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The First (Meeting) WAS the Worst

Today’s first meeting in New York between Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership Alex Fischer (the Resistance) and scumbag MLS Commissioner Don Garber and scumbag Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt (the Empire) resulted in what can be described as a major bummer. Here’s the statement from the Resistance:

“We met with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt in New York today. It is clear the MLS and ownership did not come to the meeting willing to commit to staying in Columbus. We know this is heartbreaking for the dedicated fans in Columbus and across the country who have shown unwavering support for the Columbus Crew SC.

“We are disappointed and frustrated. We were united in putting all options on the table, with the expectation in return that the MLS and ownership would cease pursuing moving the team to Austin. Great American cities do not get into bidding wars over sports teams to benefit private owners. Garber and Precourt were not willing to do that today.

“Once the league and owner are committed to Columbus, we stand ready, willing and able to support the team’s success.

“On November 21, standing alongside the best soccer fans in the country at MAPFRE stadium, we will be cheering Black and Gold onto victory. Glory to Columbus.”   

Reaction #1: The fact the meeting today was held in New York was a bad sign from the beginning. It does, however, clarify to the follower and non-follower of #SaveTheCrew that Mr. Garber and Mr. Precourt are forever linked as the two evil forces who have been plotting for four-years to rip the Crew from Columbus through lying, deceitful practices. Since this mess started with secret, backdoor deals, talks to #SaveTheCrew should not have been held behind closed doors, especially in any city other than Columbus.

Reaction #2: The phrase “We are disappointed and frustrated” made its way into the good side’s public statement, which reveals that Mayor Ginther and Mr. Fischer were not savvy enough and/or ready for the first round of the epic fight to keep the Crew in Columbus. Mayor Ginther and Mr. Fischer understand the process for normal business deals, but this is not an ordinary business negotiation. Normal business language won’t cut it, inside and outside of meetings. I’m on their side, but their current tone is feeble in the midst of an inspiring run by the Crew that gives them an upper-hand in the debate. Were they prepared for this kind of fixed meeting by the Empire? Do they have a long-term strategy we don’t know about? Hopefully.

And then there is “Once the league and owner are committed to Columbus, we stand ready, willing and able to support the team’s success.” Well, the Empire is clearly not committed to Columbus or even basic human decency, that’s the problem! Patience is a virtue, but ignorant and do-nothing patience is nonsensical. Strong, effective persuasion has to be part of the #SaveTheCrew business solution. What happened?

Reaction #3: I still believe this is just the beginning of the fight to keep the first and most important club in MLS in the soccer capital of the United States of America. The latter part of that statement is true and I can write a dissertation on that assertion. That aside, if the social media era has proven anything, it’s that an ongoing PR disaster can move mountains (cough cough United Airlines). #SaveTheCrew and its media allies have and must continue to reveal, well, the mountain of lies and deceitful practices from Mr. Precourt and Mr. Garber to the most visible and most consequential audiences for maximum exposure and impact. The facts are on the side of #SaveTheCrew. At a certain point, these facts will reach a boiling point and that’s when the right change can and hopefully will occur.

Columbus Crew outsiders and skeptics in an equal measure may consider the grassroots guerilla marketing campaign to #SaveTheCrew to be admirable, but ultimately all for naught because its opposition is the duplicitous partnership of a powerful business firm Precourt Sports Ventures and institutional force Major League Soccer (MLS). Fair point. The odds aren’t great and the deck is stacked against Columbus and integrity. And yet consider this movement that grew from a hashtag just a few weeks ago is driving a city of passionate fans dressed in black & gold towards a sell-out first-leg of the 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Final for the host Columbus Crew against the top-seeded Canadian visitors from Toronto FC despite a cold forecast. What if Crew fans deliver an electric, sold-out atmosphere and the Crew players deliver another magical playoff win as quintessential small market underdogs?

That would be another massive statement on national television post-Austin news last month.

Determined people with a positive, unified mission have a proven track record of taking down goliaths if the right tact is developed and utilized. #SaveTheCrew has shown great tact and is evolving and growing stronger by the day at the grassroots level.

So, am I saying there’s a chance to keep the Crew in Columbus after another two-faced and staged meeting set-up by the Empire? Yes. A seismic change in strategy in reaction to this devastating development is necessary, but it’s possible. #SaveTheCrew wouldn’t be the first unthinkable upset in soccer history but it would be one of the greatest and most significant. The identity of Columbus and similarly small market soccer clubs, as well as American soccer, is at stake.

And that’s not a game we can lose.

#SaveTheCrew 

We Saw You, Precourt. Did You See (& Hear) ALL of Us?

“C-R-E-double U” — the rest of this chant may have partly contributed to the long face seen below as it’s a safe bet that Anthony Precourt heard the personalized chants with his name from Crew fans on Halloween loud and clear.

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(Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt overwhelmed with joy watching his club lead NYCFC 2-nil in the playoffs at home in Columbus)

Unbelievably, the unbridled deception of scumbag Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt has yet another chapter to report. And the word of the day is:

Attendance.

Here’s former Crew forward Dante Washington via Twitter last night regarding the Columbus Crew vs. NYCFC playoff game a few days ago on Halloween.

I’m still having a tough time processing announced attendance of 14.5K. I’ve played in that stadium enough and there were more than that.
–Dante Washington, former Crew forward

Speaking as someone who was also at this game and has been a spectator for countless games at Crew Stadium for 18 years, the 14,500 figure has to be wrong. There’s no way that Crew Stadium was nearly 30% empty. Impossible. If you follow the conversation via Dante’s original Twitter post above, you’ll see that Twitter users posted pictures of long, long lines of fans waiting to get into the game as the first goal was scored just minutes into the match. You’ll also read Twitter user Brett Stewart’s comment:

Apparently, the official count happens at kickoff. Never heard that being the criteria before. Tons of us (you included) still in line at KO.
–Brett Stewart

The second word of the day is:

Sabotage.

Again, the 14,500 figure from the electric atmosphere for the Columbus Crew vs. NYCFC game earlier this week has to be wrong. Just another lie from scumbag Anthony Precourt. But recall that snake in the grass Precourt has cited unsatisfactory attendance numbers throughout his tenure as one of the key metrics for moving stealing the Crew and transplanting the team to Austin, Texas in 2019. So, how likely is it that Precourt and Co. fixed the attendance number by holding fans up at the gates, unable to get inside by kickoff, in order to report as low as an attendance number as possible? Remember that, according to Precourt, an attendance of around 14,500 reveals a failing MLS club.

Hint: The answer, sadly, is highly likely. 

According to a Nov. 2nd story from FOX 7 reporter Ashley Paredez in Austin titled “MLS2ATX event regarding Columbus Crew,” Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) President Dave Greely said the proposed stadium in Austin will be built with a 20,000 seat capacity.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Presume the Crew moves to Austin and after a few home games, or seasons, the third MLS club in Texas isn’t winning every game and/or at the top of the table with 3-4 goals scored every game with world-class talent and tactics. Attendance will, most likely, take a natural dip. And when this drop happens, the attendance for Austin would likely hover around the “supposedly” and completely unacceptable number of 14,000-15,000 fans per game. But wait, scumbag Precourt and his Precourt Sports Ventures goons have made it clear to Columbus that 14,000-15,000 fans/game (or even a minuscule 20,000 capacity stadium, like Crew Stadium) reveal a failing club and disinterested fanbase? Hmmm…

You can’t make this up. But you can lie about it, which is PSV’s credo.

FYI – Middle of the table Girona defeated global powerhouse Real Madrid (yes, that Real Madrid) in a La Liga match last Sunday 2-1 in front of, wait for it…12,743! Girona’s team quality and really low attendance when hosting one of the top football clubs in the world appear sustainable for competing in the far superior and competitive La Liga and against monetary and talent-rich goliath Real Madrid. There are countless variables that affect attendance, as well as countless variables that can act to suppress attendance, like in the completely random scenario of an owner wanting to sabotage the team’s home city in the Midwest throughout a four-year period by actively plotting to move the said club to a new city in Texas through deception, purposefully bad business deals, backdoor meetings and a refusal to address any of this lying in public.

Ladies and gentlemen, the supposed lack of attendance and lack of broad community support whining from PSV is deceitful garbage and complete nonsense coming from sleazy people who know nothing about the sport of soccer.

The fix against the Columbus Crew has been in since scumbag Anthony Precourt bought the Crew in 2013 and scumbag MLS Commissioner Don Garber acted in concert with and supported the clear deception to destroy and erase the Crew’s storied history, legacy and importance in U.S. soccer through repeated acts of purposeful incompetence and fraud.

Thankfully, the honorable fix (ie-solution) to keep the Crew in Columbus is ever-evolving by the day. This daily support for the Crew in Columbus and around the country, if measured by an attendance metric, would be immeasurable because it’s off the charts.

There’s no gate or presumed deceitful tactic that can contain or suppress the #SaveTheCrew movement.

The Columbus Crew will play the offensively potent NYCFC at Yankee Stadium (that beloved soccer-specific stadium) in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal with a 4-1 aggregate advantage this Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Let’s Go Crew! 

Rage Against the Machine’s Lying Scumbags (Or MLS for Short)

(Please click play and the “Watch this video on YouTube” link AND THEN RETURN to Jimmy’s Daily Planet to read this blog post!)  

Columbus Crew 4 – 1 NYCFC

Crew fans are feeling good today after their team produced an exciting and necessary goal-fest against the offensively potent NYCFC in the first leg of the 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal. The second and final game in this series will be played in Yankee Stadium (that’s a soccer-specific stadium with a full-sized field, right?) this Sunday afternoon. As an added bonus last night, Crew fans let their immoral owner Anthony Precourt hear how they feel about him and his despicable actions that continue to be disclosed from the very moment the snake in the grass (Precourt) arrived in Columbus.

Once again, those chants won’t be repeated on this blog. As an attendee last night, these aforementioned chants were bold, unequivocally clear and fitting and will surely be communicated throughout message boards, social media and to MLS fans across the country, plus Canada. Equally important, MLS owners will surely get the message of the indisputable deceit and sleazy events that have been occurring for at least four years that not only rise to the ownership desk of scumbag Anthony Precourt in Columbus but also to scumbag MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

What officially transpires with the Columbus Crew’s potential move to Austin, Texas will define the true, underlying character of MLS and U.S. Soccer, for better or worse.

Let’s just see what happens.

Interestingly, MLS claims it wants to mirror the system and success of Europe’s biggest football leagues. On that note, one of the most valuable assets in England (EPL), Germany (Bundesliga), Spain (La Liga), Italy (Serie A), France (Ligue 1) and other leagues is history. Therefore, if MLS is constantly trying to evolve as the next Europe, why in the hell are they trying to erase its most storied history that set the very foundation of its league and identity of its national team?

There is absolutely no good answer to that question, which just adds to the gut-wrenching frustration for Columbus Crew fans.

Pivoting to the incredible atmosphere at Crew Stadium last night, an estimated 15,000 men, women, and children showed up on a frigid Halloween to cheer on their beloved Columbus Crew. Seemed like there were more people and I was there. Some fans arrived wearing fun and imaginative costumes, which was a great sight. After what has been happening the past couple weeks in Columbus, the sight of Black & Gold supporters at a home game was genuinely heartwarming. Jerks like Precourt and Garber, who only care about and understand money and spreadsheets, are incapable of understanding or appreciating what it means for someone to show up to a soccer game, let alone the sport of soccer, which they don’t understand. Don’t forget that nobody is required to show up and support the Crew, or any team for that matter. But we do. And last night, Crew fans, as they have since 1996, showed up not only to cheer for and #SaveTheCrew but to save the proud, ever-evolving legacy of the club and its beloved Columbus, which are one in the same.

In a word: Massive.

Sometimes in life, the battle between good and evil can be blurred, requiring an understanding of both sides. However, the ongoing battle of scumbags Anthony Precourt and Don Garber versus the Columbus Crew and its faithful supporters will never be classified with any degree of blurred nuance. It’s clear-cut. One side is bad and the other is good. Pure and simple. Focusing on the good right now, the Crew players and its supporters will not go quietly into the night.

Speaking of an epic adventure with sheer existence on the line and the notion of not going quietly into the night…

The Crew and its dedicated, proud fanbase aren’t done working for Columbus.

#SaveTheCrew