Has the market already decided future of the Wave?
I'm sure the world of economics has a word for the way I feel about economic development.
Basically speaking I am in favor of letting market forces determine which boats swim and which boats sink. I think there are moments in time when government or somebody needs to kick in a little extra to help survival.
Like when the auto industry is about to collapse or someone wants to build a giant apartment building on an eyesore empty lot or when a major league sports team needs help to build a new arena.
That's when government or someone needs to step up and lend a helping hand.
This brings us to the latest chapter in the mysterious story that is the Milwaukee Wave.
I'm sure a lot of people who have read along this far are saying, "here we go again with another rip on soccer."
Well, you're kind of right. There are things I like about soccer but what I'm looking for now is a little perspective. I feel about soccer just like I feel about anchovies.
Occasionally I really like anchovies. But not every day.
Most days I anchovies don't even make it onto my meal planning radar screen. Occasionally I like soccer, like during the World Cup or the Olympics. The rest of the time the only time I think about soccer is when I go watch one of my grandchildren play.
Just like anchovies.
So I was struck by the recent news that Jim Lindenberg, the rich guy who rescued the Wave from near extinction in 2009, is pleading for help. The team was without employees, a league or opponents when he pulled this rabbit out of his hat three years ago.
Now Lindenberg is talking about how he needs some new investors. He also says he'd be open to discussing selling the whole kit and caboodle to someone who has the cash. You've got to be kidding.
The guy who should have bought the Wave in 2009 should have been Jack Kevorkian. He would have known what to do with this franchise.
Euthanasia is defined as intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. With the stroke of a pen or the toss of a hat out of the ring, the Wave and everyone else would have been relieved of pain and suffering.
If you work for or are married to anyone who is seriously contemplating investing in the Wave I'd head to court to petition to gain control over all of their assets. Any judge would rule that the money person has become incompetent.
I don't have anything against the Wave, nice guys and charity work.
But this plea is another sign that soccer is really a small niche sport and growing smaller. The ladies' professional league has folded. In the last 10 years only three professional soccer league teams have seen an increase in attendance, Los Angeles, San Jose and Kansas City.
In an article wonderfully reported by Steve Jagler, executive editor of the Biz Times, he quoted Lindenberg as saying that potential investors should "have a philanthropist's spirit, love good family entertainment, be committed to keeping the Milwaukee Wave in Milwaukee and want to help support and grow this great tradition."
I would add that foolishness and a healthy touch of madness could be added to that list.
Soccer Doctor Phil you crack me up!' But im just afraid there's no helping this chick. I've read about people like her in one of my psych books and I think I saw an episode of Law and Order about her. She's probably siting in a dark one room apartment in her Wave jersey with about 30 cats running around. Chicks like this just crave attention so they make up "relationships" with famous people to make themselves seem important. Yeah I'm sure the Wave owner has nothing better to do than email her. Please !! She probably sits around and practices writing " Mrs Nancy50 Tozier" or "Mrs Tozier" all day. She's delusional. Hey Wave front office .... Two words - Restraining Order or at the very least Extra Security!!! And make sure the pet rabbits are all locked up. Oh and BTW OnMilwaukee.com management - wouldn't this looney tunes' rants qualify as a potentially offensive post???
Doctor Soccer Phil | June 3, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. (report)
Oh no - you're back !!! I was so hoping you would have taken mine and Soccer Oprah's advice and did some self examination and come to the conclusion that you are not very happy. And maybe traveled a bit. You are a very troubled women. So bitter. You had mentioned in an earlier post that you would be willing to discuss your views and thoughts with someone individually. Why not leave me your phone number on this message board and I will reach out to you. I can help. If not feel free to call me at my office at 1-800-WE-HELP-NUTZ.
Although I am a big soccer fan,I don't think about the Wave much and would not feel anything if they were to disappear as they are only marginally connected to the real game and clearly struggle for fan support. However, Dave's assertion regarding the pro outdoor game going nowhere is truly beyond clueless.
I want to thank Mr Lindenber"erg" not "urg". Because he was in "fact" the one who originally emailed me Mr Begel's article and the link to talkback. No disrespect to Mr Begel...but I was unaware of his column and the talkback forum previously to Mr Lindenberg introducing it to me. Mr Lindenberg is always vigilant at personally keeping me informed on his press...good or bad. I conclude that if Mr Lindenberg is so willing to share his press with me...he is also willing to hear from me the feedback his sharing produces. Mr Lindenberg is nothing short of open minded and always interested in the opinions from many, many, many, many people. He as always said "there is always two sides of every soccer field(story)". I could not agree more with "such a wonderful man". Thanks for including me Mr Lindenberg...I found the exchange of thoughts very enlightening.
I think he may be scared of Nancy50 !!! She seems angry!
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