“Questions Worth Asking Today”
THE MAYOR…He has the authority to over-rule City Council on his budget battles. And now he has the true land value of the kind of money he can generate for the city if he sell land to Soccer City. Will Kevin Faulconer use the hammer he has in his hand to get the deal done?
AZTECS..With advanced apologies to the San Diego State past presidents group. You say there are now over 200,000-Aztecs graduates living the County, and they care. If so, how come you SDSU averages only 15,000-paid admissions for home football?.
PADRES…Caught twixt and between on this Petco Park-SDSU football situation. I’ve seen the blueprint, and how they want to lay out a temporary football stadium, that would stretch from home dugout to left field by the scoreboard. But you cannot erect stands on one sideline that would sit in the outfield. It would destroy the field in September and October. Can you make it available without the temporary stands and just fill a third of the stadium from first baseline-to 3rd baseline?
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE…Yes they can help SDSU with football scheduling, but playing all road games in September, with byes in there, is unfair to the Aztecs. They need a balanced home-road schedule don’ they?
PADRES PAIN….You knew this was going to happen, the kids getting shelled on the mound, and we still have alot of baseball to be played. You look at the standings this morning, the Houston Astros are (43-17) and just mashing people. But they lost 305-games in three years before they got good. Can San Diego’s fans handle that? Can the ownership handle that?
MLB Draft..Next week, the Padres take the next step forwardin rebuilding, with the entry draft. They pick third, and will get a blue chip player, who will be a multi-position talent. Everyone says Hunter Green, the shortstop-pitcher, with the 100mph fastball. The question, where do you project him at, on the mound or in the infield?
HOCKEY PUCKS-PHONE CALLS…I hope they don’t but they might. The Anaheim Ducks jettisoned their lead assistant coach Paul McLean. Might they take Gulls coach Dallas Eakins who has done yeoman work here in two years with what was really an expansion team?
CHARGERS CONTROVERSY…Nick Hardwick, long a popular player, now into broadcasting, does a U-turn in the road, months after criticizing the Spanos family for moving the team, and saying he was done with them, now decides to return to the team’s broadcast booth to do color commentator work. Guys love working in the NFL. Understand the emotional pull to want to do games. He’s probably offended some fans in San Diego. Best way to heal it all..never-ever refer to the team as the Los Angeles Chargers…and never ever praise Dean Spanos. Just call them the Chargers or the Bolts.
DID YOU SEE WHAT I SAW….No one has yet signed ex-Chargers starting offensive lineman King Dunlap nor Orlando Franklin. An awful lot of money spent with very little return. What does that say about the Pro Personnel Department over at Chargers Park?
USD….The challenge of a lifetime is just ahead for the new AD-Bill McGillis. How to market Torerors football, a 1AA power, and how to make basketball relevant and how to grow the baseball program to be playing in June every year? Are there enough hours in the day?
UCSD…On the hill, but off the radar. What a great for Tritons basketball, and now baseball in the Little World Series. But it’s Division II, and that’s an issue isn’t it?