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Mission Accomplished!

Posted: 2/11/2013 3:01 PM

Mission Accomplished! 


Written by Mes78 just over three weeks ago...

Haslam's actions speak louder than his money, and definitely his words. He stepped down from CEO of Pilot Flying J to focus on the Browns. Randy's personal focus was divided between business, soccer, and the Browns.

Haslam sold the naming rights to raise funds to further making the Browns competitive. Randy, crickets, crickets.

Haslam is currently in the process of stadium improvements to make the gameday experience as enjoyable as other NFL franchises. Randy, not so much.

Haslam immediately bought a home in the area. Randy spent most of his time in NY.

Haslam has taken a leadership role for the organization he owns. Randy hired Holmy to fulfill his duty, so he could finalize his status as the most absentee owner. One step above neglect.

Randy threw money at problems with the organization hoping it would all work out. He couldn't stomach all the responsibilities of being an owner. He went through the motions, at times tried to play the part as much as his personality would allow, and probably agonized over his missteps. Yet, through it all, he could never step up and get his hands dirty and fully embrace his responsibility. At the end, he paid someone else to avoid his position. It was an unfair obligation placed upon him by his father. He never wanted it, but being the good son, being a fan of the team, and a man with no choice, he tried. His heart wasn't in it enough, and so he jumped ship at his first legal opportunity. Hate to break your heart.

Haslam's actions and money say he wants this job. So when Randy and Haslam say similar things or some moves coincide, the perception is overlooking the reality. Jimmy is determined to try and win. Randy would've liked to win to fulfill his obligations.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=149&f=1765& t=11193838&p=3


He came.

He saw.

And with steely determination, he...

hired Banner and Lombardi.

sold stadium naming rights.

pondered stadium improvements, namely a dome.

petitioned the league for friggin' uniform changes.

And lo, on the seventh day, He rested.

The years in the White House weighed heavily on his shoulders.  On his plate?  Only turning back the tide of Communist aggression, the threat of nuclear annihilation, labor strife in the coal and steel industries.  And with a profound sense of purpose satisified, the man  returned to his native Independence and the dry goods store he owned before answering his country's call of duty.  

It would take a committee of men with equal determination to maintain the course this one man so steadily captained for lo, these many... weeks.  But now, his work is done here. 

Mission accomplished.
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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:34 PM

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Well, I guess that changes everything. Or maybe it won't. To say the least, it caught me by surprise.

My first thoughts were that Daddy's little start up gas station company meant too much to Haslam III to leave in the hands of an outsider. Or he wanted to get his ducks in a row, a la Randy Bonaparte, and then get back to his other interest.

Either way, Haslam's future involvement is unclear to me.

It is much clearer to me, though, that it is the Banner-Lombardi show, and maybe it always was - like Gary has stated.

Maybe Haslam is more like Al, then Randy. Maybe this is like 1999 all over again - shotgun marriage, Policy/Banner CEO hire, Lombardi/Clark GM package deal, Palmer/Chud fallback, 2nd choice leftover.

It be pretty cruel to go back to '99.

Truman didn't have a college degree and was a farmer. No shame in that.
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--- Aardvark wrote:

Written by Mes78 just over three weeks ago...

Haslam's actions speak louder than his money, and definitely his words. He stepped down from CEO of Pilot Flying J to focus on the Browns. Randy's personal focus was divided between business, soccer, and the Browns.

Haslam sold the naming rights to raise funds to further making the Browns competitive. Randy, crickets, crickets.

Haslam is currently in the process of stadium improvements to make the gameday experience as enjoyable as other NFL franchises. Randy, not so much.

Haslam immediately bought a home in the area. Randy spent most of his time in NY.

Haslam has taken a leadership role for the organization he owns. Randy hired Holmy to fulfill his duty, so he could finalize his status as the most absentee owner. One step above neglect.

Randy threw money at problems with the organization hoping it would all work out. He couldn't stomach all the responsibilities of being an owner. He went through the motions, at times tried to play the part as much as his personality would allow, and probably agonized over his missteps. Yet, through it all, he could never step up and get his hands dirty and fully embrace his responsibility. At the end, he paid someone else to avoid his position. It was an unfair obligation placed upon him by his father. He never wanted it, but being the good son, being a fan of the team, and a man with no choice, he tried. His heart wasn't in it enough, and so he jumped ship at his first legal opportunity. Hate to break your heart.

Haslam's actions and money say he wants this job. So when Randy and Haslam say similar things or some moves coincide, the perception is overlooking the reality. Jimmy is determined to try and win. Randy would've liked to win to fulfill his obligations.

mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=149&f=1765& t=11193838&p=3


He came.

He saw.

And with steely determination, he...

hired Banner and Lombardi.

sold stadium naming rights.

pondered stadium improvements, namely a dome.

petitioned the league for friggin' uniform changes.

And lo, on the seventh day, He rested.

The years in the White House weighed heavily on his shoulders.  On his plate?  Only turning back the tide of Communist aggression, the threat of nuclear annihilation, labor strife in the coal and steel industries.  And with a profound sense of purpose satisified, the man  returned to his native Independence and the dry goods store he owned before answering his country's call of duty.  

It would take a committee of men with equal determination to maintain the course this one man so steadily captained for lo, these many... weeks.  But now, his work is done here. 

Mission accomplished.

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Last edited 2/12/2013 7:35 PM by mes78

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Posted: 2/14/2013 8:04 AM

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MES:

Maybe Haslam is more like Al, then Randy.

AA:

Let's hope for all our sakes that isn't the case.  Al didn't grow up a Browns fan and wasn't even that much of a football fan.  But he saw an opportunity to ingratiate himself to the community, and redeem himself in their eyes for having greased the skids for Modell's departure.  Once he had the franchise, the effort he put it into it was confined to getting a recommendation or two at an owner's cocktail party, then transferring as much responsbility as possible to the other party.

Randy made the effort, but all those "best practices" and golf lessons still resulted in three figure rounds.

I just bristle when anyone tells me that whatever decision they made-- good or bad--- they made it out of a sense of determination and-- dammit, they just care.  So did Randy, so excuse me if I don't think good intentions counts for a warm bucket of spit.

MES:

Truman didn't have a college degree and was a farmer. No shame in that.

AA:

Harry was the last President to not have a college degree.  He grew up on a farm, but tried to get away from the work before going back to his family farm for most of his 20's, until WWI broke out.  He was best known for his haberdasher shop in Kansas City before entering politics.  Truman was a true American original, the likes we'll never see again.
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Posted: 2/14/2013 7:24 PM

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AA:

Let's hope for all our sakes that isn't the case.  Al didn't grow up a Browns fan and wasn't even that much of a football fan.  But he saw an opportunity to ingratiate himself to the community, and redeem himself in their eyes for having greased the skids for Modell's departure.  Once he had the franchise, the effort he put it into it was confined to getting a recommendation or two at an owner's cocktail party, then transferring as much responsbility as possible to the other party.

Randy made the effort, but all those "best practices" and golf lessons still resulted in three figure rounds.

I just bristle when anyone tells me that whatever decision they made-- good or bad--- they made it out of a sense of determination and-- dammit, they just care.  So did Randy, so excuse me if I don't think good intentions counts for a warm bucket of spit.

MES:

I'm not trying to speak for you, but I feel you and I disagree on "determination" vs. obligation. Doing something intrinsically motivated vs. fulfilling someone else's wishes. Haslam chose this spot, Randy's birth forced him into his circumstance. There is an inherent difference.

Randy's soccer ownership vs. Haslam is a different argument. Randy still owns that team and still investing resources in it from what I understand.

Whether or not it leads to success is another topic, and one I am not interested in predicting.
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AA:

Harry was the last President to not have a college degree.  He grew up on a farm, but tried to get away from the work before going back to his family farm for most of his 20's, until WWI broke out.  He was best known for his haberdasher shop in Kansas City before entering politics.  Truman was a true American original, the likes we'll never see again.

MES:

Harry Truman was a legitimate common man, whose life's story is remarkable. The fact that he had not received a college education, was a product of a dying agrarian society, a WWI Captain, failed businessmen, an honest product of a political machine, and a president that presided over the most important and critical era ever makes him the rarest of rare. I forget why he entered this post, but Al, Randy, Jimmy and/or any other is going to fall short of his life accomplishments.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 8:36 AM

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MES:

I'm not trying to speak for you, but I feel you and I disagree on "determination" vs. obligation. Doing something intrinsically motivated vs. fulfilling someone else's wishes. Haslam chose this spot, Randy's birth forced him into his circumstance. There is an inherent difference.

AA:

No question, and on that we don't disagree.

I think the reason Al drew up the 10 year stipulation was that he wanted his son to carry on the legacy and have his marine flag flying in the northeast corner of the stadium for decades to come.  Knowing that his son had made his fortune elsewhere and bought his own sports franchise, Al wanted him to give the Browns a fair shot, thinking that perhaps once he got in the saddle, he'd be converted.  And if it didn't work out, then he was free to sell after the stipulated time.

It struck me that Randy gave it an honest effort.  Had his father bought another franchise in '99, Randy would have been less inclined.  But this was the team for which he grew up rooting.  So he tried his best, observing successful franchises and trying to implement best practices.  Unfortunately, every avenue he took led to Nowheresville.

Somewhere along the line, I think he figured that he just wasn't cut out for this line of work, and decided to opt out at the stipulated time.  As said before, WHERE along the line he came to that conclusion, I don't know.  But what we don't know is if Randy's intent ALL ALONG was just to be the caretaker and bide his time, or whether he tried to the best owner possible, and saw the handwriting on the wall so far into the trial period.

OTOH Haslam wanted to be an NFL owner in the worst way, and he was in the market for the first team to come up for sale.  In a perfect world, he would have wanted the Titans.  Failing that, well, you can figure what are the most desirous, high profile franchises.  If he had to list every NFL franchise he would want to purchase in order of preference (and money being no object), I don't know that Cleveland would even make his top half. 
But he secured his franchise, and it was his moment in the sun to shine, to say all the right things, and for fans to eat it up like the hogs that go into packages of Tennessee Pride.

But here's the deal on "determination vs. obligation."

It resulted in similar courses of action.

I'm not talking about cosmetic stuff, like naming rights or figuring how to get customers in their seats at kickoff.  I'm talking about an avowed course of action ("building through the draft" and going easy on free agency), hiring some questionable characters, and knowing that neither owner knows nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies, and hired midwives (Holmgren, Banner) to run the football side... while they go back to their first love (soccer, Flying J), and check in periodically.

But one guy was shy and withdrawn, the other loved attention.  One looked like the guy with a laptop at the corner Starbuck's, the other looked like the commanding officer who would brief the Expendables on their next mission.  One talked the talk, the other hardly talked at all.

And given those images, and the fact that one turned out to be a losing owner while the other was without original sin,  everything was viewed through the honeymoon lenses.

So the fact that one spent a truckload of money on a franchise while the other had one handed to him makes no difference in terms of their ability to set the course for a contender.  The new guy gets some slack because he has yet to string double digit losses together.  But if they essentially do the same thing, what got panned before now gets rationalized.
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Posted: 2/15/2013 10:27 AM

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Good points vark.

However there is a big difference between having a franchise handed to you (to be the caretaker or whatever you can make of it) and spending the $$ Haslam did.
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Posted: 2/15/2013 10:53 AM

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LUMPY:

However there is a big difference between having a franchise handed to you (to be the caretaker or whatever you can make of it) and spending the $$ Haslam did.

AA:

In terms of what?   How well they can set the tone for a successful team?

I know, let's ask the Two Dans!  "Paging Mister Rooney, Mister Snyder..."
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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:19 AM

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AA:

No question, and on that we don't disagree.

I think the reason Al drew up the 10 year stipulation was that he wanted his son to carry on the legacy and have his marine flag flying in the northeast corner of the stadium for decades to come.  Knowing that his son had made his fortune elsewhere and bought his own sports franchise, Al wanted him to give the Browns a fair shot, thinking that perhaps once he got in the saddle, he'd be converted.  And if it didn't work out, then he was free to sell after the stipulated time.

MES:

You're theory is as good as anyone else's. I don't care to speculate on Al's intentions. Moreso, how Al's Will dictated Randy Bonaparte's decade of ineptitude.

AA:
It struck me that Randy gave it an honest effort.  Had his father bought another franchise in '99, Randy would have been less inclined.  But this was the team for which he grew up rooting.  So he tried his best, observing successful franchises and trying to implement best practices.  Unfortunately, every avenue he took led to Nowheresville.

MES:

This is the beginning of the Randy Bonaparte love affair myth. Who the hell knows if owning your hometown team has any impact on the effort he gave. That's more of a stretch than my determination claim for which you have beef. You either want to do something intrinsically or you don't. Randy never wanted to own the Browns, otherwise he still would. He wanted to own a soccer team that stands a much more expensive path towards success, one which he did not grow up wearing their team's jammies.

The best practices argument is the holy grail point by Randy lovers as evidence that he tried. That's all well and good, but when you are locked into an obligation for 10+ years and under the Cleveland media microscope, what else is he to do? For all his "trying" to learn from the Kraft's and Roony's he seemed to miss one of their very BEST practices - ownership leadership.

Nope Randy was more focused on finding the structure that would allow him to step out of the picture.

AA:
Somewhere along the line, I think he figured that he just wasn't cut out for this line of work, and decided to opt out at the stipulated time.  As said before, WHERE along the line he came to that conclusion, I don't know.  But what we don't know is if Randy's intent ALL ALONG was just to be the caretaker and bide his time, or whether he tried to the best owner possible, and saw the handwriting on the wall so far into the trial period.

MES:

Not disagreeing, but when viewed through a non-Randy-loving lense a different picture forms. We do know some key elements of this proof - Given: Randy inherited the Browns after Al's Death. Answer: Randy sells team at the first opportunity he was legally allowed to do so (deal was consummated prior to this time).

Other factors of consideration:
Randy still owns the more expensive soccer team. So, either Randy still believes he's "cut out", as you would say to still own a professional franchise OR he WANTS to own a soccer team, while he didn't want to own a football team (hometown or not).

Randy at every opportunity tries to hand the keys of leadership to anyone else so he can vacate his responsibilities of ownership, starting with extending Davis and expanding his power, to the Savage-Collins power struggle, to Mangini's kingdom, to Czar Holmgren.

Then, you factor in these nuggets from a 2008 interview and it becomes apparent that he doesn't really care despite claiming the opposite. He talks about stepping out of the way to let others have the authority and not wanting to live in a delusional bubble when commenting about owning the Browns.

sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3725743

By the time of Holmgren's hire, Randy is no longer hiding the obvious truth, that always existed but finally chose not to conceal it, which is he didn't want to own the Browns. All along the way, his ACTIONS showed a pattern of running away from his responsibilities of leadership.

He can say he cared, he can say he wanted a winner, blah blah blah. Those words are as empty as those portraying Haslam as a sun tanned, southern twang, lier. What Randy left unsaid was way more important - he was obligated to own a team and that forced responsibility was a burden he didn't want.

AA:
OTOH Haslam wanted to be an NFL owner in the worst way, and he was in the market for the first team to come up for sale.  In a perfect world, he would have wanted the Titans.  Failing that, well, you can figure what are the most desirous, high profile franchises.  If he had to list every NFL franchise he would want to purchase in order of preference (and money being no object), I don't know that Cleveland would even make his top half. 
But he secured his franchise, and it was his moment in the sun to shine, to say all the right things, and for fans to eat it up like the hogs that go into packages of Tennessee Pride.

MES:
He again is unrelated fluff. Who the hell knows where the Browns ranked on Haslam's list to own and quite frankly who cares? The bigger point is the first sentence you wrote, " Haslam wanted to be an NFL owner in the worst way, and he was in the market for the first team to come up for sale". Intrinsic motivation is determination. Thank you for defining my whole point.

I'd speculate that the lower the Browns were on his list to own, the more proof that Haslam wants to own a team, is thus more proof of a highly competitive owner, and therefore more determined to achieve his goals (stated as winning). Again, that's my own opinion, and has no basis of fact.

AA:
But here's the deal on "determination vs. obligation."

It resulted in similar courses of action.

I'm not talking about cosmetic stuff, like naming rights or figuring how to get customers in their seats at kickoff.  I'm talking about an avowed course of action ("building through the draft" and going easy on free agency), hiring some questionable characters, and knowing that neither owner knows nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies, and hired midwives (Holmgren, Banner) to run the football side... while they go back to their first love (soccer, Flying J), and check in periodically.

MES:
When the events are inaccurate and presented as fact, that's when agenda pushing and bias become clear. Randy's course of action is not similar to Haslam's. Randy extended Butch, the coach he inherited. Haslam fired the coach he inherited. Randy kept Policy on until May, Haslam replaced Holmgren immediately and fired him when he became a distraction. Randy hiring of RAC was not perceived as questionable, Haslam's hiring of Chud was perceived as a 2nd choice. The process was much more encompassing than any Randy process. Randy bought a soccer team while presiding over the Browns, Haslam vacated his family started company leaving full attention to hiring the FO of the Browns. Randy really didn't know much about birthing babies, Haslam tactfully admits to not knowing, but the truth is he was a minority owner in the NFL, and underneath the Roony family to boot - not a complete novice.

In regards to the "avowed" build through the draft/easy on the draft course of action - it's media speak. I know Nas, and others are convinced it's a slow rebuild declaration, but I'm not so sure that it's nothing more then media-speak, fluff. Yes, it be nice to have some hard-a$$ definitive speech where Haslam states with manly conviction that he's going to exhaust every resource available to win now, but that's a huge media trap. It doesn't make winning any more of a reality to publically state anything. So the generic generalization of building through the draft is the cliche answer that most give when discussing philosophical team building. In other words, what else could he say that would answer that question sufficiently without creating problems? Much ado about nothing.

AA:
But one guy was shy and withdrawn, the other loved attention.  One looked like the guy with a laptop at the corner Starbuck's, the other looked like the commanding officer who would brief the Expendables on their next mission.  One talked the talk, the other hardly talked at all.

And given those images, and the fact that one turned out to be a losing owner while the other was without original sin,  everything was viewed through the honeymoon lenses.

MES:
That might be true for some, but really that's your imposed perception of reality to justify an opinion you've created where others disagree.

Going back to the Truman analogy, eventually even Hirohito had to step in and tell the Japanese people via radio announcement that the end was here. No more cover-ups.

AA:
So the fact that one spent a truckload of money on a franchise while the other had one handed to him makes no difference in terms of their ability to set the course for a contender.  The new guy gets some slack because he has yet to string double digit losses together.  But if they essentially do the same thing, what got panned before now gets rationalized.

MES:
The intrinsic motivation of one vs. the obligatory burden of another is the difference between the two. No slack given to either. Look no farther than your champion Randy, he's still owning the soccer team and fighting the good fight against longer odds in the EPL. I commend his determination. I wish he felt that way about owning the Browns.
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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:24 AM

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Aardvark wrote: LUMPY:

However there is a big difference between having a franchise handed to you (to be the caretaker or whatever you can make of it) and spending the $$ Haslam did.

AA:

In terms of what?   How well they can set the tone for a successful team?

I know, let's ask the Two Dans!  "Paging Mister Rooney, Mister Snyder..."
What I mean is one guy had it handed to him and the other had to buy it.  That's all.
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