I was originally going to put this in the post match thread but it ended up having precious little to do with the match itself. So here it is by itself … Undoubtedly being one of these “some people” I should point out that it wasn’t a matter of “giving up” after 7 games. It was a matter of calling a spade a spade and of admitting that we were bleeding points that we really couldn’t afford to bleed. The standard reply to those who “gave up” was that the season is very long but – you know what – for DC United the season very nearly wasn’t long enough. I trust we are all honest enough to admit that. Today we should all be sending roses to the Dallas Burn. It was they more than us that gave us our much needed point. Kansas City folded up shop after the half. They knew that Colorado was getting beaten badly and all they needed was a draw. Of course DC United did better in the second half. Kansas City didn’t care anymore. Enjoy the playoffs. Certainly. But let’s be honest about how we got here. You’re right though. I am not satisfied. But I for one have happily pointed out what I think is amazingly improved this year: the defense. I give credit where it’s deserved. But, Cweed, let me reply to some of your other concerns with this rather crude analogy. (Indeed, now that I wrote it I feel I really have to chime in beforehand and apologize for just how awful and crude the analogy really is. It's just terrible but, it does make my point quite nicely. Also, I don't condone the practice or the attitude about women desribed here. I think it's just wrong and it really is pathetic and insulting. However, adopting it as a persona and spinning it out as an analogy does make my point. I hope nobody's too offended. And please don't ascribe this attitude to me. I hope that's a sufficient disclaimer ... ) Have you ever heard of the practice called “Hogging”? Some guys when they’re going through a dry spell lower their standards and instead of going after the really hot chicks they chase the – well - unbecoming chicks; particularly the fat chicks – hence the term, hogging. Now, don’t get me wrong, depending on your priorities this makes perfect sense. If you happen to think that hogging action is better than no action at all then, well, why not? But the thing about hogging is that you’re supposed to know that you’re lowering your standards. And if your buddies accuse you of hogging then you really ought to admit it. And – hell - you can always point out that the lot of them, unlike yourself, probably didn’t get any action at all last weekend. But don’t deny that you’re hogging. Maintain your standards. Just admit that you’re suspending them for the time being. So what’s my point? DC United getting into the playoffs – sure I’ll enjoy it but when my buddies ask I’m gonna admit that I’m hogging. DC United is no thing of beauty today but, as you know, she’s ready and willing and things have been damned dry these last few years. But mark my words: I will maintain my standards. My concern is the number of posters who, to me, seem to have lowered their standards to such a degree that they’ve lost all capacity for judgment. They’ve abandoned their standards so much that even though their buddies know they’re hogging they deny it. And truth be told, they don’t even believe they’re hogging. To them she’s the hottest thing out there. She’s drop-dead gorgeous, the quintessential perfect 10. That’s undignified. That’s pathetic. That’s not honest, respectable hogging. Such posters aren’t suspending their standards for a little while. They’ve gotten so desperate that they’ve lost their standards altogether. The ugliest woman alive shows the least bit interest in them and they’re happy as could be because they’ve so utterly forgotten what it’s like to be with a truly beautiful woman. They’re so desperate, they’re so relieved to get any action at all that they don’t even know the difference anymore. DC United backs into the playoffs in a totally unconvincing manner and they’re happy as could be because they’ve so utterly forgotten what it’s like to support a truly great soccer team. They’re so desperate, they’re so relieved to get any playoff action at all that they don’t even know the difference anymore. Maybe I’m just misinterpreting things. It’s possible. I read this stuff, it seems to me this way but – who knows – maybe I’m getting the wrong impression. But I can’t deny how I see it sometimes. Sometimes what I read on this board, it just reeks of self deception. It’s as if people got so desperate these last few years that they’re willing to accept anything at all and celebrate it as if it were truly a “return to glory," a "tradition restored" … That’s hogging – and not of the respectable variety. I’ll simply note this: The DC United that I fell in love with back in 1996, the one that I continued to support even when I left Washington DC, even when I left Philadelphia and moved back to my native California – that DC United never once entered the playoffs without making it to the championship match. Never once. It was a great team. It was the hottest thing out there. It was a beautiful. That, my friends, was the tradition. That is what I demand. It’s not enough for me that DC United is going to be “a genuine pain in the arse to anyone” they face. I demand that they beat whoever they face. That, again, was the tradition. Those are my standards and I am proud to uphold them. I don’t believe that tradition will be restored this year and I am saddened by that. I cannot help but be saddened by that because I remember how good DC United was. I’ve tried to figure out what I’m gonna think if DC United – by some miracle – wins the Cup this year. It’s possible. Soccer is a funny game. I’m sure I’ll be damned pleased and damned drunk if it happens. But once I sober up the first thing I’m gonna do is admit that this team should have done better this season. We’ve got two games now. Maybe this ugly duckling will turn into a swan. I’m not counting on it though. But don’t get me wrong, even the ugliest of ducklings can have its charms. Just don’t mistake it for a swan.