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I know my wife showed a lot of acreage in Theodore to a group that wanted to build a big soccer complex.
They might have mentioned one in Foley at one time, but I remember it being talked about being in Theodore on the Scout board.
In any event I hope this team isn't in Mobile. The way the clues are given it seems that it will go to a smaller market with a poor economy. And they mentioned it would be a surprise for many. Birmingham is ruled out. Market wise Mobile, Montgomery, and Huntsville would be next in line, so one of those cities wouldn't be a surprise. Someone said Florence and that sounds reasonable to me.
"The Florence Nightingales"?
They mentioned an "economically depressed area". That sounds like Prichard to me. A stadium built on the site of the failed motor park endeavour. [Justkidding]
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I saw where al.com has a poll up on whether UAB should have a new OCS, with the link posted on the CUSA board for more votes. The poll went up right about the time this story came out. They'd go nuts if we got one first. I actually voted yes on their poll, more to rile the bammers than anything.
As economically depressed goes, I would think Huntsville would not be in the running. It has one of the higher, if not highest per capita incomes in the state.
I sincerely hope that Mobile is not even near this.
In any case, I think for USA, it wouldn't even register and would be a non-starter on their own plans.
I still believe big and special things are in store for our own OCS.
I'm starting to think I might go all-in to support this if it's Mobile. But I went all-in supporting the Tarpons and felt pretty silly when I (and many others) got burned.
Looking back I should have known that was a fly-by-night scam operation. This might be the same case, but when I see names on their "advisory board" like Marshall Faulk, Fred Biletnikoff, Chris Doleman, Lincoln Kennedy, and Jeff Garcia, then I think it has a chance of being legit. Three of those guys are NFL Hall of Famers, while the other two had lengthy NFL careers. Then again, it's proven that NFL players will get in bed with some pretty bad investment options.
I talked to one of the local investors who got burned by the New York guy in the Tarpons fiasco. The local guy, for what it's worth, was adamant that semi-pro football could work around here with the right management, planning, and financial backing.
Honestly, I don't think it's Mobile because our history of supporting sports teams is so stained, but it should be interesting to watch either way.
This post was edited by Algernon 14 months ago
I'm a machine, jerk!
Would Theodore qualify as an economically depressed area?
I'm thinking "economically depressed" means an outlying area of either Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville or Montgomery.
Because Southern California, Texas, Louisiana (probably Shreveport or BR), Salt Lake City, Portland, Hartford, Rochester (NY) and Tuskegee, AL doesn't make sense.
This post was edited by Gene Hansen 14 months ago
"economically depressed" = Hillsdale [halfway kidding?]
I found this on a USFL forum. Apparently, Akron is getting a team which will use the Rubber Bowl which was the University of Akron's stadium unpo until 2008. Along with that comes...
"Mason said the process to get a team in Akron is “going really well.” The investment group is in place to pay the $7.5 million price for the team (which, compared to the cost of the Browns, is a Marc’s closeout). The University of Akron has accepted the group’s offer for the Rubber Bowl, which, according to Mason, will have a rent and renovation cost of $6 million to $8 million to start. A construction firm has been chosen to renovate the facility, upgrading its seats, locker rooms, press box and restrooms. They are looking into a new scoreboard that can show video replays, which would be quite an improvement over the glorified construction sign that was there when the Rubber Bowl was abandoned in 2008."
So, it would seem, if they were coming to Mobile, it would just be easier for them to make some upgrades at Ladd. of course, Ladd is so poorly run, they may want to own their own stadium, which is apparently their goal in 5 of these cities chosen.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Gene Hansen 14 months ago
They have said it's not Birmigham, Hoover is not Birmingham and Hoover is where the Met is, which is now empty due to teh Barons moving to Downtown Birmingham. The Met was built to be a multi function facility and could be converted into a football only stadium that holds 20-30k people pretty easily. My UAb friends(I use that term loosely) hate the idea of this.
Also, this league has been positioning itself to become an NFL minor league. If they are successful of getting the backing by the NFL, it could work very well for where ever it ends up.
I would be in favor of them building a 20k seat stadium in downtown Mobile on the waterfront and having USA, the Senior Bowl, and the GoDaddy.com bowl have absolutely nothing to do with it. Or, in the alternative, have them build a 40k seat stadium in the same location and have the Senior Bowl and bowl game relocate, but have USA continue forward with plans for an OCS.
After seeing Pensacola's waterfront stadium, that would be the location I'd be in favor of as well.
People in derelict cruise ships would probably think it looked pretty cool.
Mobile should get rid of that awful cruise line!
I would pay to see Mayor Sam Jones chokeslam that Carnival PR guy.
Mobile needs to be happy to be able to present itself as savior in this situation for the passengers. Make everything run as smoothe as possible for those poor people, give them everything could possibly need. Have the biggest "Welcome to Mobile, we're here to help" party ever thrown.
Then, when it's all said and done, send a big ol F-U bill to Carnaval.
That's hard to do when carnival is getting them off of the ship some time tonight and busing them to New Orleans or Houston.
Honestly? Give those people a break. Let them get a decent meal, a shower and spend a night in comfort before you bus them out of here. I don't know who made that call for Carnival, but it was stupid. I'd be pissed if I got off that cruise after that ordeal and was usher to a bus for a long ride while I could see the Battle House and the Admiral Semmes staring at me in the background.
I thought exactly the same thing.
Horizontally enhanced, vertically challenged, follically impaired...
Mobile can't control what Carnival does, we can only control what we do. I agree, these people need to be given the opportunity to get a shower, a good nights sleep, and a good hot meal. But we can't force Carnival to put those people up in Mobile. They will do what they want to do. But Mobile needs to come into this and do everything we can to help these people, to hell with Carnival. You realize how many buses it takes to move 4000 people???
Gonna take close to 60 of them.
You have to think that maybe the USFL stadium deal might be part of this...
The project could bring about 4,000 jobs to the area in what would provide a major economic boost to the Tennessee Valley.
With them being so hush about it you'd think it's very possible
...and the supposed plan for the USFL stadiums is to fold them in with larger commercial and/or retail developments.
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