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November 17, 2006

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY


by @ 2:13 pm.
Filed under The Good The Bad and the Ugly

THE GOOD: MLS Cup weekend was a blast. From the Meet and Greet on Friday evening to the post-game tailgate, the whole thing was great. Yours truly played in the Supporter’s Cup on Saturday morning, valiantly minding the goal and leading Team Sala to the finals, only to see a comined team of Houston and New England supporters triumph by a score of 4-1. So I could barely move all day Sunday without shooting pain in all my extremeties? It was soccer!

At halftime of that momentous battle, I asked Dario Sala (who, I guess, needed a few laughs and stopped by to watch), if he had any tips for the second half. He just shook his head, sadly, and said “No, but, DJ . . .you can do better than that . . .”  Then he busted out laughing. I laughed so hard I almost spewed Gatorade on the man.

I met Bruce McGuire of Du Nord! What a great guy. I could have spent hours and hours just chatting with him; I hope I get a chance to do just that one of these days. I saw my old buddy Dan Loney, too. I’m telling you, get me, Bruce, and Dan together talking soccer . . . well, I’m just saying there hasn’t been a more amusing trio in Texas since The Three Stooges appeared on Austin City Limits.

I also met Goalkeeper of the Year Troy Perkins at the Supporter’s Summit. You just can’t imagine a nicer kid. I think I can safely call him a ‘kid’, not out of disrespect, but just because I’m at the age (to my chagrin) where I’m old enough to have sired most of the young stars of the league. Not that I did, mind you . . .

Eric Wynalda was very gracious with his time, chatting with a group of fans and signing an autograph made out to the only Chicago Fire fan in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Mike Segroves.

Congratulations to the Inferno for planning and pulling off the whole weekend. It took a lot of volunteer work to get all the pieces together, but everyone in attendance agreed Dallas fans have set a very high bar for future supporter’s groups who find themselves hosting MLS Cup activities.

THE BAD:  For the second year in a row, the game was pretty much an afterthought for me, because, let’s face it, my boys weren’t in it.

THE UGLY : Watching your arch-rivals celebrate a championship on your very own home field . . . it’s like eating lots of re-fried beans and washing them down with a case of colyte.

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