...And the Hits Just Keep on Coming!

You want to see stupid?

I'll show you stupid; here's a two minute video from Columbus on Saturday:

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyMQJmATt5s"]YouTube - TFC vs Colubus Crew - goal, smoke bombs[/ame]

It shows the "great, passionate fans" from Toronto tossing smoke bombs (one at the beginning, one at the end) AT THEIR OWN KEEPER.

They aren't even bright enough to figure out that when you get a bunch of smoke around your GK, he, like, can't see stuff.

Everybody loves passion, but normally it's important to know something about the game on the field.

We're still waiting to hear from the Commissioner about the incidents. I'm certain he'll have a statement shortly.

Yeah, sure.

Speaking of embarrassments, for fans of the USMNT who made the trek to Columbus back in February just in time for Hurricane Season, and who were forced to park in Cincinnati and walk to the game, there's good news.

The State of Ohio, which was indeed a bit redfaced after the Crew widely circulated a "thick" report chock-a-block full of complaints from US fans - God bless you one and all - has decided to scrap some totally unnecessary building or other they were putting on the fairgrounds and will instead use the $5 million on drainage, grading and paving the lots around Crew Stadium.

Of course, this being the government we're talking about, they estimate that it will take two years to complete. With the usual construction delays, unanticipated problems and a labor strike or two, they should be just about done in time for USA/Mexico in 2013.

In case you missed it, the guy who's been trying to nab an MLS team for Las Vegas HASN'T GIVEN UP on the idea.

There are pros and cons galore with a team out there, but the real - indeed pretty much the only - question is whether they can get approval for a casino to go with the stadium.

If you've ever been to Vegas, you know that they don't build a 7-11 or a bus stop shelter or a Starbucks Kiosk or a men's room without including some blackjack tables and a couple rooms full of slot machines.

Promise them - or anyone else - a casino license and they'll break ground for a stadium the next day. Without it, nothing is going to happen and nobody is going to invest a couple hundred million bucks.

Say what you want about RedBull Arena taking longer to build than the Pyramid of Cheops but THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS that it's actually going to happen.

Moan all you want about attendance for RBNY games but Giants Stadium is a simply awful place to try and operate an MLS team. Once they open their own place I think we'll get to see the real strength of that market.

The US/El Salvador match over the weekend, and the game this week against Jack Warner's T&T team, just serve to remind me that we stil haven't heard anything about FIFA sanctions against the Mexican assistant who hit Frankie Hejduk with his purse.

I wonder why that is?

There's been a small kerfuffle in British Columbia over the fact that nowhere in the annoucement or media comments related to the awarding of their expansion team was the word "Whitecaps" mentioned.

Fans are - as they tend to do - worried that this means they're going to drop it in favor of some variation of FC, Real or United.

The problem is, apparently, that they are still selling tickets for the USL1 Whitecaps, and they say they're trying to avoid confusion as to just what they're selling people.

But as with the Timbers - not to mention the good people of Seattle demanding that the Sounders retain their name - they're assuring everyone that, come March of 2011, the team tha takes the field in BC Place will be the Whitecaps.

Finally, via The Offside, a rare and splendid example of what the game of football could be like if everyone respected the game as much as Costin Lazar of Rapid Bucharest, who was awarded a penalty kick and, incredibly, refused it.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu-3m51qdLs"]YouTube - Fair Play! Player REFUSES penalty![/ame]

Would that we all could learn by his example.