Needless to say, I would enjoy being a GM for my long-time team, Chicago Bears.  The last four years, I have been watching how the Bears have grown versus the other teams. It has been amusing but led me to deep thoughts about how I would run the development of the legendnary franchise through the draft.

First round draft picks are overrated and overpriced.  With the rising ticket prices in the NFL, I would rather be able to sell out every home game than shell out millions of dollars to a potentional first round bust as we have seen happen so many times to each team in the NFL.

So with that in mind, there are 32 teams in the NFL.  By breaking down the picks into three categories, I will try to explain my logic in the draft selection.

  •  16 of these teams usually perform badly enough to wind up with the top picks. 
  • 8 of them had medicore season and often struggle to land the best pick int he draft to help bolster their growing thirst for the championship.
  • 8 of the 32 teams have peformed well enough to wind up with the last 8 picks of the draft meaning they are more suspectible to free agency.

So with this fairly simple and broad breakdown, I will now explain the breakdown of the draft picks.

  • First 16 picks are overrated and often overpriced, usually top offensive college “weapons” with zero NFL experience commanding top dollar who ultimately end up medicore players.
  • Next 8 picks are mid-round picks going to teams often in need of adding “the missing ingredient” to building their championship team.
  • The final 8 picks.  Needless to say, they are the bottom of the 1st round barrel.  Often these teams are loaded with talents from the previous season’s run for the Superbowl.  Based on the contracts these teams have signed with their players, there is almost always a few players who becomes free agents and move on.  This provides room for these teams to “shoot fishes in a barrel” with quality choices but not always a sound opportunity due to the depth presence on their team.

So for the Bears, if we landed in the top 16, I would immediately trade down to the last 8 of the first round picks, and a mid to high 3rd round pick. 

If we landed in the next group of 8 picks, I would hold my posistion to find a good quality pick or trade down to a high 2nd and a high to low third round pick. 

If we landed in the final group of the last 8 picks, immediately trade down to the high 2nd round and a low 3rd or high 4th round pick. 

Not only am I doing the fans a favor by keeping the price of tickets low, I am doing the team a favor by providing a decent cap room for upgrade opportunities down the road.  Often this will not happen till the season begins so foresight is better than hindsight.

End of April

April 28, 2007

Well, it has been quite a long month, and a long time away from blogging.  I just logged on and took a long hard look at my blog and realized I am not always going to be able to be obsessed staying online and writing about everything.  However, I do enjoy sharing little things about my observations in life.

WIND POWER

April 1, 2007

There is a local wind farm project that is being debated and approved for use to supply power to Cape Cod and the islands.

I highly approve of this project as it will reduce the limited resources we have available to power our planet’s draining electricity needs [ie. coal and oil].

There is a quote in this article about the fears of opponents of such projects,

“But opponents fear the environmental and economic effects on Cape Cod’s tourist and fishing industries. They warn the turbines would pose navigational and radar hazards. They also say the turbines could hurt the views of some multimillion-dollar oceanfront homes.”

Tourism

  1. Tourism is suppose to benefit the environment, not damage it.  Think about all the electricity the tourists use to enjoy their “vacation” lifestyle, from reading a book at night to turning on the bathroom light so they can poop into the ocean.
  2. This is another opportunity to generate eco-tourism dollars by providing tours to interested tourists who want to learn more about how such wind farms can reduce the need for coal/oil. 

Fishing

  1. We are already over-harvesting our fishes from the ocean. Be quiet and go fish elsewhere!
  2. This would actually allow us to promote a santucary for our fishes to reproduce and create more fishes for the opponents to over-harvest from our ocean a little further away from the shore.
  3. By providing a santuary to raise more fishes, we can actually make more money because of more fishes to buy and eat and then poop back into the ocean using the electricty we are saving the planet from our wind farm with.

Multi-million dollar home views???

  1. To the rich people, you already spent millions to rip up precious resources to build your home on natural resources.
  2. You already spent millions to damage our enviroment by spending on oil to supply transportation of materials to your home site for development.
  3. You already spent thousand of dollars to waste electricty with coal/oil to heat your home the 70 percent of the time you are not there. Hence the name “vacation homes”. 

Side note to multi-million dollar homes and democratics

“Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose family’s Hyannis Port compound would have a clear view of the farm, opposes it while Gov. Deval Patrick, who says the state needs to invest in new energy technology, supports it.”

To the Kennedys – get off your high horse!  You throw wasteful parties at your compound where thousand of people have wasted oil boating, driving and flying to your compound.  And not only have all these people wasted our resources, you also have wasted electricity to entertain these guests, therefore driving up the cost of electricity for year-round residents.  Oh, and not to mention all the Kennedy poop that is dumped into the ocean.