First of all, I would like to apologize for utilizing a user name that BigSoccer has been unwilling to help me change. This is not meant to disrespect Fernando Clavijo. Our last post together was after the dispersal draft at the beginning of the year, hence the user name Todd/Fernando. Having said that, I would like to respond to what I believe is beyond the boundaries of good taste on this board. After reading Gus Martin's article in yesterday's paper concerning the organization, I figured there would be some good follow up discussion on the boards, which has certainly been the case. I figured under the circumstances, there would be some barbs thrown in the general direction of the club and most specifically toward myself, Sunil and Steve Nicol. Every person on these boards has earned the right to be critical of the organization and any decisions made. My issue is not with that. However, the comment by "The Perfesser", ..."And poor Todd Smith-courageously fighting cancer-as a GM BELOW Sunil in the pecking order is probably lucky when Sonny Boy returns his calls was a cheap shot. I see this as a personal attack and I am compelled to respond to it. First, I have never been a victim in my life and certainly not through this circumstance. I have not asked my son, my mother, my girlfriend or any of my friends for their sympathy in this process and I certainly haven't pitied myself. I would NEVER solicit the pity of anyone else. Furthermore, I have never used it for an excuse to exempt myself from responsibility and/or accountability for decisions made professionally concerning the Revolution. As I have stated, as fans of this club, you will always have the right to be critical of decisions made. However, I will not apologize for decisions that I take part in, that I believe are in the best interest of the direction we need to go in. Although in hindsight it is easy to criticize, I stand up to the accountability of making the decision and living with it from the day it was made based on personal judgement. I have told many of you in person that I enjoy gaining your feedback. I have provided you all with my e-mail address and have responded to many of your criticisms of this organization both on and off the field over the past 2 years. I have made an effort to respect your opinions even under circumstances where there is some question about whether or not a personal attack on someone within the organization has been leveled. In this particular situation, I feel the comment, and the implication is far enough out of bounds that it warrants a response on my part. If you would like to get my views and maintain a dialogue through these boards, I will continue to set the record straight on certain issues. If, however, you feel compelled to take personal attacks on myself or other people that represent this organization, the communication and dialogue through this forum will be lost. In my opinion, that would be a shame.