"There would be overruns if it were a Cadillac stadium...They may no longer do a Cadillac, but they may do a Buick or Ford." (DC Council Chairwoman Linda Cropp 11/2/05 - Washington Times)
Ah yes, the steadily rising project costs for the new stadium in Southeast. Cropp intimated that because of costs that are overshooting project estimates, the final product for the stadium will be something purely functional, like a Buick or Ford, rather than a tricked out Cadillac. According to the report, Steve Green, director of development in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development said: "It will be a great design and a first-class facility." Green mentioned off the record that the stadium would have no seats. (Washington Times 11/2/05)
- Should the group led by locally-rooted Frederic Malek be considered as the odds on favorite for securing the ownership of the Nationals? That's what Thomas Heath of the Washington Post would have you believe. And in fine DC fashion, the group is not above shooting dirty pool: "Some involved in the sale process quietly suspect the Malek-Zients team of orchestrating media and political attacks against fellow bidders. These include sowing doubt about the reliability of Indianapolis media mogul Jeff Smulyan..." (Washington Post 11/2/05)
- Thom Loverro reports that MLB has asked bidders for the Nationals to considering merging, yet another sign that the process of selling the team is finally, mercifully, nearing its end: "All indications are that the process for selecting an owner is down to its final stages, where a merger or movement of investors from one group to another could take place." (Washington Times 11/1/05)
- Among many other things, Tony Kornheiser hates Jim Bowden. If he had his way, the first order of business for the new owner would be to hire Theo Epstein. Speaking of Bowden, apparently Tony K. isn't the only one: Props to Capitol Punishment for digging up this link to Fire Jim Bowden dot com, which appears to be some sort of preemptive strike by a Dodger fan/Bowden hater.