That Crew Religion

The Crew brings together a diverse group of people who celebrate and support, you might even say worship together.

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Welcome to Crewture.

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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sirk Article Up: "We took your colors. We took your Shield. Now get the (bleep) out!"


It takes a black and gold village. (Pic by:Bartram/Getty Images)

A sample:
In the northeast corner of the stadium, a 1,500-strong teeming mass of black & gold awaited the Supporters' Shield winners as they made their way across the pitch for the official presentation. The scene was raucous, deafening, and utterly surreal.

I turned to Crew President & GM Mark McCullers and said that if someone had described this scene to me on March 29, I wouldn't have believed a word of it.

"Me neither," he laughed.

I have to agree with that. Sometimes I'm shocked by the Nordecke's success as well. Reflect a little on life before March 29, 2008. Unbelievable really.

Sirk's entire article from the DC United Game is up on MLSnet, click here.

Another part I liked:
Not since the birth of the Dawg Pound in the mid-80s have I witnessed such a powerful and organic bond form between the fans and a team. That's not to say that the fans of other teams and other sports don't support their teams, or that players from other teams or other sports don't appreciate their fans, but the relationship between the Nordecke and the 2008 Columbus Crew has taken on a special quality that has brought out the best in both. Neither group quits working for the other.

Sirk Article Up: "We took your colors. We took your Shield. Now get the (bleep) out!"


It takes a black and gold village. (Pic by:Bartram/Getty Images)

A sample:
In the northeast corner of the stadium, a 1,500-strong teeming mass of black & gold awaited the Supporters' Shield winners as they made their way across the pitch for the official presentation. The scene was raucous, deafening, and utterly surreal.

I turned to Crew President & GM Mark McCullers and said that if someone had described this scene to me on March 29, I wouldn't have believed a word of it.

"Me neither," he laughed.

I have to agree with that. Sometimes I'm shocked by the Nordecke's success as well. Reflect a little on life before March 29, 2008. Unbelievable really.

Sirk's entire article from the DC United Game is up on MLSnet, click here.

Another part I liked:
Not since the birth of the Dawg Pound in the mid-80s have I witnessed such a powerful and organic bond form between the fans and a team. That's not to say that the fans of other teams and other sports don't support their teams, or that players from other teams or other sports don't appreciate their fans, but the relationship between the Nordecke and the 2008 Columbus Crew has taken on a special quality that has brought out the best in both. Neither group quits working for the other.

Sirk Article Up: "We took your colors. We took your Shield. Now get the (bleep) out!"


It takes a black and gold village. (Pic by:Bartram/Getty Images)

A sample:
In the northeast corner of the stadium, a 1,500-strong teeming mass of black & gold awaited the Supporters' Shield winners as they made their way across the pitch for the official presentation. The scene was raucous, deafening, and utterly surreal.

I turned to Crew President & GM Mark McCullers and said that if someone had described this scene to me on March 29, I wouldn't have believed a word of it.

"Me neither," he laughed.

I have to agree with that. Sometimes I'm shocked by the Nordecke's success as well. Reflect a little on life before March 29, 2008. Unbelievable really.

Sirk's entire article from the DC United Game is up on MLSnet, click here.

Another part I liked:
Not since the birth of the Dawg Pound in the mid-80s have I witnessed such a powerful and organic bond form between the fans and a team. That's not to say that the fans of other teams and other sports don't support their teams, or that players from other teams or other sports don't appreciate their fans, but the relationship between the Nordecke and the 2008 Columbus Crew has taken on a special quality that has brought out the best in both. Neither group quits working for the other.

At Least We Won't Have A PK Controversy This Go Around


My screen just blew up.

Anyways, Merz has a pretty good article on the Crew's past playoff endeavors(if you can call them that), here.

At least we know who will be taking the PK's this year...

At Least We Won't Have A PK Controversy This Go Around


My screen just blew up.

Anyways, Merz has a pretty good article on the Crew's past playoff endeavors(if you can call them that), here.

At least we know who will be taking the PK's this year...

At Least We Won't Have A PK Controversy This Go Around


My screen just blew up.

Anyways, Merz has a pretty good article on the Crew's past playoff endeavors(if you can call them that), here.

At least we know who will be taking the PK's this year...

Top 10 Goals

Not sure what's up with the lame music or Robbie Rogers goal being in sixth. But, here you go:

Fyi, I don't think Brittney Spears music and soccer, maybe LA soccer but not Crew soccer, ever combines. Give us some rock next time.

(Video made by Climbingtheladder.)

Top 10 Goals

Not sure what's up with the lame music or Robbie Rogers goal being in sixth. But, here you go:

Fyi, I don't think Brittney Spears music and soccer, maybe LA soccer but not Crew soccer, ever combines. Give us some rock next time.

(Video made by Climbingtheladder.)

Top 10 Goals

Not sure what's up with the lame music or Robbie Rogers goal being in sixth. But, here you go:

Fyi, I don't think Brittney Spears music and soccer, maybe LA soccer but not Crew soccer, ever combines. Give us some rock next time.

(Video made by Climbingtheladder.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sigi Article, Thank You Video



Nice New York Times Article on Sigi, Click Here.

Also a good thank you video from the Crew players on MLSnet.com, here.

Btw, Brad Evans won goal of the week for his wonder goal.

Sigi Article, Thank You Video



Nice New York Times Article on Sigi, Click Here.

Also a good thank you video from the Crew players on MLSnet.com, here.

Btw, Brad Evans won goal of the week for his wonder goal.

Sigi Article, Thank You Video



Nice New York Times Article on Sigi, Click Here.

Also a good thank you video from the Crew players on MLSnet.com, here.

Btw, Brad Evans won goal of the week for his wonder goal.

Duncan could be opening a bar, is a Crew restaurant next?


(Pic taken from: Fred Squillante/ Dispatch)

Crew proving they are well rounded. Earlier in the year Danny O was in the style section.Now you have Garey, Migs, and Evans in the cooking section of the Dispatch.

It seems from the article that the Crew eat often together and it definitely helps their off the field bond:
Evans has no doubt that cooking and eating with his teammates make the Crew a better team.

"We form bonds off the field."

Coach Tashjian agrees.

"This team is extremely close, and I think food is a big part of it."

Duncan could be opening a bar, is a Crew restaurant next?


(Pic taken from: Fred Squillante/ Dispatch)

Crew proving they are well rounded. Earlier in the year Danny O was in the style section.Now you have Garey, Migs, and Evans in the cooking section of the Dispatch.

It seems from the article that the Crew eat often together and it definitely helps their off the field bond:
Evans has no doubt that cooking and eating with his teammates make the Crew a better team.

"We form bonds off the field."

Coach Tashjian agrees.

"This team is extremely close, and I think food is a big part of it."

Duncan could be opening a bar, is a Crew restaurant next?


(Pic taken from: Fred Squillante/ Dispatch)

Crew proving they are well rounded. Earlier in the year Danny O was in the style section.Now you have Garey, Migs, and Evans in the cooking section of the Dispatch.

It seems from the article that the Crew eat often together and it definitely helps their off the field bond:
Evans has no doubt that cooking and eating with his teammates make the Crew a better team.

"We form bonds off the field."

Coach Tashjian agrees.

"This team is extremely close, and I think food is a big part of it."

Nordecke, Time To Get Your Playoff Beard Game On

It's playoff time, you know what time that means, grizzly adams time, Nordecke. Well except for our ladies. We want to scare KC but not that much.

I think Crew fan, Froggy New Pants has us all naturally beat.

Close second is Clem.

But, I'm in for a challenge. 3 days in.

I know weak. Light didn't really help. But, come the home match we should all be looking like Grizzly Adams or Froggy.

Playoff beard discussion.

Nordecke, Time To Get Your Playoff Beard Game On

It's playoff time, you know what time that means, grizzly adams time, Nordecke. Well except for our ladies. We want to scare KC but not that much.

I think Crew fan, Froggy New Pants has us all naturally beat.

Close second is Clem.

But, I'm in for a challenge. 3 days in.

I know weak. Light didn't really help. But, come the home match we should all be looking like Grizzly Adams or Froggy.

Playoff beard discussion.

Nordecke, Time To Get Your Playoff Beard Game On

It's playoff time, you know what time that means, grizzly adams time, Nordecke. Well except for our ladies. We want to scare KC but not that much.

I think Crew fan, Froggy New Pants has us all naturally beat.

Close second is Clem.

But, I'm in for a challenge. 3 days in.

I know weak. Light didn't really help. But, come the home match we should all be looking like Grizzly Adams or Froggy.

Playoff beard discussion.

Supporters Shield Video

Supporters Shield Video

Supporters Shield Video

Crew Play For New Cup

Not a bad looking trophy by any means. Just kind of odd to me that MLS is changing their version of the Superbowl trophy right before the playoffs.

That would be like a new version of the Stanley Cup.

Is it just to make Anschutz happy after his LA Galaxy have missed out on the playoffs three times? Well, now when we say "we've won it one time!" I guess we can chant that now to just about anybody.

And, just for TFC who are now on year 3 of a search for a DP. This is how you do it the right way, Seattle.


What a major signing. I'm sure Ljungberg actually won't be too disappointed with Le Toux up top who has had some major success in the Open Cup against MLS teams.

And, since I did a non-Crew related story, let's do a non-soccer related story.

Really, yahoo, you really want to go there? And, it just gets worse, check out the title. Yes, this is the featured story on Yahoo right now, fascinating.

Crew Play For New Cup

Not a bad looking trophy by any means. Just kind of odd to me that MLS is changing their version of the Superbowl trophy right before the playoffs.

That would be like a new version of the Stanley Cup.

Is it just to make Anschutz happy after his LA Galaxy have missed out on the playoffs three times? Well, now when we say "we've won it one time!" I guess we can chant that now to just about anybody.

And, just for TFC who are now on year 3 of a search for a DP. This is how you do it the right way, Seattle.


What a major signing. I'm sure Ljungberg actually won't be too disappointed with Le Toux up top who has had some major success in the Open Cup against MLS teams.

And, since I did a non-Crew related story, let's do a non-soccer related story.

Really, yahoo, you really want to go there? And, it just gets worse, check out the title. Yes, this is the featured story on Yahoo right now, fascinating.

Crew Play For New Cup

Not a bad looking trophy by any means. Just kind of odd to me that MLS is changing their version of the Superbowl trophy right before the playoffs.

That would be like a new version of the Stanley Cup.

Is it just to make Anschutz happy after his LA Galaxy have missed out on the playoffs three times? Well, now when we say "we've won it one time!" I guess we can chant that now to just about anybody.

And, just for TFC who are now on year 3 of a search for a DP. This is how you do it the right way, Seattle.


What a major signing. I'm sure Ljungberg actually won't be too disappointed with Le Toux up top who has had some major success in the Open Cup against MLS teams.

And, since I did a non-Crew related story, let's do a non-soccer related story.

Really, yahoo, you really want to go there? And, it just gets worse, check out the title. Yes, this is the featured story on Yahoo right now, fascinating.

Entire Mitchell and Arace Interview with Clark Hunt



Clark and his brother are on the right in the business attire.

Liked this part of the article (full excerpt below):

SM: What would your father have thought about tonight?

CH: He would have been so happy and so proud. Now, he wouldn’t have told any of us that he was proud because he wouldn’t have tried to take any credit. The credit belongs to the team, the coaches and the fans. But that section would have been so important to him. Nobody worked harder for 40 years to popularize the sport in this country. That supporter section is really organic. It’s not something the Crew created or MLS created. They’re fans of the sport and they’ve organized themselves. My brother and I were standing over there on the stage with the team we both said ‘boy, this is just like being at a World Cup game.’ It’s not quite as big, but it had that same feel.


LINK TO FULL EXCERPT HERE.

You know more of this would alley all of our concerns. I'm glad that they got to experience that.

Entire Mitchell and Arace Interview with Clark Hunt



Clark and his brother are on the right in the business attire.

Liked this part of the article (full excerpt below):

SM: What would your father have thought about tonight?

CH: He would have been so happy and so proud. Now, he wouldn’t have told any of us that he was proud because he wouldn’t have tried to take any credit. The credit belongs to the team, the coaches and the fans. But that section would have been so important to him. Nobody worked harder for 40 years to popularize the sport in this country. That supporter section is really organic. It’s not something the Crew created or MLS created. They’re fans of the sport and they’ve organized themselves. My brother and I were standing over there on the stage with the team we both said ‘boy, this is just like being at a World Cup game.’ It’s not quite as big, but it had that same feel.


LINK TO FULL EXCERPT HERE.

You know more of this would alley all of our concerns. I'm glad that they got to experience that.

Entire Mitchell and Arace Interview with Clark Hunt



Clark and his brother are on the right in the business attire.

Liked this part of the article (full excerpt below):

SM: What would your father have thought about tonight?

CH: He would have been so happy and so proud. Now, he wouldn’t have told any of us that he was proud because he wouldn’t have tried to take any credit. The credit belongs to the team, the coaches and the fans. But that section would have been so important to him. Nobody worked harder for 40 years to popularize the sport in this country. That supporter section is really organic. It’s not something the Crew created or MLS created. They’re fans of the sport and they’ve organized themselves. My brother and I were standing over there on the stage with the team we both said ‘boy, this is just like being at a World Cup game.’ It’s not quite as big, but it had that same feel.


LINK TO FULL EXCERPT HERE.

You know more of this would alley all of our concerns. I'm glad that they got to experience that.

Propaganda

Propaganda

Propaganda

Arace Article

I'm glad there is a guy like Arace willing to call out the organization and be Mr. Realistic on things.

Arace: "I am encouraged, but I will feel more comfortable when Schmid is signed, the practice facility is built and the local investors are trotted before us, arm-in-arm with Mr. Noorzai."

Article Here.

You know, even if Arace is off on this or slightly pessimistic, we need someone in the press who is willing to be bullish and get the word out there. Major props to the Dispatch throughout this whole season for this sort of coverage.

Arace Article

I'm glad there is a guy like Arace willing to call out the organization and be Mr. Realistic on things.

Arace: "I am encouraged, but I will feel more comfortable when Schmid is signed, the practice facility is built and the local investors are trotted before us, arm-in-arm with Mr. Noorzai."

Article Here.

You know, even if Arace is off on this or slightly pessimistic, we need someone in the press who is willing to be bullish and get the word out there. Major props to the Dispatch throughout this whole season for this sort of coverage.

Arace Article

I'm glad there is a guy like Arace willing to call out the organization and be Mr. Realistic on things.

Arace: "I am encouraged, but I will feel more comfortable when Schmid is signed, the practice facility is built and the local investors are trotted before us, arm-in-arm with Mr. Noorzai."

Article Here.

You know, even if Arace is off on this or slightly pessimistic, we need someone in the press who is willing to be bullish and get the word out there. Major props to the Dispatch throughout this whole season for this sort of coverage.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some More Pics of Casino Night...

Junior 21's Pics of Casino Night:




Some More Pics of Casino Night...

Junior 21's Pics of Casino Night:




Some More Pics of Casino Night...

Junior 21's Pics of Casino Night:




The Worst Idea I Have Ever Heard...

Not to be a debbie downer at such a good time. But, I heard the FO is planning to run the three supporters websites next year as well as the content.

What surprised me more, is that the groups even HSH leaders seem alright with this. Personally, to be honest I think it's a little bit of laziness. Apparently I heard that HSH received some international requests for merchandise after the West Ham purse fight went international. Unfornately, their website hasn't been updated since March.

Even with that said. Personally, I think the idea of the FO running supporters websites is mere stupidity.

Think about it this way. The FO isn't asking us to run their business and websites so why should they run ours?

Are we that lazy as a collective to do it ourselves? Do we really want a bunch of techie's hired by the Crew with no emotional attachment at all to the Crew running our content? Do we really want them running our team stores? What happens if a less supporter friendly FO comes into charge 5 or 10 years from now? Or we have new owners?

I think it's great for them to offer, if it's a noble offer. But, why should anyone but the fans run the websites. I know there's enough technically gifted individuals in the Nordecke to do it ourselves. With 5 or 10 we could easily pull it together in the off-season.

I just don't know how anyone could ever fathom this as a good idea. It scares me a little that anyone would.

And, I know there are some fans interested in dedicating their time to making a Crew Supporters Online Network themselves. I could name a couple of people from each of these: HSH, CSU, and outside the section with the skill. I'm sure there are some La Turbina members that could lend to making a spanish version. I'm willing to lend support, my knowledge on codes, and my content. But, I have a feeling our groups will let the FO take it over out of lassez-faire-ness.

Don't get me wrong, I could deal with if they wanted to offer formats because I guess we can't figure it out ourselves (although I know we could). But, at least give the fans the passwords and let them update the content.

And, don't get me wrong, I definitely like how the team has added their own blog, etc. I can appreciate a donative gift, especially if it isn't a trojan horse. But, we should all decline it. The FO shouldn't take over any of the supporters websites. Let's have enough faith in ourselves that we can do it together as a group in the offseason.

We need to keep ourselves busy somehow in the offseason anyways. :-)

The Worst Idea I Have Ever Heard...

Not to be a debbie downer at such a good time. But, I heard the FO is planning to run the three supporters websites next year as well as the content.

What surprised me more, is that the groups even HSH leaders seem alright with this. Personally, to be honest I think it's a little bit of laziness. Apparently I heard that HSH received some international requests for merchandise after the West Ham purse fight went international. Unfornately, their website hasn't been updated since March.

Even with that said. Personally, I think the idea of the FO running supporters websites is mere stupidity.

Think about it this way. The FO isn't asking us to run their business and websites so why should they run ours?

Are we that lazy as a collective to do it ourselves? Do we really want a bunch of techie's hired by the Crew with no emotional attachment at all to the Crew running our content? Do we really want them running our team stores? What happens if a less supporter friendly FO comes into charge 5 or 10 years from now? Or we have new owners?

I think it's great for them to offer, if it's a noble offer. But, why should anyone but the fans run the websites. I know there's enough technically gifted individuals in the Nordecke to do it ourselves. With 5 or 10 we could easily pull it together in the off-season.

I just don't know how anyone could ever fathom this as a good idea. It scares me a little that anyone would.

And, I know there are some fans interested in dedicating their time to making a Crew Supporters Online Network themselves. I could name a couple of people from each of these: HSH, CSU, and outside the section with the skill. I'm sure there are some La Turbina members that could lend to making a spanish version. I'm willing to lend support, my knowledge on codes, and my content. But, I have a feeling our groups will let the FO take it over out of lassez-faire-ness.

Don't get me wrong, I could deal with if they wanted to offer formats because I guess we can't figure it out ourselves (although I know we could). But, at least give the fans the passwords and let them update the content.

And, don't get me wrong, I definitely like how the team has added their own blog, etc. I can appreciate a donative gift, especially if it isn't a trojan horse. But, we should all decline it. The FO shouldn't take over any of the supporters websites. Let's have enough faith in ourselves that we can do it together as a group in the offseason.

We need to keep ourselves busy somehow in the offseason anyways. :-)

The Worst Idea I Have Ever Heard...

Not to be a debbie downer at such a good time. But, I heard the FO is planning to run the three supporters websites next year as well as the content.

What surprised me more, is that the groups even HSH leaders seem alright with this. Personally, to be honest I think it's a little bit of laziness. Apparently I heard that HSH received some international requests for merchandise after the West Ham purse fight went international. Unfornately, their website hasn't been updated since March.

Even with that said. Personally, I think the idea of the FO running supporters websites is mere stupidity.

Think about it this way. The FO isn't asking us to run their business and websites so why should they run ours?

Are we that lazy as a collective to do it ourselves? Do we really want a bunch of techie's hired by the Crew with no emotional attachment at all to the Crew running our content? Do we really want them running our team stores? What happens if a less supporter friendly FO comes into charge 5 or 10 years from now? Or we have new owners?

I think it's great for them to offer, if it's a noble offer. But, why should anyone but the fans run the websites. I know there's enough technically gifted individuals in the Nordecke to do it ourselves. With 5 or 10 we could easily pull it together in the off-season.

I just don't know how anyone could ever fathom this as a good idea. It scares me a little that anyone would.

And, I know there are some fans interested in dedicating their time to making a Crew Supporters Online Network themselves. I could name a couple of people from each of these: HSH, CSU, and outside the section with the skill. I'm sure there are some La Turbina members that could lend to making a spanish version. I'm willing to lend support, my knowledge on codes, and my content. But, I have a feeling our groups will let the FO take it over out of lassez-faire-ness.

Don't get me wrong, I could deal with if they wanted to offer formats because I guess we can't figure it out ourselves (although I know we could). But, at least give the fans the passwords and let them update the content.

And, don't get me wrong, I definitely like how the team has added their own blog, etc. I can appreciate a donative gift, especially if it isn't a trojan horse. But, we should all decline it. The FO shouldn't take over any of the supporters websites. Let's have enough faith in ourselves that we can do it together as a group in the offseason.

We need to keep ourselves busy somehow in the offseason anyways. :-)

Casino Night Pictures

All of Sam's pics from last night are here.