Lates LinksOctober 31, 2007 at 9:02 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | 11 Comments
First off, there appear to be no worries on the Iman Shumpert recruiting violations. I’m sure many will snark on Carolina clearing itself, but I have extreme confidence in the program’s integrity. After all…we initiated the investigation. Butch is planning on bringing in some JUCOS next season to speed up the rebuilding process. Seems reasonable to me. Not much on Maryland yet, but I’m sure there will be tomorrows.
Grady Little has resigned. Honestly, I feel sorry for Grady Little. I was against hiring him, but he did a reasonable job, giving several of our young players chances and handling the pitching staff pretty well. You could blame him for sticking with Gonzo, Nomar and Pierre but really those guys were all signed to new contracts last off-season. That is on Ned. Everyone in Dodgertown is pretty excited about Joe Torre. I’m not sure why because Joe likes to sacrifice/hit&run, he abuses his bullpen, and he sticks with vets too long. All things that Grady was criticized for last season. Will Joe bench Pierre and Nomar? I have my doubts. I’ll wait to see if he gets hired and then I’ll have to see him on a daily basis. At this point the only reason to be excited is that the odds on A-Rod coming might increase a bit.
Jonah Freedman interviews (via readers) Don Garber. His answers are pretty interesting and I’m not really sure what to think. Is there anything MLS can do to get Euro-snobs to watch? I mean really…we (self-admitted ES) all want one table, no turf, relegation, honoring FIFA dates, etc…but if all that happened this summer would we start watching? There is no doubt that Americans will support teams in cold weather, but will they support soccer teams? I feel like MLS is still making pretty decent moves…building slowly and locally…. not catering to the snobs. Most of us probably won’t be watching much MLS regardless of what Don Garber does, no?
Week 8 DVOA is out. I guarantee the Dolphins don’t lose this week. Until laters.