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  1. BTW, right concept wrong movie. It is a Fierce Creatures. Key cast members were the same including Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Jaimie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin. It is that film has the cheesy sponsorships for the zoo, It did have Carey Lovell. The other picture is Carey Lovell and Cleese's daughter. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119115/mediaviewer/rm3196870144 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119115/mediaviewer/rm1384930816 .
  2. The real estate bubble in Florida and A Fish called Wand movie a was the Glazers way of making Manchester United. A Fish called Wanda?? The Glazers sold the Manchester United name sponsorships just like the character of Kevin Kline sold advertising sponsoring the zoo. They realized the Man U name was under sold from a marketing aspect. They used a combination of the cash they were making with the Bucs and the hundreds of millions from increased sponsorship sales. Instead of cheesy signs on the animal cages in the Fish called Wanda movie, they were selling naming and sponsorship rights of Manchester United. Unlike the NFL, there is no territorial rights limit of 75 miles. They had a worldwide soccer team they could market almost anywhere. Did the Bucs suffer as a result? Yes not as much as you would think. The money they were taking away from the Bucs was peanuts compared to the sponsorships. The Bucs revenue was a reserve which they likely used during the Great Recession in 2008-2010. It probably led to Gruden's firing in 2008 and the rebuild with Morris in 2009. I think they would have preferred the 2007 season as a model of winning the division and making the playoffs with a home game. After 2008 season's narrow miss, they went for the full rebuild. They were hoping for a 2005 and 2007 run on the cheap but still make the playoffs with a home playoff game. This rebuild approach never succeeded. By 2012 and full worldwide economic recovery, the Bucs were not needed any more as a revenue back stop. I think the Bucs would like to win but the Glazers under the Glazer off spring only know how to make money rather than win.
  3. This was Joel Glazer's baby although Malcolm was probably involved in the lreeraged buyout. The Glazers do not have the wealth of many of the NFL owners, the oil rich states, and the world wide wealth of the big money in the Orient, the Bezos and billionaires like Bloomberg or Buffet. They bought Manchester U with a fraction of their own money and basically financed the deal with debt that was at a credit card rate. The people who financed the Glazers deal made a fortune. The Glazers still have 630 million pounds or Euros of debt but the book value if 3.7 billion pounds or Euros. They won't sell for less than 5 billion and may demand 7 billion. They have preferred shares that give 78% of the team.stock. Their is no chance of a hostile take over without make them incredibly wealthy. It was an insane and genius way to finance the deal that ironically occurred in an economy far more regulated than the United States. Someone with more money could have done this easily without crazy financing and would have made even more money than the Glazers.
  4. We call them stupid assholes and every other name in the book but they know how to make money. Despite all the early high interest financing and leveraging they did to acquire the team, they made a shitload of money. Even though I suspect the money they did not spend from 2006 to 2010 on the Buccaneers helped with the high interest debt, they essentially leveraged the future of the Manchester United club. They sold a lot of corporate sponsorships and bunch of side deals that the debt is not really a problem. They are not selling Manchester United unless you paid Billions above the value and they may not sell even then. The price they would sell it for would have to be done by a nation state with oil like Saudi Arabia or Jeff Bezos. No one else would have the capital. The only good news which I am not sure is good news ifs they are starting to focus on increasing the value of the Bucs franchise. All the moves in the offseason indicate. It could be a blessing and a curse. The article is in the Athletic. I subscribe to it.
  5. NFL Network is running the America's Game 2002 Super Bowl Year at 2 a.m Eastern time and 1 a.m where I live in the CST.
  6. I had to trade my in old vehicle. The newer vehicle comes Sirius Satellite Radio. Today they are replaying the Buccaneers vs the Colts on Monday Night Football in 2003. Of all the terrible games to repeat, they choose that one.
  7. That is today's forecast on ESPN.
  8. It does look like the Jets. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001113551/article/jets-showing-interest-in-freeagent-cb-logan-ryan
  9. He is not going to get a one year deal for 10 million. Teams might pay a him a little more if they can spread the cap hit over two years or a real bad team with plenty of cap space.
  10. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29160995/logan-ryan-says-titans-never-really-tried-bring-back Ryan played an integral role for last year's team that made a surprising postseason run to the AFC Championship Game. His stat line last season was highlighted by 4.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. Ryan joined Adrian Wilson (Cardinals, 2006) and Thomas Davis (Panthers, 2015) as the only players since 2000 to record at least 4 sacks, 4 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in a season.
  11. https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2020/05/10/don-shula-and-beli-cheat-it-wouldve-become-increasingly-uncomfortable-column/ Beli-cheat?” Shula said then. I was surprised. “Did you say, ‘Beli-cheat?’ “Yeah, it’s Beli-cheat,” he said. He constantly used that pejorative in his later years. Is it fair to Belichick’s full timeline? That’s a legitimate question. Is it right to quote an aging coach, as some inside the Dolphins asked, who wouldn’t let that idea escape his notorious filter in younger years?
  12. The NFL's new contract in 2022 will allow Monday Night Football to go back on ABC if the network decides to go that route. It is the current plan but ABC would like a better broadcasting crew if it goes back to that route. It was odd but I was stoked when my Owls of FAU had their Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl game with SMU was on Saturday on the ABC network. It helped that they won 52-28.
  13. They are not all old forks in meat packing plants and prisons which like nursing homes are a good place to transmit the virus. Ironically being forced in crowded precincts in Wisconsin or going to a No shutdown rally without masks and social distancing is a good way to spread it as well.
  14. https://www.buccaneers.com/news/nfl-schedule-2020-bucs-tickets-information 2 Sunday Night Games, 2 Monday Night games and one Thursday night and several features games on Fox's Game of the Week doubleheader..
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