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It’s been a while since I’ve written…mostly because there hasn’t been much to write here in Toronto FC-land.
The Aron Winter era ended about two weeks ago, and we’re on coach #7 (the one that should have come in about three slots before, if that Scotsman had his way), and we’re on a ship that is headed by someone who clearly wants no further part in the organization (and is awaiting his promotion to another part of the MLSE fiefdom) — let’s just say Euro 2012 has proven to be a welcome distraction.
This of course doesn’t distract us from the recent nightclub outing by three players (thankfully not including any of our three G4S allies) which resulted in some nice mugshots being taken, and the new Paul Mariner era opened with a 2-0 loss away to Sporting Kansas City, where the trademark carelessness cost TFC the early goals on the way to yet another loss.
I’m just at a loss for words as to what else to say…
(This post was inspired by a short Twitter conversation with SBNation writer Kevin McCauley, and based on the recent furor over Simon Borg’s comments during the April 30th edition of the ExtraTime Radio podcast — also posted on Waking The Red. )
Hey, how are ya? It’s me, John.
You probably don’t know me yet (or you never will…either way), but I am a huge TFC supporter. I’ve been that way for about six years now. I live in Calgary, which means I have to travel to a lot of TFC matches. In six years, I’ve been to almost all the stadiums on the West Coast, and wear my TFC swag proudly around town.
Oh, but there’s something you probably should know about me: I do bat for the other team…yep, queerer than a three dollar bill. AND I’m seeing someone, too — who doesn’t happen to be a soccer fan. I know, shocking right? I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock.
Anyway, where were we? Oh right…me. As I was saying, I’m seeing someone right now, who is a huge science fiction fan. I don’t claim to be an expert on shows like Battlestar Galatica, but does that make him less appealing to me? Nope. The opposite is true; he knows I am a sports fan, and knows about my TFC supporting ways. Does he have a problem with me spending my time writing and covering the team for SBNation? Heck, if he did…he would’ve dumped me right after my trip to LA for the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final.
I can take the 0-and-6 start, and I can accept the injuries plaguing the team. I can accept a lot, and have learned to do so in the six years of supporting this team.
What I can’t accept is my calls for recognizing a little equality from TFC falling on deaf ears, with no end in sight.
I’m sure this is one PR crisis that the team doesn’t need, but I’m doing it anyway. I’ve talked about it, I’ve tweeted about it…but again, nothing is ever done. Toronto (and in a sense, with the rejection of the far-right Wildrose Party in Alberta in last week’s election) the rest of Canada is one of the most diverse, accepting and welcoming countries on Earth.
Section 8 has made a wonderful supportive tifo, while the Whitecaps have shown homophobia the red card. But what has TFC and its supporters’ groups done so far? Nothing. (Unless someone can show me something.)
For a team that plays in a city that claims to be one of the most diverse and tolerant, that does not sit well with me. You may say I’m rather steamed, even. We have no on-the-record allies, and no movement to recognize and celebrate diversity. All there is — is talk. And more talk. This is a record that I will no longer sit here and say nothing about. It changes. NOW…and I need your help.
With our options limited and a match against Chivas USA coming up, the news that Torsten Frings and Adrian Cann are about ready to return is probably the best news that any Toronto FC supporter could get right now. While most aren’t holding their breaths for this weekend, a return by these two crucial pieces of the Reds’ midfield will be most welcome.
If you were party to the Montreal match, let’s just say leaving the already tenuous backline to its own devices is a bad idea. Frings is the field marshal, while Cann is a stablizing force. Combine them together and you get
an immediate presence in the backline that defenders can gather around.
After Dana White called soccer the “least talented sport on Earth” in my town of Calgary (of all places to do that…I guess he didn’t have the balls to do it in Montreal, from which Georges St-Pierre was sitting via a video link during said press conference), here is ally Jimmy Conrad’s response:
And suprisingly, White has accepted! Well, this should be interesting now…
After a heated affair in Toronto last Wednesday, we’re ready for round 2 of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final between Santos Laguna and Toronto FC. Much has been made of the officiating by the Mexican side, with the word “gringo” being thrown around like it was beads at Mardi Gras including at the American referee Ricardo Salazar.
It’s the day that most TFC supporters (like myself) have been waiting for — and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. In two days, 45,000 will be packing the Skydome (or Rogers Centre, if you so prefer) for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
While it’s going to be understandable that some in the audience (you know who you are) who will be looking at Beck’s assets instead of the match itself, TFC’s supporters’ groups are already promising an all-out display in the stands to help the Reds leave for LA with an advantage. While I won’t give anything away, all I can say is…whatever you’ve seen from the TV from BMO, was child’s play.
It’s been a long time since NBC released their schedule for all the stateside teams, but yesterday TSN here in Canada released the national TV schedule for their networks. All in all, 36 matches featuring at least one of the Canadian teams will be shown by the network, with 18 of them featuring Toronto FC.
Every all-Canadian match will be shown on the main TSN network, while the same family of networks will carry the MLS Cup final and the All-Star Game from Philadelphia. This of course means all the remaining league and Champions League will likely be found on the premium cable channel GOL TV Canada, while the Canadian Championship will be shown on Rogers Sportsnet.
So over half of our matches will be shown nationally. Can’t complain about that now!
It’s been rumoured for a couple of days, but it’s finally been announced — TFC is looking for a new “face”: the person who will represent the team, and appear in all of its promotional and game day videos.
Naturally your correspondent, being a supporter, has entered (all you lovely readers can vote for me here) — but when I was entering, I was sort of thinking: while I am using my “outsider” status as a campaign platform, is it perhaps the place to campaign for inclusiveness?
While I ultimately decided against it, it did get me thinking: if your team held such a contest, would you base a part of your entry on diversity? And do you think it would be a vote winner?
I’d like to hear from you!
(P.S.: Have I mentioned you could vote for me here?)
What could make Disney World even better than Gay Days?
No, not more princesses…you got it, pro soccer. More specifically, MLS teams playing in a pre-season tournament. Instead of heading for the Carolina Challenge Cup like we have for the past four seasons, the Reds are heading to Florida for a third straight year for the 2012 Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.