So, apparently the fascination with the Yankees payroll crosses over a variety of sports lines. In one of the more bizarre pseudo-rips of the Yankees free-spending ways (and Brian Cashman), Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti – yup, an NFL owner – said this at a press conference today (tip of the hat to good friend Peter Schmuck at the Baltimore Sun):
“It certainly doesn’t show up in the standings,” Bisciotti said. “If I’m a Yankees fan, I’m upset we’re not winning 130 games with the roster that they have and the money that they pay out. I think it’s a disgrace they only beat the average team by 10 games in the standings with three times the money. I’d fire that GM. You don’t need a GM. All you have to do is buy the last Cy Young Award winner every year.”
Obviously Bisciotti is a fan of the NFL’s salary cap structure, but the strange thing about this quote is that it could actually be taken as an argument against salary caps. After all, if allowing a team to spend whatever it wants doesn’t guarantee 130 wins and a title every year – as Bisciotti points out – than what’s the point of having one at all?
Either way, doesn’t Bisciotti have, like, bigger things to worry about? You know, like the NFL possibly shutting down?