In no particular order....
1. Where were they going?
About 80 minutes in I noticed people leaving the game.
A tie game.
Granted, Saturday's game was just a little dull, especially early on. After the first half I turned to Mark Polishuk from MLSnet.com and told him I was having a Homer Simpson moment -- like that episode where he gave up drinking for a month and went to a baseball game sober.
"I never realized how boring this game is without beer...."
Now before people go complaining to my bosses that I'm getting tipsy in the press box, understand that I take my job kind of seriously, so I don't drink and write. And it's not about the beer anyway. My point is that until Amado Guevara came on (more on that later), the game was dull.
Still don't know if that justifies leaving early, especially when you've paid to be there.
If it's a 3-0 game and you've got to get home by 7 to catch the first pitch of the Blue Jays game, then leave early. The outcome is clear.
But if I spend money on tickets and the game's still undecided I'm sticking around. Even if it's boring.
|MICHAEL STUPARYK/TORONTO STAR|
|John Carver points out the area of the field where streamers require double-coverage.|
Fans booed last week when the PA announcer gently reminded them not to throw streamers at players or officials, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed a steep decline in streamer use at BMO Field these last couple of weeks.
If I remember correctly, out of three first half corner kicks, KC's Claudio Lopez only had to stop once to disentangle himself from tissue paper.
Guess folks are getting the message.
3. Streamers II
Anybody else notice about 17 minutes in, when John Carver stepped out of the technical area to retrieve a stray streamer, then rolled it up and tossed it in the back of the dug
I thought that was cool.
Because some people can never get enough...
He was NOT at the game Saturday and neither were any of the Chicago players reputed to be headed this way in exchange for him.
Nothing new has happened. I understand the rumours (trade complete and awaiting league approval) are seductive, and some of them may come true someday, but that's not what's happening right now.
I've spoken to people who should know about these things and they're all telling me that neither side has budged in the bargaining process.
Toronto still wants a LOT in return for McBride's rights, and Chicago still thinks Toronto is asking way too much.
Friday I spoke to McBride's agent, his brother Matthew McBride. He too had heard the rumours and said they were "news to us."
So I don't know what else to tell you guys right now. Can't report on progress until their actually is progress, and Mo Johnston, for one, says he's not speaking to the media about McBride until there's...progress.
In the meantime I think folks need to remember a few things about this situation:
* Chicago and Toronto don't ever have to reach an agreement. TFC can sit on McBride's rights and let him retire, or they can let some the next team in line assume McBride's rights and wait for the next big name American to come back from Europe. OR they can involve another team in the deal and try to swing a three-team trade.
* Transfer period begins July 15, so there's still a little time for something to happen.
*The league doesn't want to meddle in this, so it really is up to Mo Johnston and Frank Klopas and any other GMs with something to offer to settle things.
That's all I can think of right now. If any readers come across any elements of McBridegate that I've missed, feel free to post a comment.
-- Morgan Campbell