It only took one day for the doomsayers to eject small time thinking and predict failure for the vision of Mayor Dixon over the new proposed arena. Last year when I talked to Commissioner Stern he could not have been more negative about the possibilities for expansion but in light of the moving of the Seattle franchise to Oklahoma City, even Stern realizes a franchise could move at any time!!! When the project is finished, Baltimore will be sitting waiting for an anxious owner to jump on the benefits of a publicly funded arena.There is no doubt in my mind that a NBA team could flourish here. Would the Wizards be smart enough to placate the market and give Baltimore 6-8 home games to try to control the market. The Redskins failed to include a heartbroken Baltimore and the Orioles never offered to play any games in DC, so will the Wizards not learn from the past–probably. Time will tell.
The Olympic team demolished Canada in an exhibition last night, proving nothing. In fact I am not sure what the whole process does prove. What I do see is a disturbing trend of European basketball stealing mid level players by paying more for their talents. Example: Josh Childress signed a 3 year 30 million dollar deal to play ball in Europe as the Hawks were only able to offer 15 million.The raid is starting.
The Orioles fell to 48-54 dropping a close game to the Angels 6-5 despite Kevin Millar’s 2 Hrs. Perhaps he will be the 3rd Oriole to be traded next week along with Huff and Sherrill.
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