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  1. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I think part of the thing MLS will always struggle with, to some extent (and I’ve talked about it before) is how few “must-watch” matches there are on TV in any given season, and specifically the complete lack of urgency of, well, most any game. In the Premier League, when Chelsea and City get together, it’s meaningful, if for no other reason than it’s a pivotal game that will help decide who the champion of the league is — and, as such, it becomes interesting even if you aren’t a Chelsea or City supporter. In MLS, I don’t think you get that same feeling with Toronto/NYCFC. You’re counting on people to tune in because the quality of play is high, not because that match is exceedingly important. And to be fair, this is something that every American sport — with the exception of football — has to deal with. No individual NBA or MLB or NHL game is exceedingly important, and I think that especially hurts the NHL like it does MLS; sports with few, if any, marketable stars. But there are very few MLS matches over the course of the season I feel an high level of need to tune into or express an elevated level of interest in. I think a lot of things go into that, but it’s unfortunately true. --------------------------------------------- Re: standing, I’m generally of the opinion that (outside of supporters’/student sections) one should sit for the majority of the game, but be expecting to stand when a big play is unfolding, when it’s a particularly tense moment in the game, or when the atmosphere is particularly great. I was at Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Columbus last year, and there were entire sections that didn’t sit the entire game. We stood for probably about half of the game, as I recall, and it was great because it was tense, because it was a big game, because every moment was a big moment. For a run of the mill MLS regular-season match, that makes little sense (and it’s part of why I sat in the upper level when I went to a Sounders game).
  2. This is actually a really good point. In MLS, every single team can build toward the goal of winning a championship (and hell, for comparison’s sake, let’s say the Supporters’ Shield). In how many other top-flight soccer leagues is that true? I’m of the opinion that promotion and relegation could have worked for the United States if it was (a) instituted from the start and (b) soccer in the U.S. was on half-solid footing when the division 1 initiative was launched. Japan’s J-League can survive promotion and relegation in part because it was always there, but also because there was enough of an existing soccer infrastructure that time didn’t have to be spent building up (in essence) two full leagues from nothing. If pro/rel is ever going to happen in MLS, it’s going to be in a situation where the league has “permanent” members that can’t be relegated, plus a handful of teams eligible to cycle between the first and second divisions. The league has no incentive to relegate its own teams, and it would be a disservice to the taxpayers that have (wrongly) funded MLS stadia to suddenly see their team in USL.
  3. Your Favorite Teams?

    Always good to cycle back to this and give an update/further explanation. Browns/Cavs/Indians are the same explanation: I was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to a diehard Cleveland sports fan. Even though I moved to Indianapolis when I was 17 months old, I never had a choice to be anything else. Blue Jackets are related to that, but something I pushed more than my dad did. We went to a game in the team’s second season (I was 6) and I was hooked instantly. It’s all part of why, at the end of the day, the Jackets are my favorite sports team. Notre Dame’s twofold: my family’s Catholic, and my dad grew up a big Notre Dame fan — and growing up in Indianapolis, just over two hours from ND, football games were a regular thing in the fall. Last May, I graduated from Notre Dame. Both my parents went to Youngstown State, so I pull for them, too. Aston Villa’s a club I was introduced to through the Browns (joy), who at the time shared an owner. Fell in love with the name, colors, history and stadium from there, and have been over to visit Villa Park twice (once to tour, once for a match). I’ve moved my German football interest from Hertha to Union Berlin; I love the city (Berlin’s my favorite place in the world), and that’s what got me hooked on Hertha to start with, but as time went along, I found myself more interested in how Union were getting on, so I took the plunge this summer and switched (hopefully for good). I also have soft spot for Strasbourg in France, for no real definitive reason. I’m also in and out of following the Portland Timbers stateside, and to a lesser extent these days, Indy Eleven (I think the owner’s a twat who only started the team so the city could pay for the stadium he wanted). I got involved in Timbers support mostly through falling in love with the Timbers Army, though — I really liked what that fan base stood for (and still does stand!) for, and at the time, the Crew’s ownership was miserable. Down under, I follow the Adelaide Crows in the AFL, mostly because they’ve got my favorite uniform in sports. Also, they were (a) not on the west coast (for a college kid getting into Aussie rules, I was generally after clubs that’d play earlier matches in Australia), (b) typically are solid but (c) aren’t one of the powerhouses/biggest clubs in the sport. IndyCar is not a team, but I kinda view it that way sometimes. Growing up in Indianapolis as a sports fan, it’s hard not to fall in love with the 500. The series itself is great, too. I think that is most of the stuff, yeah.
  4. MLB changes 2018?

    I don't believe it's on any signage at the Jake, and hasn't been for a few years -- except where it appears on old pictures or engraved in statues, etc.
  5. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    College football, it is fun.
  6. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Shot, period -- not shot on goal. Seattle didn't have a shot on goal in last year's MLS Cup Final. EDIT: And @Gothamite, Hedley's picture above is kinda what I'm talking about: If you're behind the goals, you lose the endline on the end you're on. I don't think it's that uncommon -- it's that way in Indianapolis for Eleven matches -- but I remember them making a big deal about how the stadium was designed for soccer, too, which doesn't seem to line up with fans in the lower bowl losing part of the pitch.
  7. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    From a lot of the pictures I saw, it seems like the sight lines are... not great along the goal/touchlines in Atlanta.
  8. USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    I mean, I wholeheartedly agree, especially given I think only cities with competent public transportation should be selected (and as someone else pointed out, there were other factors at play with the 2022 bid that kept Chicago off), but it is true that they were left off the bid for 2022. TBH, if Soldier Field wasn't so damn small (how the hell did that happen, anyway?), I'd back it to host either the opening match or the final.
  9. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Nah, going for two was absolutely the right decision; Tech gets three yards on a majority of their plays -- their whole offense is built around getting four yards on every down. The actual play call was the wrong decision.
  10. International Football 2017-2018

    I get that he did officially transfer, but I feel Mooy can’t really be classed with those other moves given he played for Huddersfield last season.
  11. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    I think I finally figured out what I wish Notre Dame would’ve done for the Rockne game jersey. The school’s finishing up a renovation/expansion project at Notre Dame Stadium, and in the process, have re-signed everything. They’ve used an Art Deco theme I’ve really liked — and if they weren’t going to do a proper throwback, I think white Art Deco numbers on a navy jersey (perhaps with a little striping) would’ve actually been a really nice way to make something that looks nice, but is also unique enough that they can sell it at the bookstore.
  12. International Football 2017-2018

    Well, kind of. They didn’t play in Europe in 1990/91 after being suspended.
  13. College Football Uniforms - 2017 Season

    delete this immediately, please
  14. Cleveland Browns re-do in the works for 2020?

    ^ Andrew's avatar is exactly what the Browns should be going for logo-wise.
  15. USA-Mexico-Canada Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

    I wouldn't call Soldier Field anything near a lock -- it was not part of the failed 2022 bid, passed over in favor of Indianapolis.