Hello New York, Are You Paying Attention?
The Hudson Valley Times-Record says no one is excited about RBNY. As this photo of the crowd at Nevada Smith's last Saturday shows, they are just asking the wrong people. What's your problem Hudson Valley?
Mind you he's not totally off base; we all know that the NY market hasn't lived up to it's soccer potential since the Carter administration. But I think that an improbable RBNY victory on Sunday could be Act One in the story of The Resurrection™. Act Two would be using the designated player slot once occupied by The Retiree Formerly Known as Claudio Reyna on a respected, marquee international player; rumored names likes Alessandro Del Piero or Thierry Henry would do quite nicely. The Third and final act in this dramatic tale would be actually getting Red Bull Arena open before the closing scene of the 2009 season.
It's fanciful for sure, but well within the realm of possibility. Still I wouldn't go running calling the bookmakers unless you're ready to lose your kneecaps and join your local Murderball league. But if this trifecta of soccer blessings descended upon Gotham in short order I think its repercussions would result in a change in the market, and subsequently the league, for the best.