MLS Power Rankings! - Week 4

In order of most fascinating non-sports related things about the team's home community, according to Wikipedia.

1. Evidence of ancient mound-building societies abounds in the region near the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. Mound Street, located in downtown Columbus, was so named because of its proximity to a large Native American burial mound. Numerous other earthworks were found throughout the area, including a surviving edifice on McKinley Avenue. (Hey, I'm interested in the Mound Builders civilizations. You guys gotta read "1491" by Charles C. Mann.)

2. (tie) Carson, CA: Notable residents - Forest Whitaker, director, producer, and Academy Award-winning actor

2. (tie) Carson, CA: Notable residents - Joey Franchino, defender, raconteur, and all-around good citizen

4. Bridgeview is a pathetic village in Cook County, Illinois in the United States. (Swear to God, that's what it says as of 3:19 PST, 4/18/08. This was a Wizards fan, wasn't it? 'Fess up.)

5. Washington was an important center in the genesis of punk rock in the United States, and the label Dischord Records, formed by Ian MacKaye, was one of the most crucial independent labels of the 1980's hardcore scene and eventually 90's indie rock. Punk/indie bands of note from D.C. include Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Government Issue, Scream, Tru Fax and the Insaniacs, the Slickee Boys, the Dismemberment Plan, Penguin's Exploding Octopus, and The Psychotics.

6. The city was founded in 1847 by a group of Mormon pioneers led by their prophet, Brigham Young, who fled hostility and violence in the midwest. The headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the L.D.S. or Mormon Church) is located in the city — and, indeed, "Salt Lake City" is a metonym for this denomination's headquarters. (Points deducted for making me look up "metonym" - don't, it's not worth it.)

7. Toronto, ON: In 1813, as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of York ended in the town's capture and plunder by American forces. The surrender of the town was negotiated by John Strachan. American soldiers destroyed much of Fort York and set fire on the parliament buildings during their five-day occupation. (Woo-hoo! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Best of all, there were no consequences!)

8. Among the first establishments in the modern Commerce City were cemeteries. Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1876, is located in the city's southwest corner at East 52nd Avenue and Brighton Boulevard. Rose Hill Cemetery, in the heart of historic Commerce City, was established in 1892 on what at the time was an open plain by the United Hebrew Cemetery Association. (Okay, if the first thing you need to build in your new town is a cemetery, maybe you ought to keep moving? I mean, I sucked at SimCity, but c'mon.)

9. Foxborough was once home to the world's largest straw hat factory.

10. Houston's climate is classified as humid subtropical (Cfa in Köppen climate classification system). Spring supercell thunderstorms sometimes bring tornadoes to the area. Prevailing winds are from the south and southwest during most of the year, bringing heat across the continent from the deserts of Mexico and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

11. Santa Clara, CA: There are some significant biological resources within the city including habitat for the burrowing owl, a species of special concern in California due to reduction in habitat from urban development during the latter 20th century. This owl uses burrows created by ground squirrels and prefers generally level grasslands and even disturbed areas. (Now, if I had allowed sports, then since Michelle Akers was born in Santa Clara, this ranking would have gone way up, but, I don't make the rules.)

12. Frisco, TX: The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded, later shortened to its present name.

13. By an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 17, 1889, a portion of the old Union Township was incorporated under the name of Boiling Springs Township. The new township took its name from a spring in the community. On March 28, 1894, the Borough of East Rutherford was created, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and Boiling Springs Township was dissolved. While there was no change in its borders, the name and form of government were changed. (Harrison doesn't seem much more interesting, unless you're a huge Daisy Fuentes fan.)

14. The Kansas City Metro's audience, which includes KCK residents, is a stepping stone for many national broadcasters including Walter Cronkite, Rush Limbaugh, and Mancow Muller. (This isn't for the Missouri city - clearly, the Kansas side of the river can use a Wiki publicist of some kind)

Oh, and because I have no other place to put it, drop whatever you're doing and enjoy this picture of Cruz Beckham, future Riot Squader.