Well that was fun. For a day or two--and some of the results are interesting 'cus I haven't got a clue what some of y'all were thinking. According to the voters--and I thank you all for taking a moment out of your busy busy lives to make another The Monday Poll a shining success--the top five payrolls are: #5--LA Ironmen, #4--Tampa Bay Damage, #3--Russian Legion, #2--Edmonton Impact and--drum roll please, #1--Houston Heat!
Before dissecting the list I think some of the other results are interesting. Clearly many of you were swayed by off season activity. The only factory team in the top 5 is Ironmen but what separates them from say, Infamous (arguably the other major factory team)? Does Dye shell out more than KEE for their factory team? Or is that Ironmen have been in the news a lot lately making moves? And it's not like all the 'Men news has been positive as they've lost players too.
Even so I think, for whatever reason, you guys got it mostly right. After all the question posed was biggest payroll not deepest pockets. (Would you have responded differently?) Or the most expensive team to operate--which might have been the better question. In their heyday Tom Fore of Arsenal was widely reputed to practically throw money at his players--at least some of his high profile players and some of y'all know what's up with Art Chaos's owner who is believed to have deeper pockets than Sergey Leontiev of the RL. Now whether he shells out the cheddar like Sergey is another question. Whatever the truth what better way to waste a few minutes on a winter's day than speculating about the profligate habits of pro owners. (Not that I'm complaining, you understand.)