Friday, June 25, 2010
Probably the biggest complaint the Marlins had about JRS was that it didn't have a roof. (To be fair, we know that the contract was bad, and that was a bigger issue - having their own stadium means more money!)
The Marlins convinced the bankrupt (morally and financially) city of Miami to build them a new stadium with a retractable roof.
And then the NFL told the Dolphins they needed a roof to attract future SuperBowls. This week, the Phins and host committee started planning their "assault" on Tallahassee to get the state (meaning you and me) to pay for it.
So, in the end, JRS will have a roof. And the Marlins will have their own ballpark. All at our expense.
Isn't big-time sports wondermous?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"Well, honesty and integrity is an important part of our character, my character," Saban tells the magazine. "Those are words that we use all the time. I think that in an effort to protect our team at Miami — because I had not talked to Alabama and did not talk to them until the season ended — I express that (character is important) to (Alabama) through my agent and said it was up to them whether they wanted to wait and that I would not make any promises. I would talk to them then, [and] I would only reassess my circumstances and our situation as a family at the end of the year.
"But I kept getting asked about this over and over and over, and in trying to defuse the interest and leave the focus on our team in Miami (long pause) . . . I had a responsibility and obligation to the players on that team, the coaches on the staff, and I didn't want that to be the focus of attention.
"So would I manage it differently? Absolutely. I would still have the same integrity for our team, but I just would not answer any questions relative to Alabama. . . . I do apologize for any professional mishandling that might have occurred."
So, from now on, when I'm at JRS, I am going to tell everyone that I'm going to "hit the Saban" when I go to the loo.