Raising salaries seems to have little or no effect on discouraging corruption and incompetence. It would be nice if it did, that there was a tool or method to ensure decent performance and behaviors. So why throw good money after bad.
Totally agree with the last post.
Julius has a point. While I do not have an issue with raising the salaries for a board of qualified individuals, the fact that any Tom, Dick or Harriett can become a member makes me queasy seeing as some have been elected despite a lack of qualifications, experience or a decent grasp of legitimate grammar and sentence structure.
Anyway the Flyer might look outside the vacuum of our own little, local universe and note what the salary of board members for other school districts of comparable enrollment size might be? Noting how many positions there are on those other boards would also be handy.
The Grizzlies got better by dumping Rudy.
I'm curious what this ownership group has done that's "cheap". If you're talking about the Gay trade, other than not getting much back in return, the Raptors now understand exactly why we were so willing to part with Gay. Other than that, they're right up against the luxury tax line. I don't know what else you want them to do.
With Rudy, last year's team may not win 50 games. They won 56 largely because of the Rudy dump and the subsequent offensive renaissance they experienced due to the elimination of a black hole from the floor. That team last year certainly doesn't get past the Clippers in the first round with Rudy on the floor for 38 minutes a night.
As far as your assertion about last year's team being "average" players. Conley is a Top 10 point guard in the league, just one step below the elite PG level. Tony Allen has been the league's best perimeter defender and was last year. Marc Gasol was DPOY last year, and he's one of the best offensive scoring centers in the league. Basically, it's he, Brook Lopez, and Dwight Howard when you're discussing the best NBA centers. (I consider Duncan a PF still.) Z-Bo, though he's been up and down at times, has played at an All-Star level and did for much of last year. The WORST player in the starting line up when we had Rudy last year was Rudy himself. If you were to rank value to the team out of those 5, it went this way, 1. Marc, 2. Mike, 3. Z-Bo, 4. Tony, 5. Rudy
Last year's team was not devoid of talent. They were a very talented team. Gasol has been this team's best player for a few years now. They had hit their stride and went on a 4 game road winning streak right before he went down. The team was 7-5 at the time, even after a slow start. Since Gasol went down, they have gone 3-8. This is not coincidence.
We can argue about what Hollins WOULD do with his best player out with injury, but Hollins never dealt with an injury to someone as important on both ends as Gasol, so it's all conjecture.
As I've said before, let's measure this team's results with and without Gasol. When he comes back in January, we will see what they do, but I'm not expecting a big turn around until that point. Even then, a lot will depend on how rusty Gasol is. If he comes back at full strength, this team will play .600 or .650 ball after he returns. Will that be enough to get back into the playoffs? I don't know, but we will see.
Whether the Griz win or lose is good news as far as I'm concerned. This season is over. We need to plan for the future.
What we need to be doing is rooting for the Kings, the Jazz, and the Eastern Conference. I'm hoping we can somehow nab a top 7 lottery pick.
Ask Kobe Bryant how rehiring Phil Jackson worked out for the Lakers.
Las Tortugas or Las Delicias?
Here we go again. Wake up folks, ... election to the SCS (aka the old MCS) school board is nothing more than a popularity contest, ... always was and always will be.
Who becomes a board member has absolutely nothing to do with their skill level. Look at the knuckleheads who have been participating in the food fights for years.
I really don't care that much for the park. That is what is important in this purchase. The value is in the land that the park sits on. Maybe not now, but, sometime in the future, that land will be gold.
Investors and speculators don't invest necessarily in structures, it is the land that they look at.
First off, ... it wasn't done RIGHT. The economics were terribly flawed.
IF the city is going to acquire the asset, it should be at a rock bottom price. The current bag holder is a speculator who thought it would make a real killing by purchasing the bonds at fire sale prices.
They want to pass the bag to Memphis and get out as cheaply as possible. Nothing noble about these critters. What's nice from the city side, is there is not a lot, if any, other prospective purchasers.
There is no other use for the asset, other than as a sports field. Memphis should have someone independent do the homework on analyzing the project to see what number will allow the city to make a reasonable profit if they acquire the park. They should not pay one penny more than that number.
People interested in truly serving well in these capacities do so without regard to pay. Paying their reasonable expenses is just and appropriate. To offer pay beyond that is to actually invite the opposite of what one would want: unsuccessful, unaccomplished people looking for a government check to show up. Mike Ritz is delusional.
Went Saturday and picked up a growler full of High Cotton's Belgian IPA. It was a perfect birthday present for a friend, and I spent less than $15.
Check out The Salvaton Army's stand on their natonal website at:
There is a lot of helpful information here.
AutoZone Park is part of what makes downtown Memphis...downtown Memphis. In my opinion, it is as much a part of the city as the hotel across the street from it and the bridge connecting its home to Arkansas. Was it an overbuild by the Redbirds at its inception - yes. The park could have been just as much of a success at 2/3 the cost, but ask yourself how nice it has been to see something in Memphis done RIGHT, not just done. Could the Forum have been built for less? Sure. Is it an amazing arena befitting a basketball town? Of course! Cities and a large amount of their residents identify with their sports teams and the venues where they play - it's just a fact. Let the Redbirds and AutoZone Park slip away because you don't think the city should be in the business of owning sports parks, and not only are you naive to the way sports venues operate, but you VASTLY underestimate the positive impacts they have on the communities in which they sit.
TO the OTP , majority of those projects were voted on by black elected officials and some of these projects came under a black mayor and a black director who holds three positions ?, this what you get greedy leaders in this city black or white a rip off ,Not one white mayor let someone have three postions and im far from a bigot my freind stop turning things into black and white thats a cop out, Memphis need new leadership instead of the hand pick we got right now , give younger politicans a chance black or white Wharton is a lawyer and never made a good mayor for the county or city , Herenton was ok he did some goood things but fail in job creation ,Ive been in city along time and school system has failed us point blank find ways to educate those who are struggling dont give up and tell us to look at NEw York OTP im in Memphis Tn
Your username is "Wake up Grizz ownership"? Ask Kyrie Irving how rehiring Mike Brown has worked out in Cleveland. Regardless whether you're right (and I think you're only believing the facts you want to believe here), Hollins isn't coming back. That ship has sailed.
This project was doomed from the very start, would it have been smart to make im provements to the old Chick ball park ? it was paid for . Memphis need progressive thinkers when it comes to such large projects , Best move would be like the article said would be to tear it down it will never make millons, i see a nice hotel in that location
In practice, your rights are what the cop in front of you says they are. This is because the police are never disciplined for violating your rights. If you are arrested and later released with no charges filed, or the charges are later dropped, the cop who arrested you is not punished for his or her "error."
This is a noble effort, but I'm pretty sure those sternly worded letters will be placed in the round file as soon as the representatives leave the room.
Worst move ever letting Coach Hollins go for what, this man has a championship ring a hall of famer and hes a proven winner as a player ,coach and he love this city what more can you ask for , The current coach was not ready to take over what more proof do you need than 9 lost games at home getting beat by sorry teams is a embarrassment at home , The owner of this team need to stop being cheap and rehire COACH HOLLINS ! Cleveland did it . Hollins lost Rudy Gay and got nothing in return and won 56 games thats a real coach who can take average plyers in the Western div and go deep in play offs. This year will be a bust with a rookie D league coach who is learning on the job and cheap ownership of the Grizzlies !
@ James Paterson
From your own cited site:
On its webpage, the group claims that "the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation."
Apparently, their compassion for those in need does mean more to them than "perfection." Your's apparently does not.
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