Now that we have the Quakes back... fess up!

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by LeeS, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. LeeS

    LeeS Member

    Mar 23, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For the two years that the Quakes were gone/on hiatus/whatever, who did you find yourself rooting for in MLS?

    For me, well AEG or not, I couldn't help but wishing the players for Houston well. I don't know if I actually would say I "rooted" for them (except in the MLS Cup, I definitely did).

    Initially in 2006 I sort of decided I'd support Chivas based on 1) actually having the availability to attend matches (I never did however) and 2) John O'Brien. Well much like Johnny, that didnt pan out too much. I actually preferred watching them in 2007 based on Preki & Galindo.

    In general, when all was said & done, I wouldn't say I really rooted for anyone, although I certainly supported MLS as a whole. I guess the teams I enjoyed watching the most ended up being Houston, Chivas and NYRB. However an emotional attachment for any team ever materialized, which is a good thing in the end as the Quakes are back (and sooner than I realistically expected).

    What about you?

    Lee
     
  2. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I haven't watched an MLS game other than this year's All Star game (when our expansion was announced) since the Quakes left. MLS has been irrelevant to me since December 2005 and I didn't root for anyone nor did I care about the league. I'd been watching EPL instead rooting for Manchester United.

    As for other sports it was all A's and Patriots for me.
     
  3. KMJvet

    KMJvet Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 26, 2001
    Quake Country
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There back quicker than I expected for sure. I didn't watch all that much, nor particularly root for any team, beyond rooting for whichever team was humiliating LA in any given week. Once it looked likely the Quakes were coming back, I watched a bit more because silly season isn't as fun if you don't know how specific players are playing and I new we'd be having the expansion draft. I'm more than ready to have any soft spot I held for Houston because of who their players were switch over to being a rivalry.
     
  4. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I wrote it here several times before and I'll write it again: considering my soccer priorities, a San Jose Earthquakes-less MLS held absolutely zero appeal for me and would continue to hold that much appeal for me had there still been no San Jose Earthquakes.

    I watched absolutely no MLS whatsoever in 2006 and the first half of 2007 save for a few minutes just to see what the new SSS's that opened during that span looked like. Just shortly before the San Jose Earthquakes officially returned in July 2007, though, I did start watching MLS games again (except those that involved the Houston Dynamo) precisely because the Earthquakes' return was already imminent by that point.

    As for what sports I've watched in the Quakes' absence: SF Giants (all summer),the Sharks and the Warriors (both having playoff runs late Spring - early Summer), as well as 49ers preseason (late Summer) and the World Cup in Summer 2006.

    But now, the San Jose Earthquakes and MLS will have my top sports-watching priority once again! :D

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  5. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I watched more international stuff in addition to my load of domestic sports that aren't soccer.
     
  6. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course, I also watched the 2006 Winter Olympics, though I'm not sure whether or not that counts as "in the Quakes' absence" since it wasn't held during the MLS regular season. ;)

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  7. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was kinda, sorta liking the Galaxy. I felt dirty.
     
  8. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's a witch!!!! Burn him!!!!
     
  9. sacrxy

    sacrxy BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 6, 2003
    Zero MLS. Just USMNT and EPL review shows to see how the YAs were doing.
     
  10. Earthshaker

    Earthshaker BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 12, 2005
    The hills above town
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I didn't watch a lot, but when I did it was the Dynamo and Chivas.
     
  11. Schwalker

    Schwalker New Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Gelsenkirchen/Finja
    Club:
    FC Schalke 04
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Kansas City actually...not that I followed MLS much :p
     
  12. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I only rooted for them to put up somewhat of a fight because the world was watching MLS (Beckham).
     
  13. bsman

    bsman Member+

    May 30, 2001
    Santa Clara
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I think I've watched a total of four MLS games since the Quakes left (two cup finals and two random games I happened upon).

    DISCLAIMER: I am one of the small minority who are not ready to "forgive and forget" MLS. To me, these are not "my" Quakes. That team no longer exists - rather we have an expansion team that may or may not evolve to the point where I give a damn about them. Until that point, I'm not going to be passionate about them. My team is dead and gone, and nothing yet has come to replace it...
     
  14. dred

    dred Member+

    Nov 7, 2000
    Land of Champions
    Dynamo FTW.

    Even though I was a season ticket holder, having the DirectKick package meant the team just had a bunch of road games. Otherwise, it was the same guys I'd been following. I wasn't going to let finincial transactions beyond my control take away something I enjoyed.

    Once we get a new tradition going here, things will be back to normal for me.
     
  15. futbol monkey

    futbol monkey Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    Santa Clara
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    I watched MLS games but didn't root for anybody. The only soccer teams I rooted for during the Quakes absence was Mexican League's Morelia and EPL's Manchester Utd. Other sports included the A's, 49ers, Sharks and Warriors (only during last years playoffs). My brother tried to get me to watch NASCAR but I couldn't stomach watching for 4 hours when all you have to do is wait for the last 5min of the race and you'll know who wins.
     
  16. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    NASCAR is no good on TV. You have to go see it in person. I would have seen the Sonoma race if I hadn't hit my head and gotten a grade 3 concussion the night before.

    I did however attend the Fontana race in Sept.... BIG MISTAKE. It was 115 degrees at the green flag. I've never been somewhere so hot and dry that my eyes were drying out between blinks.
     
  17. yalpstel

    yalpstel Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    Bay Area, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I have not watched or cared to watch a single MLS game since the Quakes where so rudely interrupted.

    The only time I came close was the All Star game two years ago. It was on as background noise as my son and I cleaned his disasterous bedroom.

    I'm still not all that happy with MLS, BUT my Quakes are back!
     
  18. SJAnfield

    SJAnfield New Member

    Jul 2, 2004
    San Jose
    When San Jose takes the field this year, It will be the first MLS game I've seen since our last game in 2005.
     
  19. BluByU

    BluByU Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For me as well... I can't even watch the "We Believe" video!
     
  20. DotMPP

    DotMPP 'Quakes fan in Stumptown

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Jun 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Me too. I had to see the Beckham show. I thought that if he did well, MLS would benefit. My disgust with the filth sort of eased with the absence of the 'Quakes. Then as the house of cards down there started falling apart and the likelihood of a 'Quakes team reemerging getting better, it was still fun to watch :cool:
     
  21. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So it seems that by and large no one has anything to "fess up". Most of us didn't pay MLS any mind. Which is probably part of the reason the team is back so fast. They'd truly lost this region as an MLS area. Cities that don't have teams yet aren't necessarily MLS black holes as their fans will look toward MLS teams nearby or MLS in general in hopes of an expansion team. Our area however had become a black hole of support. (ie none at all)
     
  22. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to athletics68 again. [​IMG]

    For the very reasons you stated, it was absolutely imperative that the San Jose Earthquakes started playing again no later than 2008 (for a while, I kinda thought that the team would actually return in 2007, but I digress...)!

    Lew Wolff and John Fisher were wise to see that and to act upon it. [​IMG]

    GO SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES!!! :cool:


    -G
     
  23. bigdumbgod

    bigdumbgod Member+

    Jun 25, 2005
    San Jose, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Casually viewed Filth matches for laughs. And so it shall continue.
     
  24. Delle Alpi

    Delle Alpi BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 12, 2006
    San Francisco
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Have not watched an MLS game other than a few minutes of Beckham's debut match, and only a couple of minutes at that. When the Quakes left, like Goodsport said MLS held zero interest for me.
     
  25. evade6317

    evade6317 Member+

    Jun 27, 2007
    Savannah, GA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In MLS I was rooting for Houston in a bitter-sweet way. NFL it was the 49ers and Ravens.

    The Patriots fan on here needs to explain himself.:mad::p
     

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