08 Nov

I’ve been ranty for about twelve hours now. That’s a long time for me to be ranty.

Usually, I rant in short bursts, a few minutes at a time, much the way I exercise. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. Short attention span, wander off.

As I write, this is Offseason Day 12. Twelve hours of ranting for Day 12.

We started out this morning with a few delusions from Merritt, the sorts of things we’ve come to expect from him. He says he didn’t expect that Kris Boyd wouldn’t start all the time. He says the fans just have to be patient because, obviously, we don’t understand the foundation of this team.

Wait. Let’s back up. Did he just urge patience? The guy that fired his coach mid-season? Oh, okay. That makes total sense. Clearly, Merritt and I would have a lot to talk about if anyone would let me get close enough to ask him a few questions.

I could spend a few hundred words about patience and foundation (starting with why’d you trade Kenny away for allocation money when you could have fixed the problem with a decent midfield signing that might have allowed you to do this painfully slow development of young players thing you seem to be stuck on?). But I won’t. Mostly because I’m tired. Because I’ve been ranting all day.

This offseason stuff is exhausting. So much has happened, but I think my soul is still recovering from the last match. It was a painful and disappointing and sad night but, in the end, I was put face to face with my two Scots in a bar I love but am soon losing. That’s right, both of them. Somewhere on the internet, there is photographic evidence that this was not just a figment of my imagination.

It’s been a whirlwind. It feels like that last match was yesterday. And four years ago. I can’t explain.

Apparently Kimura’s in Poland? I took a swing and tried to get some sort of official word from the FO, but the best I could get was the promise of an “official statement regarding current roster players” closer to the MLS Cup. For those who haven’t put it on their calendar, that will be December 1.

Speaking of calendars, this is happening:

All the credit in the world goes to Michelle DeFord and Brenda Vaughn and all the folks involved in putting this together. I saw the galleys tonight and the whole thing is gorgeous. Proceeds will go to Harper’s Playground. Buy a calendar. Seriously. They’ll be available just in time for holiday gift-giving.

I’ll have more (coherent) words in a few days when I calm down from witnessing Kenny Cooper’s new team let him down just moments before spending two hours watching Nick Rimando’s team let him down. Oof. I don’t even make sense anymore. Clearly.


Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Timbers



3 responses to “Clearly.

  1. Chris

    November 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Preach! Seriously, I felt the same way today…hell all week. I blame daylight savings time.

  2. Cindy

    November 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Rolo Cheesecake Bars for you! Love it.

  3. FDChief

    November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Really hated to see RSL go out to the Bastards of the North; Rimando was such a beast in the first leg at CLink I really wanted him to get something in return for taking a headshot stonewalling the SOBs. NYRB, not so much, but I do feel for KFC; he had a hell of a season, Really, MLS; I understand that Americans love “playoffs”, but what’s the point of “winning the league” if your top teams after 40 matches can get knocked out in a two-match series? Why not just save the time and expense of the season, have a lottery for position and then go right to the playoffs? Ridiculous…

    But as for Merritt, I lost any illusions about his judgment after that ridiculous tweet (was it a tweet?) about how all us whiners would be kissing Gavin’s ass after “we won a trophy”. This at a time when the team was getting hammered, shipping goals because the backline Gavin assembled couldn’t defend and getting shut out because the midfield Gavin assembled couldn’t distribute and move off the ball and…

    I’m unimpressed with the FO’s response to this season’s collapse. No honest discussion of the issues revealed, no openness with the supporters, just closing the door and vague promises of “trust us”. Yeah, well, sorry guys, but we’re too far down that road.


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