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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.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

3/1/09: Nordecke Mastermix

Just another video to pump you up for the 28th:


Music mix of LMFAO/Fedde Le Grand/Nordecke

3/1/09: Nordecke Mastermix

Just another video to pump you up for the 28th:


Music mix of LMFAO/Fedde Le Grand/Nordecke

3/1/09: Nordecke Mastermix

Just another video to pump you up for the 28th:


Music mix of LMFAO/Fedde Le Grand/Nordecke

2/28/09: Columbus Massive-trotters





The Crew are the hottest thing to hit Guiseley since Harry Ramsden's fish and chips. The small town of 21,000 snuggled in Leeds is buzzing with the upcoming match against the great slayers of David Beckham's Galaxy.

14 bucks (7 pounds) for admission, anyone want to go on a Euro trip? Oi oi oi.

2/28/09: Columbus Massive-trotters





The Crew are the hottest thing to hit Guiseley since Harry Ramsden's fish and chips. The small town of 21,000 snuggled in Leeds is buzzing with the upcoming match against the great slayers of David Beckham's Galaxy.

14 bucks (7 pounds) for admission, anyone want to go on a Euro trip? Oi oi oi.

2/28/09: Columbus Massive-trotters





The Crew are the hottest thing to hit Guiseley since Harry Ramsden's fish and chips. The small town of 21,000 snuggled in Leeds is buzzing with the upcoming match against the great slayers of David Beckham's Galaxy.

14 bucks (7 pounds) for admission, anyone want to go on a Euro trip? Oi oi oi.

2/28/09: REPORT- Reading Comprehension For MLS Bloggers At An All Time Low


Bring It On 3: Sigi Goes To Cheer Camp (Pic via: Johntommervik.com)

Ran across this magnificently written piece on "The Run of Play."

I'm not totally sure why posting this email created such a fuss? Ended up on about 4 random blogs and that rumor blog. Unfornately it seems some bloggers and MLS fans lacking reading comprehension could not understand that a Crew fan didn't make the scarfs. The guy that emailed me was a Portland Timbers fan from London. I have little to none interest in Seattle. I just copied and pasted an email I received from some random dude from London offering scarfs. The connection being maybe a few people are interested in a free Anti-Seattle scarf to keep warm and because some people I know get all red at the mention of Sigi leaving the Crew. So, not sure what the fuss is all about? I definitely wouldn't of posted the email if it wasn't the offseason. Not much news out there, as the Crew have made zero instead of their usual 6 or 7 offseason acquisitions, and I figured what the hell some blogs will make a fuss out of it because they can't read and I'll get some hits out of it. Mission accomplished, didn't even have to work for it.

Good luck to Seattle, may you finish somewhere in the table below us and bring more awareness to the glorious MLS.

2/28/09: REPORT- Reading Comprehension For MLS Bloggers At An All Time Low


Bring It On 3: Sigi Goes To Cheer Camp (Pic via: Johntommervik.com)

Ran across this magnificently written piece on "The Run of Play."

I'm not totally sure why posting this email created such a fuss? Ended up on about 4 random blogs and that rumor blog. Unfornately it seems some bloggers and MLS fans lacking reading comprehension could not understand that a Crew fan didn't make the scarfs. The guy that emailed me was a Portland Timbers fan from London. I have little to none interest in Seattle. I just copied and pasted an email I received from some random dude from London offering scarfs. The connection being maybe a few people are interested in a free Anti-Seattle scarf to keep warm and because some people I know get all red at the mention of Sigi leaving the Crew. So, not sure what the fuss is all about? I definitely wouldn't of posted the email if it wasn't the offseason. Not much news out there, as the Crew have made zero instead of their usual 6 or 7 offseason acquisitions, and I figured what the hell some blogs will make a fuss out of it because they can't read and I'll get some hits out of it. Mission accomplished, didn't even have to work for it.

Good luck to Seattle, may you finish somewhere in the table below us and bring more awareness to the glorious MLS.

2/28/09: REPORT- Reading Comprehension For MLS Bloggers At An All Time Low


Bring It On 3: Sigi Goes To Cheer Camp (Pic via: Johntommervik.com)

Ran across this magnificently written piece on "The Run of Play."

I'm not totally sure why posting this email created such a fuss? Ended up on about 4 random blogs and that rumor blog. Unfornately it seems some bloggers and MLS fans lacking reading comprehension could not understand that a Crew fan didn't make the scarfs. The guy that emailed me was a Portland Timbers fan from London. I have little to none interest in Seattle. I just copied and pasted an email I received from some random dude from London offering scarfs. The connection being maybe a few people are interested in a free Anti-Seattle scarf to keep warm and because some people I know get all red at the mention of Sigi leaving the Crew. So, not sure what the fuss is all about? I definitely wouldn't of posted the email if it wasn't the offseason. Not much news out there, as the Crew have made zero instead of their usual 6 or 7 offseason acquisitions, and I figured what the hell some blogs will make a fuss out of it because they can't read and I'll get some hits out of it. Mission accomplished, didn't even have to work for it.

Good luck to Seattle, may you finish somewhere in the table below us and bring more awareness to the glorious MLS.

2/28/09: Rogers, Marshall, Frankie, and Warzycha Talk About The Season


Crew play Everton Reserves tomorrow.

Nice article entitled "Rogers Hoping To Deliver Encore" by Craig Merz:
The thought occurred to Robbie Rogers more than once while he enjoyed a brief but relaxing offseason in Huntington Beach, Calif., not far from where the Crew won the MLS Cup on Nov. 23 at The Home Depot Center. What could the 21-year-old midfielder do for an encore?

"I talked to my dad at the end of last year and the beginning of this year," he said. "We talked about my goals from last year and how I guess I reached all of them. I went to the Olympics, won the MLS Cup, won the Supporters' Shield, and was an All-Star and Best XI.

"It was a great year last year. I don't know if I'll be able to replicate that year."

The Crew certainly hopes for a repeat of a season that saw Rogers burst onto the scene in his second season as quickly as he moved down the left flank. He had five goals in the first seven matches and although his production slowed down quite a bit afterward he still had six goals and three assists in 27 games while finishing second in the league in fouls suffered. He also added a goal in the playoffs.

Along the way he was selected to the MLS All-Star First XI, missed two Crew matches while playing for the United States in the Beijing Olympics and earned MLS Best XI honors along with teammates Chad Marshall and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

"It's been a crazy year," Rogers said.

He's already off to a good start in 2009, having been invited to U.S. national team camp in early January and getting his first cap Jan. 24 vs. Sweden. He was also on the 20-man roster for the World Cup qualifier Feb. 11 against Mexico at Crew Stadium although he didn't play.

"Training (with the national team) is always fast and playing with those players is a great experience for me and to be able to play in that game against Sweden was kind of like the perfect ending to the camp. Then to come back here for the Mexico game was awesome," he said. "I made a lot of progress this offseason and now I need to build on it this season."

Another MLS Cup and a strong year individually are among his objectives.

"I have some high goals right now. Hopefully, I can reach some of them," Rogers said. "I want to play more with the national team. After you get a taste of the national team it's like an addiction. You want to keep playing with guys like that and keep playing where it means a lot. I want to get into the Confederation or Gold cups and play in some qualifiers."

He also has a long-range goal. After one season at the University of Maryland where he helped the Terrapins to the 2005 NCAA championship, he signed with SC Heerenveen of the Dutch first division in August 2006. He played reserve matches for club before opting to come to MLS in was obtained via weighted lottery by the Crew in March 2007.

It's no secret Rogers wants to return overseas and will likely field offers this summer or after the MLS season. The Crew's current preseason trip to England could lay some groundwork while the team plays matches against the Everton and Liverpool reserve sides.

"I want to go to Europe. Whenever you're playing, people are watching. You're representing your team and yourself," he said. "We're getting ready for the season so I'm not thinking about it too much but in the back of my mind when you're playing a team like Everton there's scouts there and I have to start taking advantage of that."

While Rogers had a good preseason it was a bit frustrating for Marshall, the 2008 MLS Defender of the Year. He was also at the U.S. camp in January and was hoping for his first appearance in two years but was sent home early with a troublesome right knee. A few days later he underwent arthroscopic surgery.

"It was a few days after I got hurt at camp. I came home, got it scoped, cleaned out some fluid under my MCL area that was bothering me, nothing serious, just two-three weeks of recovery," Marshall said. "I started to feel it toward the end of the season and then I was working out in the offseason and obviously you can't really replicate national team camp with that kind of cutting and pace. It started to bother me and I let the trainer know. It wasn't going away.

"It was definitely unfortunate. I was really looking forward to that (U.S. camp) and hopefully doing well and getting back into that whole scene but it wasn't my choice. Obviously, the timing was bad but I've been working hard since I had the surgery. It shouldn't be a setback to the season. I want to get through preseason and get the season started but it's important to get fit."

He can take solace that he's still way ahead of where he was a year ago at this time after coming off series of concussions that ended his 2007 season prematurely. The first question at last year's Crew preseason camp was whether he was even fit enough to play, let alone start.

"Last preseason I didn't know if I was going to have a job or come in and be able to play. It's definitely come full circle," he said.

Like Marshall, the Crew were an enigma going into the 2008 season. Columbus had missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons but had shown promise toward the end of the previous year.

A preseason camp in England in March 2008 at the home of Blackburn Rovers solidified the team, said captain Frankie Hejduk.

"This is the point last year when we made the turnaround in terms of really getting together as a team when we went to England," he said. "We had a couple of good games. All the guys played really hard and really well. We started believing in ourselves."

The Crew is using the Everton facilities this year and it's a homecoming for new coach Robert Warzycha, who played for the Toffees from 1991-94.

"We were at Blackburn last year and we went to Everton game against them and the people were very, very friendly," he said. "It was a warm welcome, probably because one of the reasons was I played for the team in the past and (manager David) Moyes was very nice and offered if we ever wanted to come to England for a few games they can help us a lot so we called. It was easy. We're very fortunate we can use their facilities and play a game against them and Liverpool."

Most of the people associated with the Premiership club when he was there are gone save for a few.

"I know the two most important people over there," Warzycha joked. "I know the doctor (Ian Irvin) -- he's been there the last 25 years -- and the other guy is the equipment manager (Jimmy Martin). They are helping us a lot."

The Crew will play the Everton reserves Sunday and the Liverpool reserves Thursday with a game against lower division Guiseley on Tuesday. Warzycha knows the EPL teams won't field their top squads but expects competitive matches.

"I think the players 13, 14, 15 (on the roster) and up will play," he said. "That's the game we're looking for against Everton. That's we what we did last year when we went there because those players need the games more than anybody. The same with Liverpool. They also told us they're not going to put their U-18 team out there; that they were going to play their reserves, who are the guys under contract."

Warzycha and his team will attend the West Bromwich Albion at Everton league match Saturday and the Aston Villa at Manchester City match on Wednesday.

He feels it's good for the players to not only play but see the Premiership close up.

"They're very professional. They're very organized. You can learn a lot from the atmosphere. Playing against better teams you obviously learn a lot. The mental aspect is very important," he said. "If you watch Premier League on TV it's different than being there. You can see also pick up the atmosphere and the intensity. We did last year and it helped us a lot during the season."

2/28/09: Rogers, Marshall, Frankie, and Warzycha Talk About The Season


Crew play Everton Reserves tomorrow.

Nice article entitled "Rogers Hoping To Deliver Encore" by Craig Merz:
The thought occurred to Robbie Rogers more than once while he enjoyed a brief but relaxing offseason in Huntington Beach, Calif., not far from where the Crew won the MLS Cup on Nov. 23 at The Home Depot Center. What could the 21-year-old midfielder do for an encore?

"I talked to my dad at the end of last year and the beginning of this year," he said. "We talked about my goals from last year and how I guess I reached all of them. I went to the Olympics, won the MLS Cup, won the Supporters' Shield, and was an All-Star and Best XI.

"It was a great year last year. I don't know if I'll be able to replicate that year."

The Crew certainly hopes for a repeat of a season that saw Rogers burst onto the scene in his second season as quickly as he moved down the left flank. He had five goals in the first seven matches and although his production slowed down quite a bit afterward he still had six goals and three assists in 27 games while finishing second in the league in fouls suffered. He also added a goal in the playoffs.

Along the way he was selected to the MLS All-Star First XI, missed two Crew matches while playing for the United States in the Beijing Olympics and earned MLS Best XI honors along with teammates Chad Marshall and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

"It's been a crazy year," Rogers said.

He's already off to a good start in 2009, having been invited to U.S. national team camp in early January and getting his first cap Jan. 24 vs. Sweden. He was also on the 20-man roster for the World Cup qualifier Feb. 11 against Mexico at Crew Stadium although he didn't play.

"Training (with the national team) is always fast and playing with those players is a great experience for me and to be able to play in that game against Sweden was kind of like the perfect ending to the camp. Then to come back here for the Mexico game was awesome," he said. "I made a lot of progress this offseason and now I need to build on it this season."

Another MLS Cup and a strong year individually are among his objectives.

"I have some high goals right now. Hopefully, I can reach some of them," Rogers said. "I want to play more with the national team. After you get a taste of the national team it's like an addiction. You want to keep playing with guys like that and keep playing where it means a lot. I want to get into the Confederation or Gold cups and play in some qualifiers."

He also has a long-range goal. After one season at the University of Maryland where he helped the Terrapins to the 2005 NCAA championship, he signed with SC Heerenveen of the Dutch first division in August 2006. He played reserve matches for club before opting to come to MLS in was obtained via weighted lottery by the Crew in March 2007.

It's no secret Rogers wants to return overseas and will likely field offers this summer or after the MLS season. The Crew's current preseason trip to England could lay some groundwork while the team plays matches against the Everton and Liverpool reserve sides.

"I want to go to Europe. Whenever you're playing, people are watching. You're representing your team and yourself," he said. "We're getting ready for the season so I'm not thinking about it too much but in the back of my mind when you're playing a team like Everton there's scouts there and I have to start taking advantage of that."

While Rogers had a good preseason it was a bit frustrating for Marshall, the 2008 MLS Defender of the Year. He was also at the U.S. camp in January and was hoping for his first appearance in two years but was sent home early with a troublesome right knee. A few days later he underwent arthroscopic surgery.

"It was a few days after I got hurt at camp. I came home, got it scoped, cleaned out some fluid under my MCL area that was bothering me, nothing serious, just two-three weeks of recovery," Marshall said. "I started to feel it toward the end of the season and then I was working out in the offseason and obviously you can't really replicate national team camp with that kind of cutting and pace. It started to bother me and I let the trainer know. It wasn't going away.

"It was definitely unfortunate. I was really looking forward to that (U.S. camp) and hopefully doing well and getting back into that whole scene but it wasn't my choice. Obviously, the timing was bad but I've been working hard since I had the surgery. It shouldn't be a setback to the season. I want to get through preseason and get the season started but it's important to get fit."

He can take solace that he's still way ahead of where he was a year ago at this time after coming off series of concussions that ended his 2007 season prematurely. The first question at last year's Crew preseason camp was whether he was even fit enough to play, let alone start.

"Last preseason I didn't know if I was going to have a job or come in and be able to play. It's definitely come full circle," he said.

Like Marshall, the Crew were an enigma going into the 2008 season. Columbus had missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons but had shown promise toward the end of the previous year.

A preseason camp in England in March 2008 at the home of Blackburn Rovers solidified the team, said captain Frankie Hejduk.

"This is the point last year when we made the turnaround in terms of really getting together as a team when we went to England," he said. "We had a couple of good games. All the guys played really hard and really well. We started believing in ourselves."

The Crew is using the Everton facilities this year and it's a homecoming for new coach Robert Warzycha, who played for the Toffees from 1991-94.

"We were at Blackburn last year and we went to Everton game against them and the people were very, very friendly," he said. "It was a warm welcome, probably because one of the reasons was I played for the team in the past and (manager David) Moyes was very nice and offered if we ever wanted to come to England for a few games they can help us a lot so we called. It was easy. We're very fortunate we can use their facilities and play a game against them and Liverpool."

Most of the people associated with the Premiership club when he was there are gone save for a few.

"I know the two most important people over there," Warzycha joked. "I know the doctor (Ian Irvin) -- he's been there the last 25 years -- and the other guy is the equipment manager (Jimmy Martin). They are helping us a lot."

The Crew will play the Everton reserves Sunday and the Liverpool reserves Thursday with a game against lower division Guiseley on Tuesday. Warzycha knows the EPL teams won't field their top squads but expects competitive matches.

"I think the players 13, 14, 15 (on the roster) and up will play," he said. "That's the game we're looking for against Everton. That's we what we did last year when we went there because those players need the games more than anybody. The same with Liverpool. They also told us they're not going to put their U-18 team out there; that they were going to play their reserves, who are the guys under contract."

Warzycha and his team will attend the West Bromwich Albion at Everton league match Saturday and the Aston Villa at Manchester City match on Wednesday.

He feels it's good for the players to not only play but see the Premiership close up.

"They're very professional. They're very organized. You can learn a lot from the atmosphere. Playing against better teams you obviously learn a lot. The mental aspect is very important," he said. "If you watch Premier League on TV it's different than being there. You can see also pick up the atmosphere and the intensity. We did last year and it helped us a lot during the season."

2/28/09: Rogers, Marshall, Frankie, and Warzycha Talk About The Season


Crew play Everton Reserves tomorrow.

Nice article entitled "Rogers Hoping To Deliver Encore" by Craig Merz:
The thought occurred to Robbie Rogers more than once while he enjoyed a brief but relaxing offseason in Huntington Beach, Calif., not far from where the Crew won the MLS Cup on Nov. 23 at The Home Depot Center. What could the 21-year-old midfielder do for an encore?

"I talked to my dad at the end of last year and the beginning of this year," he said. "We talked about my goals from last year and how I guess I reached all of them. I went to the Olympics, won the MLS Cup, won the Supporters' Shield, and was an All-Star and Best XI.

"It was a great year last year. I don't know if I'll be able to replicate that year."

The Crew certainly hopes for a repeat of a season that saw Rogers burst onto the scene in his second season as quickly as he moved down the left flank. He had five goals in the first seven matches and although his production slowed down quite a bit afterward he still had six goals and three assists in 27 games while finishing second in the league in fouls suffered. He also added a goal in the playoffs.

Along the way he was selected to the MLS All-Star First XI, missed two Crew matches while playing for the United States in the Beijing Olympics and earned MLS Best XI honors along with teammates Chad Marshall and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

"It's been a crazy year," Rogers said.

He's already off to a good start in 2009, having been invited to U.S. national team camp in early January and getting his first cap Jan. 24 vs. Sweden. He was also on the 20-man roster for the World Cup qualifier Feb. 11 against Mexico at Crew Stadium although he didn't play.

"Training (with the national team) is always fast and playing with those players is a great experience for me and to be able to play in that game against Sweden was kind of like the perfect ending to the camp. Then to come back here for the Mexico game was awesome," he said. "I made a lot of progress this offseason and now I need to build on it this season."

Another MLS Cup and a strong year individually are among his objectives.

"I have some high goals right now. Hopefully, I can reach some of them," Rogers said. "I want to play more with the national team. After you get a taste of the national team it's like an addiction. You want to keep playing with guys like that and keep playing where it means a lot. I want to get into the Confederation or Gold cups and play in some qualifiers."

He also has a long-range goal. After one season at the University of Maryland where he helped the Terrapins to the 2005 NCAA championship, he signed with SC Heerenveen of the Dutch first division in August 2006. He played reserve matches for club before opting to come to MLS in was obtained via weighted lottery by the Crew in March 2007.

It's no secret Rogers wants to return overseas and will likely field offers this summer or after the MLS season. The Crew's current preseason trip to England could lay some groundwork while the team plays matches against the Everton and Liverpool reserve sides.

"I want to go to Europe. Whenever you're playing, people are watching. You're representing your team and yourself," he said. "We're getting ready for the season so I'm not thinking about it too much but in the back of my mind when you're playing a team like Everton there's scouts there and I have to start taking advantage of that."

While Rogers had a good preseason it was a bit frustrating for Marshall, the 2008 MLS Defender of the Year. He was also at the U.S. camp in January and was hoping for his first appearance in two years but was sent home early with a troublesome right knee. A few days later he underwent arthroscopic surgery.

"It was a few days after I got hurt at camp. I came home, got it scoped, cleaned out some fluid under my MCL area that was bothering me, nothing serious, just two-three weeks of recovery," Marshall said. "I started to feel it toward the end of the season and then I was working out in the offseason and obviously you can't really replicate national team camp with that kind of cutting and pace. It started to bother me and I let the trainer know. It wasn't going away.

"It was definitely unfortunate. I was really looking forward to that (U.S. camp) and hopefully doing well and getting back into that whole scene but it wasn't my choice. Obviously, the timing was bad but I've been working hard since I had the surgery. It shouldn't be a setback to the season. I want to get through preseason and get the season started but it's important to get fit."

He can take solace that he's still way ahead of where he was a year ago at this time after coming off series of concussions that ended his 2007 season prematurely. The first question at last year's Crew preseason camp was whether he was even fit enough to play, let alone start.

"Last preseason I didn't know if I was going to have a job or come in and be able to play. It's definitely come full circle," he said.

Like Marshall, the Crew were an enigma going into the 2008 season. Columbus had missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons but had shown promise toward the end of the previous year.

A preseason camp in England in March 2008 at the home of Blackburn Rovers solidified the team, said captain Frankie Hejduk.

"This is the point last year when we made the turnaround in terms of really getting together as a team when we went to England," he said. "We had a couple of good games. All the guys played really hard and really well. We started believing in ourselves."

The Crew is using the Everton facilities this year and it's a homecoming for new coach Robert Warzycha, who played for the Toffees from 1991-94.

"We were at Blackburn last year and we went to Everton game against them and the people were very, very friendly," he said. "It was a warm welcome, probably because one of the reasons was I played for the team in the past and (manager David) Moyes was very nice and offered if we ever wanted to come to England for a few games they can help us a lot so we called. It was easy. We're very fortunate we can use their facilities and play a game against them and Liverpool."

Most of the people associated with the Premiership club when he was there are gone save for a few.

"I know the two most important people over there," Warzycha joked. "I know the doctor (Ian Irvin) -- he's been there the last 25 years -- and the other guy is the equipment manager (Jimmy Martin). They are helping us a lot."

The Crew will play the Everton reserves Sunday and the Liverpool reserves Thursday with a game against lower division Guiseley on Tuesday. Warzycha knows the EPL teams won't field their top squads but expects competitive matches.

"I think the players 13, 14, 15 (on the roster) and up will play," he said. "That's the game we're looking for against Everton. That's we what we did last year when we went there because those players need the games more than anybody. The same with Liverpool. They also told us they're not going to put their U-18 team out there; that they were going to play their reserves, who are the guys under contract."

Warzycha and his team will attend the West Bromwich Albion at Everton league match Saturday and the Aston Villa at Manchester City match on Wednesday.

He feels it's good for the players to not only play but see the Premiership close up.

"They're very professional. They're very organized. You can learn a lot from the atmosphere. Playing against better teams you obviously learn a lot. The mental aspect is very important," he said. "If you watch Premier League on TV it's different than being there. You can see also pick up the atmosphere and the intensity. We did last year and it helped us a lot during the season."

2/28/09: "Massive" Living On In The Offseason With Blue Jackets



A nice article entitled "Blue Jackets Are Keeping The Spirit of Massive Alive" by Mike Arace talks about the correlation he sees between the "Massive Crew" and the NHL hockey team in Columbus, the Blue Jackets. I have to admit that I haven't ever been much into hockey before moving to Columbus, but now I watch them quite a bit on FSN Ohio and have caught glimpses of the "Massive" like the Filatov hat trick. Anyways, no matter if you think a strong link is there or not, it's never a bad thing to be getting shoutouts in the offseason; especially in a well written article by Arace:

Last autumn, the Crew and its supporters coalesced on a mission. They reveled in vindication against old nemeses, won the Supporter's Shield, drank from the MLS Cup. They startled the league and those who follow it, presenting Columbus with its most significant professional team title to date. En route, they conjured the concept of "Massive."

The Blue Jackets have a whiff of it now.

To say that Massive is an us-against-the-world thing is to identify the core concept -- and to oversimplify. Massive is uniquely Columbus. It embodies years of frustration. It takes into account the perception that the city is some isolated backwater lacking in the sophistication of those glorious metropolises, Cleveland and Cincinnati. It operates, rightly or wrongly, on the theory that nobody on the outside -- owners, league officials, referees, media -- is prepared to cut the local side a break. It assumes added impediment and girds to go beyond.

To be Massive is to overcome. And to overcome, one must be Massive.

There are parallels between the Crew and the Jackets, most notably the shared years of misery among their hardcore faithful. The fans -- and everyone else in the city -- recall the promise at the start of these enterprises. They lived through the numbing periods of mismanagement and mediocrity, when the merely curious were beaten out of the stadiums and attendance sagged. They worried about the long-term viability of their franchises. They yearned for a taste of something sweet. In Crew Stadium, the whole jumble of this experience was represented on a homemade sign on a bedsheet that hung below the Nordecke. In black letters, it said: "Be Massive my friend."

The Crew had a coach who understood and embraced the concept, and who threw his bulk into the stands, literally and figuratively, to share in it. Before Sigi Schmid left for Seattle, I thought he was genetically linked, somehow, to Ken Hitchcock. They share a physical profile and a facile mind. They have Hall of Fame-caliber records, and their philosophies regarding stout constitution and stellar defense are remarkably similar.

Like Schmid, Hitchcock has acknowledged a burgeoning symbiosis between his team and its supporters. Hitchcock talks about how the fans are "plugged in" or "dug in" and "right there with us." Hitchcock even goes a step further than Schmid by connecting with the city on an emotional level. Hitchcock likes it here. He wants to tap into its professional promise. And he wants hockey to grow here, so he can see the day when a Columbus kid plays for the Jackets.

Schmid's plan came together on the pitch last season. Thursday night, three-quarters of the way into the hockey season, you could see how Hitchcock's on-ice vision is focusing. The Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers and gained ground in the playoff race. On one hand, the Jackets only won by a 1-0 score, and it appeared to be another exhibit for their lack of scoring power and their need of a top-flight center. On the other hand, it was a show of what a Hitchcock team, carefully modified by a sharp, young general manager, can look like. That was playoff-type hockey issuing from the Jackets, and they were thumpingly dominant.

Are the Jackets ready to win the Stanley Cup? No, the roster has yet to reach that level of fortification. But this team will get to the playoffs. It can clear that looming hurdle, nine years high. That has been my prediction, and I'm sticking to it.

Six months ago, very few within and without Columbus banked on a breakthrough season for the Jackets. But Steve Mason has no idea about that, and nor do the veterans who have experienced the playoffs wearing other sweaters. Hitchcock, for one, is talking about fifth place. The scarred and enduring season ticket-holders are dug in. And throughout the city, during this time of economic recession and angst, fans young and old, new and grizzled, lost and found -- the once-downtrodden throngs unaccustomed to hope -- they can hear the voice in their ear, a little more than a whisper at this point, but growing clearer. It is saying, "Massive."


Good luck to the Jackets.

2/28/09: "Massive" Living On In The Offseason With Blue Jackets



A nice article entitled "Blue Jackets Are Keeping The Spirit of Massive Alive" by Mike Arace talks about the correlation he sees between the "Massive Crew" and the NHL hockey team in Columbus, the Blue Jackets. I have to admit that I haven't ever been much into hockey before moving to Columbus, but now I watch them quite a bit on FSN Ohio and have caught glimpses of the "Massive" like the Filatov hat trick. Anyways, no matter if you think a strong link is there or not, it's never a bad thing to be getting shoutouts in the offseason; especially in a well written article by Arace:

Last autumn, the Crew and its supporters coalesced on a mission. They reveled in vindication against old nemeses, won the Supporter's Shield, drank from the MLS Cup. They startled the league and those who follow it, presenting Columbus with its most significant professional team title to date. En route, they conjured the concept of "Massive."

The Blue Jackets have a whiff of it now.

To say that Massive is an us-against-the-world thing is to identify the core concept -- and to oversimplify. Massive is uniquely Columbus. It embodies years of frustration. It takes into account the perception that the city is some isolated backwater lacking in the sophistication of those glorious metropolises, Cleveland and Cincinnati. It operates, rightly or wrongly, on the theory that nobody on the outside -- owners, league officials, referees, media -- is prepared to cut the local side a break. It assumes added impediment and girds to go beyond.

To be Massive is to overcome. And to overcome, one must be Massive.

There are parallels between the Crew and the Jackets, most notably the shared years of misery among their hardcore faithful. The fans -- and everyone else in the city -- recall the promise at the start of these enterprises. They lived through the numbing periods of mismanagement and mediocrity, when the merely curious were beaten out of the stadiums and attendance sagged. They worried about the long-term viability of their franchises. They yearned for a taste of something sweet. In Crew Stadium, the whole jumble of this experience was represented on a homemade sign on a bedsheet that hung below the Nordecke. In black letters, it said: "Be Massive my friend."

The Crew had a coach who understood and embraced the concept, and who threw his bulk into the stands, literally and figuratively, to share in it. Before Sigi Schmid left for Seattle, I thought he was genetically linked, somehow, to Ken Hitchcock. They share a physical profile and a facile mind. They have Hall of Fame-caliber records, and their philosophies regarding stout constitution and stellar defense are remarkably similar.

Like Schmid, Hitchcock has acknowledged a burgeoning symbiosis between his team and its supporters. Hitchcock talks about how the fans are "plugged in" or "dug in" and "right there with us." Hitchcock even goes a step further than Schmid by connecting with the city on an emotional level. Hitchcock likes it here. He wants to tap into its professional promise. And he wants hockey to grow here, so he can see the day when a Columbus kid plays for the Jackets.

Schmid's plan came together on the pitch last season. Thursday night, three-quarters of the way into the hockey season, you could see how Hitchcock's on-ice vision is focusing. The Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers and gained ground in the playoff race. On one hand, the Jackets only won by a 1-0 score, and it appeared to be another exhibit for their lack of scoring power and their need of a top-flight center. On the other hand, it was a show of what a Hitchcock team, carefully modified by a sharp, young general manager, can look like. That was playoff-type hockey issuing from the Jackets, and they were thumpingly dominant.

Are the Jackets ready to win the Stanley Cup? No, the roster has yet to reach that level of fortification. But this team will get to the playoffs. It can clear that looming hurdle, nine years high. That has been my prediction, and I'm sticking to it.

Six months ago, very few within and without Columbus banked on a breakthrough season for the Jackets. But Steve Mason has no idea about that, and nor do the veterans who have experienced the playoffs wearing other sweaters. Hitchcock, for one, is talking about fifth place. The scarred and enduring season ticket-holders are dug in. And throughout the city, during this time of economic recession and angst, fans young and old, new and grizzled, lost and found -- the once-downtrodden throngs unaccustomed to hope -- they can hear the voice in their ear, a little more than a whisper at this point, but growing clearer. It is saying, "Massive."


Good luck to the Jackets.

2/28/09: "Massive" Living On In The Offseason With Blue Jackets



A nice article entitled "Blue Jackets Are Keeping The Spirit of Massive Alive" by Mike Arace talks about the correlation he sees between the "Massive Crew" and the NHL hockey team in Columbus, the Blue Jackets. I have to admit that I haven't ever been much into hockey before moving to Columbus, but now I watch them quite a bit on FSN Ohio and have caught glimpses of the "Massive" like the Filatov hat trick. Anyways, no matter if you think a strong link is there or not, it's never a bad thing to be getting shoutouts in the offseason; especially in a well written article by Arace:

Last autumn, the Crew and its supporters coalesced on a mission. They reveled in vindication against old nemeses, won the Supporter's Shield, drank from the MLS Cup. They startled the league and those who follow it, presenting Columbus with its most significant professional team title to date. En route, they conjured the concept of "Massive."

The Blue Jackets have a whiff of it now.

To say that Massive is an us-against-the-world thing is to identify the core concept -- and to oversimplify. Massive is uniquely Columbus. It embodies years of frustration. It takes into account the perception that the city is some isolated backwater lacking in the sophistication of those glorious metropolises, Cleveland and Cincinnati. It operates, rightly or wrongly, on the theory that nobody on the outside -- owners, league officials, referees, media -- is prepared to cut the local side a break. It assumes added impediment and girds to go beyond.

To be Massive is to overcome. And to overcome, one must be Massive.

There are parallels between the Crew and the Jackets, most notably the shared years of misery among their hardcore faithful. The fans -- and everyone else in the city -- recall the promise at the start of these enterprises. They lived through the numbing periods of mismanagement and mediocrity, when the merely curious were beaten out of the stadiums and attendance sagged. They worried about the long-term viability of their franchises. They yearned for a taste of something sweet. In Crew Stadium, the whole jumble of this experience was represented on a homemade sign on a bedsheet that hung below the Nordecke. In black letters, it said: "Be Massive my friend."

The Crew had a coach who understood and embraced the concept, and who threw his bulk into the stands, literally and figuratively, to share in it. Before Sigi Schmid left for Seattle, I thought he was genetically linked, somehow, to Ken Hitchcock. They share a physical profile and a facile mind. They have Hall of Fame-caliber records, and their philosophies regarding stout constitution and stellar defense are remarkably similar.

Like Schmid, Hitchcock has acknowledged a burgeoning symbiosis between his team and its supporters. Hitchcock talks about how the fans are "plugged in" or "dug in" and "right there with us." Hitchcock even goes a step further than Schmid by connecting with the city on an emotional level. Hitchcock likes it here. He wants to tap into its professional promise. And he wants hockey to grow here, so he can see the day when a Columbus kid plays for the Jackets.

Schmid's plan came together on the pitch last season. Thursday night, three-quarters of the way into the hockey season, you could see how Hitchcock's on-ice vision is focusing. The Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers and gained ground in the playoff race. On one hand, the Jackets only won by a 1-0 score, and it appeared to be another exhibit for their lack of scoring power and their need of a top-flight center. On the other hand, it was a show of what a Hitchcock team, carefully modified by a sharp, young general manager, can look like. That was playoff-type hockey issuing from the Jackets, and they were thumpingly dominant.

Are the Jackets ready to win the Stanley Cup? No, the roster has yet to reach that level of fortification. But this team will get to the playoffs. It can clear that looming hurdle, nine years high. That has been my prediction, and I'm sticking to it.

Six months ago, very few within and without Columbus banked on a breakthrough season for the Jackets. But Steve Mason has no idea about that, and nor do the veterans who have experienced the playoffs wearing other sweaters. Hitchcock, for one, is talking about fifth place. The scarred and enduring season ticket-holders are dug in. And throughout the city, during this time of economic recession and angst, fans young and old, new and grizzled, lost and found -- the once-downtrodden throngs unaccustomed to hope -- they can hear the voice in their ear, a little more than a whisper at this point, but growing clearer. It is saying, "Massive."


Good luck to the Jackets.

Friday, February 27, 2009

2/27/09: "In There Deep"

Inter City Gladiators at it:


That video pretty much sums up the fierce TFC fans. But, yes, there is more.

Check out this battle between a TFC fan and the short shorts cop brigade while all the TFC fans sit on the sidelines and chant "Hey what are you doing buddy?" and "this is our house."


Brillant, especially the part where someone found this newsworthy enough to film it and put it on youtube. At least the guy got a "way to go buddy" at the end. You missed the whole game and get to go to jail, "way to go!"

Before Toronto got a team, they were even more lacking in the coolness department. Here they are attempting to be hardcore Liverpudians:

2/27/09: "In There Deep"

Inter City Gladiators at it:


That video pretty much sums up the fierce TFC fans. But, yes, there is more.

Check out this battle between a TFC fan and the short shorts cop brigade while all the TFC fans sit on the sidelines and chant "Hey what are you doing buddy?" and "this is our house."


Brillant, especially the part where someone found this newsworthy enough to film it and put it on youtube. At least the guy got a "way to go buddy" at the end. You missed the whole game and get to go to jail, "way to go!"

Before Toronto got a team, they were even more lacking in the coolness department. Here they are attempting to be hardcore Liverpudians:

2/27/09: "In There Deep"

Inter City Gladiators at it:


That video pretty much sums up the fierce TFC fans. But, yes, there is more.

Check out this battle between a TFC fan and the short shorts cop brigade while all the TFC fans sit on the sidelines and chant "Hey what are you doing buddy?" and "this is our house."


Brillant, especially the part where someone found this newsworthy enough to film it and put it on youtube. At least the guy got a "way to go buddy" at the end. You missed the whole game and get to go to jail, "way to go!"

Before Toronto got a team, they were even more lacking in the coolness department. Here they are attempting to be hardcore Liverpudians:

2/27/09: What's Up With The USL Kicking Behind In The Champions League?

Bill Gaudette's Puerto Rican Islanders beat Marathon 2-1:


And, Matt Jordan's and David Testo's Montreal Impact Put a 2-0 Whopping On Santos Laguna:


Got to figure the away fixtures will not be as positive.

2/27/09: What's Up With The USL Kicking Behind In The Champions League?

Bill Gaudette's Puerto Rican Islanders beat Marathon 2-1:


And, Matt Jordan's and David Testo's Montreal Impact Put a 2-0 Whopping On Santos Laguna:


Got to figure the away fixtures will not be as positive.

2/27/09: What's Up With The USL Kicking Behind In The Champions League?

Bill Gaudette's Puerto Rican Islanders beat Marathon 2-1:


And, Matt Jordan's and David Testo's Montreal Impact Put a 2-0 Whopping On Santos Laguna:


Got to figure the away fixtures will not be as positive.

2/27/09: Guiseley Singing Crew's Praises


Former Michigan Bucks Reunite on Opposite Sides in Guiseley coach Mark Ellis and Crew trialist Ty Shipalane

Guiseley are pumped for Tuesday's friendly and Mark Ellis is looking forward to meeting up with his former player Ty Shipalane, according to the article "Guiseley Crew In Good Company" by Ian Whiting:
Columbus Crew got the required notification from Major League Soccer and flew into England on Thursday to play three friendlies in their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming American league campaign.

They are playing some of the country’s top teams - Everton, Liverpool and Guiseley!

The Nethermoor outfit have globe-trotting coach Mark Ellis to thank for their invitation.

Former Bantams winger Ellis said: “They have had their clearance for the games over here from the MLS authorities and they arrived on Thursday.

"They have brought a squad of 22 players and are playing Everton’s fringe players at their training ground on Sunday.

“Then, on Tuesday, they come to us before going back to Merseyside to play a Liverpool side at their training ground before going home.

"I was in America three weeks ago and one of the people from Columbus, who I know well, asked me if he knew anybody they could play in their nine days here.

“I told them I worked for Guiseley and said we would love to have a game against them, and he agreed straight away.

"They have a South African lad who I coached in a development league over there and I’m looking forward to meeting up with him again.

“They have a draft system like they do in American football and he was picked up by Columbus Crew. He is an excellent right winger, I think he’s a very good footballer and I’ll continue to follow his career.”

The Crew had five of their players in the USA side that played a World Cup qualifier against Sven Goran Erickson’s Mexico recently. They also have a Venezuelan international in their ranks.

With his Guiseley coaching hat on, ‘Mega’ insists tomorrow's home game against Prescot Cables in the UniBond League Premier Division is more important that Tuesday’s friendly but, with his unadulterated love of the game, he is relishing the friendly.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in the game - it will probably attract a lot of football fans and not just Guiseley supporters.

"It’s a shame that it’s on a night when Bradford City are at home but there wasn’t an option. They are here a few days only and have a tight schedule.

“It will certainly be something different - we could get 2,000 in on the night and that would create a fantastic atmosphere.

"Fingers crossed it will be a good night weather- wise. If it had been a couple of weeks ago, it would have been very frustrating for us and the American lads.

“Our players all want to be involved - they don’t see it as an extra game. It will be a great experience for them to be lining up against so many international players, I’m sure they will benefit a lot from it.”

2/27/09: Guiseley Singing Crew's Praises


Former Michigan Bucks Reunite on Opposite Sides in Guiseley coach Mark Ellis and Crew trialist Ty Shipalane

Guiseley are pumped for Tuesday's friendly and Mark Ellis is looking forward to meeting up with his former player Ty Shipalane, according to the article "Guiseley Crew In Good Company" by Ian Whiting:
Columbus Crew got the required notification from Major League Soccer and flew into England on Thursday to play three friendlies in their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming American league campaign.

They are playing some of the country’s top teams - Everton, Liverpool and Guiseley!

The Nethermoor outfit have globe-trotting coach Mark Ellis to thank for their invitation.

Former Bantams winger Ellis said: “They have had their clearance for the games over here from the MLS authorities and they arrived on Thursday.

"They have brought a squad of 22 players and are playing Everton’s fringe players at their training ground on Sunday.

“Then, on Tuesday, they come to us before going back to Merseyside to play a Liverpool side at their training ground before going home.

"I was in America three weeks ago and one of the people from Columbus, who I know well, asked me if he knew anybody they could play in their nine days here.

“I told them I worked for Guiseley and said we would love to have a game against them, and he agreed straight away.

"They have a South African lad who I coached in a development league over there and I’m looking forward to meeting up with him again.

“They have a draft system like they do in American football and he was picked up by Columbus Crew. He is an excellent right winger, I think he’s a very good footballer and I’ll continue to follow his career.”

The Crew had five of their players in the USA side that played a World Cup qualifier against Sven Goran Erickson’s Mexico recently. They also have a Venezuelan international in their ranks.

With his Guiseley coaching hat on, ‘Mega’ insists tomorrow's home game against Prescot Cables in the UniBond League Premier Division is more important that Tuesday’s friendly but, with his unadulterated love of the game, he is relishing the friendly.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in the game - it will probably attract a lot of football fans and not just Guiseley supporters.

"It’s a shame that it’s on a night when Bradford City are at home but there wasn’t an option. They are here a few days only and have a tight schedule.

“It will certainly be something different - we could get 2,000 in on the night and that would create a fantastic atmosphere.

"Fingers crossed it will be a good night weather- wise. If it had been a couple of weeks ago, it would have been very frustrating for us and the American lads.

“Our players all want to be involved - they don’t see it as an extra game. It will be a great experience for them to be lining up against so many international players, I’m sure they will benefit a lot from it.”

2/27/09: Guiseley Singing Crew's Praises


Former Michigan Bucks Reunite on Opposite Sides in Guiseley coach Mark Ellis and Crew trialist Ty Shipalane

Guiseley are pumped for Tuesday's friendly and Mark Ellis is looking forward to meeting up with his former player Ty Shipalane, according to the article "Guiseley Crew In Good Company" by Ian Whiting:
Columbus Crew got the required notification from Major League Soccer and flew into England on Thursday to play three friendlies in their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming American league campaign.

They are playing some of the country’s top teams - Everton, Liverpool and Guiseley!

The Nethermoor outfit have globe-trotting coach Mark Ellis to thank for their invitation.

Former Bantams winger Ellis said: “They have had their clearance for the games over here from the MLS authorities and they arrived on Thursday.

"They have brought a squad of 22 players and are playing Everton’s fringe players at their training ground on Sunday.

“Then, on Tuesday, they come to us before going back to Merseyside to play a Liverpool side at their training ground before going home.

"I was in America three weeks ago and one of the people from Columbus, who I know well, asked me if he knew anybody they could play in their nine days here.

“I told them I worked for Guiseley and said we would love to have a game against them, and he agreed straight away.

"They have a South African lad who I coached in a development league over there and I’m looking forward to meeting up with him again.

“They have a draft system like they do in American football and he was picked up by Columbus Crew. He is an excellent right winger, I think he’s a very good footballer and I’ll continue to follow his career.”

The Crew had five of their players in the USA side that played a World Cup qualifier against Sven Goran Erickson’s Mexico recently. They also have a Venezuelan international in their ranks.

With his Guiseley coaching hat on, ‘Mega’ insists tomorrow's home game against Prescot Cables in the UniBond League Premier Division is more important that Tuesday’s friendly but, with his unadulterated love of the game, he is relishing the friendly.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in the game - it will probably attract a lot of football fans and not just Guiseley supporters.

"It’s a shame that it’s on a night when Bradford City are at home but there wasn’t an option. They are here a few days only and have a tight schedule.

“It will certainly be something different - we could get 2,000 in on the night and that would create a fantastic atmosphere.

"Fingers crossed it will be a good night weather- wise. If it had been a couple of weeks ago, it would have been very frustrating for us and the American lads.

“Our players all want to be involved - they don’t see it as an extra game. It will be a great experience for them to be lining up against so many international players, I’m sure they will benefit a lot from it.”

Thursday, February 26, 2009

30 and Counting.

We are 30 Days from Crewsmas and just like that kid in that movie that really wants a BB gun I'm already having trouble sleeping. I thought USA/Mexico would take the edge off. It did. For a little while, but it's not working long term.

I want... no I need to be back at Ruby's. I need to know that the match is precious hours away and I will soon be going bat-shit crazy with thousands of my closest friends. I need to consume mass quanities of Guinness and beat my friend Jeff at foozball at least 2 or 3 times before we walk. I need to walk in to the stadium and know that everything is right with the world again. I need another endless summer.

Hell, right now I'd take another game against Metapan. SOMETHING... ANYTHING!

I wanna go home.

30 days...

30 and Counting.

We are 30 Days from Crewsmas and just like that kid in that movie that really wants a BB gun I'm already having trouble sleeping. I thought USA/Mexico would take the edge off. It did. For a little while, but it's not working long term.

I want... no I need to be back at Ruby's. I need to know that the match is precious hours away and I will soon be going bat-shit crazy with thousands of my closest friends. I need to consume mass quanities of Guinness and beat my friend Jeff at foozball at least 2 or 3 times before we walk. I need to walk in to the stadium and know that everything is right with the world again. I need another endless summer.

Hell, right now I'd take another game against Metapan. SOMETHING... ANYTHING!

I wanna go home.

30 days...

30 and Counting.

We are 30 Days from Crewsmas and just like that kid in that movie that really wants a BB gun I'm already having trouble sleeping. I thought USA/Mexico would take the edge off. It did. For a little while, but it's not working long term.

I want... no I need to be back at Ruby's. I need to know that the match is precious hours away and I will soon be going bat-shit crazy with thousands of my closest friends. I need to consume mass quanities of Guinness and beat my friend Jeff at foozball at least 2 or 3 times before we walk. I need to walk in to the stadium and know that everything is right with the world again. I need another endless summer.

Hell, right now I'd take another game against Metapan. SOMETHING... ANYTHING!

I wanna go home.

30 days...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2/26/09: Why The Crew Is Kicking Ass in 2009


I don't get what is up with some of the debbie downers out in Crew land? I'm a firm believer that if you don't have confidence you can't win trophies, you can't get the girl, and you can't get the dream jobs you want (oh and most importantly you can't be the baddest ass supporters group in the land). So, where did all that gushing confidence of 2008 go? And, where did all this "will limp into the playoffs" sissy talk come from?

We are the baddest ass team in the land with the baddest ass supporters in the land. If we don't believe in it, no one else will. So, I present quickly a list why,

The Crew Will Continue To Kick Ass in 2009 (I will work on a more thorough confidence building list over the weekend, but here are some quick thoughts before I get some shut eye to hopefully inspire less pussified talk):

1.) Robert Warzycha is just as good as a coach as Sigi or even an upgrade. Yes, I said it, an upgrade. He knows the ropes plus he is greatly respected by the team. Even more so then Sigi was.

Why is Robert an upgrade?
Robert played in the EPL for Everton (Sigi did not get close to playing professionally).
Robert played at the international level for Poland (Sigi did not play except for at UCLA).
Robert also coached probably the worse team in Crew history to an above .500 record back in 2005 so oh yeah he can do a little coaching.

Playing experience isn't the be all, end all to coaching. But, it helps. Think about it? Who are you likely to learn more soccer from if you were taking a lesson in college? The university's star forward or the math genius in every college club? Sigi is an excellent coach but Warzycha adds a little of what he knows from his playing days and mixes that with what he has learned from being an assistant in his own right along with what he has learned pre- and post- Sigi. Robert has also been around the block and has been in some big games as a player. Could you imagine being relied on day in, day out at Everton or as a International player in demanding Europe? Robert isn't some weakling. Robert can teach by example:


So let's have a little damn faith in the guy. And, let's get over the 300 pound shadow in the room.

2.) The Crew have not been stagnant this offseason. I know re-upping isn't as exciting for some. But, has anyone else in the offseason signed a MLS MVP caliber player in Schelotto and a MVP Defender of The Year caliber player in Chad Marshall? Nope. The Crew got away with a coup by re-signing such huge talent as Schelotto and Marshall.

Rate those signings against other teams this offseason, has anyone been blown away by any other team's new acquisitions? If you have then random ass names must excite you a lot more then they excite me. Has anyone heard of players like Hirsig, Vitti, or Aki Riihilahti before they signed in the offseason? Other teams are making improvements, sure. But, will these new players mesh with their new MLS teammates overnight? No. Is it a guarentee that they will be positive contributions? No. Gallardo anyone? The Crew can stand pat because they already have a pretty damn awesome team and they are not going to get better by splitting this group up. The Crew is a solid first place club. Name me the team that has the better chance in 2009 of winning the shield and the cup? I'm waiting?

I know it would be foolish to say other teams don't have a shot. But, with all variables thrown in, I think a team like the Crew has a much better chance then the other MLS quality sides like Houston, New England, or Chicago of winning it all. For those aforementioned clubs more variables are up in the air and more has to go right to win it all. The Crew on the other hand are a well oiled machine that just has to keep their confidence and belief in themselves up. They are the same cast albeit more improved with their experience.

3.) Players will step up if we have an injury or two:
-----------Moreno--------------
-----------Schelotto-----------
Rogers-----Ekpo/Moffat-----Gaven
-----------Carroll-------------
Padula-Marshall-O'Rourke-Hejduk
-----------Hesmer--------------

If Moreno goes down for a little we have Lenhart, Noonan, and Garey.
If we have an injury in midfield we have Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Nyazamba, etc. to work with.
If we have an injury in defense we basically slot O'Rourke out wide and place Iro in the middle.

The Crew needs to stay healthy. But, as evidenced by losing Padula for about half of 2008. They can survive, adapt, and still be overwhelmingly successful.

4.) The Crew will overcome and take on the challenge of CONCACAF, not shrink in the face of it. The Crew are a strong, confident team and they will take on the challenge of a couple more games. They won't see it as a detriment like New England did in 2008. This is a strong team that will be ready for battle.

5.) So have faith. Confidence is a big part of winning. And, confidence especially at home not only on the field but in the stands helps to keep that home field advantage that we had in 2008.

So, when people ask what you expect of the Crew in 2009? Don't say "oh golly gee, I sure hope we can make the playoffs." What the hell is that? Say "we are going to win the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup again." Say "we are going to give our best in the Open Cup and CONCACAF because we are the best MLS team with the most likely chance to succeed". Say "we are going to be the best supporters group in 2009 and even turn more heads and recruit more people in support of the almighty black and gold." If our hearts are into it and if we have confidence we can still do anything.

There was just a feeling that we couldn't be stopped in 2008. In my opinion, we are not the same, but an improved cast in 2009 with more experience on and off the field. So, let's continue to have that confident winning attitude in 2009.

2/26/09: Why The Crew Is Kicking Ass in 2009


I don't get what is up with some of the debbie downers out in Crew land? I'm a firm believer that if you don't have confidence you can't win trophies, you can't get the girl, and you can't get the dream jobs you want (oh and most importantly you can't be the baddest ass supporters group in the land). So, where did all that gushing confidence of 2008 go? And, where did all this "will limp into the playoffs" sissy talk come from?

We are the baddest ass team in the land with the baddest ass supporters in the land. If we don't believe in it, no one else will. So, I present quickly a list why,

The Crew Will Continue To Kick Ass in 2009 (I will work on a more thorough confidence building list over the weekend, but here are some quick thoughts before I get some shut eye to hopefully inspire less pussified talk):

1.) Robert Warzycha is just as good as a coach as Sigi or even an upgrade. Yes, I said it, an upgrade. He knows the ropes plus he is greatly respected by the team. Even more so then Sigi was.

Why is Robert an upgrade?
Robert played in the EPL for Everton (Sigi did not get close to playing professionally).
Robert played at the international level for Poland (Sigi did not play except for at UCLA).
Robert also coached probably the worse team in Crew history to an above .500 record back in 2005 so oh yeah he can do a little coaching.

Playing experience isn't the be all, end all to coaching. But, it helps. Think about it? Who are you likely to learn more soccer from if you were taking a lesson in college? The university's star forward or the math genius in every college club? Sigi is an excellent coach but Warzycha adds a little of what he knows from his playing days and mixes that with what he has learned from being an assistant in his own right along with what he has learned pre- and post- Sigi. Robert has also been around the block and has been in some big games as a player. Could you imagine being relied on day in, day out at Everton or as a International player in demanding Europe? Robert isn't some weakling. Robert can teach by example:


So let's have a little damn faith in the guy. And, let's get over the 300 pound shadow in the room.

2.) The Crew have not been stagnant this offseason. I know re-upping isn't as exciting for some. But, has anyone else in the offseason signed a MLS MVP caliber player in Schelotto and a MVP Defender of The Year caliber player in Chad Marshall? Nope. The Crew got away with a coup by re-signing such huge talent as Schelotto and Marshall.

Rate those signings against other teams this offseason, has anyone been blown away by any other team's new acquisitions? If you have then random ass names must excite you a lot more then they excite me. Has anyone heard of players like Hirsig, Vitti, or Aki Riihilahti before they signed in the offseason? Other teams are making improvements, sure. But, will these new players mesh with their new MLS teammates overnight? No. Is it a guarentee that they will be positive contributions? No. Gallardo anyone? The Crew can stand pat because they already have a pretty damn awesome team and they are not going to get better by splitting this group up. The Crew is a solid first place club. Name me the team that has the better chance in 2009 of winning the shield and the cup? I'm waiting?

I know it would be foolish to say other teams don't have a shot. But, with all variables thrown in, I think a team like the Crew has a much better chance then the other MLS quality sides like Houston, New England, or Chicago of winning it all. For those aforementioned clubs more variables are up in the air and more has to go right to win it all. The Crew on the other hand are a well oiled machine that just has to keep their confidence and belief in themselves up. They are the same cast albeit more improved with their experience.

3.) Players will step up if we have an injury or two:
-----------Moreno--------------
-----------Schelotto-----------
Rogers-----Ekpo/Moffat-----Gaven
-----------Carroll-------------
Padula-Marshall-O'Rourke-Hejduk
-----------Hesmer--------------

If Moreno goes down for a little we have Lenhart, Noonan, and Garey.
If we have an injury in midfield we have Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Nyazamba, etc. to work with.
If we have an injury in defense we basically slot O'Rourke out wide and place Iro in the middle.

The Crew needs to stay healthy. But, as evidenced by losing Padula for about half of 2008. They can survive, adapt, and still be overwhelmingly successful.

4.) The Crew will overcome and take on the challenge of CONCACAF, not shrink in the face of it. The Crew are a strong, confident team and they will take on the challenge of a couple more games. They won't see it as a detriment like New England did in 2008. This is a strong team that will be ready for battle.

5.) So have faith. Confidence is a big part of winning. And, confidence especially at home not only on the field but in the stands helps to keep that home field advantage that we had in 2008.

So, when people ask what you expect of the Crew in 2009? Don't say "oh golly gee, I sure hope we can make the playoffs." What the hell is that? Say "we are going to win the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup again." Say "we are going to give our best in the Open Cup and CONCACAF because we are the best MLS team with the most likely chance to succeed". Say "we are going to be the best supporters group in 2009 and even turn more heads and recruit more people in support of the almighty black and gold." If our hearts are into it and if we have confidence we can still do anything.

There was just a feeling that we couldn't be stopped in 2008. In my opinion, we are not the same, but an improved cast in 2009 with more experience on and off the field. So, let's continue to have that confident winning attitude in 2009.

2/26/09: Why The Crew Is Kicking Ass in 2009


I don't get what is up with some of the debbie downers out in Crew land? I'm a firm believer that if you don't have confidence you can't win trophies, you can't get the girl, and you can't get the dream jobs you want (oh and most importantly you can't be the baddest ass supporters group in the land). So, where did all that gushing confidence of 2008 go? And, where did all this "will limp into the playoffs" sissy talk come from?

We are the baddest ass team in the land with the baddest ass supporters in the land. If we don't believe in it, no one else will. So, I present quickly a list why,

The Crew Will Continue To Kick Ass in 2009 (I will work on a more thorough confidence building list over the weekend, but here are some quick thoughts before I get some shut eye to hopefully inspire less pussified talk):

1.) Robert Warzycha is just as good as a coach as Sigi or even an upgrade. Yes, I said it, an upgrade. He knows the ropes plus he is greatly respected by the team. Even more so then Sigi was.

Why is Robert an upgrade?
Robert played in the EPL for Everton (Sigi did not get close to playing professionally).
Robert played at the international level for Poland (Sigi did not play except for at UCLA).
Robert also coached probably the worse team in Crew history to an above .500 record back in 2005 so oh yeah he can do a little coaching.

Playing experience isn't the be all, end all to coaching. But, it helps. Think about it? Who are you likely to learn more soccer from if you were taking a lesson in college? The university's star forward or the math genius in every college club? Sigi is an excellent coach but Warzycha adds a little of what he knows from his playing days and mixes that with what he has learned from being an assistant in his own right along with what he has learned pre- and post- Sigi. Robert has also been around the block and has been in some big games as a player. Could you imagine being relied on day in, day out at Everton or as a International player in demanding Europe? Robert isn't some weakling. Robert can teach by example:


So let's have a little damn faith in the guy. And, let's get over the 300 pound shadow in the room.

2.) The Crew have not been stagnant this offseason. I know re-upping isn't as exciting for some. But, has anyone else in the offseason signed a MLS MVP caliber player in Schelotto and a MVP Defender of The Year caliber player in Chad Marshall? Nope. The Crew got away with a coup by re-signing such huge talent as Schelotto and Marshall.

Rate those signings against other teams this offseason, has anyone been blown away by any other team's new acquisitions? If you have then random ass names must excite you a lot more then they excite me. Has anyone heard of players like Hirsig, Vitti, or Aki Riihilahti before they signed in the offseason? Other teams are making improvements, sure. But, will these new players mesh with their new MLS teammates overnight? No. Is it a guarentee that they will be positive contributions? No. Gallardo anyone? The Crew can stand pat because they already have a pretty damn awesome team and they are not going to get better by splitting this group up. The Crew is a solid first place club. Name me the team that has the better chance in 2009 of winning the shield and the cup? I'm waiting?

I know it would be foolish to say other teams don't have a shot. But, with all variables thrown in, I think a team like the Crew has a much better chance then the other MLS quality sides like Houston, New England, or Chicago of winning it all. For those aforementioned clubs more variables are up in the air and more has to go right to win it all. The Crew on the other hand are a well oiled machine that just has to keep their confidence and belief in themselves up. They are the same cast albeit more improved with their experience.

3.) Players will step up if we have an injury or two:
-----------Moreno--------------
-----------Schelotto-----------
Rogers-----Ekpo/Moffat-----Gaven
-----------Carroll-------------
Padula-Marshall-O'Rourke-Hejduk
-----------Hesmer--------------

If Moreno goes down for a little we have Lenhart, Noonan, and Garey.
If we have an injury in midfield we have Ekpo, Moffat, Noonan, Nyazamba, etc. to work with.
If we have an injury in defense we basically slot O'Rourke out wide and place Iro in the middle.

The Crew needs to stay healthy. But, as evidenced by losing Padula for about half of 2008. They can survive, adapt, and still be overwhelmingly successful.

4.) The Crew will overcome and take on the challenge of CONCACAF, not shrink in the face of it. The Crew are a strong, confident team and they will take on the challenge of a couple more games. They won't see it as a detriment like New England did in 2008. This is a strong team that will be ready for battle.

5.) So have faith. Confidence is a big part of winning. And, confidence especially at home not only on the field but in the stands helps to keep that home field advantage that we had in 2008.

So, when people ask what you expect of the Crew in 2009? Don't say "oh golly gee, I sure hope we can make the playoffs." What the hell is that? Say "we are going to win the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup again." Say "we are going to give our best in the Open Cup and CONCACAF because we are the best MLS team with the most likely chance to succeed". Say "we are going to be the best supporters group in 2009 and even turn more heads and recruit more people in support of the almighty black and gold." If our hearts are into it and if we have confidence we can still do anything.

There was just a feeling that we couldn't be stopped in 2008. In my opinion, we are not the same, but an improved cast in 2009 with more experience on and off the field. So, let's continue to have that confident winning attitude in 2009.

2/26/09: Crew Friendly Skies

Dude Air: Party in the front and the back

As the Crew fly to jolly old England, here are a couple of Crew snippets below:

**Crew Academy Heavy class a vital part to Akron's No. #1 Freshman Recruiting Ranking for next year.

**Nice little interview with Robbie Rogers here on another new blog called "The Partisan." Man, I need to start working on my social skills with all these other blogs popping up. Really anyone who wants to write for Crewture, I don't bite often. :-) I'll give you access, just email me.

**2005 edition Crew alum David Testo and Matt Jordan had outstanding games tonight in a 2-0 win against Santos Laguna in front of a crowd of 56,000 up in Montreal for the Champions League Quarterfinal.

For a team lacking in skill, they sure are making up for it in heart along with being well coached.

What do you think the reaction would be in Columbus if the Crew ever made it that far in the Champions League? Would we be able to fill up the Horseshoe or still struggle to fill up CCS? Vote or Live to the right ->

2/26/09: Crew Friendly Skies

Dude Air: Party in the front and the back

As the Crew fly to jolly old England, here are a couple of Crew snippets below:

**Crew Academy Heavy class a vital part to Akron's No. #1 Freshman Recruiting Ranking for next year.

**Nice little interview with Robbie Rogers here on another new blog called "The Partisan." Man, I need to start working on my social skills with all these other blogs popping up. Really anyone who wants to write for Crewture, I don't bite often. :-) I'll give you access, just email me.

**2005 edition Crew alum David Testo and Matt Jordan had outstanding games tonight in a 2-0 win against Santos Laguna in front of a crowd of 56,000 up in Montreal for the Champions League Quarterfinal.

For a team lacking in skill, they sure are making up for it in heart along with being well coached.

What do you think the reaction would be in Columbus if the Crew ever made it that far in the Champions League? Would we be able to fill up the Horseshoe or still struggle to fill up CCS? Vote or Live to the right ->

2/26/09: Crew Friendly Skies

Dude Air: Party in the front and the back

As the Crew fly to jolly old England, here are a couple of Crew snippets below:

**Crew Academy Heavy class a vital part to Akron's No. #1 Freshman Recruiting Ranking for next year.

**Nice little interview with Robbie Rogers here on another new blog called "The Partisan." Man, I need to start working on my social skills with all these other blogs popping up. Really anyone who wants to write for Crewture, I don't bite often. :-) I'll give you access, just email me.

**2005 edition Crew alum David Testo and Matt Jordan had outstanding games tonight in a 2-0 win against Santos Laguna in front of a crowd of 56,000 up in Montreal for the Champions League Quarterfinal.

For a team lacking in skill, they sure are making up for it in heart along with being well coached.

What do you think the reaction would be in Columbus if the Crew ever made it that far in the Champions League? Would we be able to fill up the Horseshoe or still struggle to fill up CCS? Vote or Live to the right ->

2/25/09: Anti-Sounders?



Received an interesting email today from a Mason Adair from London and figured I would pass the word for anyone interested in a free scarf:
I and a few friends of mine are of the opinion that Seattle Sounders FC sucks for a lot of reasons.

Not so much the Sigi thing, but the fact that you have these weak supporters out there in Seattle who couldn't support their club in USL, but then you get a comedian, a Microsoft trillionaire and a producer together to buy them a club and now they are going to fill half an NFL stadium with latte sipping soccer moms to watch an underwear model in a neon kit run around on plastic grass to the tune of Gary Glitter played by a f'in marching band.

Seattle has no soul and it's not what ultras culture in North America should be about . . . in our opinion.

Anyway, I've done something silly and spent money on a scarf run, believing that people out here will feel the same.

Here's the scarf mock up:

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/5445/aces3ws4.jpg

ACES = Any club except Seattle. I've got 5 that I want to give away for the cause and wonder if you could help steer me to anyone HSH or other, who might be sympathetic (since I now live in London).


I agree with the premise that Seattle is a little too mickey mouse for me especially with contests like this:


But, not totally feeling the "Any club except Seattle." As I hate about every club except the Crew; especially DC, Chicago, and TFC. Anyways, if you want a free scarf, feel free to give Mason an email at massive@aces09.com. Seattle sucks just about as much as all other MLS clubs, so mise well spread the contempt.