As stimulating as the Modell Law conversations are, the endless legal briefs and dismissals, the references to the Hipster 6, the repeated nicknames for Precourt, Garber, and Greeley, it's easy to forget about the league. About the games between the lines. I can't help but thinking we are missing a rather significant developments within the league. Yes, it's true we sit 5th in the East on ppg. It's discouraging, but I am not here to bury Berhalter, I'm here to speak about opportunity. Coming into the season, there were thought to be 4 sure things in the East by the experts (like your boy, hangthadj). TFC, NYCFC, Atlanta, and Red Bulls. Well TFC is 8 points off a playoff spot, ahead of only DC in the east, and has to climb 4 teams to make the playoffs. (I still think they'll make it, but that's here nor there). They are there to be had. NYCFC is without Viera. They may be fine, they may not be. They have the talent. But Villa has missed several games this season. Is this his wheels coming off? They are there to be had. NYRB may be losing Marsch to Europe. In my opinion, this is the best team in the East. They have a system at work there. The young players come through and produce. These aren't Christian Martinez's or Niko Hansen's that Red Bull is bringing through. These guys can play a 2nd string against most any team in the league and expect to compete. Yet, without Marsch.....they are there to be had. There is a lot of doom and gloom about other shit in Crew land. The stadium is crap. People are watching court proceedings and city council meetings at 5 in the am. It's a very strange scene. Yet, in the midst of all this....the clouds seem to be breaking for a substantial Columbus Crew run to MLS Cup. So many circumstances are falling our way. It's as if Lord Guillermo sent down a storm during the Sasprissa friendly upset that he wasn't here with Boca, but has also parted the clouds and shown us a clear path towards MLS Cup. Surely, I can't be the only one looking at the landscape of the league and thinking....If Gregg get's this team right for a traditional second half surge...... I'm not the only one. I know there are others. Let's ********in go. Glory To Columbus.