This is probably the worst big city paper in the country. Of course, I'm not that familiar with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, or the El-Paso Times, but I have read papers from Baltimore, Boston, Denver and other cities our size and rarely see such shotty journalism, and poor news coverage.
Then again, maybe if I were reading the Seattle Times regularly I would grow as frustrated with it as I have the Journal-Sentinel.
Anyway, on to the joke.
Marcia Thurnbauer, a freelance writer, composes a diatribe that the Journal-Sentinel saw fit to print.
It has no conclusion, strike one!
The implication is that Miller Park should not have been publicly financed, because you win games by playing better baseball, not by building a new park.
Overall attendance IS up. Oh, wait, you granted that.
Right, and paid attendance only counts if they sign a waiver form claiming to be Brewers fans... er, wait, is the argument now that the Cubs were better than the Brewers?
Woah, maybe because of those 190,000 Cubs fans, we acquired the extra revenue to trade for Carlos Lee which allowed us to be better than the Cubs this year... wow, trippy logic. Those Cubs fans are helping to beat the Cubs. And if you buy the bit that Podzilla was a missing link that helped bring a world series to the White Sox, well then clearly Miller Park won a world series.
She didn't even mention the new ownership, or the fact that the Brewers are basically tied to Milwaukee because of a contract with Miller Park, or all the other great things to come out of a new stadium. Nor did she mention the age of County Stadium. Strike two Marcia!
So you see, payroll is up, games won is up, attendance is up, cubs are down. Therefore Miller Park equals bad idea. Oh Marcia, you so crazy.
Uh-oh, I figured it out, look at the bottom of the article.
Waukesha, that explains it. Never done nothing good for nobody. Strike three, sit down ya bum!