Rusty says "Go RedHawks!"
By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor
Posted: April 5, 2012
As our current Red Dirt Report poll shows, the overwhelming number of voters are not in favor of the new name for where the Oklahoma City RedHawks baseball team plays – Newcastle Field at Bricktown.
As we noted in our story yesterday, “What’s in a name? RedHawks Field renamed ‘Newcastle (casino) Field at Bricktown,’” while team management and the Newcastle Casino representatives were excited about it, during the press conference it was clear that skepticism about the new name reigned. Oklahoman reporter Steve Lackmeyer was particularly aggressive in trying to pry answers out of team manager Michael Byrnes and casino spokesperson Jennifer Cross about the name and if they were aware that the public was quickly souring on the whole thing.
But the deal was done. The cheap-looking logo (which includes the word “casino” in it) is uninspired and dull. Lackmeyer’s front-page story also notes how the Chickasaws, who own Newcastle Casino, are in a public legal battle with the City of Oklahoma City over water rights. It’s certainly a point of contention and almost seems like a poke in the eye of the city by the tribe.
Don’t forget, the city built and paid $34 million to
put the ballpark in Bricktown. And there was to be no gambling. But will visitors (and some locals) be confused and think that slot machines and other gambling implements are on the premises? Names can be deceiving and most folks don't like deception. As it stands, there are no "Lucky 7's" planned for the ballpark down on Mickey Mantle Drive - yet. Who knows what the future holds. Things seem really contentious between various political factions in this state right now. Look at the current mess involving the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum. Who can explain the poor management of that half-finished facility. And what of State Sen. Greg Treat's talk of getting the legislature to pony up the funds needed to finish the mound south of the Oklahoma River? There's a press conference about it at the Capitol today, so we may find out more.
And naming an Oklahoma City ballpark over a casino in a far-flung suburb? It grates on a lot of people when they are told of the new name. It is clearly going over like a lead balloon. But other folks say that it doesn’t matter. It’s always going to be the “Bricktown Ballpark” to them and they won’t necessarily feel compelled to go gamble at the establishment.
Red Dirt Report was surprised, when talking to the casino’s Jennifer Cross, that few cross-over activities were being planned at the casino to draw attention to the RedHawks. Would current RedHawks players be there signing autographs? What about a fun game involving RedHawks players on the casino property? Cross was pretty vague about a lot of things.
And most notably, as Lackmeyer noted, city officials, including Mayor Mick Cornett, are not happy.
And while we’re on the subject, an expected sellout crowd is expected at Newcastle (casino) Field at Bricktown as the RedHawks go up against the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. Go RedHawks!
In other news, noting Mayor Cornett’s outspoken comments over the naming of the ballpark, we were wondering if he was still employed at Ackerman McQueen. His Wikipedia page notes he served as executive vice president of the "amoral" (as one insider put it) ad agency from '09 until '11. We contacted Ackerman McQueen to find out when his last day was and we were told that they could not give us that information. When Red Dirt Report asked if the company had sent out a press release announcing Cornett's departure, they said there had not been one. Could it be that since several Indian tribes are suing the city over water rights - and those tribes are using Ackerman McQueen to get their message across via "Chickasaw.tv" and elsewhere - that it might look bad for him?
We put in a call to Cornett's spokesman, Steve Hill. He wasn't there, so we emailed him, asking about Cornett's severed ties with Ackerman McQueen. Remember when the late Mark Shannon at KTOK railed against Cornett and his ties to the firm?
And while we're talking about Cornett, we're also wondering what Cornett was doing at a World Bank Forum in Singapore last fall. Again, no detailed press release was sent out about that trip. Read that story here.
And from the tip line, one reader asked about University of Oklahoma President David Boren and his alleged ties to the shadowy, globalist group the Committee of 300. Use your own discretion when reading the link here. Boren's name is listed along with names that include Astor, Clinton, Rothschild, Gore and Gorbachev. It could explain Boren inviting Henry Kissinger (also among the Committee of 300) to speak at OU last year. Although he mysteriously canceled his trip to Norman, and as far as we know, never rescheduled.
And before we sign off, we noticed this Miami Herald article which notes how President Obama's policies have hurt NASA and Florida's Space Coast. But would a President Romney do any better in promoting NASA and space exploration? That remains to be seen and Romney is being criticized for supporting cuts that would further gut NASA. When Red Dirt Report had the opportunity last October to ask Romney about his support of NASA and beefing up America's exploration of space, his reply was tepid at best.
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The new ballpark name and logo as it appeared on the sign in the outfield (4/4/12)