Sometimes, according to singer Kenny Rogers, you've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. The Major Indoor Soccer League Players Association might do well to think about that.
When the MISLPA filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, charging unfair labor practices against the Major Soccer League, commissioner Earl Foreman, Blast owner Ed Hale, Blast coach Kenny Cooper and the Cleveland Crunch, many, including the union's own members, asked why?
It is an even more pressing question now, since NLRB regional director Louis J. D'Amico found no evidence to back up the charges.
"We have evidence," MISLPA director John Kerr said yesterday. "Unfortunately, we could not arrange interviews for our players, who would back up our evidence, with the NLRB prior to the deadline we were given. We think we can work that out. I can't say we'll definitely appeal, because it is up to the player reps to decide. But we're looking into it."
The union has until March 26 to file an Given the findings, and the instability of the MSL, one has to wonder if an appeal would be foolhardy.
When the NLRB ruling came down, most players were relieved.
"I think we'd all be better off if we just stopped the fighting," said Blast defender Iain Fraser, apparently reflecting the feelings of many.
Staying home: Blast goalkeeper Steve Powers turned down "a fantastic offer" from Tampa in the American Professional Soccer League, deciding to stay here, work Blast and other soccer camps, and plan his October wedding to Christine Pacanowski.
"You can't get engaged and then skip town," Powers said with a smile. "So, I've decided to stay here, concentrate on learning the indoor game and see if something happens with an outdoor team here next season. I think there will be a team here in 1993."
Tatu II?: Dallas Sidekicks star Tatu and his wife, Lene, saw the birth of their second son Sunday night. Evan Davi weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces. When Vince Fiduccia, MSL assistant director of communications, learned the baby's new name, he was disappointed. "I voted for Tatu II," he said.
World Cup sites: FIFA will announce the 1994 World Cup cities in New York on Monday. Washington expects to be on the list. If so, a campaign will be initiated to bring the opening game to Washington and the FIFA Congress to Baltimore. Gov. William Donald Schaefer has invited U.S. Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg to visit Maryland on May 29, the day before the U.S. National team game against Ireland in Washington.
Hummers ousted: Hummers, the Baltimore entry in last weekend's 36-team amateur indoor championships in Atlanta, won by the San Diego Sockers' developmental team, made it to the round of 16 before losing. Hummers included former Blast and Maryland Bays players Joe Barger, John Karpovich, Chris Reif, Jeff Nattans and Chris Webert, and Blast draft choices Jason Dieter (UMBC) and Joe Layfield (Towson State).