Closing up some loose ends from over the weekend including racism in Houston and idiocy out of Rio:
- United’s Crayton racially abused in Houston – Obviously this is truly unfortunate, but racism is still something that minorities in this country suffer from and sports isn’t always the escape from it we often make it out to be. I am glad that Crayton held it together when confronting the individual and not slugging him (not that it wasn’t deserved) or anything like that. This brings up a small problem MLS needs to think about it future years, not that it has a “racism problem” or anything like that, but that fans can get very close to the players around the locker room area in some stadiums in this league. This certainly used to be the case at Crew stadium, where fans and GM Jim Smith once got into a loud shouting match after a game. (Can you still get real close to the corner where the locker rooms are located on the North side?) MLS and the stadium-owners need to take a closer look to whether they need to find ways to sequester fans a bit more from the players when they are entering and exiting the stadium. Befitting its status as an ex-NFL stadium, RFK has that fenced off parking lot with direct stadium access that allows players to enter/exit the stadium without interacting with supporters if they don’t wish to (many do, of course). This isn’t a crisis, but something that the league may want to just look into. That story unfortunately overshadowed an incredibly depleted United keeping its playoffs hopes alive just barely by getting a 0-0 draw with Houston.
- Rio whines insufferably after England booed – When people go on about how insufferably spoiled big-time Premiership players are, this is what they mean. Rio thinks fans should be “ashamed of themselves” for merely booing. Well, not me. Look, it’s not as if fans can write a negative performance report and file it with Ashley Cole’s superior, can they? The only acceptable way fans can express their displeasure once they’ve paid to enter the stadium is by booing. Rio needs to grow up and accept that. One of the guys at EPL Talk calls it “madness” to boo your own players and that “I may be wrong, but I seriously thought that the point of being a football supporter is to support your team no matter the result, no matter the outcome and no matter the mistakes that are made.” You are defintley wrong. Booing is merely the act of expressing displeasure. Sometimes you have to express displeasure with people or groups, even the ones you support and/or love. How would Rio rather fans express displeasure, rioting in the streets, egging the bus? If booing is too much for sensative star players’ dispositions, I suggest they grow up a bit and talk to people who have truly difficult jobs with truly difficult bosses and who make discisions every day that are harder than “How big of rims to I want my new Aston Martin?”
- Thank you Sven Goran Eriksson – Thank you Sven for livening up an otherwise really dull and predictable slate of internationals by going into Kingston and losing to the Reggae Boyz. Well done. It’s good to see that your teams’ tradition of being unable to adjust after falling behind all the way across the Atlantic with you. Ricardo Fuller scored in the 16th minute, and Mexico couldn’t somehow breakdown a Jamaica defense that doesn’t exactly put the fear of God into too many people.