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Virtual Reality’s Impending Prize

We’re one day closer to March 29, 2018, with a brand new trailer…

Ready Player One has the challenge of following a highly-acclaimed book, but with one minor advantage:

Its director is Steven Spielberg.

The VR-centric story set in a dystopian future in Columbus, OH-IO splits time between the real world and an imaginative pop culture-rich virtual reality. The latter is filled with familiar throwbacks to iconic video games, music, and cinematic masterpieces in their own rights (ie-Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, to name just a couple). While this virtual reality purposely appears surreal, VR’s increasing role in modern society seems inevitable once a few codes are cracked for taking this experience mainstream in the coming years and decades.

Is this good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Time will ultimately tell with our ever-evolving relationship and fluid connectivity with deeply personal customizable technology. Regardless, a monstrous, life-altering prize awaits in the third act of Ready Player One.

However, will virtual reality lead society to an equally grand and illustrious prize down the road? Will currently living in Columbus, Ohio offer an exclusive key to this future?

There are just so many real questions to ponder…

maybe this is where virtual answers come into play?

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Winter is Definitely Coming to Columbus

Feels like there’s a Game of Thrones vibe with the ongoing battle with #SaveTheCrew vs. Precourt and Co. and MLS.

The #SaveTheCrew movement is far from over and continues to build in power and argumentative prowess and influence against scumbags Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, Precourt Sports Ventures President Dave Greeley and MLS Commissioner Don Garber as the quieter post-season schedule descends into the winter months.

There’s a popular sign from Magnolia Farms of Fixer Upper with the saying “Today is a good day for a good day.” A great catchphrase. In that spirit, tomorrow is a good day…to save the Crew. I couldn’t swing a rhyme from that but you get the idea.

Here’s another idea to consider.

We aren’t done yet and we need to #SaveTheCrew for Columbus, which is the capital, and beating heart of American soccer.

And for Lamar Hunt. His legacy isn’t done yet either.

Happy Monday!

When will virtual reality make its defining pivot into the mainstream of modern society as an everyday technological necessity? How will we as a species change as a result? Will this transformation be good, bad or found somewhere in between?

For now, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming pop culture-infused virtual reality cinematic bonanza, inspired by the pop culture literary giant Ready Player One imaginatively penned by Ohio’s own Ernest Cline, has arrived.

No virtual reality headsets required.

Suggestion: Host Ready Player One’s movie premiere this March in Columbus, Ohio.

Author Ernest Cline is from Ashland, director Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati and the story takes place in central Ohio. The legendary filmmaker and Warner Bros. could officially make Columbus the pop culture capital of the world for a night, which would be unforgettable and crazy awesome.

However, would that mean that a major business would purposefully invest in the city and people of Columbus with the intention of having fun and making us look good? It’s been a while but we’re actively on the hunt for people with good intentions who are ready to inspire and celebrate this city (#SaveTheCrew). And favorite sons Steven Spielberg and Ernest Cline would be welcomed back to Hollywood blockbuster-level acclaim and fanfare.

That’s the reality.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Cleveland’s Infamous Art Could Reframe #SaveTheCrew’s Abstract Landscape

Once again, we’re not done yet.

Cleveland Browns fans recall (with a few four-letter words) their teams’ infamous owner Art Modell who moved the Browns to Baltimore in 1995, then becoming the Baltimore Ravens. Like Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt (DNA test between Modell, Precourt and a snake is still pending), a flashy new stadium was demanded by Mr. Modell in northern Ohio. Without diving deep into “The Move,” the city of Cleveland was devastated and rightly pissed-off at its sleazy owner. So, how do Art Modell and the Cleveland Browns from the mid-’90s connect to Anthony Precourt and Columbus Crew SC in 2017?

Earlier today, State Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) became the latest central Ohio political figure to throw his support behind the first club of MLS. Rep. Duffey requested that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine exercise his legal authority and expertise in the latest public attempt to #SaveTheCrew.

Here we go.

“The basis for the action, he said, is a 1996 law that says no owner of a professional sports team in Ohio that uses tax-supported facilities or gets public financial assistance can move out of town unless the owner gives six months advance notice and gives the city or local individuals who reside in the area the opportunity to purchase the team.”
–Jim Siegel, “Lawmaker wants to use law passed after Browns move to block Crew from leaving,” December 6, 2017, The Columbus Dispatch

The article continued.

“Duffey says Crew SC qualifies as receiving taxpayer-supported facilities because it is paying a below-market rate to lease state land for parking, the stadium sits on land that is tax exempt, and the state in 2009 provided $5 million for parking upgrades at the Ohio Expo Center, where lots just south of the stadium and are used by Crew SC fans.”
–Jim Siegel, “Lawmaker wants to use law passed after Browns move to block Crew from leaving,” December 6, 2017, The Columbus Dispatch 

Will this work? Maybe. There is a degree or two of uncertainty as to whether this kind of injunction would keep the Crew in Columbus but the silver lining may be with the famous misery of Cleveland Browns fans.

Bet you didn’t expect to ever read that sentence, did you?

“The Move” is not local history but famous NFL and sports history. The city’s then successful professional football team, coached at the time by this guy named Bill Belichick, was taken away by its owner more than 20 years ago. That tragic memory lives on and defines that city, the current Browns team and this state’s professional sports identity all while residing alongside St. Louis and other cities that have had their beloved teams ripped away from them by immoral owners. Relocation is worse than any loss on the field. It’s a wound that never heals. And I also can’t name anyone who has said that Art Modell made a sound, morally right decision.

The Cleveland-to-Baltimore move remains an ugly black eye for professional sports.

Ohio has been given a second chance to make things right for one of its iconic professional sports teams but will they take it? Will Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine understand what’s really at stake in this battle to #SaveTheCrew and that this issue extends far beyond Columbus, the beating heart and earned soccer capital of American soccer, to small market clubs everywhere?

Given all the lies, deception, sabotage and manipulation (ie – Crew SC’s “business metrics”) by Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and his firm Precourt Sports Ventures, Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, there is no gray zone in the situation regarding the Columbus Crew SC and its threatened move to Austin, TX. Zero. There is a good side and a bad side. Plain and simple.

This clear-cut distinction between #SaveTheCrew and Precourt and Co. completely strips away any benefit of the doubt for the latter. Scrutiny and possible punishment for Precourt and Co.’s deceitful and manipulative actions and motives could get its day in court. Still, another proud local community willing to do whatever it takes to keep its sports team through inspiring support and several legitimate offers to buy the team and/or build a new downtown stadium with land and funding options could be left out in the cold again.

Or, would the soccer gods (and a few legal mortals) combine to score a last-second victory to change the sports relocation debate forever?

If so, talk about a stern turn for the ages.

#SaveTheCrew