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DFIJ-. 5 The Thursday, May 7, 201.J My home town is celebrating the tale of a true underdog- such an underdog, in fact, that I might not have noticed anything had ............ happened but for the histrionic hand-flapping ................................ of my brother. The local football team that none of us pays any attention to has unexpect- edly launched itself into the most elite soccer C~!ii 30~80~55~ league in the world. ogde idriski I@wyoieg gov Like most English Th is S id e o f towns, we have a local football team, but, un- the Pond like other towns, AFC Home 307-283 1 ?i Bournemouth has Ce1!:307-282 9 . never really tingled Notes from an Uprooted Email: ............. much excitement for Englishwoman sports fans. Even the nickname is lacking -BY SARAH PRIDGEON .... Governor Ma. ead no hawks, wolves or broncos for our boys, pitoI instead they are the "Cherries". We've never been able to afford the biggest stadium or the most expensive training and we've always made do with the cheapest play- Web ite}govemo .wy;gov ers up for auction. It's a wonder they even know what a football is, let alone which way to kick it. Was~ingl~ni OC O~ticel 307 To give you an idea of the difference between Dirk~ate Offi~ B~iJdingi the Cherries and the top teams, our current W# hington DC 20510 :Main:202-22 6 1, star player transferred over for $4 million, while Angel Di Maria joined Manchester Unit- ed recently for just under $83 million. Our little Goldsands Stadium can hold around 11,700 people, while Old Trafford, $heddan WY 82801 home of Manchester United, packs in 76,000 fans. And while the Cherries have a modest annual turnover of $7 million, Manchester City sees $375 million pass through its cof- W sN gton DC Office: fers every year. Senate Russell Office Building, Our team has also had appalling luck over W shington DC 20510 the years. One of their greatest achievements was an 8-0 win over Birmingham, the first time they had ever scored so high in a league T~iIFree: 888 ~0 1879 game. It was expunged from the records the Office: ........ very next day because World War II happened S Kendrick Ave Ste 303, .... : to break out. To top it all off, just seven years ago, our little club almost disappeared entirely. The team found itself literally five minutes away ..... from being liquidated. 4 million in debt, the club had been placed in administration twice when its manager called a noon press conference. At 1 1:55 a.m., 20515 he still had no idea whether he had the money to continue trading - the day was saved by the who found enough change keep things running for one To!l Free: 8 87%3599 club's chairman, F xi 202-2 5 3057 in his pockets to Sheridan office! more month 45 E Loucks Ste 30OF, , Phone: 301 67, 460& : ....... The 'Opinions' section of our newspaper belongs to you, the readers, We encourage you to use it to express your opinions. The Sundance Times all letters we receive. Letters are not published when they cannot be verified, when are not considered in good taste or when they are meant personally for one reader. Letters are edited when they contain potentially libelous content or when language is in poor taste. All letters must include a signature, physical address and a telephone number, Address and phone original signature will be veri- fied bya telephone call to the author. Letters to the edi- tor areintended to express ten as personal thank-yous or adyertising messages. The Sundance Times is not page and does not, in pub- lishing them, necessarily en- dorse any particular opinion. Notice macy of any offer orsolicffa- tion. Take reasonable steps to evaluate an offer before you send money or provide fraud, contact the Wyoming Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Unit, 123 Capitol,Building, Cheyenne, WY82002 (800) 8-5799 / {307} 777-7874. A couple of years before that, a humble man- ..... age~me~.rit te'ffn~ found ttseK:bn time-StreetS of the 'town Center, holding out buckets in the hopes that a sympathetic community might save the Cherries from their first fall into administra- tion, which led to them becoming the first community team in European football. They were absolutely penniless, and it showed. So how on earth did a team so humble man- age to challenge the top players - not to men- tion prevail? This is a tale of clambering from the very bottom of a ditch to the headiest of all possible heights. Our local kickabouts have spent the majori- ty of my lifetime lingering somewhere near the bottom of the Football League tables. Under- neath the Premier League you have a few less- er ones, but you need to be in the premier to have any hope of winning the FA Cup, which is the soccer version of the Superbowl. No, to be worthwhile in English football, you cannot linger in the lower leagues. Up in the Premier League is where the likes of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney hang out, the top foot- bailers paid over $20 million each year to play for interna- tionally recognized teams such as Man- chester United and The Arsenal. The Premier League is the land of billionaires and supercars, young lads with too much money for their years but every intention of spending it. It's where the cream of the world's soccer players want to be, with superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez training to perfection in our teams before going back to their home countries during the World Cup to beat England into submission. This is not where AFC Bournemouth has ever belonged - I'm not sure I ever saw us climb past the first few rungs and we've certain- ly never scratched our way into the Premier League. Things reached their lowest point a few years ago when we were so far into the minus points that we were in danger of being kicked out of the leagues altogether. Panicked and desperate, the Cherries threw their star player into the manager seat shortly after an injury counted him out of actual play. It was a smart move -just six years later, he's pushed the Cherries into the Premier League and won an award for Football League Man- ager of the Decade. Some are even touting him as the perfect choice to manage England's in- ternational team. Money isn't everything, I suppose, and Howe most certainly proves it. When he came back to Bournemouth in 2002 after being signed to another team, the club couldn't afford his transfer fee. Supporters joined together to raise enough money and bought him for un- der $30,000. Wayne Rooney makes ten times that amount in a single week. Bournemouth is loud and proud this week, and rightly so - my brother, in particular, is celebrating. He spent Monday cheering on the open-top bus parade and is making plans to camp out in front of the stadium to secure a season ticket. He's ~eV~r d'Nffip:dd:fin~H~Wli) his life before n0v, so I believe his plans in- clude several pillows, a side table and a laptop to watch his nightly television shows. Unless there's a freakish upset and the team behind Bournemouth manages to score 19 goals in their next game, UFC Bournemouth is guaranteed a spot in the Premier League. From collecting pennies in buckets, they will soar to a financial worth of at least $150 mil- lion. And from their embarrassing place at the bottom of soccer's barrel, these plucky local underdogs have picked themselves up and climbed to the very top. As we read about plans to make a county wide landfill at Moorcroft, we have noticed an idea being pursued that we are totally against. That is the idea that everyone would be taxed to support the landfill. There are people who will never use it and they should not have to pay for it. Like Skip Waters, we take care of our garbage. First we recycle everything that we can. The animals recycle most of the kitch- en, yard and garden wastes. Second, we burn what can't be recycled. During dry conditions, the burnable items are sacked and stored until they can be safely burned. As a result, we sel- dom go to our dump except to take tree branches or old fence posts and wire. The branches and burnable items are burned when there is snow. We would have nothing left to go to the Moorcroft landfill. We agree that a county landfill is a good idea for those who need it rather than hauling everything to Gillette or Casper. We just don't believe that those who can take care of their own garbage should have to pay for those who do need the landfill. Perhaps in the event that someone did have some hazardous material they needed to dispose of, they could be charged a fee to do so, but that is not something most of us have on a regular basis. Now is the time for you to let your county commissioners know your ideas before it is too late. Raymond and Jeanne Shepherd i Green Mountain Grills premium hardwood pellet smoker OFF Newcastle Sundance Lusk SEE STORE FOR DETAILS SALE ENDS MAY 10 COW POKES By Ace Reid "Why are you shakin yore head "no" when I ain't asked for anything yet !! ' You get answers FAST at Sundance State Bank. There is NO substitute for a LOCALLY OWNED and INDEPENDENT BANK. Member FDIC' 'Equal Housing Lender Phone 283'1074 (