July 14, 2012; Commerce City, CO, USA; General view of Dick's Sporting Goods Park before the game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
10 games. That’s what the Colorado Rapids have left of the 2012 season. We are 8-15-1 and in 8th place in the West, and 15th overall, well out of the playoffs if the season were to end now. Two years removed from a Championship, and we’re questioning whether or not we’ll get into the playoffs. We’ve talked, we’ve complained, we’ve argued about who’s fault it is. But I’m tired of arguing, I’m tired of complaining and finger pointing. And if I’m tired of it, imagine how the players on the pitch feel, losing week after week with the success of their cup run still fairly fresh in their minds. To have fallen so far from the throne, and to be cast aside as though our championship was decades ago has to be one of the most frustrating things they’ve gone through.
It’s hard for us as fans to watch. I sat in my basement watching the match vs FC Dallas. I had hopes, and anticipated a possible victory. The Rapids came out strong, shooting, dropping deep passes, crossing the ball across the pitch, and ultimately went up 1-0. I jumped out of my seat and nearly spilled my delicious beverage. But then, I thought to myself, how often do the Rapids hold onto a lead? They don’t. They simply sit on their heels and watch the opponent come storming back to take our precious 3 points. So, I sat back into my leather couch and waited for the inevitable. It was a growing sickness in my stomach, just knowing what was going to happen. The match went from 1-0, to 1-1, to 1-2, to 1-3, and ultimately, 2-3 on a Jeff Larentowicz set piece (which I miss seeing). I started blaming players, the front office, the refs, anyone I could think of. Then I thought about these articles that we post on the Burgundy Wave, and thought about all of the blaming I’ve been doing. I’ve read Facebook posts about fans giving up their season tickets, because of front office moves such as trading Kosuke Kimura. I realize that this season is probably lost, that we will miss the playoffs this season, and it’s probably the fault of numerous players and coaches, etc. But we as fans need to continue supporting this team through this season and the seasons following. Sure, many of us don’t understand what Oscar Pareja has done to our team, or why some players looks sluggish this season, or why Paul Bravo is still in charge. I could keep finger pointing, but it’s almost unnecessary at this point.
So, I call on you Rapidsnation, to just enjoy the rest of the season. Continue showing up to home games, tailgating, support this team that did bring us a cup only two short years ago. That’s not long enough to boycott tickets like Rockies fans should do. We’ll make that call after next season. We know we most likely won’t make playoffs, but there’s that small fraction of a chance we could, and I for one, would love to witness that magic. And if we lose again, then we have no worries for the rest of the season. Then, we can focus on screwing other teams out of playoff positions (which is always fun). Let’s bleed Burgundy. Let’s be supportive. Let’s be fans. I’ll be back to my old self, next week.