A few years back I was much more involved in the sports and outcomes of games affected me more than they should. I broke a hand after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl. I punched a hole in the wall during an Indiana vs Duke basketball game. I broke two cell phones throwing them across the room after shit went wring for the Columbus Crew. Days are much calmer now. I don't really have the energy to get very upset about sports anymore. I saw last season's Philadelphia Eagles debacle coming. The Phils will forever be terrible. I never expect the US or Croatia to win the World Cup, so while frustrating the World Cup didn't provide the mental breakdown it would 4 years ago. But in spite of all that, if their is one team that can actually affect my emotions for days at a time, it is the Columbus Crew. And coming into today's game the Crew is winless in their past seven games. Ugh.
At this point one might think it might not be able to get any worse, but the Crew is playing DC United tonight. I hate DC United. I loathe DC United. How an Eagles fan feels about the Cowboys, this is how I feel about DC United. And this season Columbus is yet to beat them. Tonight is the last chance, and it's in DC where the Crew wins about as often as often as a complete lunar eclipse. So odds tonight are not good. And what's more? As mentioned in this article the Crew has 13 of their thirty players currently on the injured list. That's nearly half the team. That's an absurdity. In MLS you are able to travel with 18 players to away games. The Crew doesn't even at this point have 18 healthy players to travel.
Yet tonight, for some reason, I will set aside two hours to watch the game, and the requisite 1 hour afterwards to just pace back and forth while bitching on the phone to friends in Columbus who have seen this shit over and over again for the past 10 years. This is a summer Saturday evening in the big city, kids!
If their is a silver lining its that I do start up in an indoor league Sunday evening. At the rate the Crew is going, if injuries continue I might see a dream come true of putting on the jersey and walking out the tunnell as a member of the Columbus Crew. Sure the indoor game is different than outdoor, so I will probably need a month to reach match fitness. At that point I figure the Crew will be up to 19 or so players on the injured list. I won't ask for much contract wise in the first season, but I will ask for the number 9 jersey and a date with a Crewzer of choice. Given our likely two starting forwards this evening have a combined zero goals between them, I figure I can at the least match their output. At this point, all of this seems more likely than a Crew win tonight.