Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Today's the big day for the St. Louis NFL Partnership and our fair city's football fans. The St. Louis contingent makes its final presentation to the NFL moguls in the hope of securing an expansion franchise.

A lot of people have suggested it's a foregone conclusion that St. Louis will get a team. But then there are those darned luxury boxes. Some of you might be concerned over how the powers that be will view the fact all the luxury boxes - which cost between $47,500 and $62,500 - were not sold.

Here are some ways JERRY CLINTON and his comrades might explain the unsold seats at the presentation:

1. It was important to make some available for the walk-up crowd.

2. You figure it out. We have a little distraction like a 500-year flood and, all of a sudden, people get tight with their $62,500.

3. I swear, we had them sold, you gotta believe me. No . . . no, not that . . . not the brass knuckles . . . no . . . please.

4. The steak knife giveaway was a disappointment.

5. Going head to head with the Vipers was no picnic.

6. We had firm commitments from the Lieberman brothers on those boxes.

7. People want to see what the mascot looks like before they make that kind of commitment.

8. Oh, you mean those luxury boxes.

9. What do you want from us? We've only had two years to sell them.

10. Forgot to bet that free undercoat we could beat anyone else's deal.

*****

Don't worry about St. Louis getting an expansion team. There hasn't been a bigger lock since the baseball Cardinals made a bid for the 1996 All-Star Game.

***** And would you believe National League President BILL WHITE, who selected Philadelphia over St. Louis for the site of the 1996 All-Star Game, was a member of the 1964 Cardinals team, which overhauled the Phillies down the stretch?

***** Speaking of choking, the tumble of the San Francisco Giants seems to have had a trickle-down effect on the organization. …

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