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Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by loonixxx, Nov 23, 2008.
You expect us to take you and your personal experience at the actual game seriously?
He does have the "best soccer podcast in all of America"......
Great crowd. All walks of MLS life being represented, big supporters sections from both teams, the sun came out just as the game started. Beautiful day.
A total jackass once wisely said "perception is reality."
Pretty much sums up how I saw it too. Definately not as bad as some other cup finals but not one that will live long in the memory either. That's not uncommon for cup finals though; often they feel like an anti-climax to all the good stuff that came before. Two things:
1) Anyone else think that the grass played really, really slow. The ball seemed to be "sticking" and not rolling freely. I think that, along with the heat (to judge from the sweating players), contributed to the seeming lack of intensity.
2) RBNY could have won that game. Based on their season Columbus deserved to win but on the day they weren't that much better than New York.
Pretty good game. Wasn't exactly the most intense affair, but entertaining enough for me given the score line. I'm glad Columbus got the deserved win, and I love that Frankie sealed the deal with a goal. Guys like him make me proud to be a U.S. fan.
Around the 3:16 mark, first "Columbus..S-Crew", then the gaffe about the captain's name.
i enjoyed that, schelotto is a great player to watch, even as neutral today. involved in all three crew goals, if you are wise, hold onto him.
Houston wasn't available for any of those Thursday matches so you were given 2nd choice
No, no halftime band, thank god. Earlier this year a (horrible) girl band was booed off the stage after halftime at a Galaxy game. Maybe they learned their lesson.
I thought it was a good final. Kudos to RBNY for attacking from the opening kickoff and not bunkering like many thought they would. I thought RBNY was the better team in the first half and Columbus better in the second half. GBS was the difference in the game. Just result and a deserving winner based on the regular season results.
Pregnant with 2nd child, I believe.
I was at the game. When Padula hurt his knee in the first half, did anyone else hear the LOUD crack when he kicked the ball? Sounded really scary, I thought he was out of the game for sure.
Funny discussion about the attendance today. ANY regular Galaxy attendee could tell you that was an obvious sell-out, with plenty of people who stayed home. Good ticket sales and a fairly good turnout for a neutral site. It was a great atmosphere at the stadium - kudoes to the NY and the Columbus fans, who showed up in droves & decked out.
Attendance is ticket sales, it is not who shows up. Some season ticket holders and others who bought tickets were not there, so what? This is consistent, Garber did not lie. How are you supposed to sell a ticket twice?
You should. I was there as well and there was decent turn out and an awesome game.
Only one of those games was in Chicago, dumbass.
There has never been a team more deserving of the double than the Crew, whose fans have been starving for success for 13 years. Regarding the atmosphere, it seemed to be pretty good as neutral sites go.
The NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, etc etc would like to have a word with you about your definition....
Move Garber now!!!
And considering only two people who seem to have a chip on their shoulder against MLS perceive the crowd to be horrible, I'll go with the perception of the rest - it was pretty good.
Don't be stupid. It was because of Blanco. If the Gals had made the playoffs, THEY would have been on every Thursday.
I thought it was a good final, though NY was anemic in the 2nd half. It'll be interesting to see Columbus against other teams from other leagues in those tournaments which I can't keep straight next year. Hopefully they'll hold on to their Argie. If they do, they might be the first MLS team to break through in one of those things.
Well, I think it was more than just two people.
But that's not really the thing, this is; much of this country's sports audience still has a chip on its collective shoulder against MLS, and they're not likely to give any benefit of the doubt. Rationalize it or not, the popular perception remains that MLS is weak (when the populace manages to perceive MLS at all), and seeing lots of empty seats won't change that.
Is Red Bull carbonated enough to properly shotgun?
You may be right. But, a stadium full of fans wouldn't change that popular perception either. The facts are irrelevant to haters. We are surrounded by idiots and Treckers.
FWIW: I was there and tried to evaluate how many people were actually there. I can't claim special expertise, but I have been to virtually every game at HDC since it opened. It looked to me that there was actually a crowd of about 21 to 22K there. Does anyone really think the 6 or 7K more in the house would have made a bit of difference to the haters?
But there are enough of us who do care about the support that it shouldn't bother us if there are some closed-minded people out there.
Cry me a river....