Friday, March 7, 2008

Reason #332 - Blizzards

We're having a blizzard this weekend. Fortunately, baseball season hasn't started yet. But, don't forget, last year, when it had started and we still had a blizzard, canceled an entire series and moved the series to Milwaukee - because they had a roof. We must never forget that lesson.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Reason #331 - City Repairs

Downtown Cleveland has been hit by a water main break and road collapse. Some will say that such problems mean we don't have enough money in this city for "luxuries" such as a dome. Actually, we would have the money to take care of our infrastructure if we had a dome, which would be an economic growth engine.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Reason #330 - Long Seasons

The presidential nomination process has been going on for months and it continues, and the general election won't be held until November. By then, baseball season, which doesn't start for another month, will be over. And we will have gone through numerous weather swings. So, long seasons - baseball and political - are another big reason.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reason #329 - Others Can See It

One of my co-workers, a French woman who's not very familiar with baseball and football, says she can't understand why our stadiums don't have roofs. She thinks sports fans would be more comfortable, and the stadiums would attract other events. If she can see it, why do our public officials and others who have been here for years continue to ignore the obvious?

Monday, March 3, 2008

Reason #328 - $100 Million Quarterbacks

The Steelers have signed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to an eight-year, $102 million contract. We in Cleveland can find a much better use for such big money, and our roof will last a lot longer than Big Ben's knees.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Reason #327 - NFL Free Agency

Free agency is in full swing in the NFL, and players are moving around fast. Even guys whose careers have been salvaged by one team willing to take a chance (Randy Moss, for example) are looking to defect to the highest bidder. Roofs are forever; players may only be for one year.