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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! 

Keeping Austin Weird Means Keeping Austin Original

As you’ve read throughout the past couple weeks, the ongoing situation with the Columbus Crew and the shockingly bold and unrepentant deceit from scumbag Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and scumbag MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the #SaveTheCrew movement are much more than a “huh, that’s interesting” moment or mere hashtag and rallying cry.

This is all deeply personal and this leads me to the next chapter in this winding, unfolding saga:

Authenticity.

More specifically, authenticity in Austin, Texas.

“Keep Austin Weird” is the signature slogan that personifies the culturally weird city of Austin, Texas. And that weirdness is viewed as an affectionate label internally and externally. Moreover, it’s important to understand not only what makes Austin weird, but who makes Austin such a weirdly fun place to live.

Rick Smith, a current resident of Austin who used to live in suburban Columbus, recently spoke with news outlet MyStatesman located in Austin about a critical difference between the sports fanbases of Austin and Columbus in an article titled “1 team, 2 cities: Columbus fans ponder possibility of Crew to Austin.”

“A lot of people in Columbus are from there so they associate themselves in my eyes more with the Crew,” he said. “Here, everyone is associated with Dallas, with California, with the (New England) Patriots, Green Bay — with everything else. There’s so many more transplants here that if you bring a soccer team here I don’t think it will be noticed.”
–Chris Bils, MyStatesman Correspondent

Perception (cough cough Austin) versus reality (cough cough Columbus) isn’t always a tricky quandary to navigate, especially when the reality is a wonderfully historic and storied place when not actively sabotaged through horrific TV deals, a mountain of lying and a complete lack of presumed investments to fix small problems that are easily fixable (cough cough improved parking spaces and traffic patterns post-match).

I think I need to get some cough medicine; it’s that time of year.

Let’s always remember the tragic deception involving secret backdoor deals betraying the Columbus Crew and its faithful fans, including innocent Crew staff, for the past four years all began with the inauthenticity of Anthony Precourt and the inauthenticity of MLS Commissioner Don Garber towards Crew Nation and MLS followers as a whole.

BTW: Inauthenticity is putting it very lightly.

If Austin wants an MLS club, then build one from the ground up like Columbus did and work your ass off to make it your own. Being weird, which is literally what defines Austin, means never copying anyone or anything and being unique to your city’s famous rallying cry. In other words, being authentic. If (key word here) Austin wants an MLS club, it needs to evolve the right way like Columbus with Lamar Hunt and his group of admirable business leaders in the mid-’90s. Any other scheme (key word here) to get an MLS club in the image of/literally from another city would be a form of stealing and just flat-out weird…

and not in a good way, Austin.

#SaveTheCrew 

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 

Tonight’s Halloween was a Massive (and Fun) Sized Treat for Crew Fans

 

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(Moments after the Columbus Crew score their first goal in 4-1 win against visiting NYCFC in the first leg of 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal on Halloween)

Tonight was one of those nights for the Columbus Crew that will be told for many, many years and I am proud to say I was there with my parents, who I’ve seen countless games with since the inaugural 4-nil victory against D.C. United back in 1996. The Crew’s emphatic 4-1 win this evening against visiting NYCFC was a statement in more ways than one.

First, the second consecutive impressive win on national television in the 2017 MLS playoffs against a big market team was massive and unbelievably critical for the quest towards MLS Cup and the very survival of the Columbus Crew. Second, Crew fans came out in force tonight on a frigid Halloween and passionately chanted throughout the 94-minutes sporting their team’s black and gold, as well as many dressed in fun costumes, young and old alike. Third, scumbag Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was surprisingly in attendance to “cheer” on the team he’s been sabotaging for four years with fans he’s been lying to for the same amount of time. Unsurprisingly, this snake in the grass was treated to a couple personalized chants heard throughout the stadium (and possibly the city) that won’t be repeated on this blog post.

Hey, Precourt did have the distinct honor of hearing his name chanted on ESPN during primetime, except that the sentiment was unmistakenly dishonorable. Just several moments of choreographed humiliation and public scolding on national TV, but I’m sure nobody noticed everybody across the country and those in MLS offices heard it loud and clear.

More reflection will follow tomorrow concerning the incredible first-leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Columbus Crew and NYCFC, as well as the positive, heartwarming moments from tonight that occurred off the pitch. For now:

#SaveTheCrew and Happy Halloween.