Yesterday was the 38th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Yesterday was also when…
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Congratulations to the U.S. women’s hockey team on winning the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang!
The greatest moment in the history of the Winter Olympics happened on this day back in 1980. I think you know what I’m taking you back to…
Now the man who made that perfect sports call.
When the underdog Americans took down the (seemingly) invincible Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, that became one of those special sports moments that transcended hockey and even the Olympics. That victory was sublime for a myriad of reasons and it remains a sublime and unforgettable achievement.
The Olympics (winter and summer) means more than some may realize. It’s not just a couple weeks of entertaining TV starring world-class athletes from all around the world. An athlete can train for a lifetime for one shot/one game/one race, etc. And as someone who competed in Junior Olympics and AAU track meets in my younger days, that Olympic moment can change your life in ways you can never imagine in competition and in life outside competition.
In that spirit, let’s bring that same “Miracle on Ice” passion to cheering on our fellow Americans in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, as well as into our daily lives.
Happy Throwback Thursday & USA-USA-USA!
The word “crew” takes on so many important meanings, including family.
Christmas provides the special opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. Reconnecting on a myriad of levels can be heartwarming and critical. It sharpens and ironically broadens our perspective on what’s valuable in the present and in the future.
In the broad sense, the Columbus Crew needs to be saved from snakes Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt, Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, Precourt Sports Ventures President Dave Greeley and complicit MLS Commissioner Don Garber by remaining in Columbus for this city (America’s soccer capital and beating heart) and for the very identity and promise of U.S. soccer.
Yes, that’s at stake.
In the sharpened sense, a popular clip from a Christmas cinematic classic translates all-too-perfectly for what is happening between the Columbus Crew faithful and its greedy, deceitful and heartless boss. Specifically, the surprise, sleazy announcement by Mr. Precourt a couple months back to Crew fans, employees and sponsors detailing the forthcoming lame-duck season in 2018 reminded me —
You know the scene of…pure passion (yes, I’ll go with that) from Christmas Vacation.
We’re not done yet.
A lot of people happily consider themselves to be a version of Clark W. Griswold and/or that their family is Griswold-esque. It’s a funny, yet proud comparison. Count me and my family in for this exercise! Speaking of the latter, Clark is a proud man, despite his many goofy characteristics. He works hard and wants what is best for his family. Just as stand-up comedians are able to say things in public we only wish we could, maybe Clark W. Griswold is doing that for us (although, my previous blog posts have shown I’m pitching in in that regard) during the holidays.
Now that is the gift that can keep on giving the whole year of 2018 that will not be the last of the Columbus Crew.
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.