– It would be very sad if the Western New York Flash cannot find a new league to play in this year. The team was important to the stadium, community and women’s sports. What’s more, the players were just starting to make a name for themselves in Rochester. In an Olympic year, I think we would have seen the same excitement that surrounded the Women’s World Cup.
Women’s Professional Soccer’s decision not to play the 2012 season means the defending champion Western New York Flash could be a footnote in Rochester’s sports history. That’s sad.
They’d join the 1974 box lacrosse Rochester Griffins as the only Rochester pro teams to win a championship in their first season and then disappear.
If you saw the Flash play, you know it was a terrific product. If you didn’t see them play, you don’t know what you missed.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported the athletes found out they were essentially laid off via email:
“I just sat there, completely shocked,” one of hard-working cogs (Brittany Bock) who helped the Flash win the WPS Championship last summer in their inaugural season said from Denver. “I called my Dad. I cried. I was overwhelmed.”
“I feel like I got hit by a truck,” Flash forward McCall Zerboni said of Monday’s announcement.
– An editorial from the Democrat and Chronicle calling for more investigations in LeRoy and “agreement” about a diagnosis is exactly the kind of thing Bob Lonsberry was referring to when he wrote his column blasting the media for downplaying medical experts:
Reports focused not on medical knowledge or expertise, but on baseless and ignorant speculations.
The simple, plain answer, obtainable from any doctor they put a microphone in front of, was ignored and largely unreported.
They pretended there was a mystery here when, in fact, there was none.
– The Strong was named by Forbes one of the best children’s museum in the country.
– Rochesterians really like to play the New York State Lottery.
– I’ve become a big fan of “Downton Abbey.” Here’s a little history on the castle at the center of the show.