The Braves are not entirely pleased with their stadium situation

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Wait, did I say this morning that the acts of Jeff Loria would chasten those sports teams who would dare make noise about their stadiums and stuff? Hahaha, how silly of me.  Because down in Atlanta — where the huge story these days is the Falcons wanting a $1 billion new home — someone with the Braves had the guts to squawk about their 16 year-old park. At least its location:

Substantive talks are underway, with the 2016 expiration of the Atlanta Braves’ lease on Turner Field in mind. The Braves have never been entirely happy there.

“As we sit here in 2012, this isn’t where we would have this stadium today,” began Mike Plant, the Braves’ executive vice president of business operations. “I’m not saying it’s a bad place, but it doesn’t match up with where the majority of our fans come from.”

Reality reigns, of course. The Braves know they’re not doing anything about it, so the focus is going to get on with rehabbing the neighborhood in some sort of private-public partnership mish-mash we hear so much about.

All of which puts further lie to the already silly notion that ballparks — hell, in this case, entire Olympic villages — lead to surrounding development.  Atlanta has had pushing 20 years to make that happen on that site, and it still hasn’t happened. They built it, and no one came, despite the promises of every single team owner in the history of forever.

St Louis Cards announcer McLaughlin arrested on DWI charge

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ST. LOUIS – Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin was charged Monday as a persistent offender of driving while intoxicated, a day after he was arrested in suburban St. Louis.

Bond was set at $25,000, the Creve Coeur Police Department said.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment,” the Cardinals and Bally Sports said in a statement.

The 48-year-old McLaughlin has been a Cardinals broadcaster for more than two decades. He has also done NFL games for Fox.

Police said McLaughlin was stopped Sunday and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.