I'm a looking-forward kind of guy so I've been sifting through the various threads regarding Lew Wolff bringing the Quakes back in 2007, while ignoring the ones mourning the loss of the team. I'm trying to come up with a realistic picture of how we lost the team as well as the chances of seeing our boys back in town as soon as possible. Let me do this chronologically, and I'll try to come up with cites for my suppositions. Correct me where you think I'm wrong. If I have the facts wrong, show me how. --AEG takes over the team. They never wanted it in the first place. In December 2002, SVSE drops out of their share of the team. Is it safe to assume that AEG's soccer stadium business is being driven by its live entertainment business, and that AEG never considered building an SSS here because the Bay Area already has Clear Channel's concert pavilions in Concord and Mountain View? I think so. --So, AEG wants out. Period. End of story. Thus they turn down an offer to renegotiate the Spartan Stadium lease, according to Mark Purdy. It doesn't matter that Houston is about as ready as San Jose is to welcome a soccer team. Houston is apparently a better market for their concert business (about which I know NOTHING), and since they already own one-third of the league, they're not about to be awarded yet another expansion franchise. So they kneecap any attempts to make the Quakes more palatable for local buyers. (PosterPwave came up with this.) During the events of last week, Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff crops up as a potential buyer for the expansion franchise. Wolff is a longtime partner of AEG, as documented again by pwave. Wolff wants a new stadium for the A's, and has identified a parcel of land north of the Oakland Coliseum as the most desirable spot for this stadium. However, our new friend marinelayer, who as I understand it runs the Baseball San Jose website advocating moving the A's south to San Jose, asserts here that he believes Wolff's intention all along was to move the A's to San Jose, and that Wolff's potential involvement with the Quakes is a ploy to get both a soccer and a baseball stadium on the November 2006 ballot in San Jose. What I don't understand is how would adding a soccer stadium make this ballot proposal any more palatable? The general public is already leery of financing sports stadiums publically, how does adding more money to the taxpayers' tab make this ballot measure more likely to succeed? Add to this the fact that the parcels of land being discussed, near the Diridon station, are already cozy for one stadium, let alone two? (I won't even acknowledge the conjectures regarding one shared convertible stadium, such edifices are an abomination under God.) Ray Ratto, in yesterday's Chronicle, seems to think that this is a ploy for the A's to get a soccer stadium started in San Jose, then I guess he thinks it can be switched over to a baseball stadium . . . come to think of it, I have no idea what the hell Ratto thinks is happening. And I've read that article three times. It seems more logical to think that Wolff's interest in the Quakes is more to gain leverage with Oakland. Which leaves us Quakes fans out in the cold. Anyone care to argue with that? I have no problem with Lew Wolff if he wants to buy the Quakes, even if he has them play in the A's new stadium in Oakland. Is he sincere about the team? And another question: where is SVSE in all of this? I can understand them backing off from the city's $80 million proposal from last week; there was just too much uncertainty associated with that. But have they given up on the Quakes entirely? Couldn't they make a go of it with a soccer stadium in the Diridon area, south of the Arena? And what about the other sites, like the Great America parking lot and the Fairgrounds? So many questions . . .