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Confusion, thy name is Carl

Clearly I don't follow basketball very much, since I thought the Hornets were still in Charlotte. I bring this up because apparently I'm not following geography either. Since when can a basketball team be shared between two cities, such as New Orleans and Oklahoma City, that are separated by about 724 miles and one time zone? I assume that the Hornets moved to New Orleans, then got hit by Katrina and had to find another "home"? Is this a permanent thing, or are they waiting for a place to be (re)built in New Orleans?

And now, here's an item for you Chipotle lovers -- it's been McDumped by McDonald's. People who are keen on McDonald's corporate information will no doubt realize that Donatos Pizza was delivered to McDonald's in June 1999 and "Returned to Sender" in December 2003. McDonald's also bought Boston Market in December 1999 and is still a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonald's Corporation. The big question here, of course, is for how long.

On the TV front, "Ugly Betty" got it's full season pickup.

We got Jen a new cell phone yesterday. She was overdue for one, and her old one was starting to have charging problems. We walked in to see if we were eligible, and told we were "very eligible"... then there was this pause. The clerk looked, and asked for assistance. See, he hadn't seen the plan we were on before. It's at this point in the story that I should mention that Jen only uses her cell phone for emergencies or to let me know she's late or something. It's not a primary phone in any sense. So the telephone dude was shocked -- SHOCKED -- to see a 20 minute peak time plan. And it was listed for $19.99. Of course, he didn't see further down the screen where we get a $10 discount because it's going through my work as a personal plan. Yup -- $10 a month for a cell phone, and she rarely goes over her minutes. Needless to say, everyone at the store had to come over to see this mysterious plan, and to look at the weirdos that would have such a plan. =)

And now, random links.

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drbear
Oct. 16th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
The Hornets - they moved from Charlotte (less because they weren't doing well, more because owner George Shinn had alienated everybody) to NO. But after Katrina hit, their arena was unusable (te Nw Orleans arena is right next door to the Superdome). So they played last year in Oklahoma City which had just buiilt a new arena, the Ford Center, and sold out the season. (OKC has been trying for an NBA team). This year, the Hornets are playing six games in New Orleans, the rest in OKC, and then a decision will be made. It probably wouldn't be as big a blow if the Hornets left; they had just been there a short time and weren't in the city psyche as deep as the Saints.
voicelessloud
Oct. 16th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
assumed right. ok city is the fill in for no.
riversidedimple
Oct. 16th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
The Hornets - they moved from Charlotte (less because they weren't doing well, more because owner George Shinn had alienated everybody) to NO. But after Katrina hit, their arena was unusable (te Nw Orleans arena is right next door to the Superdome). So they played last year in Oklahoma City which had just buiilt a new arena, the Ford Center, and sold out the season. (OKC has been trying for an NBA team). This year, the Hornets are playing six games in New Orleans, the rest in OKC, and then a decision will be made. It probably wouldn't be as big a blow if the Hornets left; they had just been there a short time and weren't in the city psyche as deep as the Saints.

To follow up, the Hornets were not doing well the season before Katrina hit in NO... and there were talks of the team either folding altogether or moving to Las Vegas. (It would stay in the Western Conference, but different division alignments... as if they were not wacky enough anyway) Of course, the Hornets won very few games that season. Last season, the Hornets played THREE games at Nawlins after the All-Star break, including one game against LA.

You know, with the All-Star game being at Vegas this year, it could show how much that city deserves a pro sports team... or it could be disastrous. Of course, I'll be there for that =)
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