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Thanks, Jesse. Time and space didn't permit an analysis of each team's possible additional factors. Certainly those two mid-Sat. afternoon start times haven't helped (I noticed that on the schedule), plus the move from downtown to Blaine affected attendance figures both last and this year. That said, Minnesota's ebb mirrors the trend line seen throughout the league (other than Edmonton).
Right - and the results sounds as I described.
This comment from Albert Colone was sent to me by e-mail on Friday with a request that I post it "wherever it suits":
Neil, Hopefully your well-researched and well-written piece on the soccer hall will lead to renewed interest in reestablishing a living, breathing national historic center for the sport.
Failure to believe in a Hall and America's soccer heritage is failure to believe in the sport itself. Rather than America being seen as one of soccer's [Association Football's] founding nations, soccer in America is seen as the other guy's sport. That condition dramatically restrains the sport's overall public popularity and growth. Sadly, way too many within the sport here in the US are in that category of non-believers!
Without assessing the pros and cons of the Triangle versus other possible sites, the key issue with any location is sustained financing. There's no lack of eager and willing towns with available real property for a new HOF, but they must also have a viable model for traffic and funding. And, of course, US Soccer must decide they're ready to go down this road again.
And great pics, Rob. I'll defer to you on Shriver's positioning since you were in a better place to see down the line - the broadcast view is inconclusive, but it was close.
Per the piece you link, Burke was known to be gay to his teammates and friends, but he didn't come out to the general public until after his baseball career ended. There are many athletes whose homosexuality is well known within sporting circles but not the public at large. Uh...that's not "openly gay."
That remains to be seen. My understanding is that Rutkiewicz finally arrived in Cary this weekend (5/12). I know Clarke is high on his arrival. However, James and Hamilton have been an effective pairing in the back. That said, with James' injury issues and Hamilton's aggressive demeanor, the RailHawks can't have enough depth at CB.
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