Is It Always Just About The Money?

Is it?

Does it have to always be just about the money? As Carole King once sang, "Doesn't anyone ever stay in one place anymore?"

Don't you miss the team you were drafted by?

I agree that athletes do have to be paid. Given the progress of professional sports, the risks you take and the challenges you need to overcome to be a professional athlete, they earned it. Players deserve to make the big bucks - I've got no issues with that!

But I just miss the old school start with a team, finish with the same team career. Rather than seeking out the best opportunity, you would figure out how to win with the players you've got.

Remember the times when most players stayed on one team?

Mariano Rivera, Hank Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Coach John Wooden, Coach K, Coach Boeheim, Tom Brady, Mickey Mantle, Kirby Puckett, John Stockton, Tim Duncan, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, etc.

Doesn't it mean anything to have a statue placed in front of the building and a street named after you? I mean, REP a city for real.

It's a tough pill to swallow to be left out of the conversation when the big time free agent doesn't come your way. Or even worse when that big time player leaves your time for free agency.

I think about all the people affected by these decisions, starting with the little kids. What do you tell little 7-year-old Johnny who has a player's jersey and poster in his room?

Then comes all the people that work around the stadium and the scalpers, the season ticket holders, the vendors and sporting goods shops stuck with old t-shirts and jerseys of these players.  

It hurts when you don't get these players and hurts worse when you lose them. It seems like there just has to be a better way of handling this.
The start of the free agency period is so exciting. You've gotta love it. But most of the deals this year were done two hours before the period was underway. This doesn't give all the markets a fair chance to get a key free agent.
$100,000,000 is still a ton of money, right? Just checking. I see these 80, 100, 120 million dollar contracts being thrown around like pigs in a blanket at a wedding.
Am I the only person who still thinks Madison Square Garden is the mecca and greatest place to to play? I'm not sure why players aren't feeling it!
Let me close this rant by saying this:
If I had a chance to play at MSG almost every night - I am going to take that challenge. My mom always said "you want to be the best? Well, if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere."
If you are for real about putting winning first, go play with LeBron, Curry/Thompson, or Kawhi any day.
It's just hard to understand what the hell just happened. We spent 4 months on all this free agency talk and it was over 3 hours before it was supposed to start.
I am not as excited as I thought I would be.

Quote of the Day: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Song of the Day: "So Far Away" by Carole King

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  • Wait, did you just include scalpers as people to be sorry for if a FA leaves? You want to know why players aren’t signing with the Knicks b/c they play in The Garden? It’s because the organization is run so poorly nobody wants to play for them. And who are you to ask is it really about the money? What your company charges for autographs & merchandise is disgusting. Talk about out of touch.

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