No doubt. I agree and disagree with your last two points. I agree that Football is the king and baseball has been around for almost 150 years. I disagree on the athlete part. Soccer players are athletes and I think due to the growth of the game over the last 50 years, soccer is seeing better athletes now.
Red Bull Arena sits 25K which is perfect for a soccer stadium. If the league is averaging 19K, then 20K stadiums should be the starting point. While I understand your point about Yankee Stadium, it is not even the original stadium. Plus, it is not designed for a soccer field.
They play/played in larger stadiums because it was easy for stadium owners to bank money while their stadiums sat empty between football seasons. Red Bulls average 20K. Not exactly empty. MLS wants to have soccer specific stadiums. 14 teams do. Their product looks better in a soccer specific stadium. As you said, NYCFC looks bad when a stadium is half empty event though they have one of the highest averages.
I disagree. MLS had a higher average attendance than the NBA and NHL last year. While teams like Seattle boosted the average, each league has a few teams that pick-up attendance. Your NYCFC example is bad as well. MLS should be played in smaller stadiums. Sporting KC looks packed because Sporting Park is small. If NYCFC was playing in a 27K stadium like they average, it would be a lot more like a soccer environment than in a stadium with 22K empty seats. I get people do not like soccer, but to say it is popular in three places is ignorant. Soccer is here and it is here to stay.
And that gets back to a lot of posts in this thread about his trades. I live in TN and never took seriously people saying the Titans do not need Mariotta because of Mettenberger. He is JAG. Even if they were willing to trade the second pick, Kelly traded all his bests assets away. Kelly the GM undid Kelly the HC.
Genius might be too strong a word, but he is innovative. Belichick visited with him while Kelly was at UNH. A lot of Patriots' offense is based off the framework of the Kelly inspired offense. If anything, his failures in the NFL reinforce that while the game is the same, college and the NFL are worlds apart on how it is run. Kelly will be back in college within a few years, unless he finds a QB to run his system, and tearing it up again.
Really? Did he suck that bad the year before? Using this criteria, Fitz is not undeserving of the honor, but he was not horrible last year. Biggest difference is the D on the other side of the ball supporting him.