Friday, February 15, 2013

Upcoming...

I have some big news...well...for me, and this blog it is, I guess...but if you're visiting this page, you might be interested.

However, it's not ready to announce yet, and I'm not going to build it up like "big news" like MLS usually does.

So, This post really doesn't say much, but just know, some new things are going to happen here.

 Stay tuned...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

On The Merger

You may have heard by now that the 3 (4 if you count the Colonials), are merging into one mega super duper awesome supporter group. #OneGroup

There are many reasons that have been given for the merger and many that seem like this would be a great idea. However, I stand against this merger. You might be saying, wait, you're a contrarian to everything so why is this news? Well, here's why I think it's a bad idea.

People are different.

The people that represent the current Class VI and Pid Army and BSG are just different types of people. This is not to say that people can't put their differences aside and work together, but when it comes to identifying yourself and/or representing a group, there will be plenty of issues that arise from trying to blanket a diverse group of people within one. These conflicts will not bode well for the long term viability of this mega group.

We don't have to all be the same. It's ok to be different. It's ok to have different ideologies, motivations, and ways to support the club.

How much in common does a 50 year old in CVI have with a 19 year old in PA? Will this group accurately represent both of those people? How could it?

It will become more difficult for a single person to influence the group. If the group does or says something a person doesn't agree with, where else is there to go? Are they no longer a supporter because they don't fall into the ways of this mega group? Would this group stand in the way of anyone trying to start a new group? Would the Front Office?

This was also supposed to give us bigger bargaining power with the front office in all ways, including ticketing and influence. While this may be true, we also lose some of our independence and autonomy in the process. It will be easier for the front office to influence the group and control a group of one. Do we really want a monopoly on ideas and influence?

I hope that these things don't happen, I hope this group succeeds, but I am also not living in a utopia where this merger solves all issues.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A New Season

Welcome to 2013. The shirts are (mostly) the same, the team name is the same, but there are quite a few changes we're in for this season. Oscar Pareja begins his second season as manager and along with Paul Bravo has put a youthful crew together for this voyage. Where this boat sails, we'll have months to figure out together. We got our first glimpse of what that could look like as the Rapids faced Portland in Tuscon, AZ in the opening game of this season's Dessert Friendlies. In the first half we got to see a line up that most likely will be rather similar to what we'll see opening day. Brian Mullan made a first half appearance at right back and played pretty well in the limited minutes. I look forward to seeing Mullan on the field wherever he is. He is a true professional. The only slightly depressing thing to come out of the first half was that the key to this whole season, to the offense, the engine that makes this offense run, Martin Rivero left with an apparent ankle injury. (He later tweeted a picture of himself in a cast). The offense struggled at times last year, and if he's out for any significant amount of time, I don't see that stopping, especially with the youth and inexperience up top. The second half was all about the youngsters, and while they showed some signs of promise, I will quell my enthusiasm for the moment by understanding the context of these game and the quality of opponent on the field. However, it was good to see some of those fresh young faces in burgundy. What did you think of the friendly? Which young player are you most excited about? What happens if Rivero is out for a period of time?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Running Tunes

Usually when I'm running I listen to a spoken version of the rosary. I say usually because I just started to pick up "running" about 3 weeks ago. (I'm doing the C25K program, if you care). This morning, however, I decided to listen to some old podcasts of Father Larry Richards homilies. Wow, was I in for a flooring. Father Larry was teaching on Corpus Christi and may have well been just talking straight to me. "The most important thing in this word, in this life is the Eucharist, are you living your life to do everything you can to receive Him?" Wow. I just hadn't thought of it that way. I'm going to listen that one again, just so it sets in more.

Video: Yes to You

This video swarmed through the Catholic blogosphere yesterday but I thought I would share it and add another voice to the choir of how awesome this is.

I have a few friends and acquaintances with same-sex attraction and that also identify themselves as Catholic. We've had those tough discussions where they've expressed that they don't feel like they're welcome in the Church. During those conversations I've struggled searching for the words to try to explain this very subject, that the Church is says no to same-sex marriage but not to you. Father Pontifex does so much more eloquently. I hope that those friends (and anyone else in that situation) find this video helpful, and that any sorrow that has come to them by the perception that the Church hates them would be lifted.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Putting the G and C in GCS

I have decided to re-dedicate myself to this blog. I think I have said that before, but this time I mean it. (insert snicker here). I also plan on making this blog more about me and focused on more about issues that I want to talk about. That includes things like Catholic issues, politics, family life, etc. In short, I plan on putting the God and Country into God, Country, Soccer. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guest Opinion: Carta a los Rapids

By: Kevberto (@Kevberto)


Queridos portadores de la camiseta que amo (Rapids de Colorado)!

Sabemos que hemos pasado tiempos difíciles, tiempos con demasiados cambios, incluyendo tiempos frustrantes. También sabemos que todo lo que nosotros como hinchas del equipo a veces podemos ser un poco demás demandantes incluso incomprensibles a lo que ustedes hacen. Pero si reconocemos y agradecemos lo que hacen en la cancha, sudan la camiseta, entregan y dejan todo en ella;

Al escribir esto con la meta de hacerles una petición muy especial, porque especial se preguntaran? Si ya nos estan dando todo lo que pueden. Bueno, como ustedes saben, existe una rivalidad contra real salt lake que ha estado escalando en los últimos años. Claro aun no es un Boca-River, Barça- Real Madrid, Millonarios-America, ni Chivas-America para el mundo, pero para nosotros es un clásico/rivalidad con esa categoría. Nos duele cuando pierden, pero lagrimas y llanto de dolor nos sale cuando perdemos contra ellos. La Copa Rocky Mountain es más que un trofeo para nosotros los hinchas, es mucho más que metal brilloso. Es todo lo que nosotros como hinchas sentimos! Es nuestro corazón aceptado por ustedes con la importancia que ustedes le den a estos partidos!

La petición es: por favor por favor PORFAVOR! JUEGUEN A GANAR estos 2 partidos en contra de ellos, jueguen unidos! Jueguen enamorados de la camiseta! Jueguen como si su vida dependiera de estos partidos por favor! Muchos estaremos en este partido el Sábado, no nos importa que tenemos que gastar, hasta donde tengamos que viajar, solo queremos que ganen. Y si pierden aun seguiremos detrás de ustedes con todo lo que podamos ofrecer.

Animo! Amemos la camiseta juntos. Gracias por su atención;

Sinceramente
Kevberto!