I am not particularly the most well-versed in Hollywood stuff. Going to the movies is always difficult for me, because unless you study them (and I don't), the only movies you've ever heard of are usually the ones with marketing tie-ins... which I have learned means that those movies are usually too lousy to stand on their own without the marketing blitz (side note - do you remember the movie Congo from the early-90s? If you bought a 32 oz soda from Super America, you could get refills forever for $0.59. I still have TWO of those cups!)
So when Heath Ledger died, I can honestly say I had never heard of him. When somebody told me he was in Brokeback Mountain, I nodded, as I saw parts of the movie but I still couldn't connect the name to the movie.
230 jobs? Gone.
The income taxes and potential spending of those 230 jobs? Gone.
Prestige as the Bowling Capital? Gone.
The Milwaukee 7's credibility? Gone
In the press release, the USBC has said that one of the attractions of Dallas was that this "bowling campus" was to be in close proximity to the Dallas Cowboys new stadium, the Texas Rangers stadium, and a Six Flags amusement park. Supposedly, this would make it a "destination" that Milwaukee couldn't offer.
I will hold my comments to a later post. I am curious what y'alls think of this (from the Cape Cod Times).
Major League Baseball plays hardball with Cape Leaguevar isoPubDate = 'March 07, 2008'
The annual operating budget for the Cape Cod Baseball League is between $1.5 million and $2 million — not much more than the yearly salary of a backup infielder in Major League Baseball.
Fortunately, there is somebody who is probably equally qualified out there in Internetland, and one that is campaigning for the job. Bill Simmons from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.