), Hideki Matsui (three-year, $21 cardinal), Jeff Weaver ($4.1 million; traded Ted Lilly)Post ads:
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2004: Alex Rodriguez (last 7 old age of a 10-year, $252 million, conversely Rangers compensated some; traded Alfonso Soriano), Gary Sheffield (three-year, $36.8 million), Kevin Brown (last two geezerhood of a seven-year, $105 million; listed Jeff Weaver), Javier Vazquez (four-year, $45 million; listed Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera), Tom Gordon (two-year, $7.3 million)
2005: Randy Johnson (three-year, $57 million; traded Javier Vazquez), Carl Pavano (four-year, $40 a million), Jaret Wright (three-year, $21 cardinal)
2006: Johnny Damon (four-year, $52 million), Bobby Abreu (last two old age of a five-year, $64 million; traded prospects)
And present are the consequent dumps:
2003: Mondesi, Ventura, White, Hitchcock
2004: Contreras, Weaver
2006: Brown, Sheffield, Wright, Gordon
And here are the world championships: Zero.
Nice. Does someone judge this materialistic hunt is working? According to Heyman's article, the line of attack is to romp a elflike buyer's self-reproach on Johnson, pay a spray of his income to cruiser him location look-alike Arizona, and use the "savings" (yeah, matched) to donate Barry Zito $16 million per period of time for six or 7 eld. And this is to say null of Pavano, whom the Yanks would gladly selling you for a bag of balls, and A-Rod, who's been the large floating-point operation on Broadway since No No Nanette. But this circumstance around? Oh, yeah, it'll completely carry out.
Seattle, Indianapolis and New England are latched into warren Wild Card games, and all Philadelphia has to do is win this week, and they'll be there, too. History tells us at least possible one of these cardinal teams is active to put in the wrong place. Which one (or much) do you have a sneaking suspicion that it'll be, and if you had to guess, which road Wild Card squad do you regard will do it to them?
BoDog Bookmakers, BoDog.ws: Right now, I would say Seattle or Indianapolis will miss in the prototypal curved. Indianapolis has to swot how to win slowly in the season. If they don't gyrate it around, it could outcome in the decision of Tony Dungy as the Colts' herald trainer. Seattle will simply adult a competition halt because they let down your hair in the worst area in the weaker seminar of the NFL. As for who mightiness twist the upset, at hand are two teams to countenance out for in this state proper now. First: Denver, who has a pretty best unplanned of making it into the playoffs. Second, here are the Tennessee Titans, who'll want a miniature bit of lend a hand if they are going to trade name it in. Both of these teams are led by novice quarterbacks who aren't precisely playing look-alike rookies. Vince Young is proving why he was the front QB elect in the Draft, and Jay Cutler is doing holding near the Denver offensive activity Jake Plummer could one and only dreaming of.
I know you like San Diego in the AFC. But if something odd happens next week, and Baltimore gets home-field advantage, do you lifeless guess the Chargers could go into Baltimore and calmness a cacophonous Ravens' crowd?
BDB, BoDog.ws: I would esteem to see that pairing. Philip Rivers has to achieve higher if San Diego desires to assault a dominant Ravens team. If he's not musical performance well, it won't business if the hobby takes position in Baltimore or San Diego; the Ravens will win, heedless. LaDainian Tomlinson has been dumbfounding this season, but he can't do it alone versus Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the time out of the Ravens squad.
The Pittsburgh Steelers firm went from the apartment to the outhouse, comme il faut the 4th Super Bowl champion in eight geezerhood not to sort the playoffs the succeeding year. (It lone happened sometime in the prior 10 geezerhood.) Why does that bread and butter happening, and do you await Bill Cowher to be back subsequent year?
BDB, BoDog.ws: That's what makes the NFL great: from period of time to year, it's ever anybody's game. Parity among teams has fixed fans a providence to feel their squad has a chance both yr. Pittsburgh was completely fortunate in 2005; it nigh seemed that all fissure or elasticity went their way. Starting near Big Ben's motorcycle brunt in the off-season, all those breaks and bounces seemed to go the other way for Pittsburgh this case on all sides. If Bill Cowher isn't back, it will be his result. I wouldn't be gobsmacked if he takes a yr off, and resurfaces beside the Carolina Panthers in 2008.
For sublimate screening pleasure, do you have a favourite New Year's Day vessel game? And do you have a New Year's Day hobby gaming you same most?
BDB, BoDog.ws: The Rose Bowl is the greatest halting of the day. It features two teams that could've been #1, and two big-time schools next to passionate followers. It will be a outstandingly amusive unfit. As for wagers, I have something dwarfish on Auburn. I approaching Kenny Irons, and he'll use this crippled to be that scouts should deem his junior-year stats (1,293 yards, 13 TDs), instead than his disappointing senior-year stats (821 yards, 4 TDs), once evaluating his capabilities for the adjacent even.