Transcript of Deezies press conference, 12-5-07
Deezies Sports Limited President and CCO Carson L. Rizor held a press conference just moments ago. Here is a transcript of that event:
Q1: What type of tickets are available for this week's game?
CR: We've been fortunate to have great demand for tickets all season long, even for our games against Duckett/Stanton and Fenton. Now, while we would have preferred to have Team Swamp Balls this weekend, given their pedigree and history with us, we still expect to have a full crowd for the Stanley Cup Champs. LaDainian Tomlinson has proven star power, and there are still many fans who have fond memories of Marques Colston. So, I think we're well ahead of our projections and we'll be able to make sure that every seat that's been sold will, in fact, be occupied.
Q2: Sir, there are a number of reports that the grand jury investigation was hindering the team's preparations for this weekend. Can you speak a little to that, please?
CR: Well, their work isn't done yet, and I don't want to hamper the process in any way, but we have responded to all of their requests in a prompt manner, and their investigation has had no negative impact on our day-to-day operations. (an off-camera voice shouts "Rondayne still a snitch, yo!") Ahem. (an off-camera voice shouts "my bad, yo!") We understand that they have a job to do, and they understand that we have jobs to do too.
Q3: Can you address a little bit what it means to be the number one seed and to have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, as opposed to having a lower seed? What does that mean for the Deezies fa Sheezies?
CR: As a top seed, it allows us to prepare -- to open up our playbook and provide the full range of options and all the things that the team needs now in order to play on Sunday. If we had earned a lower seed, that would have necessitated travel arrangements and remote accomodations at greater levels. And at this point, we have no need for that.
Q4: Yo, I done heard that both White Lightning and B-Dub be on they way here, on tha real. What they be doin', yo? And is they wifeys traveling wit' 'em? Holla at ya' boy!
CR: All of the key Stanley Cup Champs personnel who are directing their effort and demonstrating a partnership through their effort will be in Ann Arbor this afternoon to review their accomodations and practice facilities. So I think it's a good demonstration of sportsmanship, recognizing that their role is not to fold like lawn chairs but to provide a competitive game. And they'll demonstrate that by their preparation.
(an off-camera voice asks for another question)
Q5: Are you happy with the Deezies' performance, so far?
CR: I'm very happy with the Deezies's performance so far. If you look at where we've finished over the last couple of years, to see this team with the coaching staff in place and aggressively linked in with the marketing department, a coach who's at the top of his game, who spent a couple of months in Canada to make sure that he understood the situation and would be able to bring the right support to this team. This is a Deezies team and an organization that's leaning forward, not waiting to react. And you have to be pretty pleased to see that.
(an off-camera voice says "And I be gettin' mad paid, yo!")
(another off-camera voice says "last question")
Q6: What lessons learned from previous seasons have been applied?
CR: And previous seasons... it's like, is there day and is there night? And if you take a look at previous seasons, where there really was no leaning forward, really, there really was not a fabric of partnership, where there wasn't good smooth communications between the players and the coaches, between the coaches and the owners, to see all of us linked together, pre-scripting game assignments, having contracts in place, following a game plan, we didn't do any of those kinds of things before. And what you're seeing now is a very smoothly, very efficiently performing team. You are seeing some fits and starts, as you would expect in a season. It's not storybook perfect, but you're seeing players react and to see in a gap and to fill it right away and not wait to be told to fill it. And you're seeing a gap that exists for moments, not for days or a week. And so, I think what you're really seeing here is the benefit of experience, the benefit of good leadership and the benefit of good partnership, none of which were present anywhere else. So, I think, as a league, people should sit up and take notice that you have some of the worst coaching in history around the league, and look at how well the Deezies are performing, look at how well we're working together between players, coaches, and staff. It's a good thing to see, and it should be reassuring to the league that if it does lose a franchise, whether it's a Team Swamp Balls or a Marlette team, that we'll do the same thing that we're doing in Canada, we'll pull together to support the league and the owners' common objectives by teamwork and partnership. I thank you all for your time.
(an off-camera voice says "One love!")