It's the Boxing Day (Crew Style) edition of my third entry of this and can I say "Crewmas" was every bit of fun, fascinating and (thankfully) rocking as I hoped it to be. At least my daughter is happy; seeing her belly filled with Rasin' Cains and her voice hoarse after screaming her voice out after two Crew goals is a good feeling for dad. But a very disturbing thing happened while I came back to Dayton. It seems my friends who play pick up soccer in Fairborn at the Sportsplex were talking about the game they saw on Fox Ohio Sports but for some reason my ATTuverse didn't list the game being on the listing right up to the time we had to leave at 12 noon. Needless to say I was out of luck in seeing how Fox Sports Ohio did this past week with Crew action. This won't happen again.
However, our experience of First Kick was a very good one big time. From the band playing outside (who turned out a very good band by the way), the stuff for the kids, and all the other trappings to make any fan enjoy the day. What was really a kick was the unavailing of the Barbasol sponsored kick.
If there was only one downside to the entire day it had to be when my daughter and I had to explain to those "non soccer fans" what a "Crew" is in the first place. This happened while at a restaurant in Springfield and then in Dayton later on.
If only an organization or two can tell folks they do have a team who has won a championship, some other hardware, had players with league records, and it is located in the heart of Ohio? If only. Hey Fox Sports Ohio!! I'm thinking this would be a good job for you to get the word out. Remember when you were teaching sports fans what Hockey 101 was like to those who didn't know what hockey rules was about? Remember how you kept talking about how Stanley Cup was so important? I'm thinking the same should be done with the MLS, the Crew, and other aspects of the game to those who think football, basketball, and baseball are the only sports that matter in this state.
Now, on to the media watch:
COLIN CLARK GOT SOME APOLOGIZING TO DO
During Friday's NBC Sports Network's MLS game of the week with Seattle facing off Houston a nasty occurring happened in with of the microphone. According to the Seattle Times Houston's midfielder Colin Clark directed a gay slur towards the ball boy. At first he denied the incident, but those pesky mics do have a habit to capture the moment.
An MLS statement issued to Mayers and the Seattle Times said: “We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it. MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action.”
Clark apologized via Twitter.
The season is young and already we have one of a couple of major issues facing MLS (the one concerning the NY Red Bulls losing woes) and this one will need to be nipped in the bud quickly. But if NBC Sports Network wanted to get some major exposure and credibility it found it. Sadly it isn't the type of publicity the new network wanted to gain.
Despite the bad press Clark gained, the game by the Sounders we incredible, NBC captured the feel of the game again and is getting its legs with each game, and Arlo White must have felt at home giving play by play.
GAME TO WATCH: FC BARCELONA VS. AC MILAN
Do I really have to tell you how big this match up is going to be?? Please.
Two of the top clubs in the world; two of the best players in the world in Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, what more drama do you need? This is match of the week! Heck, I'd say one of the matches of the year (potentially).
MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Chelsa vs. Tottenham
No it is not a barn burner of a score, but to see two of the top clubs in the Premiership go at it and come out close but no cigar is to me a win. The stage was high for both teams, but the most compelling drama of the day was to see if Chelsa's winning streak since dropping "he who must not be manager" is still in tact. But what's compelling to watch is how the energy of this team is contagious to both fan and viewer. This team has found its mojo back and it is fun to watch.
Totenham is still trying to keep above water and find that elusive win of late, but don't take Harry's (Redknapp) team didn't create opportunity. I'm sure they will get in the win column soon enough and stay afloat with less than 9 weeks to go.
That's all I have this week. I'm bummed I will have to wait another two weeks before the Red Bulls game, but there's enough good soccer to be watched. 1-1-0. Not bad so far and a winning home record early. A good trend to get going. GO CREW!!