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Welcome to Crewture.

Which stands for Crew and Culture, and follows Crew supporter culture. Created around the Nordecke creation and used to follow the rise of the new supporters section which is now 9 years old.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Morning Afterthoughts: Dallas Ja Vous

Direct TV offers NFL fans the ability to watch every single NFL game of the season in 30 minutes or less. For fans of teams like the Dophins, Raiders, and Bengals, this proves to be a worthwhile and positive tool. With real football, however, this tool would prove useless because:

1. Soccer is too fluid to chop into a 30-minute highlight. You'd either get too much or not enough.

2. If you're going to invest 30 minutes, why not take the extra hour to see the whole game? Unlike the NFL, you can watch a complete match in less time than it takes to watch most major motion pictures.

That's why the 3 minute highlight was made for soccer. You can see the goals, the fouls, and the near misses that pretty much made or broke the match. Unfortunately, it doesn't always tell the story of who played the best, and that's OK. Soccer isn't about who plays the best each week; it's about who continues to put results on the board, regardless of how pretty it is.

And this season, the Crew should just go ahead and christen themselves the "Team of the Highlight". Columbus has been winning games in the time it takes most people to brush their teeth, or in John Carver's case, completely throw everyone in his organization under the bus.

Witness last night's game. The Crew beat F.C. Dallas with a couple of goals in response to a Jeff Cunningham goal minutes earlier. The scores came in the 37th and 39th minutes. Funny thing is, that's not the first time the Crew have pulled off this seemingly nitro-induced surge past the competition. Just 2 weeks ago, the Crew needed a mere 3-minute spurt between the 62nd and 65th minutes to dispatch of the Sister Side at home.

But it's not just the Frisco side the Crew can heat up against. Remember the 3 goals in 10 minutes they got against San Jose? Or how about 3 goals in 12 minutes against Kansas City? Granted, these microwave-like numbers have not exactly come against the best competition (combined record 18-25-23), but it is encouraging to see that the Crew have proven dangerous when the situation calls for it. When a playoff elimination is on the line, that comeback experience will come in handy, and keep the Crew braced with the hope that no matter what the clock says, until the whistle blows, they are not out of any game.

Other news and notes:

- Did anyone else know the field in Frisco has sand instead of dirt as an underlayment? Apparently, the remnants of the last Jimmy Buffet concert have not been fully removed.

- There is some debate over who the Man of the Match was. It's between Guille and Gaven, and in this case, I go with the youngster. Gaven's last two games have been the best we've seen from him in quite some time, going back to the end of last year, where he again really came on strong. Let's hope he's putting it together and becoming the player all had hoped he would be.

And yes, I thought of doing the headline "Eddie Does Dallas," but something didn't seem right about it.

Schelotto was spectacular once again, but Eddie Gaven deserves this one. Of course, better to be debating the hero, instead of the goat...

- Interesting quote from Sigi Schmid in the MLS Net postgame report. He states the Crew have never lost a game which Gino Padula started.

When informed of this, Padula said, "YYYYAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH, Maytey!"

- Seeing the F.C. Dallas "supporter's section" was just pitiful. The worst part? They've already built their stage, and still, no unified growing group of supporters. Now all that's left to offer are free beer and hookers.

- Next Saturday is Fatih and Family Night at Crew Stadium. Of course, the Crew F.O. could not have picked a better time to bring new fans to the stadium than against a team that is basically the symbolic wall the Crew will have to smash down in order to get to the Cup. This means the Nordecke should be as boisterous, loud, and offensive as we've ever seen it. What could possibly go wrong?

- Congrats to Alejandro Moreno for getting on the scoresheet against Dallas. Unfortunately, the Crew will be without his services for the Revs game, as he will once again be on international duty for his home country of Venuzuela's National Team. Damn Commies.

- By the way, kudos all around to the defense. Against arguably one of the best on-paper striker tandems in MLS (Jeff Cunningham and Kenny "Not Yet" Cooper), they gave up all of two goals in two matches. Cooper was shutout, though albeit with help from the crossbar on more than one occasion.

- With all due respect to Fados and Ruby Tuesday, I nominate Barley's Smokehouse and Brewery if you're loooking for a place to get some suds and grub. A bit on the pricey side, it's worth it for the on-site-smoked beef, chicken, and pulled pork, hand-crafted barbecue sauces, and outstanding deserts. Oh, did I mention they are indeed a microbrewery? My inner Homer Simpson is drooling.

-Finally, in a not-at-all Crew related item, did anyone get a look at John McCain's Veep choice, Sarah Palin? The governor of Alaska may not be your cup o' tea politically, but...have you seen her?



As political leaders go, outside of Nicholas Sarkozy's wife, she's gotta be up there in terms of attractiveness. I'm not saying she's hot, but I get naughty thoughts whenever the media says one of these three phrases in reference to her:

1. "Republicans are hoping voters will pull their levers for Palin in November..."
2. "Republicans have noticed a rise in their polls since the naming of Palin to VP..."

And my favorite:

3. "Insiders say McCain only recently decided to tap Palin as his VP Choice..."

Ah yes, I sometimes have a filthy mind. Apologies all around. I'm sure John McCain is honored to have such a beautiful and talented woman on his staff.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all night.

Morning Afterthoughts: Dallas Ja Vous

Direct TV offers NFL fans the ability to watch every single NFL game of the season in 30 minutes or less. For fans of teams like the Dophins, Raiders, and Bengals, this proves to be a worthwhile and positive tool. With real football, however, this tool would prove useless because:

1. Soccer is too fluid to chop into a 30-minute highlight. You'd either get too much or not enough.

2. If you're going to invest 30 minutes, why not take the extra hour to see the whole game? Unlike the NFL, you can watch a complete match in less time than it takes to watch most major motion pictures.

That's why the 3 minute highlight was made for soccer. You can see the goals, the fouls, and the near misses that pretty much made or broke the match. Unfortunately, it doesn't always tell the story of who played the best, and that's OK. Soccer isn't about who plays the best each week; it's about who continues to put results on the board, regardless of how pretty it is.

And this season, the Crew should just go ahead and christen themselves the "Team of the Highlight". Columbus has been winning games in the time it takes most people to brush their teeth, or in John Carver's case, completely throw everyone in his organization under the bus.

Witness last night's game. The Crew beat F.C. Dallas with a couple of goals in response to a Jeff Cunningham goal minutes earlier. The scores came in the 37th and 39th minutes. Funny thing is, that's not the first time the Crew have pulled off this seemingly nitro-induced surge past the competition. Just 2 weeks ago, the Crew needed a mere 3-minute spurt between the 62nd and 65th minutes to dispatch of the Sister Side at home.

But it's not just the Frisco side the Crew can heat up against. Remember the 3 goals in 10 minutes they got against San Jose? Or how about 3 goals in 12 minutes against Kansas City? Granted, these microwave-like numbers have not exactly come against the best competition (combined record 18-25-23), but it is encouraging to see that the Crew have proven dangerous when the situation calls for it. When a playoff elimination is on the line, that comeback experience will come in handy, and keep the Crew braced with the hope that no matter what the clock says, until the whistle blows, they are not out of any game.

Other news and notes:

- Did anyone else know the field in Frisco has sand instead of dirt as an underlayment? Apparently, the remnants of the last Jimmy Buffet concert have not been fully removed.

- There is some debate over who the Man of the Match was. It's between Guille and Gaven, and in this case, I go with the youngster. Gaven's last two games have been the best we've seen from him in quite some time, going back to the end of last year, where he again really came on strong. Let's hope he's putting it together and becoming the player all had hoped he would be.

And yes, I thought of doing the headline "Eddie Does Dallas," but something didn't seem right about it.

Schelotto was spectacular once again, but Eddie Gaven deserves this one. Of course, better to be debating the hero, instead of the goat...

- Interesting quote from Sigi Schmid in the MLS Net postgame report. He states the Crew have never lost a game which Gino Padula started.

When informed of this, Padula said, "YYYYAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH, Maytey!"

- Seeing the F.C. Dallas "supporter's section" was just pitiful. The worst part? They've already built their stage, and still, no unified growing group of supporters. Now all that's left to offer are free beer and hookers.

- Next Saturday is Fatih and Family Night at Crew Stadium. Of course, the Crew F.O. could not have picked a better time to bring new fans to the stadium than against a team that is basically the symbolic wall the Crew will have to smash down in order to get to the Cup. This means the Nordecke should be as boisterous, loud, and offensive as we've ever seen it. What could possibly go wrong?

- Congrats to Alejandro Moreno for getting on the scoresheet against Dallas. Unfortunately, the Crew will be without his services for the Revs game, as he will once again be on international duty for his home country of Venuzuela's National Team. Damn Commies.

- By the way, kudos all around to the defense. Against arguably one of the best on-paper striker tandems in MLS (Jeff Cunningham and Kenny "Not Yet" Cooper), they gave up all of two goals in two matches. Cooper was shutout, though albeit with help from the crossbar on more than one occasion.

- With all due respect to Fados and Ruby Tuesday, I nominate Barley's Smokehouse and Brewery if you're loooking for a place to get some suds and grub. A bit on the pricey side, it's worth it for the on-site-smoked beef, chicken, and pulled pork, hand-crafted barbecue sauces, and outstanding deserts. Oh, did I mention they are indeed a microbrewery? My inner Homer Simpson is drooling.

-Finally, in a not-at-all Crew related item, did anyone get a look at John McCain's Veep choice, Sarah Palin? The governor of Alaska may not be your cup o' tea politically, but...have you seen her?



As political leaders go, outside of Nicholas Sarkozy's wife, she's gotta be up there in terms of attractiveness. I'm not saying she's hot, but I get naughty thoughts whenever the media says one of these three phrases in reference to her:

1. "Republicans are hoping voters will pull their levers for Palin in November..."
2. "Republicans have noticed a rise in their polls since the naming of Palin to VP..."

And my favorite:

3. "Insiders say McCain only recently decided to tap Palin as his VP Choice..."

Ah yes, I sometimes have a filthy mind. Apologies all around. I'm sure John McCain is honored to have such a beautiful and talented woman on his staff.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all night.

Morning Afterthoughts: Dallas Ja Vous

Direct TV offers NFL fans the ability to watch every single NFL game of the season in 30 minutes or less. For fans of teams like the Dophins, Raiders, and Bengals, this proves to be a worthwhile and positive tool. With real football, however, this tool would prove useless because:

1. Soccer is too fluid to chop into a 30-minute highlight. You'd either get too much or not enough.

2. If you're going to invest 30 minutes, why not take the extra hour to see the whole game? Unlike the NFL, you can watch a complete match in less time than it takes to watch most major motion pictures.

That's why the 3 minute highlight was made for soccer. You can see the goals, the fouls, and the near misses that pretty much made or broke the match. Unfortunately, it doesn't always tell the story of who played the best, and that's OK. Soccer isn't about who plays the best each week; it's about who continues to put results on the board, regardless of how pretty it is.

And this season, the Crew should just go ahead and christen themselves the "Team of the Highlight". Columbus has been winning games in the time it takes most people to brush their teeth, or in John Carver's case, completely throw everyone in his organization under the bus.

Witness last night's game. The Crew beat F.C. Dallas with a couple of goals in response to a Jeff Cunningham goal minutes earlier. The scores came in the 37th and 39th minutes. Funny thing is, that's not the first time the Crew have pulled off this seemingly nitro-induced surge past the competition. Just 2 weeks ago, the Crew needed a mere 3-minute spurt between the 62nd and 65th minutes to dispatch of the Sister Side at home.

But it's not just the Frisco side the Crew can heat up against. Remember the 3 goals in 10 minutes they got against San Jose? Or how about 3 goals in 12 minutes against Kansas City? Granted, these microwave-like numbers have not exactly come against the best competition (combined record 18-25-23), but it is encouraging to see that the Crew have proven dangerous when the situation calls for it. When a playoff elimination is on the line, that comeback experience will come in handy, and keep the Crew braced with the hope that no matter what the clock says, until the whistle blows, they are not out of any game.

Other news and notes:

- Did anyone else know the field in Frisco has sand instead of dirt as an underlayment? Apparently, the remnants of the last Jimmy Buffet concert have not been fully removed.

- There is some debate over who the Man of the Match was. It's between Guille and Gaven, and in this case, I go with the youngster. Gaven's last two games have been the best we've seen from him in quite some time, going back to the end of last year, where he again really came on strong. Let's hope he's putting it together and becoming the player all had hoped he would be.

And yes, I thought of doing the headline "Eddie Does Dallas," but something didn't seem right about it.

Schelotto was spectacular once again, but Eddie Gaven deserves this one. Of course, better to be debating the hero, instead of the goat...

- Interesting quote from Sigi Schmid in the MLS Net postgame report. He states the Crew have never lost a game which Gino Padula started.

When informed of this, Padula said, "YYYYAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH, Maytey!"

- Seeing the F.C. Dallas "supporter's section" was just pitiful. The worst part? They've already built their stage, and still, no unified growing group of supporters. Now all that's left to offer are free beer and hookers.

- Next Saturday is Fatih and Family Night at Crew Stadium. Of course, the Crew F.O. could not have picked a better time to bring new fans to the stadium than against a team that is basically the symbolic wall the Crew will have to smash down in order to get to the Cup. This means the Nordecke should be as boisterous, loud, and offensive as we've ever seen it. What could possibly go wrong?

- Congrats to Alejandro Moreno for getting on the scoresheet against Dallas. Unfortunately, the Crew will be without his services for the Revs game, as he will once again be on international duty for his home country of Venuzuela's National Team. Damn Commies.

- By the way, kudos all around to the defense. Against arguably one of the best on-paper striker tandems in MLS (Jeff Cunningham and Kenny "Not Yet" Cooper), they gave up all of two goals in two matches. Cooper was shutout, though albeit with help from the crossbar on more than one occasion.

- With all due respect to Fados and Ruby Tuesday, I nominate Barley's Smokehouse and Brewery if you're loooking for a place to get some suds and grub. A bit on the pricey side, it's worth it for the on-site-smoked beef, chicken, and pulled pork, hand-crafted barbecue sauces, and outstanding deserts. Oh, did I mention they are indeed a microbrewery? My inner Homer Simpson is drooling.

-Finally, in a not-at-all Crew related item, did anyone get a look at John McCain's Veep choice, Sarah Palin? The governor of Alaska may not be your cup o' tea politically, but...have you seen her?



As political leaders go, outside of Nicholas Sarkozy's wife, she's gotta be up there in terms of attractiveness. I'm not saying she's hot, but I get naughty thoughts whenever the media says one of these three phrases in reference to her:

1. "Republicans are hoping voters will pull their levers for Palin in November..."
2. "Republicans have noticed a rise in their polls since the naming of Palin to VP..."

And my favorite:

3. "Insiders say McCain only recently decided to tap Palin as his VP Choice..."

Ah yes, I sometimes have a filthy mind. Apologies all around. I'm sure John McCain is honored to have such a beautiful and talented woman on his staff.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all night.

Looks like some team is copying our scarves.

Apparently some new team in England called Shadwell Town FC has stolen our scarf idea. Check it out here.

And here again at 8:30 in this video.

I'm appalled, Kevin I hope you got a copyright for our supporters scarf design.

Looks like some team is copying our scarves.

Apparently some new team in England called Shadwell Town FC has stolen our scarf idea. Check it out here.

And here again at 8:30 in this video.

I'm appalled, Kevin I hope you got a copyright for our supporters scarf design.

Looks like some team is copying our scarves.

Apparently some new team in England called Shadwell Town FC has stolen our scarf idea. Check it out here.

And here again at 8:30 in this video.

I'm appalled, Kevin I hope you got a copyright for our supporters scarf design.

6 Months In... Top 10 Moments

The Most Interesting, Odd, Cool, or Spurious Moments in Crewture's 6 Month History. Top 10 in no particular ranking order:
1.) Mark McCullers Massive Radio Interview
2.) Brian Dunseth Interview
3.) Being Called "Klanture" by MLS Rumors For Making Fun of Ralston?
4.) Chris Keeney Interview
5.) Independente of Argentina fans going ape crazy that I didn't care about our friendly against them. I got over 60 angry comments when usually at most I get 10.
6.) Naming the section "The Nordecke" on here and having that take off. Being used in a bunch of other publications.
7.) The launch of Massive Radio. (which is btw going to be back hopefully sometime soon, we are not allowed to use the studio because it complicated our radio man's work schedule. We should have it back and better next year at the latest.)
8.) My Nordecke Massive Banner Pic Updates
9.) Over 1,000 TFC fans visiting my site daily the week before our opening day game and leaving lame comments.
10.) Being the fact website from the Crew fans on what happened after the fallout from the West Ham brawl.

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My upcoming plans are a video section as I plan to get a camcorder and make Crewture videos of the whole gameday experience(from Ruby's to the Nordecke), at least two more interviews before the end of the season(hopefully with current players-- more of a possibility with me now living in Columbus), a new banner possibly, and an improvement of Massive Radio by next year. If you have anymore ideas please contact me at crewfighter@live.com or leave them below.
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I thank all 117,856(according to google adsense) viewers that have stopped by Crewture over the last six months for reading. I hope we can keep it interesting for you. Please give us your opinions on how to improve the website.

6 Months In... Top 10 Moments

The Most Interesting, Odd, Cool, or Spurious Moments in Crewture's 6 Month History. Top 10 in no particular ranking order:
1.) Mark McCullers Massive Radio Interview
2.) Brian Dunseth Interview
3.) Being Called "Klanture" by MLS Rumors For Making Fun of Ralston?
4.) Chris Keeney Interview
5.) Independente of Argentina fans going ape crazy that I didn't care about our friendly against them. I got over 60 angry comments when usually at most I get 10.
6.) Naming the section "The Nordecke" on here and having that take off. Being used in a bunch of other publications.
7.) The launch of Massive Radio. (which is btw going to be back hopefully sometime soon, we are not allowed to use the studio because it complicated our radio man's work schedule. We should have it back and better next year at the latest.)
8.) My Nordecke Massive Banner Pic Updates
9.) Over 1,000 TFC fans visiting my site daily the week before our opening day game and leaving lame comments.
10.) Being the fact website from the Crew fans on what happened after the fallout from the West Ham brawl.

---------------------------------------------------------
My upcoming plans are a video section as I plan to get a camcorder and make Crewture videos of the whole gameday experience(from Ruby's to the Nordecke), at least two more interviews before the end of the season(hopefully with current players-- more of a possibility with me now living in Columbus), a new banner possibly, and an improvement of Massive Radio by next year. If you have anymore ideas please contact me at crewfighter@live.com or leave them below.
---------------------------------------------------------

I thank all 117,856(according to google adsense) viewers that have stopped by Crewture over the last six months for reading. I hope we can keep it interesting for you. Please give us your opinions on how to improve the website.

6 Months In... Top 10 Moments

The Most Interesting, Odd, Cool, or Spurious Moments in Crewture's 6 Month History. Top 10 in no particular ranking order:
1.) Mark McCullers Massive Radio Interview
2.) Brian Dunseth Interview
3.) Being Called "Klanture" by MLS Rumors For Making Fun of Ralston?
4.) Chris Keeney Interview
5.) Independente of Argentina fans going ape crazy that I didn't care about our friendly against them. I got over 60 angry comments when usually at most I get 10.
6.) Naming the section "The Nordecke" on here and having that take off. Being used in a bunch of other publications.
7.) The launch of Massive Radio. (which is btw going to be back hopefully sometime soon, we are not allowed to use the studio because it complicated our radio man's work schedule. We should have it back and better next year at the latest.)
8.) My Nordecke Massive Banner Pic Updates
9.) Over 1,000 TFC fans visiting my site daily the week before our opening day game and leaving lame comments.
10.) Being the fact website from the Crew fans on what happened after the fallout from the West Ham brawl.

---------------------------------------------------------
My upcoming plans are a video section as I plan to get a camcorder and make Crewture videos of the whole gameday experience(from Ruby's to the Nordecke), at least two more interviews before the end of the season(hopefully with current players-- more of a possibility with me now living in Columbus), a new banner possibly, and an improvement of Massive Radio by next year. If you have anymore ideas please contact me at crewfighter@live.com or leave them below.
---------------------------------------------------------

I thank all 117,856(according to google adsense) viewers that have stopped by Crewture over the last six months for reading. I hope we can keep it interesting for you. Please give us your opinions on how to improve the website.

Fighting Canaries?

Arace has written some nice articles this year that we all appreciate but he has used a nickname twice "Fighting Canaries" which is just incredibly lame.

I'm with Jason on this:

Ray: I want to thank The Dispatch for the coverage of the Crew this year. With the inclusion of Shawn Mitchell's blog and stories and Michael Arace and Bob Hunter's commentaries, it has been very enjoyable to read The Dispatch this year. It helps that the team is winning, I know.

My only complaint is Arace keeps referring to the Crew as the "Fighting Canaries." It doesn't sit right with me. I don't think he's trying to be demeaning, but it comes off that way. And to my knowledge, he's the only one that calls the Crew that. I've been a fan for a long time and have heard no one refer to them as this. So please ask him to stop before others start using this.

-- Jason Nicholson

via e-mail

Jason: I must respectfully disagree. The practice of sportswriters bestowing nicknames on the teams and players they cover is a lost art. While "Fighting Canaries" may not strike your fancy, it seems a far sight better than the Jaundiced Floppers or the Xanthic Whatevers.

Yeah a lost art that should stay lost. :-) What Canaries have to do with a Crew is beyond me?

Fighting Canaries?

Arace has written some nice articles this year that we all appreciate but he has used a nickname twice "Fighting Canaries" which is just incredibly lame.

I'm with Jason on this:

Ray: I want to thank The Dispatch for the coverage of the Crew this year. With the inclusion of Shawn Mitchell's blog and stories and Michael Arace and Bob Hunter's commentaries, it has been very enjoyable to read The Dispatch this year. It helps that the team is winning, I know.

My only complaint is Arace keeps referring to the Crew as the "Fighting Canaries." It doesn't sit right with me. I don't think he's trying to be demeaning, but it comes off that way. And to my knowledge, he's the only one that calls the Crew that. I've been a fan for a long time and have heard no one refer to them as this. So please ask him to stop before others start using this.

-- Jason Nicholson

via e-mail

Jason: I must respectfully disagree. The practice of sportswriters bestowing nicknames on the teams and players they cover is a lost art. While "Fighting Canaries" may not strike your fancy, it seems a far sight better than the Jaundiced Floppers or the Xanthic Whatevers.

Yeah a lost art that should stay lost. :-) What Canaries have to do with a Crew is beyond me?

Fighting Canaries?

Arace has written some nice articles this year that we all appreciate but he has used a nickname twice "Fighting Canaries" which is just incredibly lame.

I'm with Jason on this:

Ray: I want to thank The Dispatch for the coverage of the Crew this year. With the inclusion of Shawn Mitchell's blog and stories and Michael Arace and Bob Hunter's commentaries, it has been very enjoyable to read The Dispatch this year. It helps that the team is winning, I know.

My only complaint is Arace keeps referring to the Crew as the "Fighting Canaries." It doesn't sit right with me. I don't think he's trying to be demeaning, but it comes off that way. And to my knowledge, he's the only one that calls the Crew that. I've been a fan for a long time and have heard no one refer to them as this. So please ask him to stop before others start using this.

-- Jason Nicholson

via e-mail

Jason: I must respectfully disagree. The practice of sportswriters bestowing nicknames on the teams and players they cover is a lost art. While "Fighting Canaries" may not strike your fancy, it seems a far sight better than the Jaundiced Floppers or the Xanthic Whatevers.

Yeah a lost art that should stay lost. :-) What Canaries have to do with a Crew is beyond me?

New Chants and Banners

I'm thinking we could use some creativity in the upcoming games especially when most of us immensely dislike our next two opponents:

Here is my shot (It starts out like Steve Gerrard.. Gerrard..) I'm sure all the evangilicals in the crowd next week will love it.

She can't believe her eyes, her eyes!
She's in for a big surprise!
She loves our massive size!
And we call her,
Shalrie! Shalrie!
Always worth a ride!

You can interchange the name for whatever away player ends up being a massive turd in any game.

And, Toronto fans may protest MLS and the FIFA dates because they will be missing a bunch of players next week. Which will be like their fifth protest of the year. So for away I got an easy one.

Protest Divas. (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
Protest Divas.

Post any of your ideas for next week. We could use a new banner idea or two as well.

New Chants and Banners

I'm thinking we could use some creativity in the upcoming games especially when most of us immensely dislike our next two opponents:

Here is my shot (It starts out like Steve Gerrard.. Gerrard..) I'm sure all the evangilicals in the crowd next week will love it.

She can't believe her eyes, her eyes!
She's in for a big surprise!
She loves our massive size!
And we call her,
Shalrie! Shalrie!
Always worth a ride!

You can interchange the name for whatever away player ends up being a massive turd in any game.

And, Toronto fans may protest MLS and the FIFA dates because they will be missing a bunch of players next week. Which will be like their fifth protest of the year. So for away I got an easy one.

Protest Divas. (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
Protest Divas.

Post any of your ideas for next week. We could use a new banner idea or two as well.

New Chants and Banners

I'm thinking we could use some creativity in the upcoming games especially when most of us immensely dislike our next two opponents:

Here is my shot (It starts out like Steve Gerrard.. Gerrard..) I'm sure all the evangilicals in the crowd next week will love it.

She can't believe her eyes, her eyes!
She's in for a big surprise!
She loves our massive size!
And we call her,
Shalrie! Shalrie!
Always worth a ride!

You can interchange the name for whatever away player ends up being a massive turd in any game.

And, Toronto fans may protest MLS and the FIFA dates because they will be missing a bunch of players next week. Which will be like their fifth protest of the year. So for away I got an easy one.

Protest Divas. (clap-clap-clap-clap-clap)
Protest Divas.

Post any of your ideas for next week. We could use a new banner idea or two as well.

:-(

Aww, i'm sorry but this makes me laugh.

Apparently although TFC can't win a league game to save their lives, they have a bunch of internationals who will be missing next week for International call ups. As a result TFC will have to play some dude named Gala whose played only 12 minutes and at least one player who hasn't even seen the field yet. As well as a bunch of backups since they have 9 call ups.

They will only have 13 guys available for next week's game. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if it was going on the 13th. A 7-0 win over TFC would make the road trip extra sweet. I guess a 3-0 win will suffice.

One has to also wonder how they can stink so bad in the league but have so many international players.

Oh Cheer Up TFC.

:-(

Aww, i'm sorry but this makes me laugh.

Apparently although TFC can't win a league game to save their lives, they have a bunch of internationals who will be missing next week for International call ups. As a result TFC will have to play some dude named Gala whose played only 12 minutes and at least one player who hasn't even seen the field yet. As well as a bunch of backups since they have 9 call ups.

They will only have 13 guys available for next week's game. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if it was going on the 13th. A 7-0 win over TFC would make the road trip extra sweet. I guess a 3-0 win will suffice.

One has to also wonder how they can stink so bad in the league but have so many international players.

Oh Cheer Up TFC.

:-(

Aww, i'm sorry but this makes me laugh.

Apparently although TFC can't win a league game to save their lives, they have a bunch of internationals who will be missing next week for International call ups. As a result TFC will have to play some dude named Gala whose played only 12 minutes and at least one player who hasn't even seen the field yet. As well as a bunch of backups since they have 9 call ups.

They will only have 13 guys available for next week's game. The only thing that could possibly make this better is if it was going on the 13th. A 7-0 win over TFC would make the road trip extra sweet. I guess a 3-0 win will suffice.

One has to also wonder how they can stink so bad in the league but have so many international players.

Oh Cheer Up TFC.

Crew Does Dallas- Top of The League Style.

The resugrency has been suprisingly led by Evans and Gaven's melons.

What I garnered from the fuzzy reception last night at Ruby's is that the Crew can always find a way to win. In Dallas last night the Crew didn't play one of their best games by any means. However, they showed up offensively for 10 minutes last night and that's all they needed to counter Cunningham.

The Crew's 2-1 win over Dallas was accomplished by aerial attack. Schelotto's crosses were heat guided missiles destined for a target and before FC Dallas knew what was going on it was game over, 2-1. The goals came from Venezuelan international Moreno(who we will deeply miss next week) and Eddie Gaven who has shown his resurgence over the last two weeks with 1 goal and 2 assists.

Gaven's resurgence is coming together because of a change of attitude. Gaven seems more relaxed, not worried about scoring, and is gaining that confidence that the rest of the team has. Same with Evans. They both are understanding that there is a reason that Sigi is selecting them, they are relaxed now, and as a result playing at an extremely high level.

So, Gaven is worth the wait and Sigi was right about Evans. Oh, and guess who else is playing at an extremely high level lately(albeit always)? Guillermo with 2 more assists last night as he has been Mr. Automated Assist lately with 16 on the year.

With this in mind could someone just hand Guillermo the MVP trophy already? Guille's move to get free for the cross on the second goal was absolutely sick, if he keeps it up Argentina might have to holler for his crossing ability. :-) Kidding but if Mexico calls Blanco back and Guille is 100 times the player that Blanco is, then it's at least fun to think about.

Okay, so gave Guille his weekly deserved praise, now on to the standings. This week's win propelled the Crew(40 points) into first place as the Revolution(38 points) had to score against LA late for their second tie in two weeks against lackluster opponents. The Crew will be missing Moreno(out with Venezuela) and Hejduk(out with US) in next week's pivotal game against the Revulsion. But, will have Ekpo and O'Rourke back and Noonan to use. So, the Crew have a little cover. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see who the Crew play in Moreno's position as Moreno has not missed a game at all this year. I'm expecting Noonan to replace Moreno with this lineup:

--------------------Hesmer---------------------
O'Rourke----Marshall---------Iro-------Padula
--------------------Carroll----------------------
Gaven--------------Evans----------------Rogers
--------------------Schelotto--------------------
--------------------Noonan----------------------


with Ekpo off the bench.


And, please everyone keep your machete's locked up at home:


Player of the Match against FC Dallas: It's a tie between Guillermo, Gaven, and the wood work. As, FC Dallas hit the post at least three times in the first half.

Crew Does Dallas- Top of The League Style.

The resugrency has been suprisingly led by Evans and Gaven's melons.

What I garnered from the fuzzy reception last night at Ruby's is that the Crew can always find a way to win. In Dallas last night the Crew didn't play one of their best games by any means. However, they showed up offensively for 10 minutes last night and that's all they needed to counter Cunningham.

The Crew's 2-1 win over Dallas was accomplished by aerial attack. Schelotto's crosses were heat guided missiles destined for a target and before FC Dallas knew what was going on it was game over, 2-1. The goals came from Venezuelan international Moreno(who we will deeply miss next week) and Eddie Gaven who has shown his resurgence over the last two weeks with 1 goal and 2 assists.

Gaven's resurgence is coming together because of a change of attitude. Gaven seems more relaxed, not worried about scoring, and is gaining that confidence that the rest of the team has. Same with Evans. They both are understanding that there is a reason that Sigi is selecting them, they are relaxed now, and as a result playing at an extremely high level.

So, Gaven is worth the wait and Sigi was right about Evans. Oh, and guess who else is playing at an extremely high level lately(albeit always)? Guillermo with 2 more assists last night as he has been Mr. Automated Assist lately with 16 on the year.

With this in mind could someone just hand Guillermo the MVP trophy already? Guille's move to get free for the cross on the second goal was absolutely sick, if he keeps it up Argentina might have to holler for his crossing ability. :-) Kidding but if Mexico calls Blanco back and Guille is 100 times the player that Blanco is, then it's at least fun to think about.

Okay, so gave Guille his weekly deserved praise, now on to the standings. This week's win propelled the Crew(40 points) into first place as the Revolution(38 points) had to score against LA late for their second tie in two weeks against lackluster opponents. The Crew will be missing Moreno(out with Venezuela) and Hejduk(out with US) in next week's pivotal game against the Revulsion. But, will have Ekpo and O'Rourke back and Noonan to use. So, the Crew have a little cover. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see who the Crew play in Moreno's position as Moreno has not missed a game at all this year. I'm expecting Noonan to replace Moreno with this lineup:

--------------------Hesmer---------------------
O'Rourke----Marshall---------Iro-------Padula
--------------------Carroll----------------------
Gaven--------------Evans----------------Rogers
--------------------Schelotto--------------------
--------------------Noonan----------------------


with Ekpo off the bench.


And, please everyone keep your machete's locked up at home:


Player of the Match against FC Dallas: It's a tie between Guillermo, Gaven, and the wood work. As, FC Dallas hit the post at least three times in the first half.

Crew Does Dallas- Top of The League Style.

The resugrency has been suprisingly led by Evans and Gaven's melons.

What I garnered from the fuzzy reception last night at Ruby's is that the Crew can always find a way to win. In Dallas last night the Crew didn't play one of their best games by any means. However, they showed up offensively for 10 minutes last night and that's all they needed to counter Cunningham.

The Crew's 2-1 win over Dallas was accomplished by aerial attack. Schelotto's crosses were heat guided missiles destined for a target and before FC Dallas knew what was going on it was game over, 2-1. The goals came from Venezuelan international Moreno(who we will deeply miss next week) and Eddie Gaven who has shown his resurgence over the last two weeks with 1 goal and 2 assists.

Gaven's resurgence is coming together because of a change of attitude. Gaven seems more relaxed, not worried about scoring, and is gaining that confidence that the rest of the team has. Same with Evans. They both are understanding that there is a reason that Sigi is selecting them, they are relaxed now, and as a result playing at an extremely high level.

So, Gaven is worth the wait and Sigi was right about Evans. Oh, and guess who else is playing at an extremely high level lately(albeit always)? Guillermo with 2 more assists last night as he has been Mr. Automated Assist lately with 16 on the year.

With this in mind could someone just hand Guillermo the MVP trophy already? Guille's move to get free for the cross on the second goal was absolutely sick, if he keeps it up Argentina might have to holler for his crossing ability. :-) Kidding but if Mexico calls Blanco back and Guille is 100 times the player that Blanco is, then it's at least fun to think about.

Okay, so gave Guille his weekly deserved praise, now on to the standings. This week's win propelled the Crew(40 points) into first place as the Revolution(38 points) had to score against LA late for their second tie in two weeks against lackluster opponents. The Crew will be missing Moreno(out with Venezuela) and Hejduk(out with US) in next week's pivotal game against the Revulsion. But, will have Ekpo and O'Rourke back and Noonan to use. So, the Crew have a little cover. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see who the Crew play in Moreno's position as Moreno has not missed a game at all this year. I'm expecting Noonan to replace Moreno with this lineup:

--------------------Hesmer---------------------
O'Rourke----Marshall---------Iro-------Padula
--------------------Carroll----------------------
Gaven--------------Evans----------------Rogers
--------------------Schelotto--------------------
--------------------Noonan----------------------


with Ekpo off the bench.


And, please everyone keep your machete's locked up at home:


Player of the Match against FC Dallas: It's a tie between Guillermo, Gaven, and the wood work. As, FC Dallas hit the post at least three times in the first half.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Guillermo Will Win MVP This Year

If there is any sanity left in this world. As GBS could end up with over 20 assists and 10 goals.



ESPN is tipping Schelotto as the MVP in the bottom of this article.

Here's a slightly different opinion. :-)

Guillermo Will Win MVP This Year

If there is any sanity left in this world. As GBS could end up with over 20 assists and 10 goals.



ESPN is tipping Schelotto as the MVP in the bottom of this article.

Here's a slightly different opinion. :-)

Guillermo Will Win MVP This Year

If there is any sanity left in this world. As GBS could end up with over 20 assists and 10 goals.



ESPN is tipping Schelotto as the MVP in the bottom of this article.

Here's a slightly different opinion. :-)

When Meth And Supporter Groups Combine

You get this.

They suck really bad, so bad that it should be illegal.

When Meth And Supporter Groups Combine

You get this.

They suck really bad, so bad that it should be illegal.

When Meth And Supporter Groups Combine

You get this.

They suck really bad, so bad that it should be illegal.

Just For Laughs

Because I have a second grade sense of humor and nothing to write about...



I'll have a pregame up in a little bit. See you all at Ruby's tonight.

Just For Laughs

Because I have a second grade sense of humor and nothing to write about...



I'll have a pregame up in a little bit. See you all at Ruby's tonight.

Just For Laughs

Because I have a second grade sense of humor and nothing to write about...



I'll have a pregame up in a little bit. See you all at Ruby's tonight.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Crew Can Afford To Keep Guillermo Next Year And MUST DO SO!


Guille has started 40 games for the Crew in two years and has been involved in 35 goals.

From Shawn Mitchell Article on Guillermo's assists:
"'The names are the same as last year, but this is a different team. This team is very good.'

Good enough for Schelotto, in the final year of a two-year contract, to plan on extending his time in the United States. He said he wants to acquire a green card and continue to play in MLS for another year or two.

He'd like to stay in Columbus, but the Crew no longer has the large amount of allocation money it used to sign him to his $375,000 contract.

"I need to know what's up with me here," he said. "But I am very happy here. Very relaxed and no problem. If I have to choose, I choose Columbus."

My response to this allocation money dilemma is, first off: Can you imagine Guillermo playing for another team in MLS? The answer is no. Crew fans would have a hard time swallowing that. The thought of it alone makes me want to throw up.

We had the cap space for an increased Guillermo salary before we signed Noonan. So was Noonan worth it? Maybe, maybe not. If it gets rid of Guillermo then definitely not(I will always take a guy with 35 goals compared to 0 with our club). But, still you have to give Noonan a fair shot before one looks down on that move. The guy has only been here for two weeks. And, the Noonan move was before Gaven and Evans decided to join the club of guy's kicking ass on the field again.

Overall, I believe it boils down to the fact that we are not going to be able to keep everyone in our midfield; if a.) they keep kicking ass, and b.) the salary cap doesn't increase next year, and c.) if Hunts Sports Group will not pay Guillermo DP money although they should. HSG should pay Guillermo because keeping this group together is vital. This group will lay the groundwork that will propel the Crew into a superpower in MLS for the next decade. Our massive midfield consists of: Rogers, Guillermo, Ekpo, Gaven, Noonan, Evans, and Moffat. We have basically seven starters battling over four positions. A Crew fan or coach has to love this roster depth as it's a dream midfield stituation. But, keeping everyone happy and on this roster next year would be a real coup d' etat.

Btw, I didn't add Carroll because I'm not sure if he has an interchangable replacement. If you want to count Moffat in Carroll's position. Then we have 8 starters at the outset of next year battling over 5 midfield positions.

Back to Guillermo. If we want to keep an aging Guillermo for a year or two more. And, hell I definitely do and so does everyone I know in the Nordecke. Then we might have to get rid of another midfielder to receive more allocation money. It's worth the low ammount of risk with Guille's stats(5 goals, 14 assists this year, I mean where would we be without his 19 goals this year?) as age hasn't been a problem for him and usually isn't on dead ball stituations. So, who do we trade? Well, that's a tough one. The upside is that all of our midfielder's could start anywhere and all of them could get a fair ammount of allocation money that can be used on Guillermo. They are all worth it. But, I rather keep them all as they have all, as a collective, been vital to how successful our midfield and this team has been.

And, the sad fact is after last game I'm even in love with the play of Evans(2 goals last 2 games, almost 3) and Gaven(2 assists last game). The decision is much easier when you can point to someone as expendable. The Crew can't.

As a result, the hopeful solution would be for Hunts Sports Group to pay Guillermo the DP money so that we don't have to worry about thinning our midfield. HSG should consider this with Guille being involved in 35 goals in the last two years. Think about it? Where would this franchise be without him? And, one might say "oh it hasn't bumped attendance too much." But, trust me there is a passion for this club that was previously trounced by stinking it up for the previous five years. Win a few championships and the stadium will sale out. There is no reason for the Crew FO to be stingy akin to how the Crew pockets were with the Zurawski deal. Let's instead award the guy who has been involved in 35 goals over 2 years with us. There is no reason to break apart one of the best midfield's in MLS.


Sigi and company seem confident that they will work out a solution per Mitchell again:
Schelotto said he wants to remain in Columbus after this season, the last of a two-year contract. With a lot of the Crew’s allocation money gone, would he command the club’s designated-player slot?

Schmid: “He would like to stay. We as a club would love to have him. Our economics are different now. The allocation money – that pot of gold - is no longer there. Even with the DP, you still have to put $400,000 of your budget out there to do it. But I think we’ll be able to come to something that works.”

Frankie Hejduk: “Is he the quality of a DP player? Yes, definitely.”

Schelotto said he would eventually like to get into coaching. Would he pursue the vocation in the United States and would his family be open to the idea?

Schelotto: “Here it is beautiful. You can teach your players. They want to learn about soccer, about putting the ball here or there. In Argentina, it’s impossible. The players are saying ‘I know, I know.’ And there a father only sends his boy to play soccer for money.

“It’s possible for me to coach in the United States or Argentina. (My kids) already go to KinderCare. They learn English better than me. They are happy. It is very good.”

I just want to continue to see this for the next two years:

The Crew Can Afford To Keep Guillermo Next Year And MUST DO SO!


Guille has started 40 games for the Crew in two years and has been involved in 35 goals.

From Shawn Mitchell Article on Guillermo's assists:
"'The names are the same as last year, but this is a different team. This team is very good.'

Good enough for Schelotto, in the final year of a two-year contract, to plan on extending his time in the United States. He said he wants to acquire a green card and continue to play in MLS for another year or two.

He'd like to stay in Columbus, but the Crew no longer has the large amount of allocation money it used to sign him to his $375,000 contract.

"I need to know what's up with me here," he said. "But I am very happy here. Very relaxed and no problem. If I have to choose, I choose Columbus."

My response to this allocation money dilemma is, first off: Can you imagine Guillermo playing for another team in MLS? The answer is no. Crew fans would have a hard time swallowing that. The thought of it alone makes me want to throw up.

We had the cap space for an increased Guillermo salary before we signed Noonan. So was Noonan worth it? Maybe, maybe not. If it gets rid of Guillermo then definitely not(I will always take a guy with 35 goals compared to 0 with our club). But, still you have to give Noonan a fair shot before one looks down on that move. The guy has only been here for two weeks. And, the Noonan move was before Gaven and Evans decided to join the club of guy's kicking ass on the field again.

Overall, I believe it boils down to the fact that we are not going to be able to keep everyone in our midfield; if a.) they keep kicking ass, and b.) the salary cap doesn't increase next year, and c.) if Hunts Sports Group will not pay Guillermo DP money although they should. HSG should pay Guillermo because keeping this group together is vital. This group will lay the groundwork that will propel the Crew into a superpower in MLS for the next decade. Our massive midfield consists of: Rogers, Guillermo, Ekpo, Gaven, Noonan, Evans, and Moffat. We have basically seven starters battling over four positions. A Crew fan or coach has to love this roster depth as it's a dream midfield stituation. But, keeping everyone happy and on this roster next year would be a real coup d' etat.

Btw, I didn't add Carroll because I'm not sure if he has an interchangable replacement. If you want to count Moffat in Carroll's position. Then we have 8 starters at the outset of next year battling over 5 midfield positions.

Back to Guillermo. If we want to keep an aging Guillermo for a year or two more. And, hell I definitely do and so does everyone I know in the Nordecke. Then we might have to get rid of another midfielder to receive more allocation money. It's worth the low ammount of risk with Guille's stats(5 goals, 14 assists this year, I mean where would we be without his 19 goals this year?) as age hasn't been a problem for him and usually isn't on dead ball stituations. So, who do we trade? Well, that's a tough one. The upside is that all of our midfielder's could start anywhere and all of them could get a fair ammount of allocation money that can be used on Guillermo. They are all worth it. But, I rather keep them all as they have all, as a collective, been vital to how successful our midfield and this team has been.

And, the sad fact is after last game I'm even in love with the play of Evans(2 goals last 2 games, almost 3) and Gaven(2 assists last game). The decision is much easier when you can point to someone as expendable. The Crew can't.

As a result, the hopeful solution would be for Hunts Sports Group to pay Guillermo the DP money so that we don't have to worry about thinning our midfield. HSG should consider this with Guille being involved in 35 goals in the last two years. Think about it? Where would this franchise be without him? And, one might say "oh it hasn't bumped attendance too much." But, trust me there is a passion for this club that was previously trounced by stinking it up for the previous five years. Win a few championships and the stadium will sale out. There is no reason for the Crew FO to be stingy akin to how the Crew pockets were with the Zurawski deal. Let's instead award the guy who has been involved in 35 goals over 2 years with us. There is no reason to break apart one of the best midfield's in MLS.


Sigi and company seem confident that they will work out a solution per Mitchell again:
Schelotto said he wants to remain in Columbus after this season, the last of a two-year contract. With a lot of the Crew’s allocation money gone, would he command the club’s designated-player slot?

Schmid: “He would like to stay. We as a club would love to have him. Our economics are different now. The allocation money – that pot of gold - is no longer there. Even with the DP, you still have to put $400,000 of your budget out there to do it. But I think we’ll be able to come to something that works.”

Frankie Hejduk: “Is he the quality of a DP player? Yes, definitely.”

Schelotto said he would eventually like to get into coaching. Would he pursue the vocation in the United States and would his family be open to the idea?

Schelotto: “Here it is beautiful. You can teach your players. They want to learn about soccer, about putting the ball here or there. In Argentina, it’s impossible. The players are saying ‘I know, I know.’ And there a father only sends his boy to play soccer for money.

“It’s possible for me to coach in the United States or Argentina. (My kids) already go to KinderCare. They learn English better than me. They are happy. It is very good.”

I just want to continue to see this for the next two years:

The Crew Can Afford To Keep Guillermo Next Year And MUST DO SO!


Guille has started 40 games for the Crew in two years and has been involved in 35 goals.

From Shawn Mitchell Article on Guillermo's assists:
"'The names are the same as last year, but this is a different team. This team is very good.'

Good enough for Schelotto, in the final year of a two-year contract, to plan on extending his time in the United States. He said he wants to acquire a green card and continue to play in MLS for another year or two.

He'd like to stay in Columbus, but the Crew no longer has the large amount of allocation money it used to sign him to his $375,000 contract.

"I need to know what's up with me here," he said. "But I am very happy here. Very relaxed and no problem. If I have to choose, I choose Columbus."

My response to this allocation money dilemma is, first off: Can you imagine Guillermo playing for another team in MLS? The answer is no. Crew fans would have a hard time swallowing that. The thought of it alone makes me want to throw up.

We had the cap space for an increased Guillermo salary before we signed Noonan. So was Noonan worth it? Maybe, maybe not. If it gets rid of Guillermo then definitely not(I will always take a guy with 35 goals compared to 0 with our club). But, still you have to give Noonan a fair shot before one looks down on that move. The guy has only been here for two weeks. And, the Noonan move was before Gaven and Evans decided to join the club of guy's kicking ass on the field again.

Overall, I believe it boils down to the fact that we are not going to be able to keep everyone in our midfield; if a.) they keep kicking ass, and b.) the salary cap doesn't increase next year, and c.) if Hunts Sports Group will not pay Guillermo DP money although they should. HSG should pay Guillermo because keeping this group together is vital. This group will lay the groundwork that will propel the Crew into a superpower in MLS for the next decade. Our massive midfield consists of: Rogers, Guillermo, Ekpo, Gaven, Noonan, Evans, and Moffat. We have basically seven starters battling over four positions. A Crew fan or coach has to love this roster depth as it's a dream midfield stituation. But, keeping everyone happy and on this roster next year would be a real coup d' etat.

Btw, I didn't add Carroll because I'm not sure if he has an interchangable replacement. If you want to count Moffat in Carroll's position. Then we have 8 starters at the outset of next year battling over 5 midfield positions.

Back to Guillermo. If we want to keep an aging Guillermo for a year or two more. And, hell I definitely do and so does everyone I know in the Nordecke. Then we might have to get rid of another midfielder to receive more allocation money. It's worth the low ammount of risk with Guille's stats(5 goals, 14 assists this year, I mean where would we be without his 19 goals this year?) as age hasn't been a problem for him and usually isn't on dead ball stituations. So, who do we trade? Well, that's a tough one. The upside is that all of our midfielder's could start anywhere and all of them could get a fair ammount of allocation money that can be used on Guillermo. They are all worth it. But, I rather keep them all as they have all, as a collective, been vital to how successful our midfield and this team has been.

And, the sad fact is after last game I'm even in love with the play of Evans(2 goals last 2 games, almost 3) and Gaven(2 assists last game). The decision is much easier when you can point to someone as expendable. The Crew can't.

As a result, the hopeful solution would be for Hunts Sports Group to pay Guillermo the DP money so that we don't have to worry about thinning our midfield. HSG should consider this with Guille being involved in 35 goals in the last two years. Think about it? Where would this franchise be without him? And, one might say "oh it hasn't bumped attendance too much." But, trust me there is a passion for this club that was previously trounced by stinking it up for the previous five years. Win a few championships and the stadium will sale out. There is no reason for the Crew FO to be stingy akin to how the Crew pockets were with the Zurawski deal. Let's instead award the guy who has been involved in 35 goals over 2 years with us. There is no reason to break apart one of the best midfield's in MLS.


Sigi and company seem confident that they will work out a solution per Mitchell again:
Schelotto said he wants to remain in Columbus after this season, the last of a two-year contract. With a lot of the Crew’s allocation money gone, would he command the club’s designated-player slot?

Schmid: “He would like to stay. We as a club would love to have him. Our economics are different now. The allocation money – that pot of gold - is no longer there. Even with the DP, you still have to put $400,000 of your budget out there to do it. But I think we’ll be able to come to something that works.”

Frankie Hejduk: “Is he the quality of a DP player? Yes, definitely.”

Schelotto said he would eventually like to get into coaching. Would he pursue the vocation in the United States and would his family be open to the idea?

Schelotto: “Here it is beautiful. You can teach your players. They want to learn about soccer, about putting the ball here or there. In Argentina, it’s impossible. The players are saying ‘I know, I know.’ And there a father only sends his boy to play soccer for money.

“It’s possible for me to coach in the United States or Argentina. (My kids) already go to KinderCare. They learn English better than me. They are happy. It is very good.”

I just want to continue to see this for the next two years:

What A Waster Crew Video

Little video I made late last night... Check it out.

What A Waster Crew Video

Little video I made late last night... Check it out.

What A Waster Crew Video

Little video I made late last night... Check it out.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The International Flair


The Crew have a herd of players and prespective players who are breaking through with their International sides. The recent successes of Ekpo and Moreno have strengthened that International feeling for the Crew:

Moreno scored in a 4-1 Venezeula win over Syria last Thursday at minute 3:48 in this video(sorry the quality isn't better):


Crew International Starters:
Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela)
Frankie Hejduk (USA)
Duncan Oughton (New Zealand)
Ricardo Pierre St. Louis (Haiti)
Ezra Hendrickson(St. Vincent & Grenandines)

Crew U-23 International Starters:
Robbie Rogers(USA)
Emmanuel Ekpo(Nigeria)

Called Up To U.S. Team Recently:
Brian Carroll(USA)
Robbie Rogers(USA)

Real Prospects For 2010 On The Outside Looking In For U.S. Nats:
Chad Marshall(USA)
Will Hesmer(USA)
Eddie Gaven(USA)
Pat Noonan(USA)

Olympic Medal Holders:
Emmanuel Ekpo-Silver (Nigeria)

Playing Brazil In World Cup Qualifier:
Alejandro Moreno(Venezuela)

Others with International Experience:
Guillermo Barros Schelotto(Argentina)

So that's only about 13 or 14 players that are getting or have in the past received substantial playing time at an International level. And, you wonder why the Crew are good this year?

The International Flair


The Crew have a herd of players and prespective players who are breaking through with their International sides. The recent successes of Ekpo and Moreno have strengthened that International feeling for the Crew:

Moreno scored in a 4-1 Venezeula win over Syria last Thursday at minute 3:48 in this video(sorry the quality isn't better):


Crew International Starters:
Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela)
Frankie Hejduk (USA)
Duncan Oughton (New Zealand)
Ricardo Pierre St. Louis (Haiti)
Ezra Hendrickson(St. Vincent & Grenandines)

Crew U-23 International Starters:
Robbie Rogers(USA)
Emmanuel Ekpo(Nigeria)

Called Up To U.S. Team Recently:
Brian Carroll(USA)
Robbie Rogers(USA)

Real Prospects For 2010 On The Outside Looking In For U.S. Nats:
Chad Marshall(USA)
Will Hesmer(USA)
Eddie Gaven(USA)
Pat Noonan(USA)

Olympic Medal Holders:
Emmanuel Ekpo-Silver (Nigeria)

Playing Brazil In World Cup Qualifier:
Alejandro Moreno(Venezuela)

Others with International Experience:
Guillermo Barros Schelotto(Argentina)

So that's only about 13 or 14 players that are getting or have in the past received substantial playing time at an International level. And, you wonder why the Crew are good this year?

The International Flair


The Crew have a herd of players and prespective players who are breaking through with their International sides. The recent successes of Ekpo and Moreno have strengthened that International feeling for the Crew:

Moreno scored in a 4-1 Venezeula win over Syria last Thursday at minute 3:48 in this video(sorry the quality isn't better):


Crew International Starters:
Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela)
Frankie Hejduk (USA)
Duncan Oughton (New Zealand)
Ricardo Pierre St. Louis (Haiti)
Ezra Hendrickson(St. Vincent & Grenandines)

Crew U-23 International Starters:
Robbie Rogers(USA)
Emmanuel Ekpo(Nigeria)

Called Up To U.S. Team Recently:
Brian Carroll(USA)
Robbie Rogers(USA)

Real Prospects For 2010 On The Outside Looking In For U.S. Nats:
Chad Marshall(USA)
Will Hesmer(USA)
Eddie Gaven(USA)
Pat Noonan(USA)

Olympic Medal Holders:
Emmanuel Ekpo-Silver (Nigeria)

Playing Brazil In World Cup Qualifier:
Alejandro Moreno(Venezuela)

Others with International Experience:
Guillermo Barros Schelotto(Argentina)

So that's only about 13 or 14 players that are getting or have in the past received substantial playing time at an International level. And, you wonder why the Crew are good this year?

Satire: We Have So Many Fans!


The following is fictional satire. When the evil website posts something so completely ridicoulous that it's funny, you have to have a little fun back.


Us Crew bloggers have so many fans!! Check out this email that Bill Archer received (posted on Bigsoccer):

FROM: (name withheld)

TO: Bill Archer

DATE: Jun 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM

SUBJECT: Ja, Bill! Ja!Guten Tag Herr Archer,Please don't use my name, but I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog entries on Big Fussball. Recently, while on a photo shoot for Victoria's Secret, I had read one of your uber uber UBER funny writings about das stupid Canadians and it made me, how you say...tingle, ja? So I read it out loud to (name withheld), and then me and (name withheld) took off our uber expensive underpants and started grinding our Fraulein parts together while screaming "Ja Bill! Ja Herr Archer! Ja!" until we attained a simultaneous peak in biorthymic euphoria. Keep up das GUT WORK! I am now dependent on it to achieve climax.Your frisky Fraulein, (Name withheld)

To be honest I was kind of miffed because I was under the impression that the ladies enjoyed my "I don't care" sloppy writing style more.

Until I received this tonight!




From: (Name Witheld)

To: Crewfighter@Massive.Com

Date: 8/26/08 12:15 A.M.

SUBJECT: Dobry Dzien,
I am Polish supermodel. I found your website through the interwebs. I like very much. I like how do you say your, "spiky hair." I will come to America and make you pierogies during your time in classes and stay in your apartment on your Target futon that conviently splays out into a bed. Is that ok? Tak or nie?

P.S. my name rhymes with "Fupa." Later babez. Kochaja was.

Satire: We Have So Many Fans!


The following is fictional satire. When the evil website posts something so completely ridicoulous that it's funny, you have to have a little fun back.


Us Crew bloggers have so many fans!! Check out this email that Bill Archer received (posted on Bigsoccer):

FROM: (name withheld)

TO: Bill Archer

DATE: Jun 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM

SUBJECT: Ja, Bill! Ja!Guten Tag Herr Archer,Please don't use my name, but I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog entries on Big Fussball. Recently, while on a photo shoot for Victoria's Secret, I had read one of your uber uber UBER funny writings about das stupid Canadians and it made me, how you say...tingle, ja? So I read it out loud to (name withheld), and then me and (name withheld) took off our uber expensive underpants and started grinding our Fraulein parts together while screaming "Ja Bill! Ja Herr Archer! Ja!" until we attained a simultaneous peak in biorthymic euphoria. Keep up das GUT WORK! I am now dependent on it to achieve climax.Your frisky Fraulein, (Name withheld)

To be honest I was kind of miffed because I was under the impression that the ladies enjoyed my "I don't care" sloppy writing style more.

Until I received this tonight!




From: (Name Witheld)

To: Crewfighter@Massive.Com

Date: 8/26/08 12:15 A.M.

SUBJECT: Dobry Dzien,
I am Polish supermodel. I found your website through the interwebs. I like very much. I like how do you say your, "spiky hair." I will come to America and make you pierogies during your time in classes and stay in your apartment on your Target futon that conviently splays out into a bed. Is that ok? Tak or nie?

P.S. my name rhymes with "Fupa." Later babez. Kochaja was.

Satire: We Have So Many Fans!


The following is fictional satire. When the evil website posts something so completely ridicoulous that it's funny, you have to have a little fun back.


Us Crew bloggers have so many fans!! Check out this email that Bill Archer received (posted on Bigsoccer):

FROM: (name withheld)

TO: Bill Archer

DATE: Jun 11, 2008 at 11:47 PM

SUBJECT: Ja, Bill! Ja!Guten Tag Herr Archer,Please don't use my name, but I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog entries on Big Fussball. Recently, while on a photo shoot for Victoria's Secret, I had read one of your uber uber UBER funny writings about das stupid Canadians and it made me, how you say...tingle, ja? So I read it out loud to (name withheld), and then me and (name withheld) took off our uber expensive underpants and started grinding our Fraulein parts together while screaming "Ja Bill! Ja Herr Archer! Ja!" until we attained a simultaneous peak in biorthymic euphoria. Keep up das GUT WORK! I am now dependent on it to achieve climax.Your frisky Fraulein, (Name withheld)

To be honest I was kind of miffed because I was under the impression that the ladies enjoyed my "I don't care" sloppy writing style more.

Until I received this tonight!




From: (Name Witheld)

To: Crewfighter@Massive.Com

Date: 8/26/08 12:15 A.M.

SUBJECT: Dobry Dzien,
I am Polish supermodel. I found your website through the interwebs. I like very much. I like how do you say your, "spiky hair." I will come to America and make you pierogies during your time in classes and stay in your apartment on your Target futon that conviently splays out into a bed. Is that ok? Tak or nie?

P.S. my name rhymes with "Fupa." Later babez. Kochaja was.

A Proper Pub For A Legendary Lad



This comes from Shawn Mitchell, the response in the second question about passing on England and just wanting to make Columbus better is a MASSIVE comment. How can you not love a guy like that? Glad we have players that are just as passionate about our club.

And, what a MASSIVE leader. I love that a guy like this is leading by example. I wish and hope all of our players want to do the same. I know I have made and other Nordeckians have made a ton of sacrifices to support the Crew over the years and we would do it over and over. I used to drive from Pennsylvania to each game and decided to go to law school in Columbus just because of the Crew and I'm glad we have people like that in jersey's too. If our stands and our locker room has this much heart it can't be stopped.

Oughton's comments:

Oughton on his tentative plan to open a local pub when his playing days are over: “A few of us have thrown the idea around. It would be something with a little more of an English feel, a proper pub. Somewhere where you can have a good time but you also know people’s names.”

Oughton on his leadership role and his decision to pass on a potential move to the English second division several years ago: “Anything I can do to help develop players here, anything I can do to make the Columbus Crew stronger in the next two or three or five or 10 years, I’m going to do it. I had guys in my past that came in helped me. Mike Clark, Ian Woan. They helped me a lot. Ian, he calls me an idiot. He asks why I didn’t go overseas four years ago and make a lot of money. I could have. I tell him, I love it here. I love this club. I want it do well.”

Oughton on the occasional tough love he doles out:
“You have to piss some people off sometimes to make things better. We got great group, so 95 percent of the time guys can take it. I’ve gone overboard on occasion and someone like Frankie (Hejduk) will come and tell me to take it easy. Sometimes I need someone I respect to say ‘hey, take it easy.’ But if a guy is worth putting some effort into, I’ll continue to do it.”

Oughton on the Crew’s fans: “They’ve really stepped it up a notch and they’ve really been part of the cause for our results. Ask any of the guys around here – what the fans have done really means a lot to them. We want to win a championship for them as much as for ourselves.”

Andy Gruenebaum on Oughton’s fashion sense: “Duncan considers himself a man’s man and deep down he’s one of the boys. But he wears Capri pants. And you know those boots with the fur on them that women wear in the wintertime? He owns a pair of those. You’ll see him wear some, uh, feminine things.”

Oughton’s response: “Has he looked in the mirror, that guy? I have some winter slippers. They’re for house wear only.”

Mitchell's full story here.

A Proper Pub For A Legendary Lad



This comes from Shawn Mitchell, the response in the second question about passing on England and just wanting to make Columbus better is a MASSIVE comment. How can you not love a guy like that? Glad we have players that are just as passionate about our club.

And, what a MASSIVE leader. I love that a guy like this is leading by example. I wish and hope all of our players want to do the same. I know I have made and other Nordeckians have made a ton of sacrifices to support the Crew over the years and we would do it over and over. I used to drive from Pennsylvania to each game and decided to go to law school in Columbus just because of the Crew and I'm glad we have people like that in jersey's too. If our stands and our locker room has this much heart it can't be stopped.

Oughton's comments:

Oughton on his tentative plan to open a local pub when his playing days are over: “A few of us have thrown the idea around. It would be something with a little more of an English feel, a proper pub. Somewhere where you can have a good time but you also know people’s names.”

Oughton on his leadership role and his decision to pass on a potential move to the English second division several years ago: “Anything I can do to help develop players here, anything I can do to make the Columbus Crew stronger in the next two or three or five or 10 years, I’m going to do it. I had guys in my past that came in helped me. Mike Clark, Ian Woan. They helped me a lot. Ian, he calls me an idiot. He asks why I didn’t go overseas four years ago and make a lot of money. I could have. I tell him, I love it here. I love this club. I want it do well.”

Oughton on the occasional tough love he doles out:
“You have to piss some people off sometimes to make things better. We got great group, so 95 percent of the time guys can take it. I’ve gone overboard on occasion and someone like Frankie (Hejduk) will come and tell me to take it easy. Sometimes I need someone I respect to say ‘hey, take it easy.’ But if a guy is worth putting some effort into, I’ll continue to do it.”

Oughton on the Crew’s fans: “They’ve really stepped it up a notch and they’ve really been part of the cause for our results. Ask any of the guys around here – what the fans have done really means a lot to them. We want to win a championship for them as much as for ourselves.”

Andy Gruenebaum on Oughton’s fashion sense: “Duncan considers himself a man’s man and deep down he’s one of the boys. But he wears Capri pants. And you know those boots with the fur on them that women wear in the wintertime? He owns a pair of those. You’ll see him wear some, uh, feminine things.”

Oughton’s response: “Has he looked in the mirror, that guy? I have some winter slippers. They’re for house wear only.”

Mitchell's full story here.

A Proper Pub For A Legendary Lad



This comes from Shawn Mitchell, the response in the second question about passing on England and just wanting to make Columbus better is a MASSIVE comment. How can you not love a guy like that? Glad we have players that are just as passionate about our club.

And, what a MASSIVE leader. I love that a guy like this is leading by example. I wish and hope all of our players want to do the same. I know I have made and other Nordeckians have made a ton of sacrifices to support the Crew over the years and we would do it over and over. I used to drive from Pennsylvania to each game and decided to go to law school in Columbus just because of the Crew and I'm glad we have people like that in jersey's too. If our stands and our locker room has this much heart it can't be stopped.

Oughton's comments:

Oughton on his tentative plan to open a local pub when his playing days are over: “A few of us have thrown the idea around. It would be something with a little more of an English feel, a proper pub. Somewhere where you can have a good time but you also know people’s names.”

Oughton on his leadership role and his decision to pass on a potential move to the English second division several years ago: “Anything I can do to help develop players here, anything I can do to make the Columbus Crew stronger in the next two or three or five or 10 years, I’m going to do it. I had guys in my past that came in helped me. Mike Clark, Ian Woan. They helped me a lot. Ian, he calls me an idiot. He asks why I didn’t go overseas four years ago and make a lot of money. I could have. I tell him, I love it here. I love this club. I want it do well.”

Oughton on the occasional tough love he doles out:
“You have to piss some people off sometimes to make things better. We got great group, so 95 percent of the time guys can take it. I’ve gone overboard on occasion and someone like Frankie (Hejduk) will come and tell me to take it easy. Sometimes I need someone I respect to say ‘hey, take it easy.’ But if a guy is worth putting some effort into, I’ll continue to do it.”

Oughton on the Crew’s fans: “They’ve really stepped it up a notch and they’ve really been part of the cause for our results. Ask any of the guys around here – what the fans have done really means a lot to them. We want to win a championship for them as much as for ourselves.”

Andy Gruenebaum on Oughton’s fashion sense: “Duncan considers himself a man’s man and deep down he’s one of the boys. But he wears Capri pants. And you know those boots with the fur on them that women wear in the wintertime? He owns a pair of those. You’ll see him wear some, uh, feminine things.”

Oughton’s response: “Has he looked in the mirror, that guy? I have some winter slippers. They’re for house wear only.”

Mitchell's full story here.