Monday, December 08, 2008

Fishstorm

It occurs to me that there are certain parallels between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Marlins. Both franchises were parachuted into their respective areas based on the notion that there was an untapped market of carpetbaggers waiting for that particular flavor of professional sport. Both have a boom-or-bust model of on-field success, alternating unexpected title runs with years of abject wretchedness.

And, of course, there's the big one. The Marlins have been associated with rumors of moving - OK, not it's not a rumor when one of your owners shows up in San Antonio wearing nothing but a raincoat and a smile - for years. The 'Canes have been a bit more stable, but in this week's Sporting News, the possibility of moving the team to Seattle was raised.

To my knowledge, the rumor hasn't registered down here yet. It may just be a writer floating something to see if anyone reacts. But having watched the embarrassing circus that is Marlins ownership from afar, I'm really hoping that's one parallel that the RTP area can avoid.
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