Yes, I’m going to get on my soapbox again. We need an NFL team in this area. In fact, why not in Garden Grove? Why not?
Do we really need a casino or water park? Apparently we don’t even need a Wal-Mart! A casino comes in and pays for our police and fire departments every year, who needs it? A water park only can be used by kids and adults who think they’re kids. Who needs it?
We need a football stadium so we can get a pro-football team here. It’s been about 17 years since we’ve had a team. Bah Humbug!
Don’t get me wrong. We don’t need the Oakland Raiders even if Big Al is no longer around. How about the Chargers? They seem content to use us as a leverage to stay in San Diego.
How about Jacksonville? Nah! My wife wants the Vikings. Boy would my life be easier if Gayle’s beloved NFL team came to Garden Grove.
First, just the team being here means I don’t have to fly to Minnesota in the dead of winter to watch them play. Yes, I know the stadium has a dome on it. But you have to get to and from the stadium! They have no parking so you park in the downtown building parking lots just a few short miles from the Metrodome.
Then you walk in a blizzard to the stadium. Vendors sell hot chocolate that is a chocolate milk shake by the time you get to the turnstile. Then a frozen ticket taker pretends to look at your ticket. I’m thinking this has to be part of a jail sentence.
Then if the roof didn’t cave in from the weight of the snow you can watch the game realizing that the blizzard is not making things better for your walk to the car. By the way, a taxi is non-existent in the snow.
Second, the city could make some money starting in 2040 after the bonds are paid down.
Third, the prestige of having a team in Garden Grove would be great. I can just see it now. “The Los Angeles Vikings of Garden Grove. Just think of all the carpetbaggers that would run for mayor and other positions to get some tickets. Heck, I’d even put in for some myself.
Fourth, the Garden Grove Journal would become a being newspaper with over 100 pages every week. Heck, I might even talk publisher Jim Tortolano into turning the whole newspaper into a big sports rag. Wow, wouldn’t that be great?
So what’s the downside? Then we can get the Vikings here, win a Super Bowl and my wife’s family would do back flips.
Who knows? We might even get a celebrity quarterback like Denver’s Tim Tebow. He must have felt funny when football fans were anointing him “God” because he knows he’s not as he lost last week in another ugly game. Also, he’s a religious guy who had the whole weight of the sports world on his shoulders.
He is tough to figure out. He looks super great against Pittsburgh and then looks so bad against New England I wanted to send in my 12-year old grandson, Ben, so the Broncos would make a better showing.
Tebow has been the talk of the country. The only problem is that “Tebow Magic” works part time. What would you do if you were Bronco V.P. John Elway? Can you live with 6 great games and two or three horrible games? I couldn’t.
So it will be the New York Giants against the old rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. Old habits are hard to break so I like any team that plays the 49ers.Must have been a big habit! The Rams haven’t been in town for almost two decades!
Thanks to everyone for your continuing concern for my wife, Gayle. She is still in the hospital but out of ICU as she enters her third month of hospitalization. Keep the good thoughts coming.
Contact Don Alexander at Journaldon@aol.com.