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