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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."

An 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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 11:41 AM ET
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Well, I had asked you to slap Marc Fisher in the head, but it appears that Mr. MacFarlane has done it already.

Posted by: Kim | January 8, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: pete | January 8, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully that steam coming off Fisher's head will lead to some kind of detonation.

Posted by: DC | January 8, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The best part of DC United getting a new stadium will be watching Marc Fisher's head explode on opening day.

Posted by: Chico | January 8, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Christian Laettner is here, closely shorn, sitting in the front row."


The Wizards paid him to do that for years.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 8, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is Marc Fisher there anyway? Aren't there some bigots out there somewhere he hasn't kissed up to yet? Some kid he hasn't hollered at to get off his lawn?

Posted by: ugh | January 8, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, ok, I get it now. When we want to talk about how great DC Sports is, we talk about the Mystics. But when we want to talk about how bad attendance is, we talk about the Caps. I see how people think now.

Posted by: FS | January 8, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Did you know D.C. United has a larger average game-day attendance than the Wizards and the Capitals?"

Don't forget the Wizards were thrown in there too, and they've been a playoff team the last few years. It's not to say that the attendance is bad, necessarily, but that the attendance at United games is better.

Posted by: Rick | January 8, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Anything that upsets Marc Fisher must be a good thing.

Posted by: Steamed Fish | January 8, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Brian Davis and Christian Laettner have revitalized downtown Durham. My money is them to do the same to Ward 8

Posted by: michael | January 8, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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