As I write this on a Monday evening, I am winding down celebrating my birthday. How old, you ask? That’s a rather personal question, but since you asked and since we’re all in this together, I’ll tell you. I’m 47.
So in light of my 47th birthday, entering my 48th year, on the downhill slide to 50, etc., etc., ad nauseum, I toyed with the idea of writing 47 takeaways of how this 2018 campaign has taken this writer from an optimistic (almost homeristic) supporter to someone struggling to see any light at the end of the tunnel.
But you’ve heard that, right? Supporters range from outrage to deprecating humor in order to cope. Rapids discussion boards have turned into Rapids “let’s make fun of anything and everything related to the Rapids” boards. Why?
There’s nothing left to discuss. Actually, there’s too much to discuss, because the issues that beset this team are so numerous.
Abbie and I switch writing the game recaps (well, she does 3 out of 4). I texted her that we’ve written the same recaps for the majority of the season—actually, now that I think about it, it’s the majority of the last two seasons.
Sean Curtis started off his breakdown (no, not a nervous breakdown—breaking down the game):
The Colorado Rapids dropped another game Saturday night by a score of 3-0, which means that their losing streak is now seven games in a row. Sadly, the Rapids having two seven-game losing streaks ties a record for the post-shootout era of the MLS. If they lose next week to Minnesota, they would become the first team ever in the post-shootout era with two eight-game losing streaks. This team is not good.
We have three games left
Yes, “we.” Rapids, if you haven’t noticed, C38 (both sections 117 and 108) are active from start to finish and should be commended. Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 28 should be over-the-top effusive in embracing their commitment. They have held the standard high even as the club has walked through the valley of the shadow of desperation. But fear not, for we are with you.
But instead of a Fan Appreciation Day, the Front Office needs to appreciate the fans by having a Fan Appreciation Offseason. They need to go after quality talent, from coaching to the last guy on the bench. Mind you, this is hard to say, because I hate seeing anyone lose their job. The players, coaches, front office—everyone that is remotely tuned in to the Rapids and MLS—know the issues needed from front to back. These men are playing for their livelihoods right now.
And that should temper all of our angst.
[Time for an afterschool-special, sappy paragraph. Cue the emotional strings and flutes.] The moment anyone puts on the burgundy and blue, they become a part of the Rapids Family and our history. Granted, this season has been historically bad, but we support the players who go out there and execute the game plan. We don’t. They do. And every new game brings a new hope.
This is the tension many supporters face. We support the players, but beg for results. We want to be relevant in the MLS conversation, especially when playoff time comes along. We as supporters want to matter, not just in eloquent words, but in execution.
Five hundred and forty-plus words later, we come back to the original premise: there’s nothing left to discuss. Three games remain. Lineups will be toyed with. Players will do their best. Most of them will likely move on in the offseason.
We will continue to support them and cheer for them in hopes that 2019 will be better and 2020 is even better. We will stick with the club through the crests and troughs.
Until then, we will pray that the front office and coaching can evaluate and secure talent and execute a plan with the proper players in place so that the Rapids are not a by-word among the soccer world.