Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ownership, and the superbowl

Cry me a river. Stevie Ross told us we *have* to do a public-private partnership to get the superbowl in the future - or we'll be shut out....

I was giving this some thought again today, and I have to admit that a real and true partnership might not be a bad idea.  Though I would still prefer he pay for it himself. Or at least pay back the loans he has. 

If there were some agreement, there has to be some give (and less take) from the Dolphins.  How about a bond that will be repaid by the Dolphins?  And in exchange, some portion of the stadium would be turned over to the public as a kind of collateral.  There has to be something in return for being loaned money - or perhaps a something in return for being given money.

And because its reasonable, it will never happen.

The nonsense proposed this round is just that.  Don't be surprised to see another hand in your wallet soon...

And another thing got me to thinking: H Wayne may have turned out to be a so-so owner...but he was a good citizen in south Florida.  I heard Channing Crowder talking about this today.  H Wayne brought in baseball, and lived here, and wanted the best for the team.  And, more importantly he has been philanthropic throughout our area.  He has done some good.

Compare that with Stephen Ross.  He is "from Miami" but moved away when he went to college, and basically never returned, other than to do business.  He doesn't live here (he's a resident of NY), and he tried to buy a couple of other teams before getting the Dolphins.  Maybe he has a link to Miami, but I believe its about owning A team, rather than THIS team.

And if you check his philanthropy, sure he PLANS to give a sizable fortune to charity.  And that's nice.  But he isn't living that promise now.  And looking into his philanthropy, he has given heavily to his alma mater (Michigan), and to various entities in and around New York.  But has done nothing here.

And here's where this intersects: he wants to enrich himself, and expects tax payers to fund enhancements in the stadium.  And he's essentially giving nothing in return. And in fact, he's not giving anything back to the community at all.  So why should anyone support him?

How about showing some goodwill first?  How about showing that maybe you care in some way about the community that you don't live in? 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Love this -- Manti Te'o girlfriend bobblehead giveaway in minors

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
May 20, 2013 7:35 pm ET

All the way back in January, news broke that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's "girlfriend" Lennay Kekua did not exist. Anyone reading this certainly remembers how much the story exploded. It's old news at this point, but the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League -- an independent league, meaning there is no affiliation with Major League Baseball -- are having "Manti Te'o girlfriend bobblehead giveaway" night this coming Thursday.

Since Ms. Kekua never existed, the giveaway is an empty box with "bobblehead" crossed out. Here you go, via the Florence Freedom official website:

Here are more details, again from the team's official website:
Thursday night's promotions will also include an air guitar contest, a pretend kiss cam, an imaginary food fight, and fans with imaginary friends, girlfriends/boyfriends or spouses are encouraged to sit in section 115, the section furthest down the left field line
The traditional Thursday night promotions will also being going on at the ballpark; including $1 beer, soda and ice cream sandwiches, along with a post-game concert by Folsom.
The Freedom play in UC Medical Center Stadium in Florence, Kentucky, which is less than a half hour drive from Cincinnati and about 88 miles from Louisville.