Peter wrote:I just heard a little bit. Franco Harris is a whore, and Lynn Swann may be using this as a political means to an end, but Mark has no worries using Lynn to keep the pens in town. So vote for Lynn. He also took a shot at LGP.com because some of us said plan B is ok as an alternative in case IoC falls through. And we're all a bunch of non-social dorks who use a message board for our social life. And someone called in (maybe one of us) and said "Funny how you rip on message board posters when you post as well." TO which he replied something like he rarely posts, and just wants to see what the fans are thinking. But he said the Wrestling message boards makes us sound like harvard grads. Wooooooo
Voting for Swann has nothing to do with the arena. Madden told Swann and Santorum that he will support them if they come on his show and support the Pittsburgh First plan (which nobody seems to call it). Everybody wins.
1.Madden gets great ratings because we all want to hear what they have to say, especially if it supports the Penguins cause.
2.They get to convert voters. This is all they care about. They are saying what we want to hear them say so that we will like them and vote for them. Saying that Pittsburgh First will win if we vote for them is just another lie. How can Swann or anybody else make any difference on the board if the fix is on? Or wait, there isnt a fix now? There would be one months time from when Swann is elected to when the license is awarded. What is he going to do? Re-pick the board? Create his own "fix"? Go ahead and vote for whoever you want, just don't pretend it's going to get you the Pittsburgh First plan because it wont.
3. IOC and the Penguins gain valuable support. When you hear high ranking (or would be) officials support the plan, people who want to vote for them will get behind it. This means more public support for the IOC plan. Again, campaign elections are run like a music video. Images, sounds, buy this record, etc.. However, for all of that, it doesnt change the fact that the board IS SET AND THEY WILL DECIDE!
Here is what Madden is missing. HE ALREADY WON. Only he is too dumb to know it! The politicians have done ALOT to help keep the team here because of the pressure they have faced by voters. This contingency plan should not be scoffed at simply because the Pittsburgh First plan is better.
The reality is that it is a BACKUP and not a SUBSTITUTE. Unless there is a fix., I mean there is a fix still right or are we all just morons?
When you go to vote, ask yourself this, "Where was Swann from the beginning of this, where was he when things were there darkest. Why did he come out only right when Randell offered a GOOD BACKUP plan that would make sensible people optimistic?". Then ask yourself,"If Pittsburgh FIrst wins, where was the fix? Why did they create a backup plan if there was a fix?". Then ask yourself,"Why did'nt Swann come up with a backup plan?"
If Swann would have created a plan of his own he would have my vote hands down. So what did he do? He put on his Kerry hunting hat and picked up a pre-shot duck..
Hey, I am just a hockey fan. I want to go to games for the rest of my life because it is one of the few joys that keeps me going. If I thought voting for Swann would gaurentee or even increase the odds of the team staying here I would. I am not as dumb as Madden.