Whoa. The Mayor has balls.
Brian Davis just said Adrian Fenty has balls. Can I say that? Heck, D.C. United's new owner just said it in front of a 200-person press conference, so I can say it.
"We call it 'balls' in sports," he said. "Adrian has balls."
DCU ownership group staffer cringed. Then he told me, "We don't have to mention that part." I disagreed.
Brian Davis has tremendous, tremendous potential to be a local superstar. His talk was tremendous.
When he met Kevin Payne, he said, he immediately "called Christian and I said Christian I met this guy from New York who's going to become our man."
Then he thanked Barry profusely. "Marion's special," he said, "and we're gonna stick with you and we love you for taking care of Southeast and taking care of Ward 8, thank you." He also called Laettner "a very, very special man."
The post-prepared-speech Q&A has been all about stadium financing.
"This isn't a press conference on the stadium, it's a press conference to celebrate new owners," the mayor said.
The hope, they've said, is a new building by the beginning of the 2009 season. MacFarlane was asked if he had a financing plan.
"We don't have a plan, we're going to work with the mayor," he said.
"Do you have a hope?" he was asked.
"My life is filled with hope," he said.
MacFarlane also disputed the line in Goff's Saturday story that said his primary interest was in the land/stadium deal. He said they bought the team because they want to own the team. He said that his
oldest youngest son played soccer at IMG Academy for two years, and that all five of his kids play, and that "I even coached them one year, to their dismay."
Oh, and MacF went right at it. This line is sure to draw Marc Fisher's ire.
"Did you know D.C. United has a larger average game-day attendance than the Wizards and the Capitals?" he asked the crowd as steam rose off the top of Marc Fisher's head.
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