Thursday, 14 April 2011


Of course American sport has a proliferation of trophies but it's fair to say that some are equivalent to Champions Leagues, some to Carling Cups and some to Super cups/World club championships. Let's have a look at our cousins in Kroenke's records.

Colorado Avalanche
Stanley cup winners 2001
Conference Champions 2001
Presidents Trophy 2001
Divisional Champions 2001, 2002, 2003

St Louis Rams
Super bowl XXXIV winners 2000
AFC Champions 2002 

Denver Nuggets
Divisional title 2006, 2009, 2010

Colorado Mammoth
Championship 2006
Divisional Champions 2004, 2006, 2007

Colorado Rapids
MLS Cup winners 2010
Eastern conference champions 2010

A spread of winningness this Century, it's fair to say, so perhaps we are in good company now that Stan has a big interest in Arsenal. Certainly The Rapids and the Nuggets have had recent success while the Avalanche, following success at the early part of the decade are in a trophy less period as are the Rams . The Mammoth seeem consistent albeit in the smaller scale national Lacrosse League

The thing that is worth noting is that Stan has experience in the major sports in America NFL, NBA, NHL and the MLS, he has no stake in the NBL but perhaps this sporting background may be advantageous in terms of his staff and know how. Obviously big spending characters turning up in the English Premier League causes some degree of concern for traditionalists and they are all probably equally dodgy in their own ways ( i will leave those that know much more about these things to discuss this) but i would rather , simplistically, go for the 'lesser evil' of a billionaire with a sports pedigree and let the chips fall where they may.
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