October 29, 2008

Make Yourself At Home, TFC


Toronto FC's season is over. A season that began with so much promise ended with so much disappointment. BMO Field must wait to pop its playoff cherry.


Honestly, I didn't watch enough of TFC in 2008 to tell you where it all went to hell. I'll leave that to the professionals. In this case, The Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly.

I know, I know, there's a lot of hate out there amongst soccer aficionados pointed at my man Cathal, but I enjoy his work. I loved his coverage of Euro 2008 this past summer. His blog was hilarious. In my humble opinion, the man can write. 

Cathal's take on TFC in 2008? The team just wasn't that good. And you can blame TFC's director of soccer Mo Johnston for that.

Johnston promised big things, and he didn't deliver. If Mo was the man in charge of any other Toronto sports franchise, he'd be out of a job. I don't think he's taken enough heat for TFC's brutal season, but my man Cathal brought the fire. Read his column.

Here's hoping shit changes in the front office down at BMO Field. Major League Soccer has been a huge success in Toronto, but there has got to be a better squad on the field, plain and simple.

TFC is already looking all too comfortable in the city's sports scene. They're fitting in rather well, actually. The club is printing money, but the playoffs are nowhere in sight. It's absolutely shocking that they're owned and operated by MLSE.

If it weren't for the Toronto Raptors, these might be some of the darkest days in Toronto sports history. The Jays, Leafs, Argos (yikes), and TFC aren't exactly knocking my socks off. 

Required Footy Reading

If you're looking to satisfy your Canadian footy/TFC blogging needs, because God knows I'm not getting 'er done, check out The 24th Minute. Duane Rollins, he of Out of Left Field fame, is your amiable host. And, yes, the blog is aptly named in honour of TFC's first ever goal, scored by Danny Dichio in, you guessed it, the 24th minute.

Also, the gentlemen over at The Passion That Frustrates Us All have posted part one of their TFC Season Review. Check out the layout, they're good people over there.

5 comments:

Pension Plan Puppets said...

Cathal Kelly is full of shit. When he covers TFC he must have been told to type up nothing but crap in order to get the e-mails flooding in.

I don't have time to type up a massive reply to all of the stupidity that he spewed but Mo tried and was handcuffed by the turf among other things.

Next year they'll be in the playoffs. I guarantee it.

eyebleaf said...

PPP, you know more about TFC than I do, bro. When you do have some time, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Escaped Lab Rat said...

"TFC is already looking all too comfortable in the city's sports scene. They're fitting in rather well, actually. The club is printing money, but the playoffs are nowhere in sight. It's absolutely shocking that they're owned and operated by MLSE."

Classic. My thoughts exactly.

I saw some TFC games this year and I've gotta say, it's an incredible experience, particularly if you're sitting near the South stands. Totally worth a viewing. The atmosphere is kind of like a Jays Home Opener.

eyebleaf said...

@ PPP: I was talking to a buddy at work who is a huge TFC supporter and he said exactly what you did. That Mo's hands were tied and that when it came down to playing on turf, it was a deal breaker for a lot of guys. They simply wouldn't even consider playing on it. I think that's fucked up. I didn't know the situation was that bad. If that really is the case, we need to get grass at BMO asap.

@ Escaped: The atmosphere is definitely great. I think that's one reason why it has been so successful, the experience is so different from any other sports franchise in the city. The chanting is incredible. I love the Dichio song. I still sing it randomly. Great comparison with the Jays home opener. Perhaps we should get Winse to start working on some Jays chants...

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