Saturday, December 27, 2008

12/27/08: Deep Columbus Thoughts Grow On Trees


Because deep thinking can be done by anyone. (Pic via: NBC4i)

According to the "Deep Thoughts"(chuckle) on NBC 4:
Omar’s Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year
10 - MEMORIAL 2008: KENNY PERRY WINS FOR A 3RD TIME
9 - FFN: EASTMOOR GOES TO STATE TITLE GAME & LOGAN ELM’S TURNAROUND, 0-10 TO 12-0
8 - NEWARK AND CHILICOTHE WIN HOOPS STATE TITLES
7 - GRAHAM RAHAL WINS IRL FIRST RACE
6 - COOPER STADIUM CLOSES
5 - BLUE JACKETS - BETTER, NOT GOOD/ARENA LEAGUE CLOSES FOR 2009
4 - DUSTIN CARTER, NO ARMS, NO LEGS - NO PROBLEM
3 - OSU WINS NIT CHAMPIONSHIP
2 - CREW WINS MLS CUP
1 - BUCKEYE FOOTBALL


First off, could someone explain to me how Buckeye Football as a whole encapsulates a moment? Usually, it's one game or one moment in a game, but an entire season? Really? Wow, that's deep.

Secondly, the Crew have it straight up bad when they win the first major professional championship in Ohio since forever (unless you're counting the defunct women's basketball league Columbus Qwest, which I don't really count or knew existed along with the rest of Ohio) and the Crew still end up as the second best moment behind a less than stellar entire 2008 Ohio State football season. No knock on OSU but it was craptastic. If Ohio State won the National Championship or beat some great teams along the way I understand that but this year the Buckeyes did none of that or will likely acheive that goal in the Fiesta Bowl against a superior Texas(I could eat crow, but I'm pretty confident in that prediction). While the Crew defied all the odds against them again and again and again while winning the league and the championship trophy. So, I find it a little baffling when anything "Crew" and "2008" has second place attached to it.


Because of lists like this sometimes I wonder, "ohh, Columbus when will you as a whole also learn about this great thing called the Crew in your own backyard and respect it for the awesomeness that it is?" I have learned to deal with the OSU love being an out of towner, but why not a little love or respect for both, or for something else other than just the red and white?

Who knows. Btw, that previous knock on the Qwest is shortsighted as well because sometimes I wonder just how much the rest of Ohio or Columbus for that matter knows about the Crew or respects what the Crew have achieved in 2008. And, I'm guessing not a whole lot (being America) or at all and this list just shows that again. I figure Crew are only as high as number 2 in a feign attempt to placate us soccer freaks. I get it though, it's a bitch trying to relate to normal Columbusite's or whatever your called just exactly what the Nordecke is without them giving you a retarded deer caught in the headlights glance. Trust me I have tried once or twice and given up. And, you mise well be speaking martian when your at a family dinner party and someone asks the question, "how is your soccer thing going?" And, you extoll the virtues of a beautiful ball somehow finding the feat of Eddie Gaven perfectly like it's roped to his feet and him hitting it majestically in the back of the net while the whole crowd goes fucking mental and you hug your mates without a second thought on hugging or a thought on the beer being spilled out of your hand. The usual curtesy reply in response to my stories with the classmates or the family dinner party respectively is, "ohh, I watched Liverpool once on ESPN or gee that sounds nice, tell me more about law school?" Oh, America... How better your life would be if you could spend your Saturday's extolling how much Matt Reis the goalkeeper of the New England Revs has, "a bucket of sweets and a cheeky smile" or if you could chant "We Support Columbus" while pounding on bleachers so hard they actually break in my row one week after a game winning goal but everyone just adjusted to the top of the broken bleacher and somehow balanced themselves like Shawn Johnson and ignored it like the perfect 10 ignores all the fawning boys at a college party.

Yes, Ohio State managed to beat like 7 other less talented and crappy Big Ten teams along with such powerhouses as Troy State and Ohio University leading to somehow receiving a BCS bid. But, they beat no one actually good unless you're delirous and counting Michigan State. However somehow, this is still enough to beat what the Crew has done on and off the field in 2008, by gaining 2,000 hardcore rabid support in the North Corner of their stadium that rivals and in my opinion beats any atmosphere to be seen or ever imagined in America including *gasp* college football and going from the most pitiful soccer team over the last few years in MLS to winning not only their first championship but the double and putting them into International play in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2009.


So, instead of just beating up on laughable MLS sides like Toronto FC or DC United which mise well be Iowa and Wisconsin, they can also beat up on the good sides of MLS as well as the Mexicans, the Costa Ricans, the Hondurans, the Trinidadians. If they win that, who knows who is next in the Club World Cup, maybe a famous English side like Liverpool.

But, if the rest of Columbus can't get how important winning a MLS Cup is. I'm glad there are some who live and breath for it. I'm glad there are 2,000 Nordeckians as mental as I am on Saturday's about the team. I'm glad there are about 15,000 people usually always in support. As the Marines say it's not bad to be "the few, the proud." I'm also glad there is an outlet to leave the deep thinking behind. It's usually better to leave that to geniouses per sans above anyways.

My shot at Best 10 Sports Moments of 2008:
10- Columbus Crew opens up 2008 by defeating TFC 2-0 and sending over 2,000 Toronto fans crying for the exits. The birth of the Nordecke and a winning season is born.
9- Columbus Crew give New England a 4-0 beatdown.
8- In a 2-2 tie in Chicago around 300 Crew fans make the road trip. Away matches in general. Mine this year include DC once, Chicago twice(Chicago and Peoria), TFC twice.
7- Columbus defeats hated DC United knocking them out of the playoffs and having the Supporters Shield celebration. More of their fans crying.
6- Steven Lenhart's late equalizer against Kansas City on the road in the first round of the playoffs and all of his equalizers.
5-The magic of Guillermo Barros Schelotto registering over 20 assists and 6 goals.
4- Robbie Rogers magic goal from 35 yards out against New York
3- Frankie Hejduk partying with fans by drinking and chanting with them inside and outside the stadium after being suspended for one match for a red card the previous match.
2- 2-1 come from behind victory versus Chicago Fire in front of an absolutely mental crowd.
1- Winning MLS Cup 3-1 and hoisting the trophy.

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