I admit, I was probably one of the first people dubbed by Ted Mondale's announcement of a "stadium deal." However, I got some great insight into this mess over the weekend when I had lunch with some of my old political buddies/connections down at the state Capitol from my lobbying days at our version of the Parliment of Whores. (If you read PJ O'Rourke, you will know what I am talking about.)
1. Mondale and the Gov. never really consulted legislative leaders on this deal. I think that they kind of forgot how things work in a republican form of government. (Note this is small "r" republican.)
2. The Arden Hills site is still very much alive. The real test will be political manuvering as gambling is a big issue. Gambling seems to be the big sticking point. That is why I think it is so cool the Stars are having an event up at Running Aces, or whatever it is called. Sign me up as I have no clue what to do if it does not involve dice.
3. There is a lot of question over whether soccer could fit into the plans for a new football stadium. Rumor has it that Zigi really is not interested in soccer but will let the "s" word slip out every once in a while to keep people interested.
4. The "soccer" field Mondale was talking about is really something like a "national mall" type concept, except on a much smaller scale. A few U9 and 10 teams would think it would be a great deal. JW7 can testify to this one--you really do not play much soccer on the National Mall in DC as the turf sucks. I think the federal government right now is doing some big time up keep on the Mall.
At any rate, I just wanted to add to the discussion. Okay Haters, time to lay into me and call for Dan to close this thread for someone injecting politics into the discussion. Before you do, please keep in mind that it will take politicians to get MLS into MN.
Edited by Soccer Boy (02/20/12 01:07 PM)
"If you're in the penalty area and don't know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later." Bob Paisley, former Liverpool manager