My, my, my - some people are clearly not getting enough relaxation time in this summer.
The in-box was thoroughly flooded over the past two days after - horrors! - this space failed to highlight the contributions of Toronto FC to the summer sports spectacular we are all supposedly experiencing here in mighty Hogtown.
I suggested it was rather quiet out there these days. The soccer crowd (mob?) tends to disagree. MLSE puts another losing team out to the public, these folks buy in like lemmings and those who dare to find it all rather uninteresting are taken to task.
Well, that's typical for the footie crowd. It's always been that way. Never content to simply enjoy their fave sport, they get their knickers in an insecurity knot when the rest of the sports world doesn't fall to its knees in praise of the beautiful game.
To make things clear, two of my four kids play soccer. My wife plays, and even scored her first goal in roughly a quarter-century Wednesday night (our union will be in serious jeopardy the moment she reads that).
So I don't hate the sport. At the grassroots level, it gets quite of few of my dollars on an annual basis. I just don't particularly love it, and having spent most of the summer in the city, my sense is that TFC and the Under-20 tourney were both successful at the gate, but Mo Johnston can still feel safe walking down Yonge St. without being noticed. I'm glad folks are having a ton-o-fun at little BMO Field, but I'm just not feeling the mania.
When it comes to soccer, this is very much the minors, and probably always will be. Last week I took in minor league baseball games in Auburn, N.Y. and Syracuse, and undoubtedly there are fans in those cities who believe fervently in their teams and that they are being ignored by the larger sporting community.
But the soccer folks always take it to a new level. If you don't buy what they're selling, you're a moron. A jackass. An idiot.
That's the part that bugs me. See, I love tennis, but I understand that it's a sport that isn't nearly as popular as it once was, and that for many, it's simply not their cup of tea.
And I'm ok with that. When people ignore the game, I don't fire off indignant emails.
I don't scream to the hills in defence of the game I prefer. I don't get all bug-eyed and command others to follow the ATP and WTA tours. I simply accept that what I like, others don't.
So soccer people - relax. Sorry (not really) I didn't mention TFC in my previous "Dead Zone" blog, but quite frankly, last-place MLS teams playing out of a home stadium on a surface the world's best consider a joke don't really register in my brain in August.