Crushed Optimists

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ahhhh. Let the Stupid Flow....

Welcome back, Peter King!

SEATTLE DID WHAT IT HAD TO DO. From Randy Wood of Moscow, Idaho: "You say in MMQB that Shaun Alexander got the best deal he could have hoped to get. How do you think the Seahawks came out in this deal? With their offensive line, could/should they have let him walk and signed somebody else for a lot less?''

Randy, that's a question we could debate a long time. My feeling is it's too much to pay for a running back. I think running backs are fairly interchangeable, except in some rare cases. In New York, for instance, I think Tiki Barber has tremendous value to the Giants for many different reasons -- leadership, heart, fortitude, toughness -- and he'd be tough to replace. Now, if he wanted $8 million a year, essentially 9 percent of the Giants' salary cap, I'd probably try to make do without him. In Seattle, GM Tim Ruskell was between a rock and a hard place. He had to keep a good team together -- a team, we all know, that probably would have won the Super Bowl had it played even a B-minus game. And Alexander is an important part of that team. Not THE most important part, but an important one. For chemistry reasons and to keep the team together, Ruskell had to pay. I think what's important now is figuring a way to make sure Steve Hutchinson stays long-term. He's a vital cog to that running game.

Can you spot the things wrong with that statement? Let me make a list.

Petey Wrong-ness #1: That's a question we could debate for a long time
Nope. Took you about one paragraph, and you still got it wrong. Let me put it this way. You just had a running back have one of the most dominant years ever. Would you resign him, still leaving your team $11 mill under the salary cap? Answer: Yes.

Petey continues with a good point; namely that most running backs are interchangeable, except in a select few cases. Now, his case, above Shaun on the scale of running backs?

Petey Wrong-ness #2: In New York, for instance, I think Tiki Barber has tremendous value to the Giants for many different reasons -- leadership, heart, fortitude, toughness -- and he'd be tough to replace.
Wow. Tiki Barber will be 31 years old next month. 31. Now, he just had a career year, running over 300 yards over his previous best. In fact, he has gotten better with age. Shaun will be 29 years old in August. Again, this deal is really for the next four years. So if you think that Tiki is worth SO MUCH to his team for the next few years, Shaun will be good to go for the next four years.

Petey Wrong-ness #3: Now, if he (Tiki) wanted $8 million a year, essentially 9 percent of the Giants' salary cap, I'd probably try to make do without him.
Sure, maybe. However, Shaun is not getting $8 million a year, essentially 9 percent of the Seahawks' salary cap. He is also the reigning MVP of the league; a person who has been unstoppable the last couple of years. Bah, Petey! Bah! By the way, by what stretch of imagination is Tiki Barber a more valuable running back then Shaun? Is he younger? Nope. Does he run for more yards? Nope. Does he score more touchdowns? Nope, as Brandon Jacobs is relied on more in goalline situations. Can Tiki be shut down in the playoffs as well? Yep, see game against Carolina last season. However, Tiki does play for a team on the East Coast, thus Peter King knows it well and believes that everyone is better in the East.

Petey Wrong-ness #4: Petey claims that WE all know that the Hawks would have won the Super Bowl with a B- game.
Petey, you might remember, is the one who had absolutely no faith in the Hawks all of last season, picking various teams over us, including the Steelers, and who wrote several glowing articles about the Steelers after the fact, focusing absolutely no energy on the above statement.

Petey Wrongness #5: Ruskell had to make this move for "chemistry" reasons
If you believe the rumours, Shaun isn't the best teammate around, and I can believe that. This wasn't about chemistry. This was about the best move to ensure another Super Bowl run for a team with several key cogs in their prime. By the way, Petey doesn't mention this key fact at all in his "analysis" of whether this was a correct move.

Peter King, ladies and gentlemen! Peter King!

posted by colin_hesse @ 6:51 PM  1 comments

1 Comments:

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Gary said...

Colin, you're at your best when you're analysing, not when you're engaging in ad hominem attacks on sportswriters.

You list five "errors" of Peter King, but then agree with his position in three of them! That leaves the question of whether the value of Shaun's resigning is debatable (a truism as long as people want to debate it) and whether it was for team chemistry or not. "If you believe the rumors" is not much of a compelling argument in response on that point.

Take a deep breath and go watch a World Baseball Classic game. (It'll also help take your mind off the Mariners.)

 

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