Sadly, the "Classic MFO marketing screwups" thread seems to have disappeared during one of the Bigsoccer meltdowns in the past year. But even without seeing it - and laughing sadly at the incompetence that has defined Metro 'marketing' efforts over the years - does anyone else agree with me that as atrocious as the marketing and public relations efforts (and broken promises) of the Stillitano era could be (the rampant ethnic pandering, the parking lot beerfest that never occured, and a million other things that those who were there will be only too happy to recount), MFO has now sunk below that level (as if it were possible!) I look and see...those idiotic commercials a couple years ago featuring some spaz screaming in the Giants Stadium parking lot...'MPF'...Metal Mike on the front page of Metrostars.com (and that song!)...'Marilyn Monroe has the fever'(wha?) in the playoff primer...the fact that a few years ago they somehow managed to screw up a Copa Merconorte match against Millionarios IN NEW JERSEY, drawing about 1000 people, total...the fact that they threw all their eggs in the 'exhibition game' basket last season and failed utterly, instead of concentrating on pushing OUR team....the fact that attendence has flatlined at best....the fact that they didn't even bother trying to seriously market the first cup final in team history...it goes on. We've disappeared down the rabbit hole, people, and come out in the Land of Soccer Smiles For Brain Trauma Victims (no offense to brain trauma victims - with just a little therapy even they would find this crap beneath them). At least when Stillitano was in charge, the team was often so bad that no self-respecting soccer fan in the NYC area who wasn't already a Metro fan would bother with them; the damage that *#*#*#*#*#*# PR could do was limited. But now...we're actually not that bad. We've made a final this year and who knows, stranger things have happened than us making it to Los Angeles. And yet this team, marketing-wise, is an absolute joke and that's killing us now. I've never been one of those people who bitch and moan about getting 'soccer people' at the head of everything in this league, as if that's the panacea. But as long as they don't cut out the people who are coming up with this shit (and why should they - they're RUNNING THE TEAM) - clueless people who are just biding time and getting a few years of Sports Management experience before moving on to an AA baseball team or an AHL hockey team somewhere - and get someone with the least little bit of seriousness about marketing the Metros as a soccer team - this team is going to be a laughingstock. I'll laugh too (how can you blame people from DC from having fun with MPF or a freaking turkey in a Metros jersey?). I can't not laugh at us. And that sucks.