It’s All About The Optics

The Charter Franchise of Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew SC, is about to leave it’s home after 24 seasons for the supposed greener pastures of Austin, Texas.  During the last MLS season & beyond, the #SaveTheCrew movement geared up in full force.  Or at least that is what we were led to believe.

Placards, bumper stickers, yard signs and banners were distributed & planted throughout Central Ohio and the United States.    At a #SaveTheCrew rally last fall on the steps of Columbus City Hall the message was delivered loud and clear by organizers and guest speakers….buy as many tickets as you can….fill as many seats as you can…bring friends and family to matches.
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So what happened?  For the Home Opener of what could be potentially the FINAL season for Crew SC in Columbus, just a little over 11,000 showed up.
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Things didn’t get any better for the second home match as just over 8,000 decided to make an appearance.
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Optics, people, optics.  If you are trying to get soccer supporters and those with influence to believe that you really care about your franchise, you need to show up.  Hashtags, bumper stickers and yard signs aren’t going to cut it.

Excuses aren’t going to cut it either.  For the better part of a weekend, I “debated” with Crew SC Supporters on twitter.  I heard so many excuses from “It doesn’t matter. Precourt is moving the team anyway.” to “The business metrics are unfair and being used against us.” to “The Blue Jackets are playing at the same time.” to “It was cold.”  I also received a few unflattering comments in what I tried to keep a respectable back and forth.  “Troll”, “Hater”, “Giant Douche” & “Dementia Sufferer” come to mind.

If you really, really were concerned that the franchise you are so passionate about was about to leave town, you should SHOW UP to matches.  If you think the odds are against you, go down swinging.  Show you care, at the very least to the players on the pitch.

I know, I know.  Some of you are pointing the finger at me.  No, I did not show up at either match.  But I also willingly admit I am not a rabid Crew SC Supporter.  I have been to many matches, I will be to a few this season.  But it is up to YOU, #SaveTheCrew people, to quit relying on hashtags and to take some real action.

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Getting Rid Of Chief Wahoo Is The Right Thing To Do

The announcement has been made.  Major League Baseball & the Cleveland Indians will finally get rid of the Chief Wahoo logo after this season.  Now there are many reasons for this, protests from Native American groups, criticism from those who believe in political correctness among others.

Don’t be fooled.  The main reason for the elimination of the logo is because the Indians will host the MLB All-Star Game in 2019.  It’s that simple.  Want to host the MLB All-Star Game?  Get rid of the logo.  Business, pure and simple.

But with that being said.  It is the right thing to do.  I mean, just look at it.  It is a horrific stereotype of a race of people.  Red-faced with a cartoonish toothy grin and a feather sticking out of it’s head.  It is disgustingly offensive.  At some point, the issue of the team name must be considered as well.  But this is a good first step.

25 Worst Moments In Monday Night RAW History

Let me first say that I am a WWE fan and a Monday Night RAW fan.  But with all the celebration going on regarding Monday Night RAW’s 25th Anniversary, let me rain a little on the parade.

Here are MY 25 Worst Moments In Monday Night RAW History…..

25) Lita “Marries” Kane

24) John Cena vs Michael Cole

23) Fandango

22) Fake Rosie vs Fake Donald

21) Goldberg Returns To WWE

20) Hornswoggle

19) Vince McMahon Says “The N-Word”

18) ECW Invades RAW

17) nWo Debuts On RAW

16) Randy Orton RKOs An 80 Year Old Woman

15) Hugh Jackman Confronted By Magneto

14) Wiz Khalifa “Performs” on RAW

13) Pitbull Joins The Rock

12) Vince McMahon Forces Trish Stratus To Strip

11) RAW Anonymous General Manager

10) Joey Styles “Quits” RAW

9) Vince McMahon’s Limo Explodes

8) Jeremy Piven & Ken Jeong Lollygag Through A Segment

7) Tensai Wears Lingerie & Dances

6) Mike Adamle

5) John Cena “Rapping”

4) Daniel Bryan’s “Affair”

3) JR vs John Coachman

2) “Big Baller Brand” Invades RAW

1) Triple H, Kane, Katie Vick & Necrophilia

I still will be watching Monday…and wish Happy 25th Birthday to RAW!

***I will be joining Cincinnati Radio Legend Wildman Walker on Wednesday, January 24th starting at 3pm on ClassX Radio!  We will be talking Reds Winter Caravan, Wildman’s impending feud with former Red Dmitri Young, Bengals and more!  Plus we will spin the “New Breed Of Rock”.  Learn more & listen online at http://www.ClassXRadio.com.***
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I Eat A Tide Pod!

I was cold and hungry & needed a snack.  So I tried the newest snack that is all the rage—Tide Pods!

Here’s how it turned out…

***I will be joining Cincinnati Radio Legend Wildman Walker on Wednesday, January 24th starting at 3pm on ClassX Radio!  We will be talking Reds Winter Caravan, Wildman’s impending feud with former Red Dmitri Young, Bengals and more!  Plus we will spin the “New Breed Of Rock”.  Learn more & listen online at http://www.ClassXRadio.com.***
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Warm Up…By Watching The “Freezer Bowl”

Yes, it is brutally cold this winter.  But not as cold as what the Bengals, Chargers and fans suffered through in the 1981 “Freezer Bowl” AFC Championship Game.  The game was played in upwards of -59 degree wind chill conditions.  A nice bonus is that the game was announced by the legendary Dick Enberg, who just recently passed away.  Also, here is another fun fact— former Bengal & 700 WLW Sportstalk Host Bob Trumpy was in the booth, but only to pass on via notes throughout the game what he knew about the Bengals to Enberg & Merlin Olsen.

So why not warm up by watching what is one of the few playoff wins in Bengals history?

***I will be joining Cincinnati Radio Legend Wildman Walker on Wednesday, January 24th starting at 3pm on ClassX Radio!  We will be talking Reds Winter Caravan, Wildman’s impending feud with former Red Dmitri Young, Bengals and more!  Plus we will spin the “New Breed Of Rock”.  Learn more & listen online at http://www.ClassXRadio.com.***
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Let’s Jump On The Caravan!

The lineup and sites for the 2018 Reds Winter Caravan have been announced!
I know it has been a disappointing past few years for the Redlegs on the field, but it is always nice to know baseball isn’t that far away.

From Reds.com:

NORTH TOUR

Celebrities:

Broadcasters Jeff Brantley and Jim Day, pitchers Amir Garrett and minor leaguer Tyler Stephenson, general manager Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red.

Date Location (click for directions) City Time EST
Thursday, Jan. 25 Polaris Fashion Place Columbus, OH 7 – 9 pm
Friday, Jan. 26 Apollo Career Center – new for 2018 Lima, OH 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 National Museum of USAF Dayton, OH 11 am – 2 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 Parrish Auditorium Hamilton, OH 3 – 5:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28 Florence Mall Florence, KY 11 am – 2 pm

SOUTH TOUR

Celebrities:

Broadcaster Thom Brennaman, outfielder Phillip Irvin, outfielder Adam Duvall (Louisville only), minor leaguer TJ Friedl, roving catching instructor and former catcher Corky Miller, former outfielder Austin Kearns (Lexington only), president and COO Phil Castellini, senior director of player development Jeff Graupe, executive advisor to the CEO Walt Jocketty (Louisville only), and mascot Mr. Redlegs.

Date Location (click for directions) City Time EST
Thursday, Jan. 25 Louisville Slugger Field Louisville, KY 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 26 CoolSprings Galleria Nashville, TN 7:30 – 9:30 pm (6:30-8:30 pm CST)
Saturday, Jan. 27 Greenwood Mall Bowling Green, KY 11 am – 12:30 pm (10 am-11:30 am CST)
Saturday, Jan. 27 Fayette Mall Lexington, KY 5 – 7 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28 Florence Mall Florence, KY 11 am – 2 pm

EAST TOUR

Celebrities:

Broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed , manager Bryan Price, minor leaguer Nick Senzel, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, vice president & senior advisor to the general manager Buddy Bell and mascot Mr. Red.

Date Location (click for directions) City Time EST
Thursday, Jan. 25 Athens Community Center – new for 2018 Athens, OH 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 26 Charleston Town Center Charleston, WV 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 Grand Central Mall Parkersburg, WV 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 Huntington Mall – new for 2018 Huntington, WV 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28 Florence Mall Florence, KY 11 am – 2 pm

WEST TOUR

Celebrities:

Broadcaster Marty Brennaman, outfielder Scott Schebler (Thursday & Friday only), catcher Tucker Barnhart (Muncie, Indy & Batesville only), minor leaguer Taylor Trammell, former infielder/outfielder Dmitri Young, vice president & assistant general manager Nick Krall and mascot Gapper.

Date Location (click for directions) City Time EST
Thursday, Jan. 25 Stoops Automotive Muncie, IN 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Jan. 26 Eastland Mall Evansville, IN 5 – 7 pm (4-6 pm CST)
Saturday, Jan. 27 College Mall Bloomington, IN 9:30 – 11 am
Saturday, Jan. 27 Castleton Square Mall Indianapolis, IN 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 Southeastern Indiana YMCA – new for 2018 Batesville, IN 4 – 6 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28 Florence Mall Florence, KY 11 am – 2 pm

See you on the Caravan!
***I will be joining Cincinnati Radio Legend Wildman Walker on Wednesday, January 24th starting at 3pm on ClassX Radio!  We will be talking Reds Winter Caravan, Wildman’s impending feud with former Red Dmitri Young & spinning the “New Breed Of Rock”.  Learn more & listen online at http://www.ClassXRadio.com.***
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Welcome Back Buckeyes Basketball!

What a win this past Sunday for the Basketball Buckeyes!  Yes, it is a little disappointing that Ohio State couldn’t crack the Top 25 after a convincing win over #1 Michigan State, but that doesn’t diminish an epic win.

It is nice to see Ohio State Basketball relevant again after a couple of down years to end Thad Matta’s tenure in Columbus.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a Thad supporter and was puzzled how his ouster was handled by AD Gene Smith.  I also will admit to not being totally sold on the Chris Holtmann hire.  But it was obvious that Thad’s time as Head Coach needed to end.  Personal health issues and lackluster recruiting made that apparent.

There is no denying Holtmann has made an impact already.  This team looks focused and interested on the court again & slowly but surely, fans are responding.  The atmosphere at The Schott vs. Michigan State was unlike anything seen or heard the past few seasons.  It is also a true joy to watch Keita Bates-Diop finally round into the star we knew he could be.

Of course, all of this warm & fuzzy feeling could end Thursday with a loss to Maryland.
But for now, let’s enjoy it.