Take It easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
And take it easy.
(Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, 1972)
As the BW Boss, the resident rabbi, and the Illustrious Wizard of Uz have weighed in (ripping a hole in the universe in the process), so now I take my turn from the Cheapies here in the South Stands.
Glenn Frey died recently at the age of 67, as another piece of my musical childhood passes away. I'm here listening to The Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol 1. I put the CD in (yes, I've had this thing for a while) and what is the first song that comes up but "Take It Easy." No, I'm not standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, I have no use for anyone on a flatbed Ford, and the only woman I have on my mind is my bride of 17 years.
But, man, did Jackson Browne and Brother Frey have us Colorado Rapids fans in mind in January 2016? Um, it was 1972--don't be absurd! Yet, when I heard that song, I couldn't help but think that maybe, juuuuust maybe, we Rapid fans need to take it easy.
I get it. We've been burgundy burned for a while. Cellar dwellers in the West, duking it out with the Chicago Fire for worst in the MLS (and wouldn't you know, we lost that, too!!). We've seen transaction after transaction, lineup after lineup, strategy after strategy turn into the proverbial dumpster fire. As has been written ad infinitum, ad nauseum, the connection between the front office and the fans is frayed at best, non-existent and condescending at worst. Our kneejerk reaction, even before we know all the facts, is, "This is gonna stink worse than a rest area bathroom."
But as my BW boss wrote, we got two picks and money (undisclosed, yes). That's not chump change--if they pick well. You have to understand, I'm a Bengals fan and remember the horrid picks from the 1990s that busted and left us with bags over our heads--but without the circles cut out! We got conditioned--until we didn't. Now, we expect to go to the playoffs. We couldn't see it then, but soon some adjustments were made, and suddenly we could and did. But that's for another time.
The next few weeks could turn out to be that turning point when we get not some some splashy name (Tim Howard), but we also get some really solid pieces--even as we mourn the loss of two fan favorites. Many Rapid fans have high expectations that they will swing and miss (ugh, a baseball metaphor--apologies). Let's wait and see.
Let's take it easy!
(Right! I crack myself up!)