Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Expansion Whines Don't Age Well

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Expansion Whines Don't Age Well

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'Tis the season to be whiney . . . waaaa, waaaa, waaaa,

waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa.

To wit:

Brigham Young fans are literally torching tortilla chips and

whining about being left out of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Dennis Rodman is whining -- profanely, of course -- about NBA

referees.

about the late hits.

Waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa.

And now this: In NFL front offices around the league, personnel

directors and general managers are once again whining about

expansion teams getting too good too fast.

With the Carolina Panthers atop their division and already in

the playoffs and the Jacksonville Jaguars seriously vying for a

wild-card spot, the most popular song lyric among established

NFL types is . . . "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to."

"A person should crawl before they walk," squawks Green Bay

Packers General Manager Ron Wolf of the baby Frankenstein

franchises the NFL has created. "They didn't even have to walk.

"They're strutting. It's like playing a game of cards. We got

40 in our deck and they got 52. It's supposed to be the other

way around."

Waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa.

Is it just me, or does Wolf sound eerily like a 3-year-old who

is jealous of all the attention mommy's giving to new baby? If

it was up to Wolf and some of his establishment buddies, they'd

have the Jaguars and Panthers endure decades of despair before

becoming competitive sometime around 2015 -- or about the time

Toys R Us fills all its Tickle Me Elmo back orders.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Wolf and his pals don't have

a gripe. You have to admit it's starting to look more and more

like the NFL has created a couple of twin terrors with its

generous "stocking" plan that allowed the prodigal expansion

teams to become contenders almost immediately.

The stocking plan included an allocation draft that allowed the

two teams to select from a pool of 168 veterans. It gave them

full access to unrestricted free agents and allowed them to

start from scratch in the salary cap. …

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