Thursday, June 17, 2010

THE FENCE












The "fence" that the Suttle administration has erected around College World Series Headquarters has created lots of questions, angst and rumors.
First of all, the questions:
  • Why would the Suttle administration put up such a fence in the very last year of the CWS at Rosenblatt stadium?

  • What is the purpose of the fence?

  • Why must tents and the parking lot be cleared every day?

Then the angst:

  • Why punish fans (many from out of town) who've never created any problems in the past by these new regulations?

  • Why build a fortress around the stadium?

  • What has changed from past years that necessitates this?

The Rumors:

  • Is Nobel Laureate Prince of Peace President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack "Barry Soetoro" Hussein Obama coming to Omaha to throw out the first pitch?

  • Is George W. Bush coming for an encore performance to throw out the first pitch?

  • Is the fence and property being prepared as appropriate incarceration or just a temporary home and potential holding facility for the illegals that will no doubt find themselves persona non grata in Fremont after next Monday's vote?

Well we are not sure what the real reason is for this unsightly inconvenience. It certainly makes no sense to erect such an enclosure just because it's the last year of Rosenblatt and the CWS. We rather doubt that CWS attendees will bring sufficient tools (given the entry inspections) to unscrew their seats and walk out with them. Given Omaha's bleak financial situation, one would also assume that Omaha's incompetent mayor could find better ways to spend the city's paucity of funds than by erecting such an enclosure. Of course, this is the same decision maker that hires folks at 20% to 80% more than their predecessors and signs illegal leases for $50,000 SUVs so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

We have talked with a number of folks who think something is up and we certainly hope it is more than just a hair brained idea of the administration. Some really believe the president is going to drop in to throw out the first pitch. We're told that the management of the stadium is not happy that some "unwanted visitor" may appear. We're told that U.S. Secret Service folks are in town. We're told that in a CWS golf tournament on Thursday Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen was called away without reason from the game. We're told that Jack Diesing missed the same golf outing so he could go back to Indianapolis to meet a new boss. We're told that astronaut Clayton Anderson wanted to throw out the first pitch on Saturday using the baseball he carried into space and that he was told that he should be at Rosenblatt but that it couldn't be confirmed that he would have such an honor until it happened.

While we'd just as soon see the President of the Free World attend to his duties minding British Petroleum and the oil crisis in the gulf, we certainly hope that either he or GW is the reason for the stadium enclosure rather than just some stupid idea by a mayor whose stupidity is already blatantly evident to the most unenlightened.

Guess we'll wait and see.

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