Anyone who reads this blog on a regular knows that one of my favorite things to do is to point out irony, and moreover, when people can't seem to grasp their own particular brand of it. The irony here, and what Lucchino seems to completely fail to grasp is this: He asks, we, the State of RI for "flexibility", when the ownership group has demonstrated a rigidity Viagra users would envy. Let me explain.
Although the term "everything is on the table" has been bandied about when it comes to keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, team ownership has clearly indicated that is not the case.
Would they consider attempting to add the "amenities" that Pawtucket lacks around McCoy to create a more lively business community? Absolutely not.
Would they consider another parcel in Providence outside of the prime parcel that they're drooling over? Absolutely not.
Would they consider building the stadium completely on their own billions of dimes? Absolutely not.
Would they be willing to release their own internal feasibility study regarding upgrades to McCoy to the public,or at the very least, state and city leadership? Absolutely not.
So, you see, while Lucchino may be asking the state for "flexibility" team ownership has demonstrated the flexibility of a window display mannequin, which is to say, none. Now negotiations have moved underground, so we, the people, don't even have an idea just how "flexible" we will have to be.
My advice is to limber up and stretch - maybe take a couple of yoga classes - because chances are, Lucchino et al. will ask us to have the flexibility of a prima ballerina. While you're at it, stop by your local drugstore and grab some personal lube. Even in light of the flaccid nature of our collective sphincters - due to frequent and vigorous penetrations by the state - this one's going to hurt.