A few weeks ago there was a long rumor mongering thread about Freddy Adu and some stadium developments. It was all basically rumor from Chris Bergin and, in the end, it didn’t turn out to be much at all. The anticlimactic nature of the thread pissed some people off and I can understand why. Some folks don’t want to hear the rumors. They just want hard news from sources they trust. On the other hand, I do think there’s a contingent on this board that has an interest in rumors and gossip. Perhaps it’s just entertaining to read the chatter and banter. Maybe they take it seriously. It doesn’t matter really, the point is that some folks would probably like have a place for such discussion on this board. Towards the end of the earlier mentioned thread I suggested that during the off-season it might be a good idea to set up a thread to handle the “near news” and rumors. After all, there’s a whole lot going on with DC United right now. We’ve got the Hudson, Etcheverry, Hristo, Adu and Kasper situations just to name a few. Perhaps there’s some grapevine buzz about these things. Maybe some guy at the gym, your barber or your clairvoyant aunt has the scoop on Adu. Maybe you saw moving trucks in front of Hudson’s place. Maybe Bergin is dropping hints about a stadium. Who knows … On the one hand I don’t think every rumor deserves its own thread but on the other hand I think it would be appropriate to have a dedicated thread to handle them. The thread itself could be modeled after the “Breaking News and Rumors” threads on Bergin’s website: no in-depth discussion, no lengthy analysis, just what you heard and a bit of banter about it. Perhaps it would be stuck at the top of the board. If a rumor petered out then we’d move on to the next bit of gossip. If it turned out to be true and stories started to appear in the Post and the Times etc. then, of course, we’d start a new thread for the hard news. That way those who are interested in “near news” and gossip can read the thread and participate in it and those who aren't can ignore it. It seems like a good compromise to me. Good idea? Bad idea? Thoughts? Objections?