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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.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Black and Gold (or Silver or Bronze)



The Crew have sent two fine young gents off to the Olympic games to represent their countries in Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo. What's truly curious about this entire situation is that:

1. They play on the same club team
2. Neither played significantly for that team last year
3. Both have been key to their club team's success this year
4. Both have first and last names that start with the same letter.
5. They will be battling each other for the right to come back and play for that club team

...I mean, to win the Gold. Sure.

That's right. In case you didn't know, the US and Nigeria are in the same knockout group. In fact, they'll be on the same pitch August 13th in the Beijing Workers Stadium, presumably lined up opposite each other. Also, as with all round-robin group play tournaments, it is possible both teams could not only advance, but there is a chance the US and Nigeria could square off in the gold medal match. So, what does this mean for Crew fans?

Root for Japan and The Netherlands.

Just kidding. But it does present that tough question for the USMNT diehards: root for Robbie Rogers to win a gold, or root for him to be back in Crew Stadium ASAP. As much as I love Ekpo, I hope he sees limited to no time and Nigeria gets thumped 5-0 in their first game. I don't know if I can root against the Natty Lights, but I do not have any affiliation for Nigeria.

Full schedule here.

The US Men's Schedule:
8/7 5:00am vs. Japan
8/10 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/13 5:00am vs. Nigeria


Nigeria's Schedule:
8/7 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/10 5:00am vs. Japan
8/13 5:00am vs. USA



Quarter finals: 8/16
Semi Finals: 8/19
Bronze Medal: 8/22
Gold Medal: 8/23


Here are the games we lose one of them for if they make it all the way.

7/27 - @ Colorado (W: 2-0)
8/02 - @ Houston
8/16 - FC Dallas
8/23 - Real Salt Lake

It is entirely possible we could have a Nigeria/USA final, Which is the worst/best case scenario, depending on how you look at it. But even then, we're talking four games against Western Conference teams. We will definitely lose both of these guys for the next game, and probably the home game with Dallas, unless they don't play at all, and their teams don't advance. If they get bounced in the quarter finals, we get one or both back for Real Salt Lake.

The big question is: How much is this going to affect the Crew? Well, maybe it will be worse than originally thought, now with Lenhart suspended for the next two games, and Frankie suspended for one. If we take only two points over the next three games, we will be on 33 points with 9 games to go. Not all that bad, but not great. Of those 9 games remaining, 7 will be against Eastern Conference teams, which means we will be slugging it out to get the Supporter's shield/playoff positioning.

For me, I'm club over country. So give me Robbie Rogers back tomorrow. What about you?

Black and Gold (or Silver or Bronze)



The Crew have sent two fine young gents off to the Olympic games to represent their countries in Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo. What's truly curious about this entire situation is that:

1. They play on the same club team
2. Neither played significantly for that team last year
3. Both have been key to their club team's success this year
4. Both have first and last names that start with the same letter.
5. They will be battling each other for the right to come back and play for that club team

...I mean, to win the Gold. Sure.

That's right. In case you didn't know, the US and Nigeria are in the same knockout group. In fact, they'll be on the same pitch August 13th in the Beijing Workers Stadium, presumably lined up opposite each other. Also, as with all round-robin group play tournaments, it is possible both teams could not only advance, but there is a chance the US and Nigeria could square off in the gold medal match. So, what does this mean for Crew fans?

Root for Japan and The Netherlands.

Just kidding. But it does present that tough question for the USMNT diehards: root for Robbie Rogers to win a gold, or root for him to be back in Crew Stadium ASAP. As much as I love Ekpo, I hope he sees limited to no time and Nigeria gets thumped 5-0 in their first game. I don't know if I can root against the Natty Lights, but I do not have any affiliation for Nigeria.

Full schedule here.

The US Men's Schedule:
8/7 5:00am vs. Japan
8/10 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/13 5:00am vs. Nigeria


Nigeria's Schedule:
8/7 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/10 5:00am vs. Japan
8/13 5:00am vs. USA



Quarter finals: 8/16
Semi Finals: 8/19
Bronze Medal: 8/22
Gold Medal: 8/23


Here are the games we lose one of them for if they make it all the way.

7/27 - @ Colorado (W: 2-0)
8/02 - @ Houston
8/16 - FC Dallas
8/23 - Real Salt Lake

It is entirely possible we could have a Nigeria/USA final, Which is the worst/best case scenario, depending on how you look at it. But even then, we're talking four games against Western Conference teams. We will definitely lose both of these guys for the next game, and probably the home game with Dallas, unless they don't play at all, and their teams don't advance. If they get bounced in the quarter finals, we get one or both back for Real Salt Lake.

The big question is: How much is this going to affect the Crew? Well, maybe it will be worse than originally thought, now with Lenhart suspended for the next two games, and Frankie suspended for one. If we take only two points over the next three games, we will be on 33 points with 9 games to go. Not all that bad, but not great. Of those 9 games remaining, 7 will be against Eastern Conference teams, which means we will be slugging it out to get the Supporter's shield/playoff positioning.

For me, I'm club over country. So give me Robbie Rogers back tomorrow. What about you?

Black and Gold (or Silver or Bronze)



The Crew have sent two fine young gents off to the Olympic games to represent their countries in Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo. What's truly curious about this entire situation is that:

1. They play on the same club team
2. Neither played significantly for that team last year
3. Both have been key to their club team's success this year
4. Both have first and last names that start with the same letter.
5. They will be battling each other for the right to come back and play for that club team

...I mean, to win the Gold. Sure.

That's right. In case you didn't know, the US and Nigeria are in the same knockout group. In fact, they'll be on the same pitch August 13th in the Beijing Workers Stadium, presumably lined up opposite each other. Also, as with all round-robin group play tournaments, it is possible both teams could not only advance, but there is a chance the US and Nigeria could square off in the gold medal match. So, what does this mean for Crew fans?

Root for Japan and The Netherlands.

Just kidding. But it does present that tough question for the USMNT diehards: root for Robbie Rogers to win a gold, or root for him to be back in Crew Stadium ASAP. As much as I love Ekpo, I hope he sees limited to no time and Nigeria gets thumped 5-0 in their first game. I don't know if I can root against the Natty Lights, but I do not have any affiliation for Nigeria.

Full schedule here.

The US Men's Schedule:
8/7 5:00am vs. Japan
8/10 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/13 5:00am vs. Nigeria


Nigeria's Schedule:
8/7 7:45am vs. The Netherlands
8/10 5:00am vs. Japan
8/13 5:00am vs. USA



Quarter finals: 8/16
Semi Finals: 8/19
Bronze Medal: 8/22
Gold Medal: 8/23


Here are the games we lose one of them for if they make it all the way.

7/27 - @ Colorado (W: 2-0)
8/02 - @ Houston
8/16 - FC Dallas
8/23 - Real Salt Lake

It is entirely possible we could have a Nigeria/USA final, Which is the worst/best case scenario, depending on how you look at it. But even then, we're talking four games against Western Conference teams. We will definitely lose both of these guys for the next game, and probably the home game with Dallas, unless they don't play at all, and their teams don't advance. If they get bounced in the quarter finals, we get one or both back for Real Salt Lake.

The big question is: How much is this going to affect the Crew? Well, maybe it will be worse than originally thought, now with Lenhart suspended for the next two games, and Frankie suspended for one. If we take only two points over the next three games, we will be on 33 points with 9 games to go. Not all that bad, but not great. Of those 9 games remaining, 7 will be against Eastern Conference teams, which means we will be slugging it out to get the Supporter's shield/playoff positioning.

For me, I'm club over country. So give me Robbie Rogers back tomorrow. What about you?

Guillermo el Gran

I don’t know who the writer of this blog is, but I just is further proof of what a legend Guillermo is. Perfect title for the blog too.

Guillermo el Gran

I don’t know who the writer of this blog is, but I just is further proof of what a legend Guillermo is. Perfect title for the blog too.

Guillermo el Gran

I don’t know who the writer of this blog is, but I just is further proof of what a legend Guillermo is. Perfect title for the blog too.

Lenhart Gets an Extra Game Off

Initial rumors had Steven Lenhart getting a four game suspension and the initial MLS disciplinary report had him serving just on game at Houston, but Shawn Mitchell is reporting that Lenhart will be sitting out two games. He will miss the game in Houston and the next home game against Dallas on the 16th. On that note, it might be time to start up the Mike Clark Fund again, the $250 fine is pretty big hit on a developmental player’s salary.

Lenhart Gets an Extra Game Off

Initial rumors had Steven Lenhart getting a four game suspension and the initial MLS disciplinary report had him serving just on game at Houston, but Shawn Mitchell is reporting that Lenhart will be sitting out two games. He will miss the game in Houston and the next home game against Dallas on the 16th. On that note, it might be time to start up the Mike Clark Fund again, the $250 fine is pretty big hit on a developmental player’s salary.

Lenhart Gets an Extra Game Off

Initial rumors had Steven Lenhart getting a four game suspension and the initial MLS disciplinary report had him serving just on game at Houston, but Shawn Mitchell is reporting that Lenhart will be sitting out two games. He will miss the game in Houston and the next home game against Dallas on the 16th. On that note, it might be time to start up the Mike Clark Fund again, the $250 fine is pretty big hit on a developmental player’s salary.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Crew 2 Rapids 0: Grades

Hesmer – 10: Hesmer was on his game and not just the saves. It was a combination of outstanding reflexes, great positioning, and just enough luck.

O’Rourke - 6: He was chasing quite a bit and had some awful tackles. It appeared that he was uncomfortable with the new formation. Looked better when the Crew moved to a 4 man back line.

Iro - 6: He looked better as the game went along. He is very good in the air and he can pass well as evidenced by his pass to start the sequence that led to the first goal. His is still slow and got beaten a couple of times by swift forwards.

Marshall - 7: He also improved in the second half. He had trouble when pulled into the wings, but formed a great backbone when the Crew played four in the back.

Hejduk - 6: He looked uncomfortable on the wings and did not seem to get into offensive position that often. Some of his challenges made it look like he wanted to start his vacation a week early.

Gaven - 6: Tough to come back from injury and play a full 90 at altitude, he showed some rust, but did get down the field several times. He did have several giveaways. Obviously spent by the 75th minute, but still did the defensive dirty work.

Miglioranzi – 7: I was impressed in his half of work. He had a very good assist and he seemed to be all over the field in the first half. He worked well with Carroll to stuff the center.

Carroll - 7: Christian Gomez was shut down and the Rapids had no offense down the middle of the field.

Schelotto – 6: An off night as he really did not link up well with the forwards as he had to play slightly deeper or the forwards were much wider of his position.

Moreno – 6: The usual hardworking effort. He did not have a chance to make an impact on the offensive end and played wing in the second half in the bunkering 4-4-1.

Lenhart – 5: Third goal of the year on great passing and an off the ball run. He can be a beast, is quicker than he looks, and was in some very good positions, but his temper could have cost the Crew a win and does cost the team his services versus Houston.

Evans – 6: Great work on the goal to get the ball to Garey. He appeared to be man marking in C. Gomez to make sure he did not do anything. I would like to see him wide.

Garey - 7: He did exactly what was required. He threw his body around, challenged for loose balls, and pressed the Colorado back line. The goal was the topper; amazing control and shot.

Zayner - NR: No time to make an impression.

Crew Man of the Match – Hesmer – Who else?

Crew 2 Rapids 0: Grades

Hesmer – 10: Hesmer was on his game and not just the saves. It was a combination of outstanding reflexes, great positioning, and just enough luck.

O’Rourke - 6: He was chasing quite a bit and had some awful tackles. It appeared that he was uncomfortable with the new formation. Looked better when the Crew moved to a 4 man back line.

Iro - 6: He looked better as the game went along. He is very good in the air and he can pass well as evidenced by his pass to start the sequence that led to the first goal. His is still slow and got beaten a couple of times by swift forwards.

Marshall - 7: He also improved in the second half. He had trouble when pulled into the wings, but formed a great backbone when the Crew played four in the back.

Hejduk - 6: He looked uncomfortable on the wings and did not seem to get into offensive position that often. Some of his challenges made it look like he wanted to start his vacation a week early.

Gaven - 6: Tough to come back from injury and play a full 90 at altitude, he showed some rust, but did get down the field several times. He did have several giveaways. Obviously spent by the 75th minute, but still did the defensive dirty work.

Miglioranzi – 7: I was impressed in his half of work. He had a very good assist and he seemed to be all over the field in the first half. He worked well with Carroll to stuff the center.

Carroll - 7: Christian Gomez was shut down and the Rapids had no offense down the middle of the field.

Schelotto – 6: An off night as he really did not link up well with the forwards as he had to play slightly deeper or the forwards were much wider of his position.

Moreno – 6: The usual hardworking effort. He did not have a chance to make an impact on the offensive end and played wing in the second half in the bunkering 4-4-1.

Lenhart – 5: Third goal of the year on great passing and an off the ball run. He can be a beast, is quicker than he looks, and was in some very good positions, but his temper could have cost the Crew a win and does cost the team his services versus Houston.

Evans – 6: Great work on the goal to get the ball to Garey. He appeared to be man marking in C. Gomez to make sure he did not do anything. I would like to see him wide.

Garey - 7: He did exactly what was required. He threw his body around, challenged for loose balls, and pressed the Colorado back line. The goal was the topper; amazing control and shot.

Zayner - NR: No time to make an impression.

Crew Man of the Match – Hesmer – Who else?

Crew 2 Rapids 0: Grades

Hesmer – 10: Hesmer was on his game and not just the saves. It was a combination of outstanding reflexes, great positioning, and just enough luck.

O’Rourke - 6: He was chasing quite a bit and had some awful tackles. It appeared that he was uncomfortable with the new formation. Looked better when the Crew moved to a 4 man back line.

Iro - 6: He looked better as the game went along. He is very good in the air and he can pass well as evidenced by his pass to start the sequence that led to the first goal. His is still slow and got beaten a couple of times by swift forwards.

Marshall - 7: He also improved in the second half. He had trouble when pulled into the wings, but formed a great backbone when the Crew played four in the back.

Hejduk - 6: He looked uncomfortable on the wings and did not seem to get into offensive position that often. Some of his challenges made it look like he wanted to start his vacation a week early.

Gaven - 6: Tough to come back from injury and play a full 90 at altitude, he showed some rust, but did get down the field several times. He did have several giveaways. Obviously spent by the 75th minute, but still did the defensive dirty work.

Miglioranzi – 7: I was impressed in his half of work. He had a very good assist and he seemed to be all over the field in the first half. He worked well with Carroll to stuff the center.

Carroll - 7: Christian Gomez was shut down and the Rapids had no offense down the middle of the field.

Schelotto – 6: An off night as he really did not link up well with the forwards as he had to play slightly deeper or the forwards were much wider of his position.

Moreno – 6: The usual hardworking effort. He did not have a chance to make an impact on the offensive end and played wing in the second half in the bunkering 4-4-1.

Lenhart – 5: Third goal of the year on great passing and an off the ball run. He can be a beast, is quicker than he looks, and was in some very good positions, but his temper could have cost the Crew a win and does cost the team his services versus Houston.

Evans – 6: Great work on the goal to get the ball to Garey. He appeared to be man marking in C. Gomez to make sure he did not do anything. I would like to see him wide.

Garey - 7: He did exactly what was required. He threw his body around, challenged for loose balls, and pressed the Colorado back line. The goal was the topper; amazing control and shot.

Zayner - NR: No time to make an impression.

Crew Man of the Match – Hesmer – Who else?

Bus Trip Prices Drop Astronomically

This includes the bus, the ticket, the room.

$215 for a single
$145 for a double
$130 for a triple
and $115 for a quad.

Call Allen now 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

The revised flyer is here or to the right.

Bus Trip Prices Drop Astronomically

This includes the bus, the ticket, the room.

$215 for a single
$145 for a double
$130 for a triple
and $115 for a quad.

Call Allen now 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

The revised flyer is here or to the right.

Bus Trip Prices Drop Astronomically

This includes the bus, the ticket, the room.

$215 for a single
$145 for a double
$130 for a triple
and $115 for a quad.

Call Allen now 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

The revised flyer is here or to the right.

Lenhart Out For Four Games.

I got a text today that Lenhart will be suspended for four games for his cold arm shiver in the Colorado game to Erpen. I'm rather surprised as I didn't think it was too bad and I think Erpen sort of took a dive with a late reaction to it. In my opinion a red card was a just enough punishment, nothing more or less). You be the judge:



Anyways, it's a shame as I thought Lenhart was growing into a beast with 3 goals in 3 games. This was his chance to shine. And, we definitely could use him with Rogers and Ekpo out. I'm assuming Garey will replace him next game.

One more thought, Erpen is a diving pussy.

Lenhart Out For Four Games.

I got a text today that Lenhart will be suspended for four games for his cold arm shiver in the Colorado game to Erpen. I'm rather surprised as I didn't think it was too bad and I think Erpen sort of took a dive with a late reaction to it. In my opinion a red card was a just enough punishment, nothing more or less). You be the judge:



Anyways, it's a shame as I thought Lenhart was growing into a beast with 3 goals in 3 games. This was his chance to shine. And, we definitely could use him with Rogers and Ekpo out. I'm assuming Garey will replace him next game.

One more thought, Erpen is a diving pussy.

Lenhart Out For Four Games.

I got a text today that Lenhart will be suspended for four games for his cold arm shiver in the Colorado game to Erpen. I'm rather surprised as I didn't think it was too bad and I think Erpen sort of took a dive with a late reaction to it. In my opinion a red card was a just enough punishment, nothing more or less). You be the judge:



Anyways, it's a shame as I thought Lenhart was growing into a beast with 3 goals in 3 games. This was his chance to shine. And, we definitely could use him with Rogers and Ekpo out. I'm assuming Garey will replace him next game.

One more thought, Erpen is a diving pussy.

Mark McCullers Is Pitching In On Bus Trip

Email from Allen today:

"Ryan,

Great news!!! Mark McCullers, Crew GM, is going to help with the costs...
I haven't reworked the numbers yet but they are definitely going down!!!
And, we are confirmed to be staying in the same hotel as the team - up to
about 15-20 rooms. If we need more rooms there is an overflow hotel for MLS
related groups just down the street (3-4 minute walk).

And, Mark is also mentioned the trip during his webchat today with fans.
So, I expect this to fill up VERY quickly now.

So, please get me the number of DEFINATE seats/rooms you need ASAP so I can
guarantee it for you!!!

Thanks!
Allen"

Mark McCullers Is Pitching In On Bus Trip

Email from Allen today:

"Ryan,

Great news!!! Mark McCullers, Crew GM, is going to help with the costs...
I haven't reworked the numbers yet but they are definitely going down!!!
And, we are confirmed to be staying in the same hotel as the team - up to
about 15-20 rooms. If we need more rooms there is an overflow hotel for MLS
related groups just down the street (3-4 minute walk).

And, Mark is also mentioned the trip during his webchat today with fans.
So, I expect this to fill up VERY quickly now.

So, please get me the number of DEFINATE seats/rooms you need ASAP so I can
guarantee it for you!!!

Thanks!
Allen"

Mark McCullers Is Pitching In On Bus Trip

Email from Allen today:

"Ryan,

Great news!!! Mark McCullers, Crew GM, is going to help with the costs...
I haven't reworked the numbers yet but they are definitely going down!!!
And, we are confirmed to be staying in the same hotel as the team - up to
about 15-20 rooms. If we need more rooms there is an overflow hotel for MLS
related groups just down the street (3-4 minute walk).

And, Mark is also mentioned the trip during his webchat today with fans.
So, I expect this to fill up VERY quickly now.

So, please get me the number of DEFINATE seats/rooms you need ASAP so I can
guarantee it for you!!!

Thanks!
Allen"

Good Morning Nordecke

Hello, my name is Patrick Guldan. I usually write on the Crew over at An American Game, but I am helping out Ryan for the next couple of days. I guess now is a good time to come clean: I don’t sit in the Nordecke, but I love watching the corner in action. It has made going to games that much better. A win and the supporters in full voice is a beautiful experience.

I will be adding some game grades in a little bit, but I thought I would also throw in a reminder for the Mark McCullers webchat at 2pm today. Get your questions in now and grill him about the transfer market, security issues, the long rumored training ground, and of course how the team is doing.

Good Morning Nordecke

Hello, my name is Patrick Guldan. I usually write on the Crew over at An American Game, but I am helping out Ryan for the next couple of days. I guess now is a good time to come clean: I don’t sit in the Nordecke, but I love watching the corner in action. It has made going to games that much better. A win and the supporters in full voice is a beautiful experience.

I will be adding some game grades in a little bit, but I thought I would also throw in a reminder for the Mark McCullers webchat at 2pm today. Get your questions in now and grill him about the transfer market, security issues, the long rumored training ground, and of course how the team is doing.

Good Morning Nordecke

Hello, my name is Patrick Guldan. I usually write on the Crew over at An American Game, but I am helping out Ryan for the next couple of days. I guess now is a good time to come clean: I don’t sit in the Nordecke, but I love watching the corner in action. It has made going to games that much better. A win and the supporters in full voice is a beautiful experience.

I will be adding some game grades in a little bit, but I thought I would also throw in a reminder for the Mark McCullers webchat at 2pm today. Get your questions in now and grill him about the transfer market, security issues, the long rumored training ground, and of course how the team is doing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Transfer Window Blues



So apparently after the Crew had all that interest in Noonan and the Revs were willing to make a cheap deal with the Crew so that they could get his rights. And, MLS was so against the whole travesty of Noonan coming back with the yellow soccer team. Now, the Revs are signing Noonan again and the league is cool with it. Surprise, who wants the Crew to have a chance at the Cup anyways.

And, who knows if they still intend to deal him to Columbus. I totally doubt Nicol would trade Noonan to their most serious competitor.

LINK HERE.

And, Mike Arace's spot on article on the transfer deadline and the need for Columbus to make a move.

Even though some might disagree with Mike by saying that Colorado was an awesome performance and it was. Nevertheless, there are still some aspects of that game that worry me. Like most other teams can hit a broad side of a barn unlike Conor Casey.

Additionally, don't expect to be seeing Ogbunna anytime soon or this season as he is having serious visa issues. I think we are the only team that has that problem. But, according to Mitchell, maybe he will be considered in 2009! That's exciting! Not.

The Transfer Window Blues



So apparently after the Crew had all that interest in Noonan and the Revs were willing to make a cheap deal with the Crew so that they could get his rights. And, MLS was so against the whole travesty of Noonan coming back with the yellow soccer team. Now, the Revs are signing Noonan again and the league is cool with it. Surprise, who wants the Crew to have a chance at the Cup anyways.

And, who knows if they still intend to deal him to Columbus. I totally doubt Nicol would trade Noonan to their most serious competitor.

LINK HERE.

And, Mike Arace's spot on article on the transfer deadline and the need for Columbus to make a move.

Even though some might disagree with Mike by saying that Colorado was an awesome performance and it was. Nevertheless, there are still some aspects of that game that worry me. Like most other teams can hit a broad side of a barn unlike Conor Casey.

Additionally, don't expect to be seeing Ogbunna anytime soon or this season as he is having serious visa issues. I think we are the only team that has that problem. But, according to Mitchell, maybe he will be considered in 2009! That's exciting! Not.

The Transfer Window Blues



So apparently after the Crew had all that interest in Noonan and the Revs were willing to make a cheap deal with the Crew so that they could get his rights. And, MLS was so against the whole travesty of Noonan coming back with the yellow soccer team. Now, the Revs are signing Noonan again and the league is cool with it. Surprise, who wants the Crew to have a chance at the Cup anyways.

And, who knows if they still intend to deal him to Columbus. I totally doubt Nicol would trade Noonan to their most serious competitor.

LINK HERE.

And, Mike Arace's spot on article on the transfer deadline and the need for Columbus to make a move.

Even though some might disagree with Mike by saying that Colorado was an awesome performance and it was. Nevertheless, there are still some aspects of that game that worry me. Like most other teams can hit a broad side of a barn unlike Conor Casey.

Additionally, don't expect to be seeing Ogbunna anytime soon or this season as he is having serious visa issues. I think we are the only team that has that problem. But, according to Mitchell, maybe he will be considered in 2009! That's exciting! Not.

More TFC Trip Info From Allen



Email From Allen today:
"I called and left a VM for Shawn of HSH. I hope he does have the 20 or so
that he said were going.

There might be a change in the room situation. Since it is taking so long
to get confirmation that this will happen - I'm having a hard time locking
in the rooms. And, it looks like we'll be staying in the same hotel as the
team - at least most if not all of us. As such, that hotel (and the
overflow hotel right down the street) only have rooms with 1 bed (I believe
King). They can put a single cot into each room as well. So, we may be
looking at single, double or triples. Or, if someone wants to sleep on the
floor - then we can do quads (but no more than 4 per room). This is one of
the nicest hotels in Toronto and we're getting the MLS discount rate (about
%50 off). It's in the heart of downtown and the entertainment zone. This
is where it's all happening... And, I would expect that some (if not most)
of the players will be returning after the game (like us), cleaning up and
heading out - maybe after some drinks in the lounge at the hotel. I'm
assuming that they will be more than happy to hang out with their hard-core
fans, in appreciation of the journey we made to support them. Hell, I
wouldn't be surprised to journey with them to some nightlife locations...

I'm 60%-70% comfortable signing the bus contract. But, I would be a lot
more comfortable if I could get about another 12-20 more deposits. The
rooms are not a sunk cost and are adjustable to the number of people. But,
the bus is a fixed cost and will need to be divided by the total number on
the trip. If less go, the costs go up just a bit - but that may be offset
by the room price going down (once confirmed). If we can fill up the bus
then it's likely the price will go down for all - maybe $10-$25. If Chris
does get Mark McCullers to kick in some or helps me find some sponsors then
it will continue to go down...

If you can send me the names / numbers of anyone that you think is or might
be interested in then I'll contact them myself. Blake is one that I need to
call, for examble, but I don't have his number.

And, do you have a mail distribution list from your blog? If so, can we
broadcast the info again (the flyer) and include my name and e-mail in the
body just in case... And, can you bounce the Trip to the top of the blog
again...?

Thanks for your help on this.

I look forward to hearing back from you and sharing that beer when you get
in town!"

Let's get more interest and get the prices down for everyone.

CALL ALLEN TODAY at 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

More TFC Trip Info From Allen



Email From Allen today:
"I called and left a VM for Shawn of HSH. I hope he does have the 20 or so
that he said were going.

There might be a change in the room situation. Since it is taking so long
to get confirmation that this will happen - I'm having a hard time locking
in the rooms. And, it looks like we'll be staying in the same hotel as the
team - at least most if not all of us. As such, that hotel (and the
overflow hotel right down the street) only have rooms with 1 bed (I believe
King). They can put a single cot into each room as well. So, we may be
looking at single, double or triples. Or, if someone wants to sleep on the
floor - then we can do quads (but no more than 4 per room). This is one of
the nicest hotels in Toronto and we're getting the MLS discount rate (about
%50 off). It's in the heart of downtown and the entertainment zone. This
is where it's all happening... And, I would expect that some (if not most)
of the players will be returning after the game (like us), cleaning up and
heading out - maybe after some drinks in the lounge at the hotel. I'm
assuming that they will be more than happy to hang out with their hard-core
fans, in appreciation of the journey we made to support them. Hell, I
wouldn't be surprised to journey with them to some nightlife locations...

I'm 60%-70% comfortable signing the bus contract. But, I would be a lot
more comfortable if I could get about another 12-20 more deposits. The
rooms are not a sunk cost and are adjustable to the number of people. But,
the bus is a fixed cost and will need to be divided by the total number on
the trip. If less go, the costs go up just a bit - but that may be offset
by the room price going down (once confirmed). If we can fill up the bus
then it's likely the price will go down for all - maybe $10-$25. If Chris
does get Mark McCullers to kick in some or helps me find some sponsors then
it will continue to go down...

If you can send me the names / numbers of anyone that you think is or might
be interested in then I'll contact them myself. Blake is one that I need to
call, for examble, but I don't have his number.

And, do you have a mail distribution list from your blog? If so, can we
broadcast the info again (the flyer) and include my name and e-mail in the
body just in case... And, can you bounce the Trip to the top of the blog
again...?

Thanks for your help on this.

I look forward to hearing back from you and sharing that beer when you get
in town!"

Let's get more interest and get the prices down for everyone.

CALL ALLEN TODAY at 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

More TFC Trip Info From Allen



Email From Allen today:
"I called and left a VM for Shawn of HSH. I hope he does have the 20 or so
that he said were going.

There might be a change in the room situation. Since it is taking so long
to get confirmation that this will happen - I'm having a hard time locking
in the rooms. And, it looks like we'll be staying in the same hotel as the
team - at least most if not all of us. As such, that hotel (and the
overflow hotel right down the street) only have rooms with 1 bed (I believe
King). They can put a single cot into each room as well. So, we may be
looking at single, double or triples. Or, if someone wants to sleep on the
floor - then we can do quads (but no more than 4 per room). This is one of
the nicest hotels in Toronto and we're getting the MLS discount rate (about
%50 off). It's in the heart of downtown and the entertainment zone. This
is where it's all happening... And, I would expect that some (if not most)
of the players will be returning after the game (like us), cleaning up and
heading out - maybe after some drinks in the lounge at the hotel. I'm
assuming that they will be more than happy to hang out with their hard-core
fans, in appreciation of the journey we made to support them. Hell, I
wouldn't be surprised to journey with them to some nightlife locations...

I'm 60%-70% comfortable signing the bus contract. But, I would be a lot
more comfortable if I could get about another 12-20 more deposits. The
rooms are not a sunk cost and are adjustable to the number of people. But,
the bus is a fixed cost and will need to be divided by the total number on
the trip. If less go, the costs go up just a bit - but that may be offset
by the room price going down (once confirmed). If we can fill up the bus
then it's likely the price will go down for all - maybe $10-$25. If Chris
does get Mark McCullers to kick in some or helps me find some sponsors then
it will continue to go down...

If you can send me the names / numbers of anyone that you think is or might
be interested in then I'll contact them myself. Blake is one that I need to
call, for examble, but I don't have his number.

And, do you have a mail distribution list from your blog? If so, can we
broadcast the info again (the flyer) and include my name and e-mail in the
body just in case... And, can you bounce the Trip to the top of the blog
again...?

Thanks for your help on this.

I look forward to hearing back from you and sharing that beer when you get
in town!"

Let's get more interest and get the prices down for everyone.

CALL ALLEN TODAY at 614.975.6934
or email him at talon926@hotmail.com

Monday, July 28, 2008

Morning Afterthoughts: Rocky Win Allows Crew to Climb

Did we see what we just saw? Down to 10 men, the Crew held onto a 1-0 lead after Sigi switched formations for the first time since the Reagan Administration and even added a goal after a 2nd-half sub not named Steven Lenhart finished an amazing run that took advantage of a goal kick. By the way, did we mention the Crew had only won once at Colorado ever, that our two wingers are en route to China, and that Colorado outshot the Crew 23-5?

So, how did the Crew win 2-0? Let me paint you a picture:




The Crew have sometimes this year suffered ties that should have been wins, and occasionally a brave few have questioned the abilities of the fuzzy-headed man between the pipes. But last night, William Techumseh Hesmer absolutely destroyed any thoughts of a ceiling on his career. He made 7 huge saves that would serve any European side well. And he wasn't so much patroling his penalty area as he was destroying anyone who dared wade into the Crew 6-yard box on a set piece. William hasn't completely got his positioning down 100% of the time, but his reactions are second to none.

Meanwhile, the legend of Lenhart continues to grow. His interplay with Miglioranzi, who played an absolutely brilliant ball to the Azusa Kid, was an example of all that is good about soccer. The red card he was given was an example of the exact opposite. The physical manhandling the forwards in MLS are required to take without a foul being called is appalling. While Moreno and Schelotto no doubt were angered about Lenhart being sent off, and perhaps, the obvious manner in which he earned his trip to the showers, no doubt they had to feel some sense of justice after the way they have been beaten and battered without the ref passing air through his whistle. In the same vein, there is little doubt Robbie Rogers was watching, smiling, and nodding.

Lenhart's attitude is something Crew fans can be proud of. He is hot-headed, flashy, has a flair for dramatic, and most of all, will be the last person on the team who will be caught handling excrement. Jimmy Conrad, an overrated vet of MLS who gets the benefit of the doubt from the refs, media, and coaches, ran into Lenhart last week and ended up getting his head palmed like a basketball. He's lucky Lenhart didn't treat his noggin more like a Titleist sitting on the white tee of a par 5. Many have compared Lenhart to a Cabbage Patch Kid, what with his curly blonde hair and youthful look of exuberance. Forget that; if anything, he's as Garbage Pail Kid as they come. Saying Lenhart has a nasty streak is like saying Tommy Lee has a few tattoos. And to think, this time last year, Livid Lenny was going to call it quits after his senior year at APU.

Interesting Lenhart fact: all three goals he has scored have either tied or won the game for the Crew this season. Some of us should have seen this coming, since after all, 9 of 16 goals last season at Azusa Pacific were gamewinners.

(By the way, please ignore this post and this post form earlier in the season where I kind of bagged on us picking Lenhart over Xavier Balc. Kudos to Sigmund the Round for making me look like an idiot. )

Finally, as much as I have love for the curly-haired players aforementioned, I am personally most excited about the abilities currently being displayed by one Jason Garey. He got on the end of a nice goal against Independiente, apparently did the same vs. West Ham, and now has gotten into an MLS game and made the most of it, tallying the nail in Colorado's proverbial coffin Sunday night. And what a goal it was. Coincidentally, both Garey's and Lenhart's goals are up for GOTW nomination. Both deserve it, with Garey's being my personal favorite.

After a perceived slight by not getting the nod over Lenhart as first sub, Jason Garey is a man on a mission to show Sigi injuries are the only reason he's not lived up to his potential. The flashes he showed last night are promising. Nevermind the goal, he abused Colorado's defense for the 2nd half of the game. Facundo Erpen did everything but piledrive Garey on the run that became Garey's first MLS goal of the season; Bouda Condoul had to clothesline him to keep him out of net for a 2nd time. Thank God MLS's fine referees saw no reason to award the deserved penalty to Garey; we wouldn't want him to get satisfied now that he's got a guaranteed start this week against Houston.

The best thing about the whole game? With Rogers and Ekpo gone, the Crew are getting big time step-ups from secondary players in their absence. Last year, and in many years past, it seems like everyone got hot and cold at the same time. Last week, Guille carried the team; this week, William Hesmer put the team on his back and Lenhart and Garey each had a good half. The Crew are getting players to step up in key situations, and that will payoff come playoff time.

Other notes:

- Forgive me as I interrupt the sanctity of the Holiest of Spicoli's, but Frankie Hejduk needs to sit down for a game. Waaaaay to many reckless, two-footed tackles that either missed, were horribly late, or both. He was singularly responsible for a few of the Crapids chances last night. His yellow carded tackle could have easily seen red. Unfortunately, it had the same result as Lenhart's elbow, as both will miss the next match in Houston.

- Eddie Gaven looked very able coming back from injury. He burned the sidelines nearly as well as anything Robbie Rogers has done, covered well on defense, even got a little physical when necessary. Hope for more of the same this week.

- The 3-5-2 worked for Sigi, though he seems to treat Colorado with special gloves because they are so good at crossing into the box. With Frankie gone for the Houston game, what will he do? I think he goes back to 4 in the back, puts Iro in the middle with Chad, and prays to God that Padula is healthy so Danny can play on the right.

- RSL just got done beating TFC 2-1. That means even with their games in hand, of all the Eastern Conference teams behind Columbus, only Chicago is within three points of the Crew (if they win their extra match). Meanwhile, the Crew sit 2 points off the Supporter's Shield, albeit with one more game played than New England. Basically, we're in really good shape going into the Olympics.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan and his family over the loss of his father. My wife lost her mom to a violently quick form of pancreatic cancer (3 months from diagnosis to the end), and as shocking as that was, I can't even imagine what Ryan is going through. It's in times like these that memories and photographs become more precious than gold, and, hopefully, friends nowhere near as scarce.

Morning Afterthoughts: Rocky Win Allows Crew to Climb

Did we see what we just saw? Down to 10 men, the Crew held onto a 1-0 lead after Sigi switched formations for the first time since the Reagan Administration and even added a goal after a 2nd-half sub not named Steven Lenhart finished an amazing run that took advantage of a goal kick. By the way, did we mention the Crew had only won once at Colorado ever, that our two wingers are en route to China, and that Colorado outshot the Crew 23-5?

So, how did the Crew win 2-0? Let me paint you a picture:




The Crew have sometimes this year suffered ties that should have been wins, and occasionally a brave few have questioned the abilities of the fuzzy-headed man between the pipes. But last night, William Techumseh Hesmer absolutely destroyed any thoughts of a ceiling on his career. He made 7 huge saves that would serve any European side well. And he wasn't so much patroling his penalty area as he was destroying anyone who dared wade into the Crew 6-yard box on a set piece. William hasn't completely got his positioning down 100% of the time, but his reactions are second to none.

Meanwhile, the legend of Lenhart continues to grow. His interplay with Miglioranzi, who played an absolutely brilliant ball to the Azusa Kid, was an example of all that is good about soccer. The red card he was given was an example of the exact opposite. The physical manhandling the forwards in MLS are required to take without a foul being called is appalling. While Moreno and Schelotto no doubt were angered about Lenhart being sent off, and perhaps, the obvious manner in which he earned his trip to the showers, no doubt they had to feel some sense of justice after the way they have been beaten and battered without the ref passing air through his whistle. In the same vein, there is little doubt Robbie Rogers was watching, smiling, and nodding.

Lenhart's attitude is something Crew fans can be proud of. He is hot-headed, flashy, has a flair for dramatic, and most of all, will be the last person on the team who will be caught handling excrement. Jimmy Conrad, an overrated vet of MLS who gets the benefit of the doubt from the refs, media, and coaches, ran into Lenhart last week and ended up getting his head palmed like a basketball. He's lucky Lenhart didn't treat his noggin more like a Titleist sitting on the white tee of a par 5. Many have compared Lenhart to a Cabbage Patch Kid, what with his curly blonde hair and youthful look of exuberance. Forget that; if anything, he's as Garbage Pail Kid as they come. Saying Lenhart has a nasty streak is like saying Tommy Lee has a few tattoos. And to think, this time last year, Livid Lenny was going to call it quits after his senior year at APU.

Interesting Lenhart fact: all three goals he has scored have either tied or won the game for the Crew this season. Some of us should have seen this coming, since after all, 9 of 16 goals last season at Azusa Pacific were gamewinners.

(By the way, please ignore this post and this post form earlier in the season where I kind of bagged on us picking Lenhart over Xavier Balc. Kudos to Sigmund the Round for making me look like an idiot. )

Finally, as much as I have love for the curly-haired players aforementioned, I am personally most excited about the abilities currently being displayed by one Jason Garey. He got on the end of a nice goal against Independiente, apparently did the same vs. West Ham, and now has gotten into an MLS game and made the most of it, tallying the nail in Colorado's proverbial coffin Sunday night. And what a goal it was. Coincidentally, both Garey's and Lenhart's goals are up for GOTW nomination. Both deserve it, with Garey's being my personal favorite.

After a perceived slight by not getting the nod over Lenhart as first sub, Jason Garey is a man on a mission to show Sigi injuries are the only reason he's not lived up to his potential. The flashes he showed last night are promising. Nevermind the goal, he abused Colorado's defense for the 2nd half of the game. Facundo Erpen did everything but piledrive Garey on the run that became Garey's first MLS goal of the season; Bouda Condoul had to clothesline him to keep him out of net for a 2nd time. Thank God MLS's fine referees saw no reason to award the deserved penalty to Garey; we wouldn't want him to get satisfied now that he's got a guaranteed start this week against Houston.

The best thing about the whole game? With Rogers and Ekpo gone, the Crew are getting big time step-ups from secondary players in their absence. Last year, and in many years past, it seems like everyone got hot and cold at the same time. Last week, Guille carried the team; this week, William Hesmer put the team on his back and Lenhart and Garey each had a good half. The Crew are getting players to step up in key situations, and that will payoff come playoff time.

Other notes:

- Forgive me as I interrupt the sanctity of the Holiest of Spicoli's, but Frankie Hejduk needs to sit down for a game. Waaaaay to many reckless, two-footed tackles that either missed, were horribly late, or both. He was singularly responsible for a few of the Crapids chances last night. His yellow carded tackle could have easily seen red. Unfortunately, it had the same result as Lenhart's elbow, as both will miss the next match in Houston.

- Eddie Gaven looked very able coming back from injury. He burned the sidelines nearly as well as anything Robbie Rogers has done, covered well on defense, even got a little physical when necessary. Hope for more of the same this week.

- The 3-5-2 worked for Sigi, though he seems to treat Colorado with special gloves because they are so good at crossing into the box. With Frankie gone for the Houston game, what will he do? I think he goes back to 4 in the back, puts Iro in the middle with Chad, and prays to God that Padula is healthy so Danny can play on the right.

- RSL just got done beating TFC 2-1. That means even with their games in hand, of all the Eastern Conference teams behind Columbus, only Chicago is within three points of the Crew (if they win their extra match). Meanwhile, the Crew sit 2 points off the Supporter's Shield, albeit with one more game played than New England. Basically, we're in really good shape going into the Olympics.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan and his family over the loss of his father. My wife lost her mom to a violently quick form of pancreatic cancer (3 months from diagnosis to the end), and as shocking as that was, I can't even imagine what Ryan is going through. It's in times like these that memories and photographs become more precious than gold, and, hopefully, friends nowhere near as scarce.

Morning Afterthoughts: Rocky Win Allows Crew to Climb

Did we see what we just saw? Down to 10 men, the Crew held onto a 1-0 lead after Sigi switched formations for the first time since the Reagan Administration and even added a goal after a 2nd-half sub not named Steven Lenhart finished an amazing run that took advantage of a goal kick. By the way, did we mention the Crew had only won once at Colorado ever, that our two wingers are en route to China, and that Colorado outshot the Crew 23-5?

So, how did the Crew win 2-0? Let me paint you a picture:




The Crew have sometimes this year suffered ties that should have been wins, and occasionally a brave few have questioned the abilities of the fuzzy-headed man between the pipes. But last night, William Techumseh Hesmer absolutely destroyed any thoughts of a ceiling on his career. He made 7 huge saves that would serve any European side well. And he wasn't so much patroling his penalty area as he was destroying anyone who dared wade into the Crew 6-yard box on a set piece. William hasn't completely got his positioning down 100% of the time, but his reactions are second to none.

Meanwhile, the legend of Lenhart continues to grow. His interplay with Miglioranzi, who played an absolutely brilliant ball to the Azusa Kid, was an example of all that is good about soccer. The red card he was given was an example of the exact opposite. The physical manhandling the forwards in MLS are required to take without a foul being called is appalling. While Moreno and Schelotto no doubt were angered about Lenhart being sent off, and perhaps, the obvious manner in which he earned his trip to the showers, no doubt they had to feel some sense of justice after the way they have been beaten and battered without the ref passing air through his whistle. In the same vein, there is little doubt Robbie Rogers was watching, smiling, and nodding.

Lenhart's attitude is something Crew fans can be proud of. He is hot-headed, flashy, has a flair for dramatic, and most of all, will be the last person on the team who will be caught handling excrement. Jimmy Conrad, an overrated vet of MLS who gets the benefit of the doubt from the refs, media, and coaches, ran into Lenhart last week and ended up getting his head palmed like a basketball. He's lucky Lenhart didn't treat his noggin more like a Titleist sitting on the white tee of a par 5. Many have compared Lenhart to a Cabbage Patch Kid, what with his curly blonde hair and youthful look of exuberance. Forget that; if anything, he's as Garbage Pail Kid as they come. Saying Lenhart has a nasty streak is like saying Tommy Lee has a few tattoos. And to think, this time last year, Livid Lenny was going to call it quits after his senior year at APU.

Interesting Lenhart fact: all three goals he has scored have either tied or won the game for the Crew this season. Some of us should have seen this coming, since after all, 9 of 16 goals last season at Azusa Pacific were gamewinners.

(By the way, please ignore this post and this post form earlier in the season where I kind of bagged on us picking Lenhart over Xavier Balc. Kudos to Sigmund the Round for making me look like an idiot. )

Finally, as much as I have love for the curly-haired players aforementioned, I am personally most excited about the abilities currently being displayed by one Jason Garey. He got on the end of a nice goal against Independiente, apparently did the same vs. West Ham, and now has gotten into an MLS game and made the most of it, tallying the nail in Colorado's proverbial coffin Sunday night. And what a goal it was. Coincidentally, both Garey's and Lenhart's goals are up for GOTW nomination. Both deserve it, with Garey's being my personal favorite.

After a perceived slight by not getting the nod over Lenhart as first sub, Jason Garey is a man on a mission to show Sigi injuries are the only reason he's not lived up to his potential. The flashes he showed last night are promising. Nevermind the goal, he abused Colorado's defense for the 2nd half of the game. Facundo Erpen did everything but piledrive Garey on the run that became Garey's first MLS goal of the season; Bouda Condoul had to clothesline him to keep him out of net for a 2nd time. Thank God MLS's fine referees saw no reason to award the deserved penalty to Garey; we wouldn't want him to get satisfied now that he's got a guaranteed start this week against Houston.

The best thing about the whole game? With Rogers and Ekpo gone, the Crew are getting big time step-ups from secondary players in their absence. Last year, and in many years past, it seems like everyone got hot and cold at the same time. Last week, Guille carried the team; this week, William Hesmer put the team on his back and Lenhart and Garey each had a good half. The Crew are getting players to step up in key situations, and that will payoff come playoff time.

Other notes:

- Forgive me as I interrupt the sanctity of the Holiest of Spicoli's, but Frankie Hejduk needs to sit down for a game. Waaaaay to many reckless, two-footed tackles that either missed, were horribly late, or both. He was singularly responsible for a few of the Crapids chances last night. His yellow carded tackle could have easily seen red. Unfortunately, it had the same result as Lenhart's elbow, as both will miss the next match in Houston.

- Eddie Gaven looked very able coming back from injury. He burned the sidelines nearly as well as anything Robbie Rogers has done, covered well on defense, even got a little physical when necessary. Hope for more of the same this week.

- The 3-5-2 worked for Sigi, though he seems to treat Colorado with special gloves because they are so good at crossing into the box. With Frankie gone for the Houston game, what will he do? I think he goes back to 4 in the back, puts Iro in the middle with Chad, and prays to God that Padula is healthy so Danny can play on the right.

- RSL just got done beating TFC 2-1. That means even with their games in hand, of all the Eastern Conference teams behind Columbus, only Chicago is within three points of the Crew (if they win their extra match). Meanwhile, the Crew sit 2 points off the Supporter's Shield, albeit with one more game played than New England. Basically, we're in really good shape going into the Olympics.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan and his family over the loss of his father. My wife lost her mom to a violently quick form of pancreatic cancer (3 months from diagnosis to the end), and as shocking as that was, I can't even imagine what Ryan is going through. It's in times like these that memories and photographs become more precious than gold, and, hopefully, friends nowhere near as scarce.

Lenhart, Garey up for Goal of the Week

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Steven Lenhart and Jason Garey provided the offense for the Columbus Crew in their 2-0 win over Colorado on Sunday night. Both of those sterling goals have been nominated for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week. Vote now to support your boys in Black-and-Gold. VOTE NOW!!!! http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/

Lenhart, Garey up for Goal of the Week

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Steven Lenhart and Jason Garey provided the offense for the Columbus Crew in their 2-0 win over Colorado on Sunday night. Both of those sterling goals have been nominated for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week. Vote now to support your boys in Black-and-Gold. VOTE NOW!!!! http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/

Lenhart, Garey up for Goal of the Week

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Steven Lenhart and Jason Garey provided the offense for the Columbus Crew in their 2-0 win over Colorado on Sunday night. Both of those sterling goals have been nominated for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week. Vote now to support your boys in Black-and-Gold. VOTE NOW!!!! http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Crew 2 Rapids 0: You Got Served By The Rookie's


Break Dancing? No. But, Garey? Yes!

Some Quick Thoughts:

Man those announcers sucked alotta Dick Sporting Wood.

Schelotto whine, whine, whine, yellow card, make an example sneeze boo.

Word to Balboa, you're not cool with your one in a million haircut. What do you call that?



Lenny and Garey rock ass. Who cares about the red. We have four forwards who can score this year everytime they step on the field. Lenny has played in three games and has three goals, Garey has three in three(if you count his open cup and West Sham) appearances. And, Moreno and Schelotto are always dangerous with their already obvious strike rates.

Garey's goal was about the tightest little goal I have seen in a while:


The defense is even better with only 3 guys in the back. And, Iro looked like he belonged again.

Colorado couldn't score in a brothel. Especially when Hesmer is the bouncer. MOTM. Was like superman out there.

Gritty win by a gritty team. If the Crew drop a couple that you would expect them to win, they win a couple that you would expect at best a tie. And, with only one win previously in Colorado. This is a huge result.

Crew 2 Rapids 0: You Got Served By The Rookie's


Break Dancing? No. But, Garey? Yes!

Some Quick Thoughts:

Man those announcers sucked alotta Dick Sporting Wood.

Schelotto whine, whine, whine, yellow card, make an example sneeze boo.

Word to Balboa, you're not cool with your one in a million haircut. What do you call that?



Lenny and Garey rock ass. Who cares about the red. We have four forwards who can score this year everytime they step on the field. Lenny has played in three games and has three goals, Garey has three in three(if you count his open cup and West Sham) appearances. And, Moreno and Schelotto are always dangerous with their already obvious strike rates.

Garey's goal was about the tightest little goal I have seen in a while:


The defense is even better with only 3 guys in the back. And, Iro looked like he belonged again.

Colorado couldn't score in a brothel. Especially when Hesmer is the bouncer. MOTM. Was like superman out there.

Gritty win by a gritty team. If the Crew drop a couple that you would expect them to win, they win a couple that you would expect at best a tie. And, with only one win previously in Colorado. This is a huge result.

Crew 2 Rapids 0: You Got Served By The Rookie's


Break Dancing? No. But, Garey? Yes!

Some Quick Thoughts:

Man those announcers sucked alotta Dick Sporting Wood.

Schelotto whine, whine, whine, yellow card, make an example sneeze boo.

Word to Balboa, you're not cool with your one in a million haircut. What do you call that?



Lenny and Garey rock ass. Who cares about the red. We have four forwards who can score this year everytime they step on the field. Lenny has played in three games and has three goals, Garey has three in three(if you count his open cup and West Sham) appearances. And, Moreno and Schelotto are always dangerous with their already obvious strike rates.

Garey's goal was about the tightest little goal I have seen in a while:


The defense is even better with only 3 guys in the back. And, Iro looked like he belonged again.

Colorado couldn't score in a brothel. Especially when Hesmer is the bouncer. MOTM. Was like superman out there.

Gritty win by a gritty team. If the Crew drop a couple that you would expect them to win, they win a couple that you would expect at best a tie. And, with only one win previously in Colorado. This is a huge result.

Need Help

If anyone wants to pick up on the posting on here for the next week or however long it takes me. Let me know. Don't want the site to slow down and don't want people to lose interest. But, my dad died last night from a freak out of the blue accident. I'm gutted, he was the best dad in the world, a awesome, awesome man with tons of friends, and a dad I always wanted to impress. Alot of people, not just in my family, looked up to him. The guy was my idol, he could do nothing wrong in my book. He could always put a smile on our faces.

I'll still try to post once in a while, maybe, in the next several days. It will probably help. Just not as frequently.

If your interested in picking up the slack, email me, and I'll give you access to the blog.

Miss you alot dad.




Gerald Henry Kozlowski
1945-2008

Awesome guy. Would bend over backwards for me and my sister. Came from a hardworking family and was a hardworker. Always there for me. Always there for his friends.

Need Help

If anyone wants to pick up on the posting on here for the next week or however long it takes me. Let me know. Don't want the site to slow down and don't want people to lose interest. But, my dad died last night from a freak out of the blue accident. I'm gutted, he was the best dad in the world, a awesome, awesome man with tons of friends, and a dad I always wanted to impress. Alot of people, not just in my family, looked up to him. The guy was my idol, he could do nothing wrong in my book. He could always put a smile on our faces.

I'll still try to post once in a while, maybe, in the next several days. It will probably help. Just not as frequently.

If your interested in picking up the slack, email me, and I'll give you access to the blog.

Miss you alot dad.




Gerald Henry Kozlowski
1945-2008

Awesome guy. Would bend over backwards for me and my sister. Came from a hardworking family and was a hardworker. Always there for me. Always there for his friends.

Need Help

If anyone wants to pick up on the posting on here for the next week or however long it takes me. Let me know. Don't want the site to slow down and don't want people to lose interest. But, my dad died last night from a freak out of the blue accident. I'm gutted, he was the best dad in the world, a awesome, awesome man with tons of friends, and a dad I always wanted to impress. Alot of people, not just in my family, looked up to him. The guy was my idol, he could do nothing wrong in my book. He could always put a smile on our faces.

I'll still try to post once in a while, maybe, in the next several days. It will probably help. Just not as frequently.

If your interested in picking up the slack, email me, and I'll give you access to the blog.

Miss you alot dad.




Gerald Henry Kozlowski
1945-2008

Awesome guy. Would bend over backwards for me and my sister. Came from a hardworking family and was a hardworker. Always there for me. Always there for his friends.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Crewfighter's Crew vs. Rapids Preview: Formations and Hybrids


This is going to be interesting.

Why?

Crazy ass formations:
--------------Hesmer-----------------
O'Rourke-------Iro-----------Marshall
-------------Carroll-----------------
Hejduk------Miglioranzi---------Gaven
-------------Scheletto---------------
------Moreno-------------Lenhart-----

Hejduk playing as a right midfielder for the first time in his life. Iro anchoring the defense. Lenhart getting his first start in a MLS game.

This could go two ways? Really, really bad or really good.

One thing I do know is that we could really, really, really use Pat Noonan right now. Thanks MLS!

Oh well. It looks like the Crew are looking to attack in Commerce City. Since nothing else seems to work there. It appears the Crew are looking to win the game early and then hopefully dedicate more people into the defense. I don't feel too confident with a three man back line with two out of the three being Iro and O'Rourke.

But, hey when I don't feel confident we usually win. So, then feel confident.

Schmid's thoughts:
"The 4-4-2 has suited us best, and the team understands how to play it," he said. "But being able to go into a 3-5-2 is good, and I wanted to see what it would look like."

In Sigi easy speak: "Die Blitzkreig time!"

Shaking things up will hopefully dispel the history of the Crew in Colorado. The Crew is 1-8-4 in games played at Colorado. So expect the worse and hope for the best.

My prediction: 2-0 Crew

Crewfighter's Crew vs. Rapids Preview: Formations and Hybrids


This is going to be interesting.

Why?

Crazy ass formations:
--------------Hesmer-----------------
O'Rourke-------Iro-----------Marshall
-------------Carroll-----------------
Hejduk------Miglioranzi---------Gaven
-------------Scheletto---------------
------Moreno-------------Lenhart-----

Hejduk playing as a right midfielder for the first time in his life. Iro anchoring the defense. Lenhart getting his first start in a MLS game.

This could go two ways? Really, really bad or really good.

One thing I do know is that we could really, really, really use Pat Noonan right now. Thanks MLS!

Oh well. It looks like the Crew are looking to attack in Commerce City. Since nothing else seems to work there. It appears the Crew are looking to win the game early and then hopefully dedicate more people into the defense. I don't feel too confident with a three man back line with two out of the three being Iro and O'Rourke.

But, hey when I don't feel confident we usually win. So, then feel confident.

Schmid's thoughts:
"The 4-4-2 has suited us best, and the team understands how to play it," he said. "But being able to go into a 3-5-2 is good, and I wanted to see what it would look like."

In Sigi easy speak: "Die Blitzkreig time!"

Shaking things up will hopefully dispel the history of the Crew in Colorado. The Crew is 1-8-4 in games played at Colorado. So expect the worse and hope for the best.

My prediction: 2-0 Crew

Crewfighter's Crew vs. Rapids Preview: Formations and Hybrids


This is going to be interesting.

Why?

Crazy ass formations:
--------------Hesmer-----------------
O'Rourke-------Iro-----------Marshall
-------------Carroll-----------------
Hejduk------Miglioranzi---------Gaven
-------------Scheletto---------------
------Moreno-------------Lenhart-----

Hejduk playing as a right midfielder for the first time in his life. Iro anchoring the defense. Lenhart getting his first start in a MLS game.

This could go two ways? Really, really bad or really good.

One thing I do know is that we could really, really, really use Pat Noonan right now. Thanks MLS!

Oh well. It looks like the Crew are looking to attack in Commerce City. Since nothing else seems to work there. It appears the Crew are looking to win the game early and then hopefully dedicate more people into the defense. I don't feel too confident with a three man back line with two out of the three being Iro and O'Rourke.

But, hey when I don't feel confident we usually win. So, then feel confident.

Schmid's thoughts:
"The 4-4-2 has suited us best, and the team understands how to play it," he said. "But being able to go into a 3-5-2 is good, and I wanted to see what it would look like."

In Sigi easy speak: "Die Blitzkreig time!"

Shaking things up will hopefully dispel the history of the Crew in Colorado. The Crew is 1-8-4 in games played at Colorado. So expect the worse and hope for the best.

My prediction: 2-0 Crew

The HSH Name




First off, I'll bet anyone a beer you can't get through this entire article (Since it's extra lengthy).

Secondly, the HSH name is a non issue for HSH as there will be no name changes ever from what I have heard.

Thirdly, I'm not in charge or speak for anyone else in the group so this is just some of my opinions on the name along with some facts sprinkled in on the name's history.

This post was inspired by a discussion started on a thread in the Crew Supporters Section on bigsoccer. Feel free to join in on the discourse. Overall, the thread was just a logical discussion on what the name means and if the Hudson Street Hooligans would be better off with another ending like, the "Hudson Street Huggers." Lol, kidding.

I disagree and many do for obvious reasons. But, first off let's start with a little history that might explain the name better for those confused:

When HSH started in 2006 it was basically for supporters that had a little different viewpoint on how to support the team then those who stood with and ran CSU(Columbus Supporters Union). I used to be in CSU myself as they started a year before HSH and were the ones who I first began to chant with. I have massive respect for alot of people in that group but however sometimes I didn't share their mindset on a few issues (it's natural as individuals who are 18-25 have different values then those who are 35, that's life). And, that's probably why HSH started in 2006, because some others didn't share CSU views on what the section should have been in 2005 and vice versa. No big deal, people bicker, no one was right or wrong.

Anyways, the CSU views at the time didn't allow swearing for the most part(or at least frowned upon it), they were surrounded by families, were for the most part totally against smoke bombs or anything crazy like that, and they were more for a middle aged sort of crowd. HSH were individuals who wanted to swear, who were younger, and who wanted to do a little ribbing with away fans.

And, I see nothing wrong with a little good humored ribbing as long as there is no fighting. DC, Chicago, and TFC have the same sort of fans who do a little jawing with us home and away but it rarely leads to anything but a few laughs, we have been doing this since I have been coming to games in 2004 and no one has been hurt. In America it's about the soccer first and although there is a somewhat dislike for opposing fans this disappears when you share a few beers because there isn't a deep seated hatred for your rival fans like there is in Europe.

Case in point, TFC fans buying us drinks when we visited their bar in TFC or us buying KC or TFC fans drinks during their stays this year in Columbus. Or one of our biggest rivals Chicago giving us a shoulder to lean on during tough times by making an "Against Racism" solidarity banner to display with us. Knowing that although they didn't like us at times, 99% percent of us were good lads just like them. You wouldn't ever see that happen in England or anywhere in Europe between rival fans.)

With all this in mind, the sensationalism is sick to me because it's almost like all the media wants something bad to happen. But, none of us supporters do no matter what team we support. Some people want to misconstrue anything into a big mess when it's not. And, who else can you turn to except other hardcore supporters in your league who know what your dealing with.

Anyways, HSH was just fashioned as a group that wasn't as uptight as CSU on some issues, really. I think this is why the inventors of "Hudson Street Hooligans" picked that name. Just to show a complete idealogic shift from CSU. Things were pretty rough back then in 2005 with the bickering back and forth. With that in mind, I could see the "HSH" inventors saying let's just come up with something that shows that we are completely different then them.

But, both groups, rather surprisingly if you time warp back to 2006, get along real good today. And, both groups love the Crew intensely but just went about their support differently before this year. I also joined HSH instead this year because they are just the same age as me and we have more in common. Plus, Ruby's is a cool hangout. For the most part the three groups being together have become more infused but still have different viewpoints at times which are shown by the two supporter summit's we have already had this year. We have disagreements but overall we are a family with the same aims: supporting our team and making the section the best as it can possibly be.

My thoughts on why it would be dumb for HSH to ever change it's name:


For one thing I never would have imagined a year ago that the "Hudson Street Hooligans" would appear in the Daily Telagraph or the Daily Mail or even the Sun in England. Or all over our country. I bet there was a blurb in at least 20 major papers about it being some sort of copy(albeit lame copy in English papers) of the ICF after Sunday's tame scuffle.

Look at this one, doesn't matter what they are saying, it will peak people's interest regardless abroad (even if it's unwelcomed press. It's still cross promotion as Marina Hyde's readers become interested in HSH and we become interested in Marina Hyde. *Kidding*):
Link here.

As a result to change it would be pathetically dumb by a merchandising standpoint. If I was in charge of the group I would be selling a bunch of "HSH" shirts to England right now, ASAP. Even if they were just buying them for the humor of it. Who cares. More banners, more perks for members, and more events you can plan with that money.

I additionally bet internet searches of HSH and their website have jumped a bit since Sunday, although there is not much at that website to look at.

And, it would also be very dumb to change it by a reputation standpoint. As the group has been successful in Columbus and has a large membership. It also hurts a fake street cred, :-), stick with me.

Even if no one is really a true Hooligan in HSH and even if there was no ICF. Everyone still wants to sensationalize the tame scuffle in the media, so let them. Even though absolutely no one in HSH is a English sort of turd hooligan, as we are there to support the Crew first and foremost, not to fight anyone. Maybe we can turn it into our advantage and a positive. I mean look at famous hooligans writing books :-) (fyi, this is almost turning into a book. Can I have my cool hooligan name be "Killer" Kozlowski?)

It's not funny in some respects. But, hell, I find the whole thing humourous(except the security issue) as we are mainly college kids with alot to lose. Compared to an English Hooligan from the East End in the 80's growing up in a concrete jungle with much less hope. I mean I don't think my parents would take to kindly to me beating fellow hool's senseless when I'm supposed to be studying for law school.

With that in mind and that being the common storyline for most of my HSH mates. I'm surprised some people are having such a tough time discerning the difference between the two. The English sort of Hooligans are more concerned with fighting then the game. Where we are the exact opposite. English hooligans will even miss most of the game instead of watching their team if there is an opportunity outside the stadium to fight. We won't even dare throw a streamer now because we have fear that we will get the boot and miss some of the game. We are there for our team, not for us. We have no interest in fighting as the only time anything happens is on rare occasions when trouble finds us as in the West Ham case when they started flicking people off, throwing beers, and swinging fists in our section.

On the other hand, the Hooligan in Hudson Street to me is being absolutely nuts for your team in the stands and chanting for 90 minutes and going absolutely nuts when we score. Hell, I have already done two face plants this year from the front row on goal celebrations. I'm more afraid of the pebble area in front of the stands then fan altercations. Furthermore, even if none of those guys were ICF, people will make a story(as we have seen) out of it anyways. As no matter what 5-10 years from now people will say, "oh yeah HSH, are they not that American group of college kids who had a go with ICF?" The truthiness of it all doesn't matter a damn, that's the sad world we live in so mise well take advantage of it.

And, furthermore it's dumb to change anything due to what other people say about you. Like if your girlfriend doesn't like how you dress or how you act and changes everything about you. Then your a muppet. The same would be the case for HSH if they changed just because of what other people said.

In closing, it's better to be talked about then non-existant. And, now most people know who the Hudson Street Hooligans are even in England. I bet the individuals who started the group never surmised that in two years time. And, there is nothing really wrong with that when all you had to do was sort of defend your corner from like 5 or 6 drunk retards for a couple of minutes until security came and did the job they were supposed to be doing all along. If everyone is going to blow it out of proportion then thanks for the publicity and let's take advantage of it by making some green off of it. :-)

The HSH Name




First off, I'll bet anyone a beer you can't get through this entire article (Since it's extra lengthy).

Secondly, the HSH name is a non issue for HSH as there will be no name changes ever from what I have heard.

Thirdly, I'm not in charge or speak for anyone else in the group so this is just some of my opinions on the name along with some facts sprinkled in on the name's history.

This post was inspired by a discussion started on a thread in the Crew Supporters Section on bigsoccer. Feel free to join in on the discourse. Overall, the thread was just a logical discussion on what the name means and if the Hudson Street Hooligans would be better off with another ending like, the "Hudson Street Huggers." Lol, kidding.

I disagree and many do for obvious reasons. But, first off let's start with a little history that might explain the name better for those confused:

When HSH started in 2006 it was basically for supporters that had a little different viewpoint on how to support the team then those who stood with and ran CSU(Columbus Supporters Union). I used to be in CSU myself as they started a year before HSH and were the ones who I first began to chant with. I have massive respect for alot of people in that group but however sometimes I didn't share their mindset on a few issues (it's natural as individuals who are 18-25 have different values then those who are 35, that's life). And, that's probably why HSH started in 2006, because some others didn't share CSU views on what the section should have been in 2005 and vice versa. No big deal, people bicker, no one was right or wrong.

Anyways, the CSU views at the time didn't allow swearing for the most part(or at least frowned upon it), they were surrounded by families, were for the most part totally against smoke bombs or anything crazy like that, and they were more for a middle aged sort of crowd. HSH were individuals who wanted to swear, who were younger, and who wanted to do a little ribbing with away fans.

And, I see nothing wrong with a little good humored ribbing as long as there is no fighting. DC, Chicago, and TFC have the same sort of fans who do a little jawing with us home and away but it rarely leads to anything but a few laughs, we have been doing this since I have been coming to games in 2004 and no one has been hurt. In America it's about the soccer first and although there is a somewhat dislike for opposing fans this disappears when you share a few beers because there isn't a deep seated hatred for your rival fans like there is in Europe.

Case in point, TFC fans buying us drinks when we visited their bar in TFC or us buying KC or TFC fans drinks during their stays this year in Columbus. Or one of our biggest rivals Chicago giving us a shoulder to lean on during tough times by making an "Against Racism" solidarity banner to display with us. Knowing that although they didn't like us at times, 99% percent of us were good lads just like them. You wouldn't ever see that happen in England or anywhere in Europe between rival fans.)

With all this in mind, the sensationalism is sick to me because it's almost like all the media wants something bad to happen. But, none of us supporters do no matter what team we support. Some people want to misconstrue anything into a big mess when it's not. And, who else can you turn to except other hardcore supporters in your league who know what your dealing with.

Anyways, HSH was just fashioned as a group that wasn't as uptight as CSU on some issues, really. I think this is why the inventors of "Hudson Street Hooligans" picked that name. Just to show a complete idealogic shift from CSU. Things were pretty rough back then in 2005 with the bickering back and forth. With that in mind, I could see the "HSH" inventors saying let's just come up with something that shows that we are completely different then them.

But, both groups, rather surprisingly if you time warp back to 2006, get along real good today. And, both groups love the Crew intensely but just went about their support differently before this year. I also joined HSH instead this year because they are just the same age as me and we have more in common. Plus, Ruby's is a cool hangout. For the most part the three groups being together have become more infused but still have different viewpoints at times which are shown by the two supporter summit's we have already had this year. We have disagreements but overall we are a family with the same aims: supporting our team and making the section the best as it can possibly be.

My thoughts on why it would be dumb for HSH to ever change it's name:


For one thing I never would have imagined a year ago that the "Hudson Street Hooligans" would appear in the Daily Telagraph or the Daily Mail or even the Sun in England. Or all over our country. I bet there was a blurb in at least 20 major papers about it being some sort of copy(albeit lame copy in English papers) of the ICF after Sunday's tame scuffle.

Look at this one, doesn't matter what they are saying, it will peak people's interest regardless abroad (even if it's unwelcomed press. It's still cross promotion as Marina Hyde's readers become interested in HSH and we become interested in Marina Hyde. *Kidding*):
Link here.

As a result to change it would be pathetically dumb by a merchandising standpoint. If I was in charge of the group I would be selling a bunch of "HSH" shirts to England right now, ASAP. Even if they were just buying them for the humor of it. Who cares. More banners, more perks for members, and more events you can plan with that money.

I additionally bet internet searches of HSH and their website have jumped a bit since Sunday, although there is not much at that website to look at.

And, it would also be very dumb to change it by a reputation standpoint. As the group has been successful in Columbus and has a large membership. It also hurts a fake street cred, :-), stick with me.

Even if no one is really a true Hooligan in HSH and even if there was no ICF. Everyone still wants to sensationalize the tame scuffle in the media, so let them. Even though absolutely no one in HSH is a English sort of turd hooligan, as we are there to support the Crew first and foremost, not to fight anyone. Maybe we can turn it into our advantage and a positive. I mean look at famous hooligans writing books :-) (fyi, this is almost turning into a book. Can I have my cool hooligan name be "Killer" Kozlowski?)

It's not funny in some respects. But, hell, I find the whole thing humourous(except the security issue) as we are mainly college kids with alot to lose. Compared to an English Hooligan from the East End in the 80's growing up in a concrete jungle with much less hope. I mean I don't think my parents would take to kindly to me beating fellow hool's senseless when I'm supposed to be studying for law school.

With that in mind and that being the common storyline for most of my HSH mates. I'm surprised some people are having such a tough time discerning the difference between the two. The English sort of Hooligans are more concerned with fighting then the game. Where we are the exact opposite. English hooligans will even miss most of the game instead of watching their team if there is an opportunity outside the stadium to fight. We won't even dare throw a streamer now because we have fear that we will get the boot and miss some of the game. We are there for our team, not for us. We have no interest in fighting as the only time anything happens is on rare occasions when trouble finds us as in the West Ham case when they started flicking people off, throwing beers, and swinging fists in our section.

On the other hand, the Hooligan in Hudson Street to me is being absolutely nuts for your team in the stands and chanting for 90 minutes and going absolutely nuts when we score. Hell, I have already done two face plants this year from the front row on goal celebrations. I'm more afraid of the pebble area in front of the stands then fan altercations. Furthermore, even if none of those guys were ICF, people will make a story(as we have seen) out of it anyways. As no matter what 5-10 years from now people will say, "oh yeah HSH, are they not that American group of college kids who had a go with ICF?" The truthiness of it all doesn't matter a damn, that's the sad world we live in so mise well take advantage of it.

And, furthermore it's dumb to change anything due to what other people say about you. Like if your girlfriend doesn't like how you dress or how you act and changes everything about you. Then your a muppet. The same would be the case for HSH if they changed just because of what other people said.

In closing, it's better to be talked about then non-existant. And, now most people know who the Hudson Street Hooligans are even in England. I bet the individuals who started the group never surmised that in two years time. And, there is nothing really wrong with that when all you had to do was sort of defend your corner from like 5 or 6 drunk retards for a couple of minutes until security came and did the job they were supposed to be doing all along. If everyone is going to blow it out of proportion then thanks for the publicity and let's take advantage of it by making some green off of it. :-)