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Old 07-02-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Rooneys climb ranks in SI's owner rankings

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ngs/index.html

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Once again, many factors are considered -- business savvy, devotion to league growth, aggressive pursuit of winning -- with one overriding consideration: If you're a fan of the team in question, do you want this person (or people) making the big decisions.
last year was quite an uproar when michael silver ranked the rooneys #10. good to see they are climbing up his rankings :

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Last year I had Rooney ranked 10th, and many of you folks reacted like I'd just rated democracy as the 10th-best form of government. I'm pretty sure this year's move up to No. 9 won't prevent a similar response. Still, I'll start with the positives.

Rooney is a great man who does his community and league proud, and we all know who knocked on Goodell's hotel-room door to give him the good news last August. Best of all, Rooney resisted both conventional wisdom and the vehement urgings of his son, Art II, and passed over a pair of strong in-house candidates (Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm) to succeed coach Bill Cowher, instead choosing 34-year-old Vikings assistant Mike Tomlin. Regardless of how well Tomlin does in his new job -- and he'll have time to grow into his role, thanks to Rooney's legendary and commendable patience -- we know now that the man who inspired the Rooney Rule truly is committed to advancing the causes of minority-coaching prospects.

OK, now for the not-so-perfect news: Rooney could've retained Cowher had he been willing to pay market value, but his frugal tendencies wouldn't allow it, which is a recurring theme when it comes to Pittsburgh players. He also waited too long to force the issue, creating an obvious lame-duck situation that helped contribute to the Steelers' squandering of their championship edge.

Finally, I'm thoroughly baffled that a boss with Rooney's values would allow his offensive line coach (Larry Zierlein) to remain employed after the recently hired assistant forwarded a pornographic video clip (of a Britney Spears impersonator, by the way) to every high-level executive in the league and his/her secretaries. Ask yourself this question: If someone in accounting had done the same thing, would that person still have a job?
lol. for what its worth heres what makes Wayne Huizenga, Dolphins #8 (guess he forgot about the great culpepper trade)

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Huizenga was fourth in last year's rankings, and deservedly so: He's a brilliant businessman who works hard to generate revenue.

But I can't get past the way he smiled and grinned and practically sucked up to Nick Saban as the deceitful coach -- after having denied he was interested in the Alabama job for weeks -- slithered off to Tuscaloosa.

As the Miami Herald's Dan LeBatard so masterfully pointed out at the time, "Huizenga went after Ricky Williams and his money with cutthroat zeal, and Williams is still paying him back. But Saban just broke a contract, too."

My sources tell me Huizenga seethed in private but was too much of a gentleman to say anything disparaging about Saban in public. Forgiving Williams's imaginary debt and letting the halfback get on with his done-with-football life would be an equally gentlemanly gesture that'd make Huizenga look like much less of a hypocrite.


texans mcnair is ranked even higher for being "media friendly". but hey, were #9!!!
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:32 PM   #2
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Well im confused (not for the first time say you all )

How does the Panthers owner get so much credit for fielding a 'habitually competitive team' in a small market area - yet the Steelers find themselves at 9?

Irsay at 11? I don't like the Colts and I don't like their douche bag GM, but what they have achieved in Indianapolis is special.

Dan Snyder at 5? Hello? Silver says 'at least he is trying' - that sounds more like someone who should be ranked at 25.

Miami have sucked for a long while and have made fundamental mistakes in key areas recently - poor choice of QB and lack of a decent HC.

With those two absent its tough to make it to 8-8 - Miami's D is the only reason they get close.

McNair in Texas? Bad franchise- poor results...but they are big market right? So they must be good.

I don't like the logic behind ranking at Rooney's at no.10 - this guy is a sports writer (loose term) and still doesn't understand that Pittsburgh spends its salary cap like every other team, they just do it in a different way.

I do however agree that losing Cowher for the sake a few million bucks (when the salary cap is $100million+) is ridiculous - they have a deserved reputation for being too frugal with items that aren't goverend by a salary cap - the state of the playing field for example.

I guess this guy just likes angry letters with a Pittsburgh stamp on 'em!
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:46 PM   #3
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snyder at 5 is that a joke maybe one of the worst owners. After all the money they spend what have they produced and what do they have to show for it . All they did was trade the best corner back in the league in champ bailey and hire the 2 over paid cordinators in all saunders and greg williams.
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no rhyme or reason, totally illogical, and alot of what he writes contradicts other rankings in his article. doing what is best for the league is clearly outweighed by owning in the largest markets, and spending the most $$$ (whether it be wreckless or not).

would rooney be successful in the dallas or nyc markets? absolutely. could they have the same success in cincinatti or buffalo? without a doubt. you would think thats worth more than 9th.

i'll have to wait and see how bad tomlin fails before i say saving $5 mil/year on a head coach was a bad business decision, although i initially questioned the move as much as anyone.
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32. Mike Brown, Bengals
Boy, Brown has sure done a fantastic job of bringing the Bengals into the 21st Century. Once known merely as a pathetic football team whose on-field ineptitude mirrored management's cheap, clueless approach -- the Bungles -- Brown's team has now become a national punch line, his players the poster children for malfeasance. Welcome to Sin City, or Cinci for short.
At least he didnt mess this one up, unlike the rest of the rankings.

Carlina 3 and Washington 5???? Come on??? And the BUC's, really?????

What relevance does purchasing a soccer team in the UK have on this list? The Bucs have been truly awful but does Manchester United make the bucs a better football organisation? In an open market without a salary cap you can buy the best soccer players if you have the money. But with a salary cap its a different ball game in the NFL and look at their track record lately.

I know I dont live in the northern hemisphere but this article even puzzles me.
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At least he didnt mess this one up, unlike the rest of the rankings.

Carlina 3 and Washington 5???? Come on??? And the BUC's, really?????

What relevance does purchasing a soccer team in the UK have on this list? The Bucs have been truly awful but does Manchester United make the bucs a better football organisation? In an open market without a salary cap you can buy the best soccer players if you have the money. But with a salary cap its a different ball game in the NFL and look at their track record lately.

I know I dont live in the northern hemisphere but this article even puzzles me.
ive always thought j. richardson is a good (and loyal) owner. he admittedly has learned alot from the rooneys and they are tight colleagues. i respect how he tries to mold and run his team like the steelers.

the blazers buying a soccer team baffles me too. whooptie doo.
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Its supposed to puzzle you. The only way any of these rags can draw attention is by being controversial. How many people actually subscribe to SI anymore?? I haven't even seen one anywhere for quite a while. Doctors office,barber shop etc.. They have to publish something stupid like this so the story gets picked up by someone else reminding us they still exist.
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Rooney should be # 2 at the least, right there besides Rober Kraft.
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I was just at Steelers.com and was reading about the STEELERS Urban event...Coach T and lots of good names showed up...I think its great how the STEELERS give back... I wish I lived in Pittsburgh..I could run the Security at the Airport ...are they hiring?????
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I was just at Steelers.com and was reading about the STEELERS Urban event...Coach T and lots of good names showed up...I think its great how the STEELERS give back... I wish I lived in Pittsburgh..I could run the Security at the Airport ...are they hiring?????
Not Sure. They might be now. They just increased security at the airport.
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