If Nemeth has strong interest in MLS return, Columbus has strong interest in him.

We currently sit number one in the allocation order, so if we want him can get him.

Crew SC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Friendly.

In German, but hey may really need something Crew soccer to watch. So here it is.

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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Art Model Has Ruined Me, HSG Speaks, Still Not Sure, But, Onto The LA Game For Now



Turning off my extra sensitive to moving receptors thanks to Art Modell, for now. I was actually at that last game against the Bengals when they were tearing out the seats and throwing cherry bombs. I was 10 or 11, and actually someone to top things off broke into my dad's car during the game. We had to drive home in 20 degree wheather without a window back to Pennsylvania. So yes I'm a little scared in more ways then one by teams moving. And, for now at least, I'm turning off those extra sensitive "we are moving" receptors thanks to this Crew Union article featuring HSG president John Wagner.


This game here, still have my ticket back in PA. Hopefully, the Crew fans never have to go through this. Kind of hard for me to watch, but maybe it will whake everyone up to the possibility. If the Crew ever do move there won't be a seat left in CCS, can guarentee that. However, I can say that Mr. Wagner has alleyed some of my fears, but not all of them.

"According to Mr. Wagner, the investment group, associated with the expansion interests in Las Vegas, does not have the ability to move the team, as this type of action is controlled by the league. Further more, the point that this would be a minority stake in the team would limit their ability to pursue such an agenda in the first place."

Along with Wagner saying, "the team is not leaving period!" and "the Crew's home is in Central Ohio."


Well, I'll take that as a sort of guarentee until LV group outbuys HSG and the league approves it. :-) I kid, I kid. For now.

Additionally, I discussed this with a fellow Nordeckian, Jericho, on the phone today and I may have slightly overreacted. He talked about how his friend sent an email to McCullers and McCullers told him that the, "Crew are staying in Columbus and this will be more than evident shortly."

I do think McCullers cares about our fans(it's evident by him subsidizing our bus to TFC) and I don't think he would say that "the Crew are staying in Columbus" unless he actually believed it. McCullers always has seemed like a man of his word. And, if he had to lie once, I don't think he would follow that up by a thousand or so email assurances. But, what does he know? I would still feel better knowing exactly what entices this new group to buy into the Crew. But, even they said they were not moving the team.

And, if they were, why would they leak this move to the press through Paul Caliguri of all people and create virtual panic and Central Ohio hysteria? Furthermore, there is nowhere to send the Crew to now and the chances of getting a deal done in Las Vegas are over 5 years away(I think?). So, we have a little while, I think. :-)

I'm still pretty skeptical about this whole thing and will keep an eye on it without a doubt. Especially, since this guy, Hard Hat Mike(umm about as Crew as it gets):


Is still saying this after reading the piece from John Wagner: "Let me say a few things since I guess I was the one that "pushed the button" as it were. I absolutely want to be proven wrong. I think you all believe that about me. My reason for raising the alarm was because I have friends that work in the Kansas City FO and the former San Jose FO (before the move to Houston) that I spoke with last night. I trust their opinions on the matter because: a) KC went through this a couple of years ago with HSG and the know just as well as we do how HSG operates, and b) SJ went through this with the league before they moved to Houston.Now, choose to believe what you will but I've now laid out my sources for your consideration. Considering what these two gentlemen and their organizations went through with HSG and MLS, respectively, if they tell me that this smoke means there's a fire.... I'm believing them.And again, I hope to God, Allah, Baby Jesus, Budda, Shiva, Vishnu, and the Hale Bopp comet, that I'm wrong about all of this. But I don't think that I am.

Add to that this from Bill Archer on Rothenburg backing the LV group and our need for local ownership: "Well, considering that Alan Rothenburg still runs MLS behind the scenes and has an ownership stake in the league equal to that of any team operator AND runs USSF as well through his sock puppet Sunil Gulati, AND is very close to Jack Warner and Sepp Blatter, who is one of his closest freinds and allies in sports (Blatter singlehandedly got Rothenburg elected President of USSF; literally), you have to say that Alan I. Rothenburg's involvement is a sure sign that they should be taken seriously. And the fact that they're paying him off by giving SonnyBoy a job (Rothenburg gave him a $100,000 bonus after the WC because he did such a good job selling T shirts) only makes this more worrisome.

Look people, here's the bottom line:We've all been living in Fantasyland, sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring the larger truth which has been staring us in the face for 12 years now:

We need a local owner, we need him yesterday, and we need to get to work.

We've been pretending that it didn't matter so long that, now that there's a gun being held to our heads, we grasp at any straw, regardless of how slim - like, for example, a statement from John Wagner, which isn't worth a bucket of warm spit - that everything is OK so we can go back to hiding our heads in the sand.

Sorry guys. The handwriting has been on the wall ever since HSG divested itself of the Wizards. This team WILL be sold, and if we don't come up with someone locally, then it WILL move.

Anyone who wants to argue with that position is, quite simply, an idiot."


Makes me wish for this from Smitty: "Once again, as I've said earlier, this may not be the actual fire, but it's got enough smoke that we need to get our asses in gear. One thing that I think would be very effective is to get a group of people (maybe, like 8,000?) to arrive en masse on the first day season tickets are available next year to show our support for the winning ways of Sigi, McCulelrs, et al, and to show we will support this team. How we do that, I have no idea, and I'm fully aware that that is largely the ticket office and Chris Keeney's job, but a grassroots effort couldn't hurt. Then we get the news media to cover it, and send the DVD to the Columbus Monthly's top 200 richest list, with a a handsigned letter from the Nordecke leadership (and there will be a ping-pong match to settle that...). Finally, we recruit someone like Dante Washington or Brad Friedel to lead the "local ownership group" as they ascend the podium with the keys to the castle. Or even better, they get a steamroller from the new stadium sponsor Sunbelt Rentals and pave the parking lots as their first act of goodwill. Discuss."

More talk here.

Coming from these two guys makes me skeptical as hell. And, makes me wish for Smitty's proposal. Join with this that I'm a Browns fan, so when I see little deals like this it doesn't take alot to make me skeptical. Alot of things between Browns fans and the Nordecke along with the teams reminds me alot of each other. But, I'm not going to let it ruin what should be an awesome game this Saturday.

So, onto LA vs. Crew for the rest of the week. Hopefully I won't have to talk about this too much until Sunday. And, I hope to god that these people mean what they are saying. And, really who can believe them for sure. I mean this is what Bennett said about the Seattle Sonics when he bought the team, "It is our desire to have the Sonics and Storm stay in Seattle." How did that work out?

Actually I hope our owners intentions are to keep the Crew in Columbus for their own good because they are in for one hell of a fight otherwise. Either be owners that care about this team being in Columbus or we will find other owners that will care about a real soccer club with real fans, and we will stop any dumb little goals of a supplanted Crew team in Las Vegas where soccer would be a sideshow joke anyways and should never be.

These people will not be moved without a throw down and drag them out battle:


I wouldn't suggest trying it.

Art Model Has Ruined Me, HSG Speaks, Still Not Sure, But, Onto The LA Game For Now



Turning off my extra sensitive to moving receptors thanks to Art Modell, for now. I was actually at that last game against the Bengals when they were tearing out the seats and throwing cherry bombs. I was 10 or 11, and actually someone to top things off broke into my dad's car during the game. We had to drive home in 20 degree wheather without a window back to Pennsylvania. So yes I'm a little scared in more ways then one by teams moving. And, for now at least, I'm turning off those extra sensitive "we are moving" receptors thanks to this Crew Union article featuring HSG president John Wagner.


This game here, still have my ticket back in PA. Hopefully, the Crew fans never have to go through this. Kind of hard for me to watch, but maybe it will whake everyone up to the possibility. If the Crew ever do move there won't be a seat left in CCS, can guarentee that. However, I can say that Mr. Wagner has alleyed some of my fears, but not all of them.

"According to Mr. Wagner, the investment group, associated with the expansion interests in Las Vegas, does not have the ability to move the team, as this type of action is controlled by the league. Further more, the point that this would be a minority stake in the team would limit their ability to pursue such an agenda in the first place."

Along with Wagner saying, "the team is not leaving period!" and "the Crew's home is in Central Ohio."


Well, I'll take that as a sort of guarentee until LV group outbuys HSG and the league approves it. :-) I kid, I kid. For now.

Additionally, I discussed this with a fellow Nordeckian, Jericho, on the phone today and I may have slightly overreacted. He talked about how his friend sent an email to McCullers and McCullers told him that the, "Crew are staying in Columbus and this will be more than evident shortly."

I do think McCullers cares about our fans(it's evident by him subsidizing our bus to TFC) and I don't think he would say that "the Crew are staying in Columbus" unless he actually believed it. McCullers always has seemed like a man of his word. And, if he had to lie once, I don't think he would follow that up by a thousand or so email assurances. But, what does he know? I would still feel better knowing exactly what entices this new group to buy into the Crew. But, even they said they were not moving the team.

And, if they were, why would they leak this move to the press through Paul Caliguri of all people and create virtual panic and Central Ohio hysteria? Furthermore, there is nowhere to send the Crew to now and the chances of getting a deal done in Las Vegas are over 5 years away(I think?). So, we have a little while, I think. :-)

I'm still pretty skeptical about this whole thing and will keep an eye on it without a doubt. Especially, since this guy, Hard Hat Mike(umm about as Crew as it gets):


Is still saying this after reading the piece from John Wagner: "Let me say a few things since I guess I was the one that "pushed the button" as it were. I absolutely want to be proven wrong. I think you all believe that about me. My reason for raising the alarm was because I have friends that work in the Kansas City FO and the former San Jose FO (before the move to Houston) that I spoke with last night. I trust their opinions on the matter because: a) KC went through this a couple of years ago with HSG and the know just as well as we do how HSG operates, and b) SJ went through this with the league before they moved to Houston.Now, choose to believe what you will but I've now laid out my sources for your consideration. Considering what these two gentlemen and their organizations went through with HSG and MLS, respectively, if they tell me that this smoke means there's a fire.... I'm believing them.And again, I hope to God, Allah, Baby Jesus, Budda, Shiva, Vishnu, and the Hale Bopp comet, that I'm wrong about all of this. But I don't think that I am.

Add to that this from Bill Archer on Rothenburg backing the LV group and our need for local ownership: "Well, considering that Alan Rothenburg still runs MLS behind the scenes and has an ownership stake in the league equal to that of any team operator AND runs USSF as well through his sock puppet Sunil Gulati, AND is very close to Jack Warner and Sepp Blatter, who is one of his closest freinds and allies in sports (Blatter singlehandedly got Rothenburg elected President of USSF; literally), you have to say that Alan I. Rothenburg's involvement is a sure sign that they should be taken seriously. And the fact that they're paying him off by giving SonnyBoy a job (Rothenburg gave him a $100,000 bonus after the WC because he did such a good job selling T shirts) only makes this more worrisome.

Look people, here's the bottom line:We've all been living in Fantasyland, sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring the larger truth which has been staring us in the face for 12 years now:

We need a local owner, we need him yesterday, and we need to get to work.

We've been pretending that it didn't matter so long that, now that there's a gun being held to our heads, we grasp at any straw, regardless of how slim - like, for example, a statement from John Wagner, which isn't worth a bucket of warm spit - that everything is OK so we can go back to hiding our heads in the sand.

Sorry guys. The handwriting has been on the wall ever since HSG divested itself of the Wizards. This team WILL be sold, and if we don't come up with someone locally, then it WILL move.

Anyone who wants to argue with that position is, quite simply, an idiot."


Makes me wish for this from Smitty: "Once again, as I've said earlier, this may not be the actual fire, but it's got enough smoke that we need to get our asses in gear. One thing that I think would be very effective is to get a group of people (maybe, like 8,000?) to arrive en masse on the first day season tickets are available next year to show our support for the winning ways of Sigi, McCulelrs, et al, and to show we will support this team. How we do that, I have no idea, and I'm fully aware that that is largely the ticket office and Chris Keeney's job, but a grassroots effort couldn't hurt. Then we get the news media to cover it, and send the DVD to the Columbus Monthly's top 200 richest list, with a a handsigned letter from the Nordecke leadership (and there will be a ping-pong match to settle that...). Finally, we recruit someone like Dante Washington or Brad Friedel to lead the "local ownership group" as they ascend the podium with the keys to the castle. Or even better, they get a steamroller from the new stadium sponsor Sunbelt Rentals and pave the parking lots as their first act of goodwill. Discuss."

More talk here.

Coming from these two guys makes me skeptical as hell. And, makes me wish for Smitty's proposal. Join with this that I'm a Browns fan, so when I see little deals like this it doesn't take alot to make me skeptical. Alot of things between Browns fans and the Nordecke along with the teams reminds me alot of each other. But, I'm not going to let it ruin what should be an awesome game this Saturday.

So, onto LA vs. Crew for the rest of the week. Hopefully I won't have to talk about this too much until Sunday. And, I hope to god that these people mean what they are saying. And, really who can believe them for sure. I mean this is what Bennett said about the Seattle Sonics when he bought the team, "It is our desire to have the Sonics and Storm stay in Seattle." How did that work out?

Actually I hope our owners intentions are to keep the Crew in Columbus for their own good because they are in for one hell of a fight otherwise. Either be owners that care about this team being in Columbus or we will find other owners that will care about a real soccer club with real fans, and we will stop any dumb little goals of a supplanted Crew team in Las Vegas where soccer would be a sideshow joke anyways and should never be.

These people will not be moved without a throw down and drag them out battle:


I wouldn't suggest trying it.

Art Model Has Ruined Me, HSG Speaks, Still Not Sure, But, Onto The LA Game For Now



Turning off my extra sensitive to moving receptors thanks to Art Modell, for now. I was actually at that last game against the Bengals when they were tearing out the seats and throwing cherry bombs. I was 10 or 11, and actually someone to top things off broke into my dad's car during the game. We had to drive home in 20 degree wheather without a window back to Pennsylvania. So yes I'm a little scared in more ways then one by teams moving. And, for now at least, I'm turning off those extra sensitive "we are moving" receptors thanks to this Crew Union article featuring HSG president John Wagner.


This game here, still have my ticket back in PA. Hopefully, the Crew fans never have to go through this. Kind of hard for me to watch, but maybe it will whake everyone up to the possibility. If the Crew ever do move there won't be a seat left in CCS, can guarentee that. However, I can say that Mr. Wagner has alleyed some of my fears, but not all of them.

"According to Mr. Wagner, the investment group, associated with the expansion interests in Las Vegas, does not have the ability to move the team, as this type of action is controlled by the league. Further more, the point that this would be a minority stake in the team would limit their ability to pursue such an agenda in the first place."

Along with Wagner saying, "the team is not leaving period!" and "the Crew's home is in Central Ohio."


Well, I'll take that as a sort of guarentee until LV group outbuys HSG and the league approves it. :-) I kid, I kid. For now.

Additionally, I discussed this with a fellow Nordeckian, Jericho, on the phone today and I may have slightly overreacted. He talked about how his friend sent an email to McCullers and McCullers told him that the, "Crew are staying in Columbus and this will be more than evident shortly."

I do think McCullers cares about our fans(it's evident by him subsidizing our bus to TFC) and I don't think he would say that "the Crew are staying in Columbus" unless he actually believed it. McCullers always has seemed like a man of his word. And, if he had to lie once, I don't think he would follow that up by a thousand or so email assurances. But, what does he know? I would still feel better knowing exactly what entices this new group to buy into the Crew. But, even they said they were not moving the team.

And, if they were, why would they leak this move to the press through Paul Caliguri of all people and create virtual panic and Central Ohio hysteria? Furthermore, there is nowhere to send the Crew to now and the chances of getting a deal done in Las Vegas are over 5 years away(I think?). So, we have a little while, I think. :-)

I'm still pretty skeptical about this whole thing and will keep an eye on it without a doubt. Especially, since this guy, Hard Hat Mike(umm about as Crew as it gets):


Is still saying this after reading the piece from John Wagner: "Let me say a few things since I guess I was the one that "pushed the button" as it were. I absolutely want to be proven wrong. I think you all believe that about me. My reason for raising the alarm was because I have friends that work in the Kansas City FO and the former San Jose FO (before the move to Houston) that I spoke with last night. I trust their opinions on the matter because: a) KC went through this a couple of years ago with HSG and the know just as well as we do how HSG operates, and b) SJ went through this with the league before they moved to Houston.Now, choose to believe what you will but I've now laid out my sources for your consideration. Considering what these two gentlemen and their organizations went through with HSG and MLS, respectively, if they tell me that this smoke means there's a fire.... I'm believing them.And again, I hope to God, Allah, Baby Jesus, Budda, Shiva, Vishnu, and the Hale Bopp comet, that I'm wrong about all of this. But I don't think that I am.

Add to that this from Bill Archer on Rothenburg backing the LV group and our need for local ownership: "Well, considering that Alan Rothenburg still runs MLS behind the scenes and has an ownership stake in the league equal to that of any team operator AND runs USSF as well through his sock puppet Sunil Gulati, AND is very close to Jack Warner and Sepp Blatter, who is one of his closest freinds and allies in sports (Blatter singlehandedly got Rothenburg elected President of USSF; literally), you have to say that Alan I. Rothenburg's involvement is a sure sign that they should be taken seriously. And the fact that they're paying him off by giving SonnyBoy a job (Rothenburg gave him a $100,000 bonus after the WC because he did such a good job selling T shirts) only makes this more worrisome.

Look people, here's the bottom line:We've all been living in Fantasyland, sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring the larger truth which has been staring us in the face for 12 years now:

We need a local owner, we need him yesterday, and we need to get to work.

We've been pretending that it didn't matter so long that, now that there's a gun being held to our heads, we grasp at any straw, regardless of how slim - like, for example, a statement from John Wagner, which isn't worth a bucket of warm spit - that everything is OK so we can go back to hiding our heads in the sand.

Sorry guys. The handwriting has been on the wall ever since HSG divested itself of the Wizards. This team WILL be sold, and if we don't come up with someone locally, then it WILL move.

Anyone who wants to argue with that position is, quite simply, an idiot."


Makes me wish for this from Smitty: "Once again, as I've said earlier, this may not be the actual fire, but it's got enough smoke that we need to get our asses in gear. One thing that I think would be very effective is to get a group of people (maybe, like 8,000?) to arrive en masse on the first day season tickets are available next year to show our support for the winning ways of Sigi, McCulelrs, et al, and to show we will support this team. How we do that, I have no idea, and I'm fully aware that that is largely the ticket office and Chris Keeney's job, but a grassroots effort couldn't hurt. Then we get the news media to cover it, and send the DVD to the Columbus Monthly's top 200 richest list, with a a handsigned letter from the Nordecke leadership (and there will be a ping-pong match to settle that...). Finally, we recruit someone like Dante Washington or Brad Friedel to lead the "local ownership group" as they ascend the podium with the keys to the castle. Or even better, they get a steamroller from the new stadium sponsor Sunbelt Rentals and pave the parking lots as their first act of goodwill. Discuss."

More talk here.

Coming from these two guys makes me skeptical as hell. And, makes me wish for Smitty's proposal. Join with this that I'm a Browns fan, so when I see little deals like this it doesn't take alot to make me skeptical. Alot of things between Browns fans and the Nordecke along with the teams reminds me alot of each other. But, I'm not going to let it ruin what should be an awesome game this Saturday.

So, onto LA vs. Crew for the rest of the week. Hopefully I won't have to talk about this too much until Sunday. And, I hope to god that these people mean what they are saying. And, really who can believe them for sure. I mean this is what Bennett said about the Seattle Sonics when he bought the team, "It is our desire to have the Sonics and Storm stay in Seattle." How did that work out?

Actually I hope our owners intentions are to keep the Crew in Columbus for their own good because they are in for one hell of a fight otherwise. Either be owners that care about this team being in Columbus or we will find other owners that will care about a real soccer club with real fans, and we will stop any dumb little goals of a supplanted Crew team in Las Vegas where soccer would be a sideshow joke anyways and should never be.

These people will not be moved without a throw down and drag them out battle:


I wouldn't suggest trying it.

It's Better To Overreact Now Crew Fans, Than Not To React.

These two threads talk about what action we should take as Crew fans. LINK HERE and HERE. You can continue the discussion on these threads as well readers.

I'm going with two actions for Crew fans:

1.) A guarentee from our current owners HSG and Noozai's minority group(if that occurs) that they have no interest in ever moving the Crew.

If we can't get them to step up with that guarentee. Then we are going to do the next.

2.) Lobby to every person in the State of Ohio and with a connection to Columbus that has money to outbuy HSG and Noozai's shares in the Crew. Effectively, stopping any sort of plans to move Columbus ever.

My thoughts are that we need to overreact to be sure that our team stays here.

In my opinion, it's better to freak out and be wrong, then not to do anything and be right. We might lose our team if we don't.

If we get more people involved then maybe they can get assurances that this is a good intentioned move. Or maybe it will facilitate a local ownership group to buy the Crew instead of having an ownership of HSG with Noozai, who may have good intentions or bad intentions. Who knows? They are not talking about their intentions. But, I would feel safer with a Columbus ownership group invested in the Columbus Crew then a Dallas/Vegas group that isn't really sure if they want to stay here long term.

With a Dallas/Vegas group if the intention isn't to move anytime soon. Then there is still a possibility that we will still move sometime. They have no overwhelming interest in their team being in Columbus. They have no attachment. If we do what some suggest, inaction, I don't want to tell you I told you so two years from now.

And, if those people are right, we can laugh about it while at a Crew game in Columbus. If the worse happens on the other hand which is a slight but better possibility now, we will have to travel pretty damn far to do that.

That's why I implore everyone to get involved. Knock on doors at the Ohio Sports Commission like Hard Hat is doing. Make banners saying "save Columbus" in and out of the Nordecke. Because, it will do one of two things. It will make our owners either come out and say, "no, no, no, you guys got it all wrong. We like Columbus and want to stay here." Or, "it will alert Crew fans that are unaware of the stituation with deeper pockets, towards the stituation. To lead to a more awareness in the media of the stituation." Or, "It could help us find a local investor, which is what MLS wants everywhere, that will guarentee a Crew in Columbus the next 50 plus years."

So either we are overreacting and get a guarentee or some sort of verbal communication from our owners of what they expect from Columbus the next five years. Or we find out their real intentions now and find some local owners that will misplace our current owners as owners of the Columbus Crew and destroy our current owners possible intentions of relocating the Crew.

Some people say that this is a distraction and we should just focus on our goal of winning the MLS Cup. I wish we could just focus on that. But, I disagree on in it being a distraction. The team should stay focused and we should be at every game home and away during this journey. And, continue to lend them our never waving support. But, we should keep another eye on this as well.

Because if I had to choose. I would take in a heart beat 50 losing seasons in Columbus, then one MLS Cup in Columbus and then having the team relocate to Las Vegas or somewhere else. Either we guarentee our future now by overreacting, or we don't react and run the risk of losing the Crew forever. Your choice.

It's Better To Overreact Now Crew Fans, Than Not To React.

These two threads talk about what action we should take as Crew fans. LINK HERE and HERE. You can continue the discussion on these threads as well readers.

I'm going with two actions for Crew fans:

1.) A guarentee from our current owners HSG and Noozai's minority group(if that occurs) that they have no interest in ever moving the Crew.

If we can't get them to step up with that guarentee. Then we are going to do the next.

2.) Lobby to every person in the State of Ohio and with a connection to Columbus that has money to outbuy HSG and Noozai's shares in the Crew. Effectively, stopping any sort of plans to move Columbus ever.

My thoughts are that we need to overreact to be sure that our team stays here.

In my opinion, it's better to freak out and be wrong, then not to do anything and be right. We might lose our team if we don't.

If we get more people involved then maybe they can get assurances that this is a good intentioned move. Or maybe it will facilitate a local ownership group to buy the Crew instead of having an ownership of HSG with Noozai, who may have good intentions or bad intentions. Who knows? They are not talking about their intentions. But, I would feel safer with a Columbus ownership group invested in the Columbus Crew then a Dallas/Vegas group that isn't really sure if they want to stay here long term.

With a Dallas/Vegas group if the intention isn't to move anytime soon. Then there is still a possibility that we will still move sometime. They have no overwhelming interest in their team being in Columbus. They have no attachment. If we do what some suggest, inaction, I don't want to tell you I told you so two years from now.

And, if those people are right, we can laugh about it while at a Crew game in Columbus. If the worse happens on the other hand which is a slight but better possibility now, we will have to travel pretty damn far to do that.

That's why I implore everyone to get involved. Knock on doors at the Ohio Sports Commission like Hard Hat is doing. Make banners saying "save Columbus" in and out of the Nordecke. Because, it will do one of two things. It will make our owners either come out and say, "no, no, no, you guys got it all wrong. We like Columbus and want to stay here." Or, "it will alert Crew fans that are unaware of the stituation with deeper pockets, towards the stituation. To lead to a more awareness in the media of the stituation." Or, "It could help us find a local investor, which is what MLS wants everywhere, that will guarentee a Crew in Columbus the next 50 plus years."

So either we are overreacting and get a guarentee or some sort of verbal communication from our owners of what they expect from Columbus the next five years. Or we find out their real intentions now and find some local owners that will misplace our current owners as owners of the Columbus Crew and destroy our current owners possible intentions of relocating the Crew.

Some people say that this is a distraction and we should just focus on our goal of winning the MLS Cup. I wish we could just focus on that. But, I disagree on in it being a distraction. The team should stay focused and we should be at every game home and away during this journey. And, continue to lend them our never waving support. But, we should keep another eye on this as well.

Because if I had to choose. I would take in a heart beat 50 losing seasons in Columbus, then one MLS Cup in Columbus and then having the team relocate to Las Vegas or somewhere else. Either we guarentee our future now by overreacting, or we don't react and run the risk of losing the Crew forever. Your choice.

It's Better To Overreact Now Crew Fans, Than Not To React.

These two threads talk about what action we should take as Crew fans. LINK HERE and HERE. You can continue the discussion on these threads as well readers.

I'm going with two actions for Crew fans:

1.) A guarentee from our current owners HSG and Noozai's minority group(if that occurs) that they have no interest in ever moving the Crew.

If we can't get them to step up with that guarentee. Then we are going to do the next.

2.) Lobby to every person in the State of Ohio and with a connection to Columbus that has money to outbuy HSG and Noozai's shares in the Crew. Effectively, stopping any sort of plans to move Columbus ever.

My thoughts are that we need to overreact to be sure that our team stays here.

In my opinion, it's better to freak out and be wrong, then not to do anything and be right. We might lose our team if we don't.

If we get more people involved then maybe they can get assurances that this is a good intentioned move. Or maybe it will facilitate a local ownership group to buy the Crew instead of having an ownership of HSG with Noozai, who may have good intentions or bad intentions. Who knows? They are not talking about their intentions. But, I would feel safer with a Columbus ownership group invested in the Columbus Crew then a Dallas/Vegas group that isn't really sure if they want to stay here long term.

With a Dallas/Vegas group if the intention isn't to move anytime soon. Then there is still a possibility that we will still move sometime. They have no overwhelming interest in their team being in Columbus. They have no attachment. If we do what some suggest, inaction, I don't want to tell you I told you so two years from now.

And, if those people are right, we can laugh about it while at a Crew game in Columbus. If the worse happens on the other hand which is a slight but better possibility now, we will have to travel pretty damn far to do that.

That's why I implore everyone to get involved. Knock on doors at the Ohio Sports Commission like Hard Hat is doing. Make banners saying "save Columbus" in and out of the Nordecke. Because, it will do one of two things. It will make our owners either come out and say, "no, no, no, you guys got it all wrong. We like Columbus and want to stay here." Or, "it will alert Crew fans that are unaware of the stituation with deeper pockets, towards the stituation. To lead to a more awareness in the media of the stituation." Or, "It could help us find a local investor, which is what MLS wants everywhere, that will guarentee a Crew in Columbus the next 50 plus years."

So either we are overreacting and get a guarentee or some sort of verbal communication from our owners of what they expect from Columbus the next five years. Or we find out their real intentions now and find some local owners that will misplace our current owners as owners of the Columbus Crew and destroy our current owners possible intentions of relocating the Crew.

Some people say that this is a distraction and we should just focus on our goal of winning the MLS Cup. I wish we could just focus on that. But, I disagree on in it being a distraction. The team should stay focused and we should be at every game home and away during this journey. And, continue to lend them our never waving support. But, we should keep another eye on this as well.

Because if I had to choose. I would take in a heart beat 50 losing seasons in Columbus, then one MLS Cup in Columbus and then having the team relocate to Las Vegas or somewhere else. Either we guarentee our future now by overreacting, or we don't react and run the risk of losing the Crew forever. Your choice.

Open Letter From McCullers to Crew Fans

From the Black & Gold Standard:

Crew Fans,

The recent report that Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group of investors to purchase a share of the Crew has led to a number of questions and speculation about the implications of this potential transaction. Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner issued the following statement regarding the situation:

“Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group led by Jonathon Bloch and Mark Noorzai regarding a potential minority investment in the Columbus Crew Soccer Club. Although no agreement has been reached at this time, discussions are ongoing. Hunt Sports Group plans to continue as the Managing Investor-Operator of the club.”

While I can’t discuss details of the situation, the comparison to the recent investment by Oscar de la Hoya and others in the Houston Dynamo is a reasonable comparison. Consider the group led by Bloch and Noorzai to be an addition to the existing group of minority investors that has been with the Crew since Day One. The process and discussions for this transaction are ongoing, are not on any specific timetable and may or may not be consummated.

I think there are three significant messages to deliver:

1. The Crew is not moving to Las Vegas, regardless of whether this transaction takes place or not. We have an established stadium, a recent significant investment in our concert business here, a successful and growing youth development program, plans and interest in developing a world class training complex and many other long term strategic plans to facilitate the continued growth and prosperity of the club in Columbus.

2. This transaction, should it take place, will not affect the current organization or our operation. We will continue to operate in our current form working diligently to build a club that will make our fans proud and create new fans.

3. The fact that there is interest in investing significant resources in the Columbus Crew is a positive sign that business leaders see the value in what’s happening in Columbus, in the direction of the club and the potential return on their investment.

I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words, so our actions will continue to demonstrate that we intend to build the Crew into a valued and influential community asset – in Columbus. This year, we have seen that the actions of our fans have demonstrated that Columbus can get behind a winning team and deliver a tremendous, authentic soccer atmosphere in our stadium. Let’s allow our actions to continue to speak for themselves and build upon the substantial momentum that we have developed this year. Our team and staff are focused on a strong push into the postseason. We need you with us.

I am glad to speak with anyone directly regarding this or any other matter.

Regards,

Mark McCullers
President & General Manager
mmccullers@thecrew.com
614.447.4100


My thoughts: This letter would have been great two days ago to get rid of most of our concerns. This letter makes me more hopeful. However, I'm still very concerned as any fan of any team would be. First off, De La Hoya in Houston isn't a reasonable comparison, because Noozai and Bloch are not local owners like De La Hoya in Houston. Secondly, I would still like to hear from actual investors. I would like to hear the reasoning behind Bloch and Noorzai purchasing a minority stake in the Crew. If it's to show Garber that they are willing to invest in MLS in hopes of Noorzai and Bloch receiving the next MLS place for Las Vegas, then fine. Who knows Bloch and Noorzai may have really good intentions. But, I want guarentees from the investors with the actual money. The concern is that Bloch and Noorzai have no connection with the Crew or Columbus and no reason for wanting them to stay in Columbus. The concern is their main goal is to get a team in Las Vegas one way or the other.

And, I would suggest that our current owners and any upcoming owners to not read too much into a magazine like Forbes and what they say about our economics, those valuations were coming off of three losing seasons. Along with being before our shirt sponsor, the concert revenue, and an improved atmosphere. There is growth potential in Columbus. I can guarentee that our groups will do our best as we have this season, to attract new fans and new people to become diehard season ticket holders at the stadium. There are thousands upon thousands of fans that care about this team. I would say more fans that care about this team then there are in many MLS cities; especially New York, New England, San Jose, Salt Lake, Denver, Chivas USA in LA, or Dallas caring about their perspective MLS teams. You will find almost nowhere fans as dedicated as our groups to this team.

Futher, Myself or any Crew fans shouldn't lambast our current owners or perspective owners. If anything this occurs because they are too quiet. Clark Hunt could be a great guy. Along with Noorzai or Bloch. I would give them the benefit of the doubt definitely, if all of our ownership wasn't so quite about the Crew. As a fan I like players who interact with the fans, I like a FO that interacts with the fans, I like a coach that interacts with the fans. We have that now in Columbus and it's really special. I want an ownership group that is as well connected to the team and the fans. That lives and dies by how the Crew are doing, like a Roman Ambrahamovich, and are entrenched in Columbus. If we had that this franchise, I promise, could be a huge success.

My plea to any owners of the Crew is to just get stuck in with us and we won't let you down. If the owners loved the team like the Nordecke did it would be an incredible success. And, maybe they do? Hell, they have been putting millions of dollars into it. I could bet Lamar Hunt loved the Crew. Right now, however, for them it almost feels, in my opinion, like they treat the Crew as a burden instead of an opportunity. I just want to hear it from them that they care about the Columbus Crew, that would make me the happiest person right now. To hear it from McCullers, just doesn't have the same effect as when it comes from the investors.

I hope this all is true because the death of the Columbus Crew would be, at least in my opinion, one of the biggest tradegies in American sports. I'm bias. But, it would be the ripping out of the heart of everyone that stands in that North corner and for everyone who has supported this team for so long no matter what.

We have success now. Let us show you what we can do with it. We will get it back to the 19,000 in attendance glory days soon enough.

Open Letter From McCullers to Crew Fans

From the Black & Gold Standard:

Crew Fans,

The recent report that Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group of investors to purchase a share of the Crew has led to a number of questions and speculation about the implications of this potential transaction. Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner issued the following statement regarding the situation:

“Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group led by Jonathon Bloch and Mark Noorzai regarding a potential minority investment in the Columbus Crew Soccer Club. Although no agreement has been reached at this time, discussions are ongoing. Hunt Sports Group plans to continue as the Managing Investor-Operator of the club.”

While I can’t discuss details of the situation, the comparison to the recent investment by Oscar de la Hoya and others in the Houston Dynamo is a reasonable comparison. Consider the group led by Bloch and Noorzai to be an addition to the existing group of minority investors that has been with the Crew since Day One. The process and discussions for this transaction are ongoing, are not on any specific timetable and may or may not be consummated.

I think there are three significant messages to deliver:

1. The Crew is not moving to Las Vegas, regardless of whether this transaction takes place or not. We have an established stadium, a recent significant investment in our concert business here, a successful and growing youth development program, plans and interest in developing a world class training complex and many other long term strategic plans to facilitate the continued growth and prosperity of the club in Columbus.

2. This transaction, should it take place, will not affect the current organization or our operation. We will continue to operate in our current form working diligently to build a club that will make our fans proud and create new fans.

3. The fact that there is interest in investing significant resources in the Columbus Crew is a positive sign that business leaders see the value in what’s happening in Columbus, in the direction of the club and the potential return on their investment.

I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words, so our actions will continue to demonstrate that we intend to build the Crew into a valued and influential community asset – in Columbus. This year, we have seen that the actions of our fans have demonstrated that Columbus can get behind a winning team and deliver a tremendous, authentic soccer atmosphere in our stadium. Let’s allow our actions to continue to speak for themselves and build upon the substantial momentum that we have developed this year. Our team and staff are focused on a strong push into the postseason. We need you with us.

I am glad to speak with anyone directly regarding this or any other matter.

Regards,

Mark McCullers
President & General Manager
mmccullers@thecrew.com
614.447.4100


My thoughts: This letter would have been great two days ago to get rid of most of our concerns. This letter makes me more hopeful. However, I'm still very concerned as any fan of any team would be. First off, De La Hoya in Houston isn't a reasonable comparison, because Noozai and Bloch are not local owners like De La Hoya in Houston. Secondly, I would still like to hear from actual investors. I would like to hear the reasoning behind Bloch and Noorzai purchasing a minority stake in the Crew. If it's to show Garber that they are willing to invest in MLS in hopes of Noorzai and Bloch receiving the next MLS place for Las Vegas, then fine. Who knows Bloch and Noorzai may have really good intentions. But, I want guarentees from the investors with the actual money. The concern is that Bloch and Noorzai have no connection with the Crew or Columbus and no reason for wanting them to stay in Columbus. The concern is their main goal is to get a team in Las Vegas one way or the other.

And, I would suggest that our current owners and any upcoming owners to not read too much into a magazine like Forbes and what they say about our economics, those valuations were coming off of three losing seasons. Along with being before our shirt sponsor, the concert revenue, and an improved atmosphere. There is growth potential in Columbus. I can guarentee that our groups will do our best as we have this season, to attract new fans and new people to become diehard season ticket holders at the stadium. There are thousands upon thousands of fans that care about this team. I would say more fans that care about this team then there are in many MLS cities; especially New York, New England, San Jose, Salt Lake, Denver, Chivas USA in LA, or Dallas caring about their perspective MLS teams. You will find almost nowhere fans as dedicated as our groups to this team.

Futher, Myself or any Crew fans shouldn't lambast our current owners or perspective owners. If anything this occurs because they are too quiet. Clark Hunt could be a great guy. Along with Noorzai or Bloch. I would give them the benefit of the doubt definitely, if all of our ownership wasn't so quite about the Crew. As a fan I like players who interact with the fans, I like a FO that interacts with the fans, I like a coach that interacts with the fans. We have that now in Columbus and it's really special. I want an ownership group that is as well connected to the team and the fans. That lives and dies by how the Crew are doing, like a Roman Ambrahamovich, and are entrenched in Columbus. If we had that this franchise, I promise, could be a huge success.

My plea to any owners of the Crew is to just get stuck in with us and we won't let you down. If the owners loved the team like the Nordecke did it would be an incredible success. And, maybe they do? Hell, they have been putting millions of dollars into it. I could bet Lamar Hunt loved the Crew. Right now, however, for them it almost feels, in my opinion, like they treat the Crew as a burden instead of an opportunity. I just want to hear it from them that they care about the Columbus Crew, that would make me the happiest person right now. To hear it from McCullers, just doesn't have the same effect as when it comes from the investors.

I hope this all is true because the death of the Columbus Crew would be, at least in my opinion, one of the biggest tradegies in American sports. I'm bias. But, it would be the ripping out of the heart of everyone that stands in that North corner and for everyone who has supported this team for so long no matter what.

We have success now. Let us show you what we can do with it. We will get it back to the 19,000 in attendance glory days soon enough.

Open Letter From McCullers to Crew Fans

From the Black & Gold Standard:

Crew Fans,

The recent report that Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group of investors to purchase a share of the Crew has led to a number of questions and speculation about the implications of this potential transaction. Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner issued the following statement regarding the situation:

“Hunt Sports Group has been approached by a group led by Jonathon Bloch and Mark Noorzai regarding a potential minority investment in the Columbus Crew Soccer Club. Although no agreement has been reached at this time, discussions are ongoing. Hunt Sports Group plans to continue as the Managing Investor-Operator of the club.”

While I can’t discuss details of the situation, the comparison to the recent investment by Oscar de la Hoya and others in the Houston Dynamo is a reasonable comparison. Consider the group led by Bloch and Noorzai to be an addition to the existing group of minority investors that has been with the Crew since Day One. The process and discussions for this transaction are ongoing, are not on any specific timetable and may or may not be consummated.

I think there are three significant messages to deliver:

1. The Crew is not moving to Las Vegas, regardless of whether this transaction takes place or not. We have an established stadium, a recent significant investment in our concert business here, a successful and growing youth development program, plans and interest in developing a world class training complex and many other long term strategic plans to facilitate the continued growth and prosperity of the club in Columbus.

2. This transaction, should it take place, will not affect the current organization or our operation. We will continue to operate in our current form working diligently to build a club that will make our fans proud and create new fans.

3. The fact that there is interest in investing significant resources in the Columbus Crew is a positive sign that business leaders see the value in what’s happening in Columbus, in the direction of the club and the potential return on their investment.

I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words, so our actions will continue to demonstrate that we intend to build the Crew into a valued and influential community asset – in Columbus. This year, we have seen that the actions of our fans have demonstrated that Columbus can get behind a winning team and deliver a tremendous, authentic soccer atmosphere in our stadium. Let’s allow our actions to continue to speak for themselves and build upon the substantial momentum that we have developed this year. Our team and staff are focused on a strong push into the postseason. We need you with us.

I am glad to speak with anyone directly regarding this or any other matter.

Regards,

Mark McCullers
President & General Manager
mmccullers@thecrew.com
614.447.4100


My thoughts: This letter would have been great two days ago to get rid of most of our concerns. This letter makes me more hopeful. However, I'm still very concerned as any fan of any team would be. First off, De La Hoya in Houston isn't a reasonable comparison, because Noozai and Bloch are not local owners like De La Hoya in Houston. Secondly, I would still like to hear from actual investors. I would like to hear the reasoning behind Bloch and Noorzai purchasing a minority stake in the Crew. If it's to show Garber that they are willing to invest in MLS in hopes of Noorzai and Bloch receiving the next MLS place for Las Vegas, then fine. Who knows Bloch and Noorzai may have really good intentions. But, I want guarentees from the investors with the actual money. The concern is that Bloch and Noorzai have no connection with the Crew or Columbus and no reason for wanting them to stay in Columbus. The concern is their main goal is to get a team in Las Vegas one way or the other.

And, I would suggest that our current owners and any upcoming owners to not read too much into a magazine like Forbes and what they say about our economics, those valuations were coming off of three losing seasons. Along with being before our shirt sponsor, the concert revenue, and an improved atmosphere. There is growth potential in Columbus. I can guarentee that our groups will do our best as we have this season, to attract new fans and new people to become diehard season ticket holders at the stadium. There are thousands upon thousands of fans that care about this team. I would say more fans that care about this team then there are in many MLS cities; especially New York, New England, San Jose, Salt Lake, Denver, Chivas USA in LA, or Dallas caring about their perspective MLS teams. You will find almost nowhere fans as dedicated as our groups to this team.

Futher, Myself or any Crew fans shouldn't lambast our current owners or perspective owners. If anything this occurs because they are too quiet. Clark Hunt could be a great guy. Along with Noorzai or Bloch. I would give them the benefit of the doubt definitely, if all of our ownership wasn't so quite about the Crew. As a fan I like players who interact with the fans, I like a FO that interacts with the fans, I like a coach that interacts with the fans. We have that now in Columbus and it's really special. I want an ownership group that is as well connected to the team and the fans. That lives and dies by how the Crew are doing, like a Roman Ambrahamovich, and are entrenched in Columbus. If we had that this franchise, I promise, could be a huge success.

My plea to any owners of the Crew is to just get stuck in with us and we won't let you down. If the owners loved the team like the Nordecke did it would be an incredible success. And, maybe they do? Hell, they have been putting millions of dollars into it. I could bet Lamar Hunt loved the Crew. Right now, however, for them it almost feels, in my opinion, like they treat the Crew as a burden instead of an opportunity. I just want to hear it from them that they care about the Columbus Crew, that would make me the happiest person right now. To hear it from McCullers, just doesn't have the same effect as when it comes from the investors.

I hope this all is true because the death of the Columbus Crew would be, at least in my opinion, one of the biggest tradegies in American sports. I'm bias. But, it would be the ripping out of the heart of everyone that stands in that North corner and for everyone who has supported this team for so long no matter what.

We have success now. Let us show you what we can do with it. We will get it back to the 19,000 in attendance glory days soon enough.

Bad News

From Hardhatmike on the forums:
"Um, I got some bad news people. I just got off the phone with a member of another MLS team's Front Office with whom I've established a good working relationship over the years. He told me that based on what he's hearing around the league, we need to be taking this very seriously. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be banging on every door that I can at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission trying to get them involved in working to keep the team here in Ohio. I'm also going to be writing actual letters to every pro sports owner in the state asking them to become involved with this as well. I know we've been teetering back and forth between anger and disbelief on this board today, but we need to start to realize that this is real and it's serious and it's going to happen. So it pretty much falls to us to see if we can put enough pressure on the right people as well as get this out there and publicized that maybe, just maybe, we can make something happen and stave off the death of something that we all love and cherish."

Coming from Hardhat, who loves this team and is a honest guy. I take that as serious.

We have to call up prospective owners, we have to demonstrate, we have to do whatever we can do to stop this. This is serious people. They have been planning this for months. Our FO was quiet on it and didn't warn any of us fans to do anything about it. The only people that will do anything to find a different owner then this Caliguri who wants to move us or HSG who wants to see it happen, is us.

Hopefully, it's not too late.

Bad News

From Hardhatmike on the forums:
"Um, I got some bad news people. I just got off the phone with a member of another MLS team's Front Office with whom I've established a good working relationship over the years. He told me that based on what he's hearing around the league, we need to be taking this very seriously. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be banging on every door that I can at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission trying to get them involved in working to keep the team here in Ohio. I'm also going to be writing actual letters to every pro sports owner in the state asking them to become involved with this as well. I know we've been teetering back and forth between anger and disbelief on this board today, but we need to start to realize that this is real and it's serious and it's going to happen. So it pretty much falls to us to see if we can put enough pressure on the right people as well as get this out there and publicized that maybe, just maybe, we can make something happen and stave off the death of something that we all love and cherish."

Coming from Hardhat, who loves this team and is a honest guy. I take that as serious.

We have to call up prospective owners, we have to demonstrate, we have to do whatever we can do to stop this. This is serious people. They have been planning this for months. Our FO was quiet on it and didn't warn any of us fans to do anything about it. The only people that will do anything to find a different owner then this Caliguri who wants to move us or HSG who wants to see it happen, is us.

Hopefully, it's not too late.

Bad News

From Hardhatmike on the forums:
"Um, I got some bad news people. I just got off the phone with a member of another MLS team's Front Office with whom I've established a good working relationship over the years. He told me that based on what he's hearing around the league, we need to be taking this very seriously. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be banging on every door that I can at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission trying to get them involved in working to keep the team here in Ohio. I'm also going to be writing actual letters to every pro sports owner in the state asking them to become involved with this as well. I know we've been teetering back and forth between anger and disbelief on this board today, but we need to start to realize that this is real and it's serious and it's going to happen. So it pretty much falls to us to see if we can put enough pressure on the right people as well as get this out there and publicized that maybe, just maybe, we can make something happen and stave off the death of something that we all love and cherish."

Coming from Hardhat, who loves this team and is a honest guy. I take that as serious.

We have to call up prospective owners, we have to demonstrate, we have to do whatever we can do to stop this. This is serious people. They have been planning this for months. Our FO was quiet on it and didn't warn any of us fans to do anything about it. The only people that will do anything to find a different owner then this Caliguri who wants to move us or HSG who wants to see it happen, is us.

Hopefully, it's not too late.

This Is No Good


The MLS and their pursuit for glamour clubs will ruin the league.

Well, Shawn Mitchell's new article has me even more concerned, click here.

Caligiuri wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch last night that the SBJ story was not accurate.

"Not much to say," he wrote. "I believe I was misunderstood and (the information) was wrongly stated."

Hopefully, he was talking about the close to a deal information and not the "we won't move Columbus" information.

And, McCullers seems to be out of touch with reality:
"This is something that is ongoing," he said. "For us, it's business as usual. This is not going to be a distraction. If it happens, great. It shows the value in the Columbus Crew and what we have been building."

If it happens great? Yes, just great, a guy that absolutely hates Columbus buys the team and moves it to Las Vegas. Yeah, that shows alot of value in what we are doing here in Columbus. That would be fantastic.

Then, MLS seems like they are cool with the Crew moving as,
"When asked about the prevailing perception that MLS would never approve the relocation of a franchise with an existing soccer stadium, a league official said the league would not comment because MLS does not consider the Crew's dealings to be "a league issue at the moment.""

This whole thing makes me sick. Way to ruin a good year. Could Mr. Caliguri and his group just please go away.

This Is No Good


The MLS and their pursuit for glamour clubs will ruin the league.

Well, Shawn Mitchell's new article has me even more concerned, click here.

Caligiuri wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch last night that the SBJ story was not accurate.

"Not much to say," he wrote. "I believe I was misunderstood and (the information) was wrongly stated."

Hopefully, he was talking about the close to a deal information and not the "we won't move Columbus" information.

And, McCullers seems to be out of touch with reality:
"This is something that is ongoing," he said. "For us, it's business as usual. This is not going to be a distraction. If it happens, great. It shows the value in the Columbus Crew and what we have been building."

If it happens great? Yes, just great, a guy that absolutely hates Columbus buys the team and moves it to Las Vegas. Yeah, that shows alot of value in what we are doing here in Columbus. That would be fantastic.

Then, MLS seems like they are cool with the Crew moving as,
"When asked about the prevailing perception that MLS would never approve the relocation of a franchise with an existing soccer stadium, a league official said the league would not comment because MLS does not consider the Crew's dealings to be "a league issue at the moment.""

This whole thing makes me sick. Way to ruin a good year. Could Mr. Caliguri and his group just please go away.

This Is No Good


The MLS and their pursuit for glamour clubs will ruin the league.

Well, Shawn Mitchell's new article has me even more concerned, click here.

Caligiuri wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch last night that the SBJ story was not accurate.

"Not much to say," he wrote. "I believe I was misunderstood and (the information) was wrongly stated."

Hopefully, he was talking about the close to a deal information and not the "we won't move Columbus" information.

And, McCullers seems to be out of touch with reality:
"This is something that is ongoing," he said. "For us, it's business as usual. This is not going to be a distraction. If it happens, great. It shows the value in the Columbus Crew and what we have been building."

If it happens great? Yes, just great, a guy that absolutely hates Columbus buys the team and moves it to Las Vegas. Yeah, that shows alot of value in what we are doing here in Columbus. That would be fantastic.

Then, MLS seems like they are cool with the Crew moving as,
"When asked about the prevailing perception that MLS would never approve the relocation of a franchise with an existing soccer stadium, a league official said the league would not comment because MLS does not consider the Crew's dealings to be "a league issue at the moment.""

This whole thing makes me sick. Way to ruin a good year. Could Mr. Caliguri and his group just please go away.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bad Ass Mother


I didn't kick no hole in your signboard, yo?
(photo via: isiphotos.com)

From Shawn Mitchell's Blog entry, "Tossed,":
Schmid did explain his own ejection that occurred in second-half stoppage time after Taylor Twellman appeared to attempt a bicycle kick while undercutting Crew keeper William Hesmer.

“That wasn’t the only thing I (was upset with),” Schmid said. “There were a number of things throughout the game. (Twellman) went underneath Will as he was coming to punch the ball. In my mind, I saw my goalkeeper getting injured and that having a major impact on our season. Then, (referee Terry Vaughn) gives Will a yellow card. I didn’t understand that.”

Schmid said he doesn't know for sure why he was ejected. At one point, television cameras caught him yelling toward the field while being held back by assistant Robert Warzycha, who was also yelling. Schmid speculated it was because he was perceived to be damaging the sideboard in front of the bench.

“The boards are so close there you’re going to kick them if you cross your legs,” he said. “Stevie Nicol was kicking the boards the whole game. The bench had a big crack in it and the board (near us) already had a hole in it.”


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At Ruby's we all erupted in cheers when Sigi went postal on the referees. Sigi was toying with security near the end of his tirade down the sidelines and took his time leaving. That's my kind of coach, right there.

Maybe since both Sigi and Frankie will be suspended for the next game we can get both of them to sit in the HSH? Sigi would fit right in. :-)

Bad Ass Mother


I didn't kick no hole in your signboard, yo?
(photo via: isiphotos.com)

From Shawn Mitchell's Blog entry, "Tossed,":
Schmid did explain his own ejection that occurred in second-half stoppage time after Taylor Twellman appeared to attempt a bicycle kick while undercutting Crew keeper William Hesmer.

“That wasn’t the only thing I (was upset with),” Schmid said. “There were a number of things throughout the game. (Twellman) went underneath Will as he was coming to punch the ball. In my mind, I saw my goalkeeper getting injured and that having a major impact on our season. Then, (referee Terry Vaughn) gives Will a yellow card. I didn’t understand that.”

Schmid said he doesn't know for sure why he was ejected. At one point, television cameras caught him yelling toward the field while being held back by assistant Robert Warzycha, who was also yelling. Schmid speculated it was because he was perceived to be damaging the sideboard in front of the bench.

“The boards are so close there you’re going to kick them if you cross your legs,” he said. “Stevie Nicol was kicking the boards the whole game. The bench had a big crack in it and the board (near us) already had a hole in it.”


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At Ruby's we all erupted in cheers when Sigi went postal on the referees. Sigi was toying with security near the end of his tirade down the sidelines and took his time leaving. That's my kind of coach, right there.

Maybe since both Sigi and Frankie will be suspended for the next game we can get both of them to sit in the HSH? Sigi would fit right in. :-)

Bad Ass Mother


I didn't kick no hole in your signboard, yo?
(photo via: isiphotos.com)

From Shawn Mitchell's Blog entry, "Tossed,":
Schmid did explain his own ejection that occurred in second-half stoppage time after Taylor Twellman appeared to attempt a bicycle kick while undercutting Crew keeper William Hesmer.

“That wasn’t the only thing I (was upset with),” Schmid said. “There were a number of things throughout the game. (Twellman) went underneath Will as he was coming to punch the ball. In my mind, I saw my goalkeeper getting injured and that having a major impact on our season. Then, (referee Terry Vaughn) gives Will a yellow card. I didn’t understand that.”

Schmid said he doesn't know for sure why he was ejected. At one point, television cameras caught him yelling toward the field while being held back by assistant Robert Warzycha, who was also yelling. Schmid speculated it was because he was perceived to be damaging the sideboard in front of the bench.

“The boards are so close there you’re going to kick them if you cross your legs,” he said. “Stevie Nicol was kicking the boards the whole game. The bench had a big crack in it and the board (near us) already had a hole in it.”


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At Ruby's we all erupted in cheers when Sigi went postal on the referees. Sigi was toying with security near the end of his tirade down the sidelines and took his time leaving. That's my kind of coach, right there.

Maybe since both Sigi and Frankie will be suspended for the next game we can get both of them to sit in the HSH? Sigi would fit right in. :-)

Plead To Local Investors To Keep The Crew in Columbus

Las Vegas might have glitz and glam but it doesn't have this..



or this..



or this..



Might not mean anything in a monetary sense, but sure as hell means alot to us.

I can guarentee to HSG or Caliguri's group if they intend to move Columbus we won't go down without a fight. I can also guarentee that Columbus is an organization on the uptick and with smart management could be one of the best organizations in soccer. The fans are definitely here and I can promise that the passion of the fans is immense. With some different strategies there is no reason that Columbus can't sell out on a consistent basis. If they have given up though, then I plead for any local investors that want to keep the possibility of the Las Vegas Crew from happening to please get in touch with the Crew front office, and invest.

If the Crew ever move, then that's the last day I'll ever watch MLS. Really I'm not sure I could function without the Crew in Columbus.

Plead To Local Investors To Keep The Crew in Columbus

Las Vegas might have glitz and glam but it doesn't have this..



or this..



or this..



Might not mean anything in a monetary sense, but sure as hell means alot to us.

I can guarentee to HSG or Caliguri's group if they intend to move Columbus we won't go down without a fight. I can also guarentee that Columbus is an organization on the uptick and with smart management could be one of the best organizations in soccer. The fans are definitely here and I can promise that the passion of the fans is immense. With some different strategies there is no reason that Columbus can't sell out on a consistent basis. If they have given up though, then I plead for any local investors that want to keep the possibility of the Las Vegas Crew from happening to please get in touch with the Crew front office, and invest.

If the Crew ever move, then that's the last day I'll ever watch MLS. Really I'm not sure I could function without the Crew in Columbus.

Plead To Local Investors To Keep The Crew in Columbus

Las Vegas might have glitz and glam but it doesn't have this..



or this..



or this..



Might not mean anything in a monetary sense, but sure as hell means alot to us.

I can guarentee to HSG or Caliguri's group if they intend to move Columbus we won't go down without a fight. I can also guarentee that Columbus is an organization on the uptick and with smart management could be one of the best organizations in soccer. The fans are definitely here and I can promise that the passion of the fans is immense. With some different strategies there is no reason that Columbus can't sell out on a consistent basis. If they have given up though, then I plead for any local investors that want to keep the possibility of the Las Vegas Crew from happening to please get in touch with the Crew front office, and invest.

If the Crew ever move, then that's the last day I'll ever watch MLS. Really I'm not sure I could function without the Crew in Columbus.

Las Vegas Group To Buy Portion of The Crew?


Las Vegas Until I Die? Please no. (pic via: Hunt Park Insider)

This comes from the Sports Business Journal recent issue.

"The group of investors that was looking to bring an expansion MLS team to Las Vegas is now looking to acquire a percentage of the Columbus Crew, said Paul Caligiuri, a spokesman for the group."

To read the rest of the article, Crew fans, you will need to sign up for a trial with the Sports Business Journal. I did but I'm sure I can't share the rest of the article to non-users. All I can say is that the intentions of buying a share into the Crew are confusing at best. Who knows what their real intentions happen to be. The article, if you get a trial, doesn't exactly spell doomsday for us at all, so don't freak out yet. But, not sure if this could be considered good news.

Either way I'm sure we will be hearing more about this if it comes to fruition.

Discussion here.

Las Vegas Group To Buy Portion of The Crew?


Las Vegas Until I Die? Please no. (pic via: Hunt Park Insider)

This comes from the Sports Business Journal recent issue.

"The group of investors that was looking to bring an expansion MLS team to Las Vegas is now looking to acquire a percentage of the Columbus Crew, said Paul Caligiuri, a spokesman for the group."

To read the rest of the article, Crew fans, you will need to sign up for a trial with the Sports Business Journal. I did but I'm sure I can't share the rest of the article to non-users. All I can say is that the intentions of buying a share into the Crew are confusing at best. Who knows what their real intentions happen to be. The article, if you get a trial, doesn't exactly spell doomsday for us at all, so don't freak out yet. But, not sure if this could be considered good news.

Either way I'm sure we will be hearing more about this if it comes to fruition.

Discussion here.

Las Vegas Group To Buy Portion of The Crew?


Las Vegas Until I Die? Please no. (pic via: Hunt Park Insider)

This comes from the Sports Business Journal recent issue.

"The group of investors that was looking to bring an expansion MLS team to Las Vegas is now looking to acquire a percentage of the Columbus Crew, said Paul Caligiuri, a spokesman for the group."

To read the rest of the article, Crew fans, you will need to sign up for a trial with the Sports Business Journal. I did but I'm sure I can't share the rest of the article to non-users. All I can say is that the intentions of buying a share into the Crew are confusing at best. Who knows what their real intentions happen to be. The article, if you get a trial, doesn't exactly spell doomsday for us at all, so don't freak out yet. But, not sure if this could be considered good news.

Either way I'm sure we will be hearing more about this if it comes to fruition.

Discussion here.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Morning Afterthoughts: The Logic of Frankie

Posted by: Smitty



Before a soaked crowd of 15,000+ in rain-drenched Gillette Stadium, the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 1-0, taking all six possible points from the Boston boys in the month of September. Along with those points, the Crew left Massachusets with a few other things in their possesion:

- The inside track on homefield advantage in the playoffs
- Ditto on the Supporter's Shield
- A lock of Shalrie Joesph's hair
- About 12 gallons of water from Hurrican Kyle, once all the uniforms were wrung out
- Another clean sheet by William Hesmer and the defense
- One more ticket sold for the L.A. Galaxy game

That last bit comes courtesy of Franklin Hejduk. He made a play that all of Crew Nation enjoyed for a split second before realizing its consequences. After getting stoned on a rifle shot, which was collected by Matt Reis, Hejduk ran up behind Reis and tried to kick the ball out of his hands. Immediately, the appropriate colored card emerged form the ref's hip pocket, and since it was the second Banana-colored card for Hejduk in the game, he was sent to the showers. At the time, this meant the Crew had to hold a tenuous, 1-goal lead for the bulk of 30 minutes to gain the full 3 points. It didn't look good, and many were wondering what Frankie was thinking.

Then the Crew went out, played as well as any 10 men can given the circumstances, and got the 3 points. A more cautious (and obviously, less intelligent) fan would say that it was still a poor judgment by our team captian, but fortunately it all worked out.

Rubbish. Frankie had a lapse in his judgement? Please. The man has been around the block, and knows exactly what he's doing when he's on the field. I'm not buying the "he lost his head" moment, not for a second. Instead, I believe Frankie was executing a perfect plan to set the stage for the most important two months of the Crew's history.

Number one, Frankie knows better than any of us what's going down on the field. Certainly, he felt the Crew were more than capable of handling the suddenly anemic Revolution without him. Further, he knew that the guys could get big heads if they whupped on the Revs agin by a score of 3 or 4 to 0. So, instead of keeping the team at full strength, he figured he would level up the playing field, and make the boys work hard for those last 30 minutes.

But that's only part of the reason Frankie took the 2nd yellow. He also did it to get a much-deserved break next week, against the woeful L.A. Galaxy. Knowing the game will have little bearing on the playoffs, Frankie obviously decided that,since the rest of Columbus hasn't seen fit to come out to Crew Stadium this season, when they finally show up for Beckham, he'll return the favor, and not be on the field. It may be a message very few if any of the soccer moms will get, but it's a message nonetheless, dammit.

Also, one has to believe that Frankie has come to enjoy his postgame sip of brew from the supporters, to the point that he decided it was about time he hung out with us for the whole game. And since his only two options were this game or the D.C. match, he could finally afford to take a much-needed staycation to Columbus Crew Stadium. Don't believe me? Witness Sigi Schmid, who, after 30 minutes of thinking about Frankie's idea, decided to order up a bleacher seat for himself this weekend as well, getting ejected near the end of the game for verbally assaulting the ref. Clearly, the Nordecke is becoming an alluring proposition for the organization's elite. Perhaps, Mr. McCullers won't even need the Preident's box next season...

But surely, the final and most obvious reason Frankie nearly took Reis's foot off on the restart had nothing to do with retaliation. It's all about the mental edge.

Let's be honest; everyone's initial reaction to Frankie's foul was something along the lines of "What the hell was that?!?". But that's just what Hejduk wanted. Everyone already knows Frankie is a bad ass. He'll cut you back, he'll tackle you with two feet, he'll run you down and make you say uncle. Oh, and now? He'll also take your goalie down from behind. What next? Maybe he'll slide tackle the official, headbutt your coach, or take down your over-priced forward, rip his head off, hollow out the deceased's skull, and use it as a spitoon. The sky is the limit, the opposition will think, because Frankie Hejduk is crazy.

Crazy like a fox, I say.

When Frankie take the field, keepers will be looking over their shoulder. When Frankie takes the field, women will hide their children, especially the ones clad in all-Beckham gear. When Frankie takes the field, any number of very bad things could happen next. You thought he wouldn't go there? Oh, he'll go there, girlfriend. And that's the point. For the rest of the season, Frankie has put the league on notice. They'll be looking for him to cause some kind of yet-to-be-seen havoc. And instead of havoc, Frankie will stroll up to forwards who are quivering in their boots, and take the ball off their feet. It will be stealing candy from a baby, or in the case of Taylor Twellman, an overpriced bitch.

Too bad they don't know, Gino Padula is the one you REALLY have to worry about. After all, it was Gino who brought the Crew's hardware from Toronto down to the lobby of the hotel to let the supporter's drink out of it.

THAT, my friends, is truly crazy. But Frankie? He's just massive, as always.

Morning Afterthoughts: The Logic of Frankie

Posted by: Smitty



Before a soaked crowd of 15,000+ in rain-drenched Gillette Stadium, the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 1-0, taking all six possible points from the Boston boys in the month of September. Along with those points, the Crew left Massachusets with a few other things in their possesion:

- The inside track on homefield advantage in the playoffs
- Ditto on the Supporter's Shield
- A lock of Shalrie Joesph's hair
- About 12 gallons of water from Hurrican Kyle, once all the uniforms were wrung out
- Another clean sheet by William Hesmer and the defense
- One more ticket sold for the L.A. Galaxy game

That last bit comes courtesy of Franklin Hejduk. He made a play that all of Crew Nation enjoyed for a split second before realizing its consequences. After getting stoned on a rifle shot, which was collected by Matt Reis, Hejduk ran up behind Reis and tried to kick the ball out of his hands. Immediately, the appropriate colored card emerged form the ref's hip pocket, and since it was the second Banana-colored card for Hejduk in the game, he was sent to the showers. At the time, this meant the Crew had to hold a tenuous, 1-goal lead for the bulk of 30 minutes to gain the full 3 points. It didn't look good, and many were wondering what Frankie was thinking.

Then the Crew went out, played as well as any 10 men can given the circumstances, and got the 3 points. A more cautious (and obviously, less intelligent) fan would say that it was still a poor judgment by our team captian, but fortunately it all worked out.

Rubbish. Frankie had a lapse in his judgement? Please. The man has been around the block, and knows exactly what he's doing when he's on the field. I'm not buying the "he lost his head" moment, not for a second. Instead, I believe Frankie was executing a perfect plan to set the stage for the most important two months of the Crew's history.

Number one, Frankie knows better than any of us what's going down on the field. Certainly, he felt the Crew were more than capable of handling the suddenly anemic Revolution without him. Further, he knew that the guys could get big heads if they whupped on the Revs agin by a score of 3 or 4 to 0. So, instead of keeping the team at full strength, he figured he would level up the playing field, and make the boys work hard for those last 30 minutes.

But that's only part of the reason Frankie took the 2nd yellow. He also did it to get a much-deserved break next week, against the woeful L.A. Galaxy. Knowing the game will have little bearing on the playoffs, Frankie obviously decided that,since the rest of Columbus hasn't seen fit to come out to Crew Stadium this season, when they finally show up for Beckham, he'll return the favor, and not be on the field. It may be a message very few if any of the soccer moms will get, but it's a message nonetheless, dammit.

Also, one has to believe that Frankie has come to enjoy his postgame sip of brew from the supporters, to the point that he decided it was about time he hung out with us for the whole game. And since his only two options were this game or the D.C. match, he could finally afford to take a much-needed staycation to Columbus Crew Stadium. Don't believe me? Witness Sigi Schmid, who, after 30 minutes of thinking about Frankie's idea, decided to order up a bleacher seat for himself this weekend as well, getting ejected near the end of the game for verbally assaulting the ref. Clearly, the Nordecke is becoming an alluring proposition for the organization's elite. Perhaps, Mr. McCullers won't even need the Preident's box next season...

But surely, the final and most obvious reason Frankie nearly took Reis's foot off on the restart had nothing to do with retaliation. It's all about the mental edge.

Let's be honest; everyone's initial reaction to Frankie's foul was something along the lines of "What the hell was that?!?". But that's just what Hejduk wanted. Everyone already knows Frankie is a bad ass. He'll cut you back, he'll tackle you with two feet, he'll run you down and make you say uncle. Oh, and now? He'll also take your goalie down from behind. What next? Maybe he'll slide tackle the official, headbutt your coach, or take down your over-priced forward, rip his head off, hollow out the deceased's skull, and use it as a spitoon. The sky is the limit, the opposition will think, because Frankie Hejduk is crazy.

Crazy like a fox, I say.

When Frankie take the field, keepers will be looking over their shoulder. When Frankie takes the field, women will hide their children, especially the ones clad in all-Beckham gear. When Frankie takes the field, any number of very bad things could happen next. You thought he wouldn't go there? Oh, he'll go there, girlfriend. And that's the point. For the rest of the season, Frankie has put the league on notice. They'll be looking for him to cause some kind of yet-to-be-seen havoc. And instead of havoc, Frankie will stroll up to forwards who are quivering in their boots, and take the ball off their feet. It will be stealing candy from a baby, or in the case of Taylor Twellman, an overpriced bitch.

Too bad they don't know, Gino Padula is the one you REALLY have to worry about. After all, it was Gino who brought the Crew's hardware from Toronto down to the lobby of the hotel to let the supporter's drink out of it.

THAT, my friends, is truly crazy. But Frankie? He's just massive, as always.

Morning Afterthoughts: The Logic of Frankie

Posted by: Smitty



Before a soaked crowd of 15,000+ in rain-drenched Gillette Stadium, the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 1-0, taking all six possible points from the Boston boys in the month of September. Along with those points, the Crew left Massachusets with a few other things in their possesion:

- The inside track on homefield advantage in the playoffs
- Ditto on the Supporter's Shield
- A lock of Shalrie Joesph's hair
- About 12 gallons of water from Hurrican Kyle, once all the uniforms were wrung out
- Another clean sheet by William Hesmer and the defense
- One more ticket sold for the L.A. Galaxy game

That last bit comes courtesy of Franklin Hejduk. He made a play that all of Crew Nation enjoyed for a split second before realizing its consequences. After getting stoned on a rifle shot, which was collected by Matt Reis, Hejduk ran up behind Reis and tried to kick the ball out of his hands. Immediately, the appropriate colored card emerged form the ref's hip pocket, and since it was the second Banana-colored card for Hejduk in the game, he was sent to the showers. At the time, this meant the Crew had to hold a tenuous, 1-goal lead for the bulk of 30 minutes to gain the full 3 points. It didn't look good, and many were wondering what Frankie was thinking.

Then the Crew went out, played as well as any 10 men can given the circumstances, and got the 3 points. A more cautious (and obviously, less intelligent) fan would say that it was still a poor judgment by our team captian, but fortunately it all worked out.

Rubbish. Frankie had a lapse in his judgement? Please. The man has been around the block, and knows exactly what he's doing when he's on the field. I'm not buying the "he lost his head" moment, not for a second. Instead, I believe Frankie was executing a perfect plan to set the stage for the most important two months of the Crew's history.

Number one, Frankie knows better than any of us what's going down on the field. Certainly, he felt the Crew were more than capable of handling the suddenly anemic Revolution without him. Further, he knew that the guys could get big heads if they whupped on the Revs agin by a score of 3 or 4 to 0. So, instead of keeping the team at full strength, he figured he would level up the playing field, and make the boys work hard for those last 30 minutes.

But that's only part of the reason Frankie took the 2nd yellow. He also did it to get a much-deserved break next week, against the woeful L.A. Galaxy. Knowing the game will have little bearing on the playoffs, Frankie obviously decided that,since the rest of Columbus hasn't seen fit to come out to Crew Stadium this season, when they finally show up for Beckham, he'll return the favor, and not be on the field. It may be a message very few if any of the soccer moms will get, but it's a message nonetheless, dammit.

Also, one has to believe that Frankie has come to enjoy his postgame sip of brew from the supporters, to the point that he decided it was about time he hung out with us for the whole game. And since his only two options were this game or the D.C. match, he could finally afford to take a much-needed staycation to Columbus Crew Stadium. Don't believe me? Witness Sigi Schmid, who, after 30 minutes of thinking about Frankie's idea, decided to order up a bleacher seat for himself this weekend as well, getting ejected near the end of the game for verbally assaulting the ref. Clearly, the Nordecke is becoming an alluring proposition for the organization's elite. Perhaps, Mr. McCullers won't even need the Preident's box next season...

But surely, the final and most obvious reason Frankie nearly took Reis's foot off on the restart had nothing to do with retaliation. It's all about the mental edge.

Let's be honest; everyone's initial reaction to Frankie's foul was something along the lines of "What the hell was that?!?". But that's just what Hejduk wanted. Everyone already knows Frankie is a bad ass. He'll cut you back, he'll tackle you with two feet, he'll run you down and make you say uncle. Oh, and now? He'll also take your goalie down from behind. What next? Maybe he'll slide tackle the official, headbutt your coach, or take down your over-priced forward, rip his head off, hollow out the deceased's skull, and use it as a spitoon. The sky is the limit, the opposition will think, because Frankie Hejduk is crazy.

Crazy like a fox, I say.

When Frankie take the field, keepers will be looking over their shoulder. When Frankie takes the field, women will hide their children, especially the ones clad in all-Beckham gear. When Frankie takes the field, any number of very bad things could happen next. You thought he wouldn't go there? Oh, he'll go there, girlfriend. And that's the point. For the rest of the season, Frankie has put the league on notice. They'll be looking for him to cause some kind of yet-to-be-seen havoc. And instead of havoc, Frankie will stroll up to forwards who are quivering in their boots, and take the ball off their feet. It will be stealing candy from a baby, or in the case of Taylor Twellman, an overpriced bitch.

Too bad they don't know, Gino Padula is the one you REALLY have to worry about. After all, it was Gino who brought the Crew's hardware from Toronto down to the lobby of the hotel to let the supporter's drink out of it.

THAT, my friends, is truly crazy. But Frankie? He's just massive, as always.