DCU News: Name an Owner
My efforts to name D.C. new United owner Victor MacFarlane "Victor MacFarpost" might or might not succeed. Frankly, despite it obviously being the best of all possible nicknames, the response thus far has been a bit tepid. But the more important point is that the new owner most in need of a new nickname is not MacFarpost, but rather Brian Davis. He's the local guy; he's the guy that promised me he'd partner up with Gilbert Arenas; and he's the guy that began discussing Adrian Fenty's, er, intestinal fortitude during yesterday's highly public news conference.
I wasn't the only one who noticed Davis's immense potential. The DCenters, whose "Seven things to take away from the new D. C. United ownership deal" actually comes with real insight, agree in an aside that Davis could be a real find. "Crazy Uncle Moneybags," they call him, although I don't know if I'd go that far. Point being, he needs a nickname. The things we have to work with:
3) He was raised in Atlantic City, Southeast and P.G., and now lives in Northwest
4) Real estate
5) A penchant for "intestinal fortitude"
6) Facial hair
The Far Post suggests "El Dia-blue," combining the Blue Devil thing with Marco Etcheverry's name. That might work. I've got nothing. Suggestions are highly, highly encouraged.
Elsewhere, The Offside has a picture of Christian Laettner looking slightly goofy in his DCU scarf, Blckdgrd is quite quite worried about people without a soccer background being in charge of this franchise, DCSportsChick muses on Laettner and concludes, "What a Tool;" the StarTribune's blogger and SportsFrog also choose to make fun of Laettner's scarf, and The Far Post also live-blogs yesterday's events, while channeling the Wizznutzz and making this important observation about the suggestion that DCU is grooming stars in Ward 8.:
11:04 a.m. -- Ward 8 future stars? BigSoccer immediately starts a "Ward 8 Stars Rumors" thread and rates the talent. One posters asks, "Why hasn't United signed any of these players yet!!!!! We have games in six weeks!!!!!"
(I forgot to mention yesterday that at one point, Laettner made a reference to "The D.C. United." Nothing is guaranteed to raise DCU hackles more quickly than the word "the.")
In terms of news and all that, WaPo's Metro section focuses on the financial and stadium implications of Team MacFarpost, and sees yesterday's event as largely political theater:
The news conference seemed to be aimed at positioning MacFarlane as a partner with the District, perhaps so government leaders can avoid a messy battle like the one over the city's $611 million public financing package for the Washington Nationals' stadium. During the baseball debate, city officials were often at odds with Major League Baseball and Nationals owner Theodore N. Lerner.
United's ownership group has offered to pay for stadium construction in exchange for the right to build a development, including a hotel, on city-owned land, said D.C. government sources familiar with the proposal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the financing plans have not been finalized. The land, part of a 100-acre parcel transferred last month from U.S. Park Service to District control, could be worth tens of millions of dollars and would constitute significant public investment in the project.
Official DCU Beat Writer Steve Goff focuses on MacFarpost's background and explains how he first met the MLS commish, Soccer Times offers further quotes, the AP's overview also mentions those dastardly scarves and future partners, the WashTimes talks to city officials about a possible stadium deal (Kwame Brown: "The city's checkbook is not open to a sports franchise that wants us to build them a new stadium"), while the Examiner also runs news and sports stories.
Anyhow, nicknames, please. And any comments on the new "lead investor group" are always welcome.
January 9, 2007; 9:31 AM ET
Categories: D.C. United
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