3 for the week: Royals and David Glass, Chiefs and Dwayne Bowe, Mizzou and the SEC
The Kansas City Star
Twitter Tuesday is the place we normally do these things, but I’ve got something even better for tomorrow so we start today off with a bonus food recommendation: the ribeye at Cafe Trio.
Sunday’s column is hot fire about David Glass and his defining moment, and I do hope you’ll read it. Along with the column on opening day about the Royals’ bullbleep TV deal, these are the two most critical issues the Royals have going forward and together — Glass more than the TV deal, ultimately — will determine how this whole thing turns out.
Glass would be unable to defend not extending the payroll to at least the $70 million to $75 million range the Royals were at a few years ago when they were HOPING to be competitive, and my (admittedly perhaps stupid) thought is that he’d be willing to go into the 80s under the right circumstances.
The Royals have all the pieces to build what could be the AL Central’s best team as soon as next season, but they’ll need some flexibility to sign a legit starting pitcher in free agency and/or take on some salary in a trade. That’s up to the man writing the checks.
My feeling is that Glass is certainly in position to risk a financial loss over the next few years that would be more than offset by previous profits, skyrocketing franchise value, and increased revenue from fielding a winner.
The Chiefs and Dwayne Bowe have until 3 p.m. today to work out a long-term deal or else Bowe can only play for the Chiefs under the franchise salary of $9.5 million or so. There are no indications that anything will get done, meaning Bowe and the Chiefs are playing something like a game of chicken — albeit with a safety net on each side.
The Chiefs could franchise Bowe again next year, and for his troubles Bowe is getting enough money to buy this house.
In the end, this may not be as big a deal as it seems today — assuming Bowe plays this year, and the two sides either agree to an extension after the season or Bowe plays another year under the franchise tag.
My feeling is still that unless Bowe is asking for absurd money, the Chiefs need to be 100 percent certain that he’ll play. Because they’re not the only ones with leverage in this negotiation.
Kickoff times for Missouri’s first three games were announced this morning, which includes the SEC opener at home against Georgia. Columbia will be the most jacked (and perhaps most drunk) place in the country at 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 8. That means 51 days until we get our first hint of how Mizzou’s SEC experiment will go.
My feeling is they’ll be around .500 in the league.