Major Bobcats Announcement Coming Soon?
Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:55 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:05 PM
Nothing Bob did here compares to going on trial for rape and forcibly moving a sports franchise from our city. And yet folks like yourself still romanticize and hold allegiance to that man's business. Bob used to get all the blame for the arena, he deserves all the credit for its prosperity. He did far more good here than bad, but its that same "hillbilly" spirit as you call it that denies him that. Its OK though, Charlotte is known for that. Thats nothing new, and the people who matter know the real and support our founder and his vision.
I don't think Bob Johnson is a "bad person", but his business decisions here were questionable to say the least. He got off on the wrong foot here from the start. Charging CMS a fee to have graduation ceremonies in a public arena that was paid for by the county tax payers was one of the dumbest PR moves ever made. Charlotte is jaded as it regarding the NBA and he should of known better. Johnson did bring a pro franchise to Charlotte, and I'll give him credit for that, but I'd bet the NBA feels foolish for not making the correct decision to award it to Larry Bird and his backers.
Shinn, on the other hand, is an asshole and shitty businessperson. Right before the NBA took over the Hornets, he went on record saying that it was a mistake to move the team.
And your last sentence gave me a good chuckle, so I appreciate that. When you find out what the "vision" was be sure to let everyone know. The Jordan buzz from acquiring the team has quickly faded and it's hard to envision the bobcats getting better anytime soon.
I personally despise the bobcats and hopefully they will get screwed in the lottery and miss out on Anthony Davis.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:18 PM
Nobody wanted a "Cleveland deal" at the time because nobody cared about the Hornets in Charlotte the early 2000s. The new love affair with the Hornets didnt begin until it was announced who our new owner would be a few years later. It's nothing more than a local reaction to our founder. Until that point, there was no mention or push for the Hornets to remain in Charlotte. Ask John Morgan and the others where they were in 2002 and 2003? Where was their concern then? They had none. And in basketball years, 10 years is a looooooong time. There are many transplants, children, new fans, etc that have arrived in Charlotte since then, that have no ties or memories of the Hornets even playing here. They played in a totally different arena in a different side of town in the middle of nowhere near our airport. They were never a part of the new uptown Charlotte revitalization movement that is currently happening. The Bobcats have and will be remembered as a part of that growth and these times, not the Hornets. They represent the "old charlotte". The "new Charlotte" includes the Bobcats and TWC Arena, the Nascar HOF, the Epicentre, new AA Cultural Center, Levine Museum, etc. The Bobcats and TWC Arena have helped spearhead that growth that "Hornets nostalgists" take for granted and wont appreciate til its gone like their beloved Hornets.
I'll agree with you regarding the love affair with the Hornets did take a tremendous hit a year or two before the move. I believe that was in direct correlation with the hate for George Shinn.
What you fail to see is that the Hornets still had better attendance after the move was announced than the bobcats have now.
The city does not support the Bobcats and frankly never will. My kids won't be bobcats fans.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:29 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:37 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:15 PM
We dont need you or your kids support. Were doing just fine without it. You guys dont deserve to be Cats fans anyway. "Hornets nostalgists" should find another local boy like Shinn and start a new team. It says alot thats the best they have to offer. Lol. I guess theres no one else in this area as rich and savvy as him to own our team. Nobody from this area could save the Hornets or outbid Bob. We need outsiders to come in and save us.
KT you are delusional. bobcats need all the support that they can get. They are one of the most irrelevant teams in all of American pro sports. The bobcats are only useful in providing highlight reels for other teams on ESPN.
You also are incorrect on "nobody from this area could save the Hornets or outbid Bob." ....I'm sure there were local grassroots movements to keep the hornets around when they were facing relocation, but the city held a public forum along with a vote on building a new arena. Shinn stated that he needed a new arena or there was a great possibility the team would leave. The vote was held and the citizens spoke loud and clearly. The vote wasn't close and the Hornets left soon after.
BS aside, do you live in mecklenburg county? (that's the county Charlotte is in)
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:57 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:10 PM
KT, do you live in Meck. county?
since you evaded the question I'm going to take that as a "no"...
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:28 PM
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:13 PM
Never question me about my city sir. I'm "Old School" Charlotte like BB Jamz and Stayin' Alive. West Fest. Spring Fest. What'cha know about City Fair? Flight 23 Shoe Store? Ever seen MJ play pickup games at the Grady Cole Center in the 80s? Gus The Bus? Fool I AM CHARLOTTE.