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To say I was surprised when I first heard and then read that the New England Patriots had indeed traded their defensive stalwart , Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders. Well, let’s just say that as a die-hard Patriots’ fan , it left me feeling somewhat devastated. As, he’s one of my favorite players on the Patriots’ roster.

Patriots'  coach  Bill  Belichick   listens  to  reporter's  questions  at  the  team's   training  facility  in  Foxborough,  Mass.   The  coach  was   reluctant  to  discuss  the  Richard  Seymour   situation.   Choosing  to   deflect  questions   rather  than  answering  them  directly.     The  player   was   traded  to the  Oakland  Raiders  in  exchange   for  a  first  round  draft  pick  in  2011.   Seymour,  however,  has  yet  to   report   to  the  Raiders   facility . Nor  has  he  been  in  touch  to  communicate with  anyone  within  either  organization.         picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Stephan  Savoia   ............
Patriots' coach Bill Belichick listens to reporter's questions at the team's training facility in Foxborough, Mass. The coach was reluctant to discuss the Richard Seymour situation. Choosing to deflect questions rather than answering them directly. The player was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a first round draft pick in 2011. Seymour, however, has yet to report to the Raiders facility . Nor has he been in touch to communicate with anyone within either organization. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Stephan Savoia ............

And while I don’t deny that the Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is a genius . OK , stop it , those of you who still see him as a cheat ! In the words of Rodney King ‘…..why just can’t we all just get along ?’ It’s over and done with !

Patriots'  quarterback  Tom  Brady  at  the  team's   practice   facility  in  Foxborough,  Mass  ,  on  Wednesday  afternoon.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Stephan  Savoia   ...........................
Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady at the team's practice facility in Foxborough, Mass , on Wednesday afternoon. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Stephan Savoia ...........................

This move , I may well have to question as to the sanity of it all ! There’s no denying that the Patriots are still something of a formidable team. But in terms of sheer leadership on the defensive side of the ball. It was to the likes of Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel , Rodney Harrison and indeed Seymour, who formed the linch-pin for the team , as far as that was concerned. That I for one would’ve thought that the team would be in need of Seymour, his presence but above all his leadership qualities. With Bruschi and Rodney Harrison , now retired . And Vrabel being sent into oblivion to ply his wares with the Kansas City Chiefs. The thought of this team being without Seymour there to helm the defensive line sends shudders down my spine. It was bad enough seeing Tom Brady not being adequately protected by his offensive line in Superbowl XLII . Especially after the injury sustained by then , guard, Stephen Neal . Thereafter, the New York Giants were simply allowed to have their way with the team. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan must’ve felt that Christmas had come early for them.

ESPN’s annoucement that Seymour had been traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and AP :

Belichick remains mum on Seymour trade

Foxborough-MASS,.(AP) Bill Belichick says he’ll deal with any developments in the Richard Seymour trade when they happen.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end hasn’t reported to the Oakland Raiders after being traded by the New England Patriots for a first round draft pick in 2011 .

Asked Wednesday if he was monitoring the situation closely , Belichick said the Patriots are monitoring the Buffalo Bills closely. They play the Bills on Monday night in a season opener.

And when told that Seymour could end up back with the Patriots , the coach said he’ll deal with whatever happens when it happens.

On Monday, Belichick said he wouldn’t answer questions about Seymour because the team doesn’t have the rights to him.

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Patriots'  defensive  lineman   Richard  Seymour   reacts  after   sacking   the  New  York  Jets'   Brett  Favre   in  an  NFL   game  from  last   season  played in  East  Rutherford  ,  New  Jersey  .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Julie  Jacobson   ............................
Patriots' defensive lineman Richard Seymour reacts after sacking the New York Jets' Brett Favre in an NFL game from last season played in East Rutherford , New Jersey . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Julie Jacobson ............................

And now with that debacle seemingly behind the team. We now go into the 2009-10 season , with a fresh set of goals to pursue. And with the AFC East now afresh with new blood and the likes of the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins seemingly resurgent. That’s not to say that I’m writing off the Buffalo Bills. But as we all know ‘absolutely no one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.’ The division is there, and with more than a great deal to play for. We can if anything , still view the New England Patriots as the prohibitive favorites to win the division outright. But to my mind the task of winning the Superbowl itself , just became somewhat more difficult with the loss of Seymour.

Eagles'  quarterback   Donovan McNabb  is  sacked  by  the  Patriots'  Richard  Seymour  (93) and   teammate  Willie McGinest   during  an  NFL   game  .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   boston globe/photo/  Jim  Davis  ........................
Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb is sacked by the Patriots' Richard Seymour (93) and teammate Willie McGinest during an NFL game . picture appears courtesy of boston globe/photo/ Jim Davis ........................

The maneuver by the team may well be viewed as once again them being financially frugal. The player however, was closing in on the end of his current contract. And if anything, was looking for a long term renewal -perhaps raising the ante as to its financial value. It’s certainly not clear as to whether or not there was an impasse as to the negotiations surrounding Seymour’s contract. As neither side had made a public statement. But as we all know with the Patriots, they’ve always remained secretive when it comes to such things. But yet again there’s the feeling that a player is always in the unenviable position of not knowing whether or not he’s of value to franchise. Especially when it comes to the renegotiating of a contract of a seasoned veteran. Loyalty, much like pendulum swings both ways. But with the NFL there is no loyalty beyond the efforts of the player on the field of play. As long he’s performing then he’s bound to get paid. But there are in-fact times when a player is looked upon as being no longer a valuable asset. And then he’s discarded much like a well worn old pair of shoes. They’ll still no doubt fit but they’re no longer desirable to its particular owner. Once discarded there’s always someone there to take a liking to an old pair shoes. In this case it happened to be the Oakland Raiders. Of whom it can be said …..they’ve always been willing to accept everyone else’s cast-offs’.

However, I do believe that this particular maneuver could indeed come back to haunt the New England Patriots. They may well be viewed as a team where there’s always a familial atmosphere , where there’s said to be no voice of dissent. But in actuality this could set off a tumult of discord within the franchise. Belichick may well have that Svengali like approach when it comes to the running of the franchise. And granted , he alongside then GM, Scott Pioli , were the architects behind the renaissance of the franchise and their success. I do believe however, that this time around, Belichick has made a profound mistake with this trade. I don’t even think that the team’s signing of former Raiders’ player, Derrick Burgess – a player, who shall we say, is of limited ability when measured against that of Seymour. But yet within the mindset of Belichick , this seemingly makes things alright , as he views it.

In the case of Seymour despite an injury he was still very passionate about the game. And unquestionably one couldn’t deny the leadership qualities he brought to the franchise. He led by example and his teammates willingly followed. Now with the trade , Seymour has yet to report to the Raiders. And both organizations it’d appear , are at a loss for words. As to what the outcome of this may well be . One can only but take the approach of wait and see. As it now stands there’s a distinct feeling that as things are now playing out. There isn’t liable to be a happy ending for either party.

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There’s no denying that investing one’s money in a sports franchise by way of purchasing a ticket for an event or in the stock market at this moment in time. Well, it’s about as wise , as allowing Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan to indeed drive an automobile with a child in tow. You know for a fact that no actual good can come of it. And at this moment in time the same could very well be said for any investment made in a professional sports franchise.

NASCAR event  at  Richmond  Int'l   Raceway ..........    picture appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/  Richard  Matthews  ..............
NASCAR event at Richmond Int'l Raceway .......... picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Richard Matthews ..............

And that would most definitely count for any one of the major sports governing bodies and their franchises. Be it NASCAR , NHL, NFL, NBA , MLB . And dare I say the MLS ? We can attest to the fact that the country is in an economic downturn. From which not even the many experts are sure of when the tide will no doubt turn. Meanwhile, we’ve seen each of the governing bodies mentioned shed jobs and and in some cases raise general admission prices as well as season ticket prices. And if you should happen to be an erstwhile follower of any of the major sports in question and should happen to be all too willing to put down an extravagant amount for a PSL non-refundable deposit. Then I can only assume that you’re prepared to pay for the privilege of supporting your team live.

Superbowl XLIII MVP  Santonio  Holmes  makes  the  game  winning  TD  reception  denying    Arizona  Cardinals'  safety  Aaron  Francisco  of making  the  defensive  play.   The  Pittsburgh  Steelers   would  go on  to  their   sixth   triumph  in the  Superbowl   played   at   Raymond  James  Stadium ,   Tampa ,  Florida.     picture appesrs courtesy of  ap/photo/ Matt  Slocum  ................
Superbowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes makes the game winning TD reception denying Arizona Cardinals' safety Aaron Francisco of making the defensive play. The Pittsburgh Steelers would go on to their sixth triumph in the Superbowl played at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa , Florida. picture appesrs courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Slocum ................

I’ve got to admit that I’m an avid sport’s fan and my allegiances are to the following teams. In no discerning order they are the San Antonio Spurs , New England Patriots , Florida Marlins and with regard to NASCAR and the NHL . Well , let’s just say you’d be more inclined to see me watching paint dry before taking a complete interest in either of those two sports and that’s despite their popularity.

Erik Aybar  of   the  Los  Angeles   Angels   hits  the  game  winning   rbi  in a  game  played  against  the  Seattle  Mariners  at  Anaheim Stadium  ,  Anaheim  , Ca.,   The  Angels   would   defeat  the  Mariners  3-2 .     picture appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Jacon  de  Golish  ....................
Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels hits the game winning rbi in a game played against the Seattle Mariners at Anaheim Stadium , Anaheim , Ca., The Angels would defeat the Mariners 3-2 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jacon de Golish ....................

It’s been often said that “…..sports is a way for one to get away from it all and enjoy a recreational pursuit with family or friends as the case may be.” And whilst there’s indeed nothing at all wrong with that. We’re now having to become ever more discerning as to our disposable income and where we’re indeed getting value for our money. Long gone are the days where a family of four could attend a major sporting event and spend less than $250-00 , even with the price of admission, parking and concessions. Which I might add that unless you’re a fervent follower of all of the major sports and are prepared to follow your team to the ends of the earth. The cost that one or even a family might spend on traveling several sporting events throughout the year has to be quite substantial.

DC  United  goalkeeper  Josh Wicks  (right) looks  to  secure  the  ball  as  FC  Dallas  striker   David  Ferreira  is  unable to  make  the  attempt  on  goal   in  an  MLS  game  played  in  Frisco ,  Texas  .,      picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/ Mike   Stone  .........
DC United goalkeeper Josh Wicks (right) looks to secure the ball as FC Dallas striker David Ferreira is unable to make the attempt on goal in an MLS game played in Frisco , Texas ., picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mike Stone .........

For myself , being a lone bachelor , albeit , that at times the girlfriend is there in tow. I try and attend as many games as is possible when my team is in town. I reside within the state of Florida, in the central region of the state. So, when it comes to top flight sport’s franchises. The area isn’t necessarily inundated with franchises that meet that particular criteria in terms of premiere sporting entertainment. OK, some of you may well state that there’s the Orlando Magic, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning , as well as the Tampa Bay Rays. Entertainment and true value for money in terms of the on-field product is a stark difference in a number of cases. But I might hazard a guess that there some who may well feel that I’m lucky in that respect. Given the number of professional sports franchises that there are across the country. Value is value , no matter where one might be. But then again so is beauty and isn’t that meant to be in the eye of the beholder ? So accordingly whatever your tastes are you’re supposedly plead your allegiance to a team.

Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton . A PPV event that garnered 1.25m buys. Mayweather defeated Hatton with a TKO.

Attending perhaps no more than 20 sporting events a year . The rest of my time I am quite prepared to either sit within the confines of my home to watch an event. Or in some cases , a number of my buddies and I will find the local sports bar and watch an event. This has now become a ritual for us , primarily on a Saturday night in terms of a PPV (*) event, when it comes to boxing. And then, it has to be a marquee card with premiere talent on display . And the same can be said when it comes the UFC and their MMA bouts.

Now for many of us, I know that in the present economic climate attending a sports event has to be measured against other familial priorities and urgent needs. So much so , that it now becomes not so much of a want but more of a luxury in attending a sports event. At the same time we also have measure the benefits one is said to obtain from that. Whether or not it’s something that can be measured tangibly. As it now stands I’d be hard pressed to say that going to a game would still be of a real benefit. And it’s not just from the standpoint of the economic climate. But I know that in the confines of my own home , alongside friends or family as the case maybe . I can enjoy an event to my heart’s content and judged upon the content , I can switch to another channel if the event in question isn’t to my liking. However , if you’re there at an event live and it isn’t to your liking . The only two choices you’ve invariably got ,are whether or not to stay or to leave ? . And in doing so you’ve then got to question your wisdom in making such an expenditure to begin with.

* NB : Rust ? What Rust ? Click here on the text shown to see my own views on this upcoming event. Should you wish to comment on it , then by all means do so.

On the 19th September Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel-Marquez will meet in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Which will act a precursor for the privilege of meeting Filipino boxer , Manny Pacquiao in a blockbuster bout , possibly later on this year or early, 2010 .