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The "Freddy Krueger of sports-arena projects"

So says Newark's Manuel Lavin of plans for a downtown arena to house the New Jersey Devils, a hockey team with an uncertain future. The NY Times' Harvey Araton has the story. I agree with 90% of what he says here. But with the important exception of Ralph Nader, Araton is no less of a windbag than the "windbags" dissed in the piece.

I have my share of windbag moments too, but Araton and I certainly differ in one respect. Araton states that "In the interests of disclosure, I happen to be a resident of the same Essex County that includes Newark, but not one who reflexively opposes all public sports expenditures." Count me as one who does. I love sports, but there is no public need to line the pockets of rich men who own sports teams.

Thanks to Offwing Opinion for the link. By the way, Eric posted a cool pic of the Lightning celebrating their Stanley Cup triumph. They look like a happy bunch, and to me at least, their victory was richly deserved.