All of the members of the Barra Brava need a gut check. Our performance last night bordered on pathetic. The most important home game of the year and people stood still, even sat down in some case, did not sing, did not chant, did not jump, and even smirked at those of us who were doing what the Barra is supposed to do. Chanting and singing for 90 minutes is not a requirement to be a passionate supporter of the club or even a member of the Barra but it is a requirement to stand in sections 135 and 136 of Barra. Going to a DC United game is not about; the tailgate; witty banter; funny banners, beer, food, scoping out the women, or yelling curse words in public. It is about supporting the team in the most vocal and visual manner possible for 90 minutes. As the tailgates have grown more and more legendary the Barra has lost focus and has attracted to many drunks, underage punks and people who think we are there for their entertainment. Everyone enjoys the tailgates, the food, the beer and the bottles. The have helped with recruitment and brought a sense of community to the Barra but they are not the reason the Barra exists. Is the Barra a social club or a supporters club? The number of newbies is not an excuse. The Barra is not for everyone and that is fine but each member should tell newbies what is expected from them. Most of the songs are very very simple and even a red bull donkey could learn the words in a matter of seconds. Shame on the girls who spent the 1st 5 minutes of the second half sitting in their sits right behind the drummers. Shame on the regulars who in the 82nd minute down a goal started chanting for the beer man. Shame on everybody who jumps and sings in the drum circle at half time but did not jump and sing during the game. Shame on the people who danced out of the stadium laughing and carrying on like we had just won the game. Shame on everybody who did not bring it for 90 minutes. Shame on everybody who stopped bringing it or did not bring as hard just because we were down an early goal. When we are down a goal we need to be louder not quieter. We saw signs last night of what the Barra is supposed to be about: The effort of Srdan, Big Rob, Oscar, the Captain, the drummers, Spider and other chant leaders was commendable. The flags and other visuals at times were fantastic. The number of people who stayed after the final whistle and showed their support for our team was fantastic. BUT sometimes, part of the time, half of the time is not good enough. 90 minutes, plus injury time, overtime, penalty kicks and trophy presentations is what the Barra should be bringing to the game without exception.