It was a little over 17 months ago that Laredo was introduced to their third professional indoor football team, the Rattlesnakes. Now after two seasons, with just as many owners, the ride appears to be over.
Doctor Judson Sommerville took over the team late last season and things seemed to be progressing nicely. Earlier in the month rumblings started to pop up that Sommerville may not have the time or resources to put into the Rattlesnakes or his newly announced indoor soccer team the Honeybadgers.
"Decisions are not always based on on field performance and there were some things the owner was dealing with that needed to be taken care of. And quite frankly when it's things that affect your lively hood it's those tough decisions you have to make and that's what happened today."
The one man that spanned both ownership groups is miller who says he is proud of the work they did here in the Gateway City.
"I promised a winning team. I promised we would make the playoffs. This past season we fell one point short of the championship and after making the playoffs two years in a row, I think we nipped that thought that you can't have a winning indoor football team in Laredo."
He knew it would be a tough project, changing the minds of the Laredo people who had seen two previous indoor football teams crash and burn before ever getting a real chance.
"We had some great supporters, business wise and fan wise who appreciated what we did. We wanted to build on that and hopefully if another team ever came back they would give them a chance as well."
He believes the sport can work here, but it will take more effort from the sports loving members of the community.
"There are a lot of cities that are smaller than Laredo that have been successful for five or ten years. I think the fan base is here and the people can get excited. Hey, it's a football state."
Dr. Sommerville was unavailable to comment today as he was out of town on business. Miller did add that the lone star football league is very interested in keeping a team here and that there could a possible ownership group interested in purchasing the team.
With the Rattlesnakes, Toros and Bucks all no longer in action, many have wondered what the Laredo Energy Arena will do moving forward. Their general manager talked to us today and said they are in active talks to bring a number of attractions to the gateway city and that could include the North American Hockey League.
In addition to hockey, Villalon said the Lone Star Football League and Professional Indoor Soccer League are still very interested in the Laredo market and a team could still compete here in 2014.