08 September 2006

Ever Fallen in Love?

After a good night's sleep, I feel much better about things since I decided to call an intervention yesterday. I've often said that if you want to write intelligently on this game, you need the head of a neutral but the heart of a supporter. Okay, I've never written that before, but I believe it to be true and it seems like something I should have written before. So there it is. And I try to keep those two aspects of my mind in constant tension when I'm writing here.

The problem is that I really want this team to win this year. They haven't been as dominant as the great teams of DC's past, but they've shown that capacity. They've paid their dues in some tough games. They've represented DC, and the league, remarkably well. In short, I feel like this team will be cheated out of something if they leave 2006 without some silverware.

Which is something of a problem. This team has no more right to the MLS Cup or the Supporter's Shield than any other team. They don't deserve it, and if they or I start thinking in that somehow we deserve a championship it's an invitation for karma to deliver its finishing move (which is, I think, a variation on Kurt Angle's Angle Slam). I don't believe in jinxes, but I do believe in karma.

So to some degree, when this team underperforms, I think it frustrates me more than it did in 2003. I want this team to succeed. I really want this team to succeed. Perhaps a bit too much.

And I'm sure you can all fill in the lyrical allusion to this post's title. Certainly I bet this guy can, though I'm sure he thinks less of me for having made it.


At 08 September, 2006 13:10, Blogger Kinney said...

I wasn't able to listen to the open cup match. But was gutted when I got home. I really wanted this one, I don't know why. But I am back and better than ever (so still pretty uninspiring). I am really, really, really, hoping we can put it together for FSL.

At 08 September, 2006 16:11, Anonymous Matt said...

I'm getting a bad feeling about this season also. Not totally because of the current form, more so how injuries are piling up and our players are starting to lose focus and self control.

Nice post below also. What the hell is Nowak thinking by blaming the refs...he's always struck me as old school which has the attitude that a champion must be strong enough to overcome adversity. It's "new school" to blame everyone but oneself for a failure.

Side post...this is why I don't feel the the Seahawks deserved to win the SB...they pissed away far to many opps and made way too many mistakes to blame the loss on some bad/intersting calls.

Olson is acting like an idiot.

On Erpen...A buddy of mine played semi-pro with a bunch of English guys. Their motto for the defense was "when in doubt..kick it out"
Sounded funny as hell with their English accent. Maybe we can teach Erpen that phrase also...and Berhalter...and Cherundelo...

The RSL game will be a huge test of Nowak's skill.

At 08 September, 2006 23:29, Blogger Shauny B said...

I agree, Novak needs to stop pointing fingers. This team is falling apart, as if it has no heart. And Adu please, he's a PR deal that's done and gone. The only impact I've seen him have is on the Celtic game. And that meant what exactly???
Moreno, God love him but it's getting close to curtain call. Alecko, please someone needs to let you know that you can't take on 4 players. You've tired, I've watched and you've fail. PASS the F$@#*ing ball!!!!!!

Ok I'm ranting but the bottom line is we don't have the depth this season. I mean why did we trade Santino. We have who for this weekend. Crap all...


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