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MLS Stuff

22 Nov

Excuse the lack of creativity in the title, it’s tough to really put the effort in on a subject like this. The MLS cup took place in front of a raucous-ish sold-out BMO Field. The Rapids beat FCD 2-1, and they now have a star over their neat little logo. Thanks for winning me money, boys.

It’s been a long time tradition that during the MLS Cup festivities, a supporter’s group from the host city organizes and hosts the MLS Supporter’s Summit. They organize some pub nights, dudes who wear red scarves hang out with those in yellow ones, all that lovely stuff.  “Polow da” Don Garber also sits down to have a speech about the future of the league, does a Q&a, and then the game actually begins.

In this year’s Q&A, a Toronto fellow, blogger and son of the Dominion, bgnewf, got one of the biggest displays of celebration seen in Toronto in the past 3 years, and surprise surprise, it was about Montreal. In true Newfoundlander fashion, he feels it necessary to decide things for other people in a place he doesn’t live(Get it?). It was not a question, but his comment to the Don was in order to foster “(ce que les Anglais appellent un …)darbys” in this league, was that he wanted a commitment from MLS to guarantee First Kick 2012 to be IMFC-TFC  in the Big O *cue cheers* “Can you make that happen Commissioner?!”. It seems like he was dying to use that speech since they cut it in the final draft of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, it was that stirring. That’s where the credits would roll, if it weren’t for everyone’s favourite pessimistic Gulls blogger.

So bgnewf, this is for you:
MLS would be wise to not pander to the wishes of TFC fans, like you think it should. Fist Kick 2012 should not take place in the Big O, no matter what. Hell, it shouldn’t even be against TFC. There, I said it.

First off, what makes you think people want to start the new chapter of Montreal sport, by shambling into the same place their grandfathers did decades ago? Maybe it’d  be a smoother move to play the match in the recently reno’d, IMFC-owned-and-built stadium right next door? Maybe.

Maybe we, as home fans, would like to be able to plan out something to commemorate the occasion without having to deal with the lovably backward Big O rules, in which the RIO denies the use of anything more than the tiniest flag, allows the use of drums and a megaphone beforehand and then revokes the permission(and then re-allows) to bring drums and megaphones at the gate without notice? Your poorly thought out comment deserved just as long as a message you received(“Maybe.”), because it accurately reflects just how important your comment was.

Does it also make sense for the business side of IMFC(Now that I got your attention Mr. Saputo)? To attach the image of the old news and often hated Big O with his new business venture? To lose the guaranteed atmosphere of the first TFC match and season opener, by lumping them together? Not really.

It’s nice you, and apparently the majority of Toronto fans are in love with that for some(most likely selfish) reason but I hope I’m not the only one who will be vocal in the opposition of First Kick 2012 taking place in the Big O. I love it and all, but that’s not how to ring in the new beginnings of our clubs proud history.

Leave Montreal’s business to Montreal.