Shawn, thanks for bringing that to our attention. It's been fixed.
Bob, I think the way we're taught to revere the Constitution is another instance of how the ideology of Manifest Destiny continues to infect our thinking. Like you, I was well into adulthood before I could appreciate that there could be a better governing structure for our nation than the Constitution of 1787.
The decades of struggle to create a more equitable health care system is a clarifying example of this. Consider the "public option," passed by the House of Representatives but killed in the Senate Finance Committee, where chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) personally attended to its demise.
Only in recent years have I come to think there is something wrong with a system that places so much power in the hands of individual senators. As you say elsewhere on the thread, the system is designed "to prevent the national government from acting absent an overwhelming mandate from the public." I might go further and say that sometimes even an overwhelming public mandate isn't sufficient.
On a not-unrelated note, I recently read a review of a book we should probably read: "If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities."
Steven, thanks for the comment. Another practical reason to like the July break: It gives teams time to work on a couple of other revenue streams, namely camps and summer friendlies.
As for Atlanta's lame-duck status in the fall--my hope is that the in-the-works Woosnam Cup will be treated with seriousness by the league. If it's seen as a prestigious piece of silverware, that might help motivate teams in Atlanta's shoes. After all, who doesn't want to "win the double"?
It looks like the RailHawks have a chance to earn the distinction of having the year's best overall record, yet they will miss the post-season. This, of course, is the worst consequence of the split-season format in which the spring and fall winners face each other in the Soccer Bowl.
Your post points to the way the Soccer Bowl is working as intended: A slate of corporate parties, an ESPN3/Deportes webcast and more. If NASL is committed to this championship format, there's a very simple way to honor the best overall team, and that's to present a trophy. It sounds like one of the plans that emerged from a recent supporters meeting with the league is to create just such an award.
Such a shield or cup or trophy for the best overall record should be treated a prestigious piece of silverware, though, not as an off-the-cuff consolation prize. NASL could assist with this by keeping a separate table for the overall season on its website.
wayneuber, here's one story we ran by a gun-owning INDY editor, written by yours truly.
I see that you and I exchanged thoughts in the comments section, so to answer your question and refresh your memory, here's the link.
Glad you've gotten that off your chest, Mr. Greshes. But—not to be pedantic—I don't think you've really straightened out the facts. You've simply offered your own arguments for the superiority of professional baseball over professional basketball, and leavened it with a few insults. Not exactly on point.
Enjoy the World Series, by the way. We may watch some of it, too!
Excellent point, Shocka Kahn. I'll take the "fall" for that as the story's editor. I should have checked the calendar more carefully.
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