Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Crewsmas musings...

It's a few days after the fact, but since Easter was spent churching, relaxing, cooking, and conversating, and since yesterday I was unable to get internet connection, I figure I'll drop my few comments on Crewsmas here.

First of Crewsmas is a time of celebration. The Crew's home opener has been referred to by many of my friends out there as Crewsmas as long as I can remember. It's a time of celebration and a time to reunite with old friends. MLS's national footprint being only 11 cities large. you get fans from well beyond the city of the team coming out for the game. And this somewhere around my 40th or 50th trip to Columbus Crew Stadium you tend to develop friendships there. I entered the parking lot round noon for a 4pm kickoff. And I hopped between two tailgates. Amazingly at both tailgates gifts were being handed out by friends. Crewsmas is no joke. Myself, I recieved Weezer's Pinkerton CD and a yellow and black rosary (thanks Chels!). The team was 0-2 coming into the game but with beers flowing around for everyone and grills burning, and my very own delicious BBQ Tempeh with apples available spirits were high and everyone was in a good mood. Catching up with old friends was more the business of the day. And while surely there will be some questioning of tactics and gnashing of teeth in discussing the state of the team at future tailgates this year, this was all about celebration.

About 10 minutes before kickoff I walked in to the stadium, and it felt just as comfortable as I had remembered. The Crew tied Chicago 1-1." This was likely a fair result no matter what Jim Curtin says. After the game, Jim stated that he thought the PK call was weak that gave the Crew the tying goal. It may have been, but Rozental still needed to convert the PK and he did.

There were definite signs of life and encourgement for the Crew. The defense looked much better, giving up only 1 goal. Rozental played much better than in week 1. Jason Garey came off the bench late and looked like the real deal. Danny Szetela looked more than solid in defensive midfield.

And of course there were negatives. The aforementioned Szetela is out two months with an injury. This leaves us incredibly thin at d-mid. How I miss the stability that Magic Simon Elliot brought to the fold for us there. And also, as Bob Hunter states, while it is a building block, a point is still just a point.

All in all it was a great Crewsmas nonetheless. It's always great to see friends, and the positives of the teams play far outweighed the negatives for me. Your future 2006 MLS Cup Champion Columbus Crew are still a work in progress. It will be fun (and frustrating at times) to watch them progress.

10 comments:

Jim said...

That penalty call was definitely a Crewmas gift. ;) And Rozental is a serious lard-ass. :)

scot said...

Rozental is an intriguing signing. Apparently he spent 12 days before the Fire game just doing fitness training in LA, not even touching the ball. He just joined the team again Thursday before the game. And after the game Saturday he went back out to LA for more fitness training! If he ever gets fir, we may have a helluva player, but I don't know what to expect.

I was on the other side of the stdaium, so I don't know what to say about the call really. But it was a great pk by Rozental, from all accounts.

If it was a gift though, thank you :)

Anonymous said...

what about..uh...whatshisname..was he DYNAMIC?!

scot said...

you gotta learn to sign in, spitz.

cornell glen was dynamic for LA scoring 2 goals in teh second half, something he never did for the Crew.

Anonymous said...

what?! muthafucka plays for LA!!? bullshit! did he get a good ol sedley hecklin during his dynamic performance?

spitz

scot said...

They play LA this weekend, but that's in LA.

I still can't believe he scored two goals last week.

Jim said...

Both goals were gift-wrapped for Glen by Donovan. All he had to do was put the shot on target, and he did.

scot said...

Cornell Glen may be trying to follow Andy Williams magical mystery tour to every MLS team. You sure the Fire can't use him, Jim?

nico said...

Next weekend will see the Crew round the corner on their 29-2-1 season correct?

scot said...

Ya know. It's gonan be a shootout this weekend, nico. The suddenly prolific Cornell Glenn going against the suddenly competent Rusty Pierce....Naturally though I see a Crew victory on the horizon.