The San Antonio city council can. Last week its members voted 10-1 against a proposal to name the city's new baseball park Miller Lite Stadium. Through Halo, its San Antonio distributor, Miller had offered to contribute $1 million to help build the park for the San Antonio Missions (a Class AA franchise in the Texas League affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers) in exchange for having the stadium named after its product. But hundreds of residents called or wrote the council to protest the idea, both because they found it unseemly to name the stadium after an alcoholic beverage and because they objected to naming the park after a company that would contribute only 10% of its cost. The council took the hint. "I've never been in this position before," said O'Malley. "I've got a check for a million bucks, and nobody wants it."
Nothing like having the support of the home fans when times are tough, eh?
The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves were 19-52 at week's end, but that's not the bad news. The bad news is that only 2% of the fans who responded to a recent poll by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press named the Timberwolves as their favorite team.
The NHL Dallas Stars, who moved to Texas from Minnesota last year, drew 5%.
Since the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race in Southampton, England, six months ago, the French maxi yacht La Poste has survived a damaged mizzenmast, pounding gales, two straight weeks of rain and bitter cold in the South Atlantic Ocean, and icebergs off Cape Horn. All that, though, was nothing compared to the crew's Kafkaesque encounter with Uruguay's justice system.
At 4 p.m. last Saturday, La Poste departed Punta del Este on the fifth and penultimate leg of the 32,000-mile Whit-bread with only 11 of her 15 crew members on board. Left behind in a Uruguayan jail as the 85-foot yacht set out on the 5,475-mile journey to Fort Lauderdale were Patrick Deloffe, Yves Kernaleguen, Pascal Lassus and Florent Rupert. The first two had been charged with assault and deprivation of liberty, the second pair with only the latter charge following a bungled burglary, even though they were the intended victims.
On March 20 six of La Poste's crewmen returned to their rented house in Punta del Este, where they discovered a burglar. They subdued the intruder, tied him up and notified the police. For their trouble the six were hauled in by Uruguayan police (two were released a short time later) and charged with assaulting and illegally detaining the alleged burglar.
Police in Maldonado said, "The Uruguayan citizen was charged without imprisonment with the crime of attempted burglary." Why the four Frenchmen were charged and imprisoned is only one of the issues La Poste management and race officials are trying to sort out.