When life gets you down (or sports, as the case may be here), it's important to take stock of things that are going right, while still keeping a realistic view so as to not set yourself up for disapointment. Taking things for granted is easy for anyone, so let's take a step back and consider the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- Stephen Keel: For a guy brought in as emergency depth out of the re-entry draft, he has done really well. He's a great guy in the locker room, and his flowing yellow curls light up my life. I bet his hair is made of real gold.
- The Crowd: You talk about things that are improving this season? The crowd has gotten even better. The biggest difference is the beginning of last year, when on TV you could tell there was an improvement from 2010, to this year. This year, the crowds feel boisterous and full of energy. Except for the really big boys, the crowds (on TV) are finally starting to match up with the best in MLS.
- Schadenfreude: We're not alone in this slump. Seattle hasn't impressed greatly the past month, and Montreal is in a flat spin, heading out to sea.
- The blog: This place, for all the debate and differing opinions, has come to a new level in the past year and a half. This has some of the most intelligent readership in MLS. I would know. I scout all the blogs, and very few teams can match (you know who those teams are, don't you?)
- Dan Hunt: This guy has come on board at just the right time, and he's using his power to help grow the club quickly, but in as organic a manner as possible. Nothing is perfect, but the owner is clearly invested in growing the fanbase of this club. How many team executives hang out with the rowdy beer drinkers for a picture or two?
- Soccer in the USA: This "fad" is showing no signs of slowing down. Every week you see a new "old school" reporter complaining about soccer and its excessive coverage in the media nowadays. Soak it in ladies and gentlemen. Drink their tears and use it to fuel your passion. These cries of frustration are the death rattles of a dying breed. Soon, the New World Order will take over, and soccer will rule all.
Or at least be number 2 or 3. That would be fine too.
- This streak. Yuck.
- Questioning the Head Coach: It's scary, but even this Schellas apologist has his doubts. No, I don't believe it's time to throw the ol ballcoach overboard and let the sharks eat him, but there are too many things going on that make me question him.
- Sebastian Velasquez' hair: It's just... awful. Terrible. There's no excuse. He has a hybrid mullet/emo thing going on, and all it does is make me want to give him a bottle of napalm shampoo.
- Michael Gspurning: Poor guy who everyone likes gets hurt thanks to Lenhart, who no one likes. If there is any justice in the world, a piano will fall on Steven Lenhart,, making his head both larger (because of the swelling, see) and more musical.