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Baltimore is infact the oldest indoor team!

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 1:31 pm
by BlastFan
Jim Lindenburg says it for himself!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCz9lHd3 ... re=related

"The Wave were shut down for a week and all the staff were sent home." (00:20-00:30)

Soo... whether you compare the number of years in each city (31-Baltimore to 27-Milwaukee) or the "new" Blast to the "new" Wave, considering both had "stopped operations" for a period of time, (19-Baltimore to 2-Milwaukee) the Baltimore Blast are clearly the longest continually operated professional indoor soccer team!

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 2:34 pm
by preeths
You're still wrong. The Wave is the same franchise it's always been. The one-week he mentions would be nothing but a furlough for employees. Why are you so hung up on this. Oh, and the Milwaukee Wave beat the Baltimore Blast for the 2010-11 MISL title!

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 2:45 pm
by BlastFan
Well the Blast/Spirit have been continuously operating since 1980 and the week or so they were "gone" after the MISL folded seems like the same situation the Wave were just recently in (just saying).

When the wave say they are the oldest franchise, in reality they are just saying they've kept the same name for a longer period of time.

Oh yeah, congratulations on the Wave winning the championship. The Blast lost just to keep the league a little more exciting. :rolleyes:

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 4:28 pm
by Sam Hill
Good for the tuna.

The Spirit were a completely new organization.

Washington Times, August 8, 1992: "Baltimore might have lost the Blast, but it hasn't lost its spirit. Baltimore's new soccer team is called the Baltimore Spirit and will play ..."

But even that doesn't matter. What on Earth do you gain whether or not your team or Milwaukee is the oldest franchise? Who cares?

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 7:19 pm
by preeths
[quote=""BlastFan""]Well the Blast/Spirit have been continuously operating since 1980 and the week or so they were "gone" after the MISL folded seems like the same situation the Wave were just recently in (just saying).

When the wave say they are the oldest franchise, in reality they are just saying they've kept the same name for a longer period of time.

Oh yeah, congratulations on the Wave winning the championship. The Blast lost just to keep the league a little more exciting. :rolleyes: [/quote]

As both Sam and I have pointed out (in another thread), the historical record clearly indicates the Spirit and Blast are two different and entirely distinct organizations. The Wave was and has been one continuing organization. This honestly isn't rocket science.

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 7:46 pm
by robster2001
[quote=""Sam Hill""]But even that doesn't matter. What on Earth do you gain whether or not your team or Milwaukee is the oldest franchise? Who cares?[/quote]

It's Baltimore. What else do they have to cheer for?

* Their baseball team is run by a tightwad megalomaniac.
* Their football team was stolen from Cleveland*.
* Their basketball team has been in Washington for decades.
* They couldn't support minor-league hockey.

It's the Blast or Johns Hopkins lacrosse, really.

:D

*Yes, I know Indianapolis (actually, Jim Irsay) stole Baltimore's team. But two wrongs still make a wrong.

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 2:43 am
by wasteland
Well, Baltimore has this going for them:

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/ar ... cities-247

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 3:40 am
by BlastFan
Quite a few of those cities have had hosted MISL teams. Interesting...

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 5:42 pm
by Soccer-Man
[quote=""preeths""]You're still wrong. The Wave is the same franchise it's always been. The one-week he mentions would be nothing but a furlough for employees. Why are you so hung up on this. Oh, and the Milwaukee Wave beat the Baltimore Blast for the 2010-11 MISL title![/quote]

Yes, the *Milwaukee Wave are the 2010-11 MISL Champions. I truly believe that the sports world can clearly see who the *Wave really are..........and how they won the coveted MISL title.

SHAME

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 5:56 pm
by Soccer-Man
[quote=""BlastFan""]Well the Blast/Spirit have been continuously operating since 1980 and the week or so they were "gone" after the MISL folded seems like the same situation the Wave were just recently in (just saying).

When the wave say they are the oldest franchise, in reality they are just saying they've kept the same name for a longer period of time.

Oh yeah, congratulations on the Wave winning the championship. The Blast lost just to keep the league a little more exciting. :rolleyes: [/quote]

BlastFan, what a privilege it is to finally communicate with someone who actually does fantastic research, on such a controversial topic.

My good friend, take a bow because you just put the final nail in this coffin. I have tried for years to right the wrong that the *Milwaukee Wave were the oldest active professional soccer team in the nation. They have propetuated this lie to a niave public, knowing that the BALTIMORE BLAST were indeed king of this throne.

It is also refreshing that *Milwaukee Wave Owner, Jim Lindenberg has chimed in to tell the truth on this matter. The *Wave folded in 2009; even if it was only for a week, they folded. That's it folks.