NOW IT IS ‘SPOS TO HAPPEN IN SEPTEMBER

Owners Again Postpone Decision On RelocationThe Post

I am simply shocked – SHOCKED that baseball owners would delay the Expos decision again. After all this time, adding another month to the waiting game is not going to kill us. I think they figure we will all be too absorbed with football to get upset if it does not go there way.


Dick HellerOwners Again Postpone Decision On RelocationThe Wash. Times

Columnist Dick Heller gives the Remember the Grays movement some more ink.

Tides? GM offers blunt assessment of baseballVirginian-Pilot

The general manager of the AAA Norfolk Tides backs away from remarks he made in the Las Vegas Sun yesterday about Hampton Roads baseball effort, saying “I thought it was off the record.” Uh huh. The story was linked in yesterday’s edition.

A NEW BRONX BALLPARK?

Yankees Propose New Stadium, and Would PayThe Times

My Yankees want to build a new stadium right next to The House That Ruth Built. It is an interesting proposal and keeps them in the borough they belong and not a Turnpike exit, which was threatened for many years. While the plan sounds pretty good, I am still not eager to see the greatest venue for sports in the history of the republic to be replaced. Paying for it themselves also gets them off the hook for a lot of revenue sharing. Also see, today’s follow up story: Bloomberg Says City Will Help the Franchise That Helps Itself.


A FREE SPEECH VICTORY IN PA.

Court reverses alcohol-advertising ban at collegesAP via CDT

While I was an undergraduate at PSU, the Pennsylvania legislature banned alcohol related advertising in college newspapers. They thought they could reduce college alcoholism this way. While it was flattering that they thought newspapers were so influential (they are not), the law was simply asinine. In fact, I wrote a letter to the editor of The Collegian about it, full of the Orwellian imagery I insisted on using for a few years there.


MYRON COPE RECOVERING IN HOSPITAL

Myron Cope getting better after surgery, illnessPost-Gazette

Yinz out to crack open an Arn for the story about Stillers broadcaster Marn (Translation: You ought to have a refreshing Iron City Beer for this article about Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope). The famed Pittsburgh Steelers radio analyst has been laid up with pneumonia following throat surgery. He expects be okay for football season, so everything should be cope-a-setic. Yoi! Also see Teresa Heinz Kerry’s favorite newspaper, the Tribune-Review for more on the story.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Come on guys, let’s move it. Jesus. We need more balloons. I want all balloons to go. (Expletive). Go confetti. Go confetti. There’s not enough coming down. All balloons. Why the hell is nothing falling? What the (expletive) are you guys doing up there?

Don Mischer, DNC Executive Producer

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WHAT DOES TOM KNOTT REALLY THINK?

TOM KNOTT: Evil stalks area’s quest for baseballThe Wash. Times

Wow. Not even I have come out and called Peter Angelo$ evil. In this column he is compared to Jason of the Friday the 13th movies. I have to wonder though, if he is more like Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Not having seen either of the two, I do not know. Anybody have an opinion on this one?


Baseball: Hal BodleyUSA Today

USA Today baseball scribe Hal Bodley was in chat today and I got a question in:
Arlington, VA: How strong a case do you think D.C. baseball needs to make to convince owners that it is in MLB’s best interest to award the Expos to them? It seems to me that a D.C. team would make more money than a Loudoun County team since it would be accessible to many more people. Do you expect the owners to be convinced that outweighs the concerns of Angelos?

Hal Bodley: No. My guess is Loudoun County is No. 1 on the list because putting the Expos there is a compromise for Angelos. Like it or not, Commissioner Bud Selig doesn’t want to get into a battle with Angelos. Selig has a lot of problems with weakening the Orioles by putting a team in Washington. Believe it or not, that’s the way he feels. He’ll probably try to convince Angelos the site near Dulles is far enough away. But, as we know, the Expos will have to play in RFK for three years…..

Discouraging, I have a bad feeling he will be correct. He later says that the owners are split on D.C. of Loudoun. Bodley also thinks the announcement will be made in late August in the city (or um, county) that wins the bid.


In another chat, Potomac Confidential, The Post’s Marc Fisher really nails Peter Angelo$ to the wall for his “no baseball fans in D.C.” comment. It is about half way through the chat; the rest is mostly about Metro arresting someone for eating a candy bar.

Major pain at Triple-A Las Vegas Sun

While their cities flirt with big-league baseball, three minor-league franchises are stuck in limbo

Officials from AAA teams in Vegas, Portland, and Norfolk think their markets are getting played by MLB to raise the sticker price for BeltwayLand. Some of them even come out and say that their cities cannot support a major league team.

ONLY 36 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Paterno honored by ESPN panelYDR

Two “official” national championships, another 12-0 season, along with a couple of #2′s and #3′s makes a decent case. I would have figured Bobby Bowden or Tom Osbourne, but thankfully, the ESPN panel saw “the truth.”


Zemaitis included on Thorpe Award watch listThe Collegian

Unlike Zack Mills and the Davey O’brien Award, Alan Zemaitis has a pretty good shot at least being a semi-finalist for this post-season honor.


STAND ON THE RIGHT

John Kelly’s WashingtonStand Right While Reading This ColumnThe Post

Reader suggestions on how to get tourists to stand to the right on Metro escalators; truly a public service. Oh and it is not just tourists, let’s be fair.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

I’m not a member of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat!

- Will Rogers
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10,000 DAYS OLD

On his recent visit, the WWN Ombudsman recounted that another friend had recently celebrated a 10,000 day old “birthday” party. Finding that a curious idea, I decided to find out when I would be 10,000 days old. Sure enough, it that time has come, merely ten days after Cliff’s visit. You can find out when you will be (or were) 10,000 days old by visiting this page on timeanddate.com.


EXPOS SPECULATION

Baseball in Loudoun Raises No CheersThe Post

Fairfax County supervisors are ambivalent about a Loudoun (or D.C. for that matter) baseball team. I wonder if that makes a difference in the end.


RFK Stadium going out in style?The Wash. Times

Whether the Expos move here or not, 43 year old RFK Stadium’s days are coming to a close. It is losing money since it gets little more than soccer and HFStival.

Dulles Takes Lead For MLB? Debate Over Loudoun Stadium Benefits ContinuesLeesburg Today

This headline is not too great, since most of the article talks about tax revenues that may or not occur from a Loudoun ballpark.

Drama winds into final weeks Las Vegas Sun

The paper of record in Las Vegas downplays reports of BeltwayLand getting the Expos, while describing the plans for baseball there. They also quote a few people, including UNLV head football coach John Robinson, wondering if Vegas would support a team.

Young duo work toward franchiseVirginian-Pilot

It turns out that the young duo (younger than me, I think) trying to lure the Expos to Norfolk may not be as accomplished as they have made themselves out to be and they still have not revealed their mystery investor. Very interesting, wouldn’t you say?

ONLY 37 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Pitt coach: PSU dodging rematchThe Collegian

For whatever reason, The Collegian sent a beat writer to the Big East media day. Pitt’s embattled head coach, Walt Harris thinks Joe Paterno is afraid of playing Pitt because they would be competitive. JoePa says that Penn State wants to play all over the country instead. Who knows, when the season expands to 12 games (it will) perhaps the two will become regular opponents again. I could live with that, but then again, I am doing okay not playing Pitt now. There are also quotes from a Boston College player (“classy fans”) and a Temple player (“start MRob”).


BEANO WATCH

You know, yesterday morning, I was wondering what Carroll H. Cook (’54 Pitt) has been up to this summer. I even looked to see if he would be stopping by ESPN.com’s chat. Well, no luck then, but I come home to find that he did stop by and have a few things to say. As always, brace yourself:

Ken (TAMPA, FL): If Penn State has another down year, does Paterno call it quits?

Beano Cook: No. In my opinion he will be there for 2005. I think they will win 7-8 games. They are in the Big Ten!!! Not the SEC or Big 12. They have a chance to have a good year. I predict at leat 7 wins.

Beano Cook: But I have to be honest, I said the same thing last year.

He sure did and we know how that worked out. Nooooooooooooooooooo!

DR – Louisville: Beano, why the bad mouthing of the Big Ten? Are the teams in the conference lacking that much talent this year, or will the Big Ten never match up to any of the other conferences?

Beano Cook: It’s the SEC and Big 12 getting better athletes than the Big Ten teams. Now you have to say the ACC is stronger. I’m not bad mouthing, it’s just my opinion. If this was 40 years ago, I’d say by far the Big Ten was the best conf. But that’s no longer the case. Believe me. It’s not personal. It’s business, as they said in The Godfather. My favorite stadium is at Ohio State. I love the Michigan helmets. The fans at Wisconsin are as good as anywhere in the country. I love Joe Paterno’s white socks.

Hmm, perhaps the Beano curse can be reversed if JoePa goes with BLACK socks.

You can read the whole chat here. – ESPN.com


BOB EDWARDS TO XM RADIO

Former NPR Host Bob Edwards To Be XM’s New Morning StarThe Post

Well, it does not look like my fanciful idea of Bob Edwards becoming the voice of a new Washington Senators team will come to pass, and not just because we do not know if the Expos are moving to D.C. After building one radio network, I think Bob is about to build another — XM. He is walking away from NPR, a sensible decision given the way he was treated. I would expect XM subscriptions to rise, while NPR donations will fall. I doubt I will give NPR any money for a good long time after this stupid stunt. Also, NPR announced he was heading to XM before XM did. Perhaps one last indignity from his former employer or maybe he tipped them off. In the end, it is good to see Bob doing what is good for Bob. Also, the Quote of the Day is dedicated to Jay Kernis, the man who canned Bob and will have to live that down for the rest of his life. Once the next pledge drive comes along and NPR sees less member giving, he will be out.NPR Spin.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is: “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” But, only slightly less well known is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian, when death is on the line!”

- Wallace Shawn as Vizzini in The Princess Bride
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A FRIEND TO D.C. BASEBALL

Tom FriendAngelos hitting below the beltwayESPN.com

ESPN.com Tom Friend attacks Peter Angelo$ and Baltimore in a column that may accurately describe how many Washingtonians are feeling about the current baseball situation. He rationalizes D.C. being full of good fans with bad teams and Baltimore being full of bad fans with good teams. Personally, I have nothing against Baltimore, just Angelo$.


Washington puts up a strong fight for ExposMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

An excellent review of attempts to return baseball to the Nation’s Capitol from Bud Selig’s old “paper of record.”

Marc Fisher: Of Shaved Ice, Barking Dogs And Baseball The Post
In his pathetic quest to stop baseball from moving the Montreal Expos to the District or Loudoun County, Angelos went on Baltimore radio station WBAL-AM and pronounced that “there are no real baseball fans in D.C.”

If that’s the case, then we’re good to go. The Orioles owner can’t claim damage to his business if a place that has no potential customers is removed from his customer base.

It seems to me that in his desperation, Peter Angelo$ is going to alienate so many people from the Washington area that many of them will not feel like giving him money or watching his team on TV if he prevails.


STRONG BAD E-MAIL

This week’s installment was pretty good.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

We all look forward with great pleasure to four years of wonderful, inspiring speeches, full of wit, poetry, music, love and affection — plus more goddamned nonsense.

David Brinkley
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ANOTHER BALTIMOREAN OF THE YEAR

There are apparently two Expos articles in the The Wash. Times today, but I am getting a connection failure when I try to get onto the site. Look for them to appear here after 4:30 this afternoon. In the meantime, there were a lot of stories published yesterday.


ANOTHER BALTIMOREAN OF THE YEAR

Angelos makes case against Expos becoming Orioles’ neighborKC Star

Baltimore must be playing the Royals this weekend because the Kansas City Star is running a D.C. baseball story. Unfortunately, it gives the last word to Peter Angelo$, but it is not without highlights:

“It would probably hurt the Orioles some, sure,” Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson said. “But Washington, D.C., deserves a team.”

Congratulations, Brooks you have just joined Mayor O’Malley as NetworkYurasko Co-Baltimorean of the Year.


MORE SUNDAY ‘SPOS NEWS

Washington’s Major League DivideThe Post

A long article looking at the rivalry between D.C. and Loudoun groups vying for the Expos. Pros and cons of each are presented. I remain convinced that the best way to go is D.C.


Letter to the EditorIn a Bargaining Position On BaseballThe Post

A bi-partisan pair of D.C. council members come out against a publicly financed D.C. stadium.

Youth Is Being Served, but Far Too QuicklyThe Post

This week’s George Solomon column is mostly about Freddy Adu, but in the second part (scroll down) he starts referring to the Montreal National League ballclub as “our Expos.” Hopefully, he is right…

Dan RodricksD.C. baseball backer hacks away at Baltimore worryThe Sun

Columnist Dan Rodricks interviews Paul Dickson, author of “The Hidden Language of Baseball: How Signs and Sign Stealing Have Influenced the Course of the National Past Time,” about D.C. baseball. Dickson lives in Montgomery County, which is probably the most crucial area for the relocation. If the team goes to Loudoun, Montgomery County loses out the most, since they will be an hour away from two MLB teams.

Critical mass for baseball?The Free Lance-Star

I think this article in Fredericksburg’s paper of record hits it on the head saying that we have reached “critical mass” for moving the Expos. Tea leaves are once again mentioned too.

Donnie JohnstonBringing Expos to Virginia would drive away gloomThe Free Lance-Star

A columnist is hoping and hoping for a Loudoun County team, but fears that lawsuits will immediately spring up.

ONLY 54 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

I love summer as much as anyone, but having Penn State football to look forward to certainly takes away the sting of shorter days and cooler weather that arrives in September.


Ron BrackenPreseason prognosticators forecasting big year for MountaineersCDT

Longtime chronicler of Penn State football, Ron Bracken looks at the high pre-season rankings for West Virginia and laments that they do not play Penn State and joins the chorus criticizing the Lions being in the Big11Ten. He is right that they should play each other again, but I am not sure I would be willing to travel to Morgantown. They are animals over there.

Regardless of your politics, it says volumes about Joe Paterno that he was chosen to introduce President Bush at campaign events (YDR) over the last few days. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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BALTIMOREAN OF THE YEAR

By once again stating that he is in favor of a D.C. baseball team (The Wash. Times), Mayor Martin O’Malley has shown that he is deserving of the first annual NetworkYurasko Baltimorean of the Year award. Congratulations, Mr. Mayor.

The mudslinging between the two local camps is also discussed. I have to take issue with the talk of the Loudoun County park being only 21 miles from D.C. That may be true via helicopter, but via car, it is no less than 25 from the Potomac River, though it is not 35 or 40 like D.C. Mayor, Tony Williams said.


O’Malley’s comment draws Angelos’ ireThe Sun

Peter Angelo$ was apparently not happy with what hizzoner had to say about D.C. baseball.

Expos’ Relocation Progressing SlowlyThe Post

You know, I had not noticed it was moving slowly. What about you?

Nobody’s conceding anythingUSA Today

Most interesting about this article was that Bill Collins of the Loudoun group was optimistic, but Fred Malek of the D.C. group had no comment. Could this be trouble for the preferred D.C. bid?

MLB studying Expos futureMLB.com

Official Major League Baseball reporting on the Expos situation. Naturally, Bud Selig denies that a decision has been made.

Vegas’ stock on the rise?Las Vegas Sun

While it would be an incredible act of hypocrisy and go against long standing principals, we must treat the Vegas effort seriously since it is for the very reasons that I mentioned I fear baseball will give them the Expos because the sport often does the exactly wrong and contradictory thing.

SEARCH WIDGETAs part of the ongoing effort to improve this site, I have added a search feature to the Archives feature on the top right. You can search Yurasko.net or the Web with custom branding. I need to tweak the look a bit, which may be a bit difficult since the feature is apparently no longer provided. Enjoy.

8 P.M. KICK IN BEANTOWNPress ReleaseKickoff Time Set For Penn State Football Game at Boston College; Clash To Be Televised by ABC GoPSUsports.com

Great news, whether you are watching the game on TV or going to it. This gives us a whole extra day to explore Boston. Sweet!

BEANO

Carroll H. Cook (Pitt ’54) back for another offseason chat. Shockingly enough, the first question was about our favorite football program.

Kev Crestview, FL: Beano, there’s been a lot of nay-sayers concerning JoePa. We’ve all heard it. He says he’d like to have one more great team. Does PSU’s recent recruiting and relatively young team make it a possibility that Joe will have that last great team in the next 4 years?

Beano Cook: (3:05 PM ET ) My feeling is that it could be longer than four years. No one has said Joe will retire after this contract. If he can coach till his 90 he will. With a great coach like Paterno, you can never say never. Also the Big Ten isn’t what it once was and the SEC is much tougher. Paterno may win seven games or more this year.

I guess, we are going to lose seven games. :(

You can read his whole chat on ESPN.com. Beano is also reported to have called for Pitt coach Walt Harris to be fired (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).

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