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Greg, Hugh and the stadium

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My kids sometimes sing This Is The Song That Never Ends while we’re in the car.

They think it’s fun, mostly because it drives me nuts.

They could easily just read a story about the on-again-off-again new football stadium.

I’ve sat in the same Section W seat at the old stadium for 22 years.

I want a new stadium.

In the old stadium, the seats are too friggin’ close, the washrooms suck and at least on the east side, the stadium resembles more of an outdoor parkade than anything that can be described as an entertainment complex.

The place should be dynamited. The only things that would miss it are the pigeons.

Today, Monday Dec. 13, I was all set to cover the latest new stadium newser with my compadre city hall reporter Bart Kives, who parks himself a few seats above me for Bomber home games.

But first thing this morning Bart emails me saying the stadium newser is delayed. Again.

Are any of us surprised?

I’m not going to pretend I have any inside knowledge of why it’s delayed or the nature of the talks going on behind closed doors.

All I know is that without a sugar daddy stepping forward from the private sector, any new stadium will be publicly financed no matter how it’s sliced up.

I also know the longer it’s delayed the worse it looks for Premier Greg Selinger and the NDP.

We’re in election campaign mode, remember.

And I also know if that on the same day we get news of a postponed stadium newser, Hugh McFadyen’s Progressive Conservatives launched two new TV ads that (obviously) dump all over the NDP. The ads are in response to the NDP’s own attack ad on McFadyen.

Coincidence?

Who the hell knows anymore?

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

 

P.S.

The Blue Bombers early bird 2011 season ticket renewal deadline is Dec. 17. Go to the Bomber’s website for more info.

This could be, I stress could be, the last season the Bombers play at the old stadium.

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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