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Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal passed
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College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man,” Texas
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Cam Newton is everywhere these days. NEW YORK —It was like a death in the
family for Brooklyn baseball fans when their beloved Dodgers left the borough
behind in 1957 for the California coast. Times were grim for Brooklyn back then.
Residents were leaving en masse for the suburbs. Crime was on the rise. And
there was little hope that the boroughs plight would improve. “When the Dodgers
left, it was another punch in the face to the fact that Brooklyns best days may
not be ahead, but may have been behind us,” said Brooklyn Borough President
Marty Markowitz, who was 12 years old at the time. “It was depressing.” After
decades without a professional sports team, New York Citys ascendant borough hit
the major leagues again on Friday with the opening of the Brooklyn Nets new
arena. The state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat arena will be officially christened
Sept. 28 with a rap concert by Nets co-owner and native Brooklynite Jay-Z.
Supporters cheered Friday as the lights were turned on during a ribbon-cutting
ceremony. “This is going to send a loud and clear message that Brooklyn has
arrived as a centre of exciting entertainment, thrilling big time sports and
thriving commerce,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the crowd.
Developer Bruce Ratner said he was glad the arena is finally open after its
completion was delayed by multiple lawsuits and by the economic downturn. Both
men said the project has already created more than 1,500 jobs. The
austere-looking arena is ringed by steeply raked black seats and bright digital
banners. The polished, herringbone-patterned wood floor displays the Nets new
black-and-white logo, designed by Jay-Z, in the middle. Just as the Dodgers
departure was a harbinger of difficult times ahead, the opening of the Barclays
Center is a symbol of Brooklyns astonishing rise in recent years as a
sought-after destination for people from all over the globe. Basketball is now
the sport du jour here, not baseball. And in a stroke of irony, the new stadium
was built directly across the street from the spot where Dodgers President
Walter OMalley wanted to erect a new ballpark to replace Ebbets Field, the teams
home that was later demolished. “When they left, thats when I washed my hands of
baseball,” said 72-year-old Fred Wilken, who was so distraught by the loss of
his hometown team that he stopped watching sports altogether. “For years we
supported them, we came down here. And then all of a sudden they decide to
leave.” The Dodgers were the golden thread that tied Brooklyn together in those
days. The fabric of the team was woven into the neighbourhood. About two miles
from the new Nets Arena, the hallowed ground where Ebbets Field once stood is
now a massive brick apartment building in a neighbourhood of Caribbean
immigrants. “We still havent gotten over it,” admitted Ron Schweiger, Brooklyns
official borough historian, whose basement is stuffed with Dodgers memorabilia.
“I tend to think they never moved. Theyre on an extended road trip.” Why OMalley
moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after the 1957 season was, at its
core, a question of dollars and cents. OMalley wanted the city to help subsidize
the new stadium, and the city refused. Fast-forward to the present: the $1
billion Barclays Center has received millions in public money. With its
deliberately rusted steel exterior, the new arena looks like a spaceship that
cruised in for a landing in Brooklyns busiest transportation and shopping hub.
There are chain stores galore. A Modells sporting apparel store across the
street is stocked with racks ffull of team apparel emblazoned with the new logo
designed by Jay-Z himself. Dan Koppen Jersey. Rivalry-stirring T-shirts
proclaim: “New York Divided.” See-through paneling is put to careful use
throughout the structure, allowing pedestrians outside of the building to see in
to the teams practice court and to view both fans and the scoreboard—although
not the court itself—during games. Those willing to pay a premium for
close-up seats will also be allowed into a lounge before the games that offers a
view on players entering the locker rooms. Gregg Pasquarelli, an architect on
the project, said that a primary goal of the design had been to integrate the
large structure with the surrounding community by encouraging passers-by to peer
inside the building, go shopping in its storefronts and relax in its large
outdoor plaza. Its a message of welcome thats not reciprocated by all.
Protesters handed out fliers outside the arena on Friday, criticizing officials
for their use of eminent domain and questioning whether all the promised jobs
and affordable housing units originally slated to accompany the development
would materialize. Community opposition and litigation have plagued the project
for nearly a decade, since the project was first announced in 2003. The city is
banking on Brooklynites deep-rooted sense of borough pride to win over new fans.
And the championship-hungry Nets are hoping their new Brooklyn home will turn
the tide for a franchise that has been largely overshadowed by the New York
Knicks. But gone are the days when sports allegiances were dictated by geography
alone. Brooklyn is a tight-knit borough no more: It is a deeply diverse
community of many nationalities and income brackets. Large swaths of Brooklyn
are actually starting to look a whole lot like Manhattan. The borough of about
2.5 million residents draws its own share of tourists who want to stroll down
Brooklyn Heights charming brownstone-lined streets or shop in Williamsburgs chic
boutiques. Celebrities live in Brooklyn now. It is home to fashionable hipsters
and upscale beer gardens and well-heeled mothers pushing expensive baby
strollers down the street. Brooklyn is no longer just a place to live—its a
place to visit. “Brooklyn had an image as the underdog upstarts, which the
Dodgers exemplified,” said Henry Fetter, author of “Taking on the Yankees:
Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball.” “I think Brooklyn no longer has
that image. And the Nets dont necessarily exemplify that.” At the end of the
day, as the wins pile up, the fans will follow. A new generation of Brooklyn
children will grow up with the Nets, just as their grandparents and
great-grandparents grew up with the Dodgers. But fans are a more fickle species
nowadays. A group of young men shooting hoops across the street from Ebbets
Field Apartments vowed to remain loyal to the Knicks, despite being born and
raised in Brooklyn. “If they had Dwight Howard, they wouldve been the team of
New York,” said 23-year-old Mario Volcin. “They wouldve been the best team of
New York. The Nets dont really have enough pieces.” In a winner-take-all kind of
town, being second-best just doesnt cut it. And as any Dodgers fan would tell
you, old loyalties die hard. But even the old-timers are willing to give this
new team a chance. “I cant see this as atonement. Too many years have gone by
for that,” said Schweiger, the historian. “But I definitely intend to go to a
bunch of the games. In fact, I already have a Brooklyn Nets T-shirt.” ’ ’ ’ 

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