The fact that they are in a giant mob allows them the anonymity of the crowd. It helps them get away with shit. Break seats by yourself or do other shit and you stick out like a sore thumb. And fuck it make them go on the secondary market and pay top dollar.
But are they really getting away with it? There have been arrests. There have been bans. I will agree that it hasn't stopped them but to say they're "getting away with shit" technically isn't correct. Again, something definitely needs to be done before something really serious happens. I just don't know what that is.
I'm a believer that if you're going to change coaches you damn well better be sure there's someone equal or better than him that's available to step in. You can make this case for Sigi, but outside of him is there really anyone available to coach at this present moment that's equal or better than Jesse? I don't see it. And the issues with this team don't as much stem from tactics as they do the personnel that's being asked to implement said tactics. And even then... how much can you blame Jesse for it. If the club wasn't dicking around all winter trying to buy out Ali and we had someone in place who could try to buy players to fix our deficiencies maybe we wouldn't be in this position.
I know it won't happen, but I'd take 31 yr old Rooney vs a 30 yr old (real age 36) Sacha about right now.
Rooney is the last person I want here.
He may be 31 but he's a very old 31. Guy's been playing professionally since he was 17 and really hasn't had much of a break between club/England responsibilities. Watching him week in and week out I don't think he has it anymore. Time and the number of games he's played has finally caught up to him. He's going to go back to Everton because it's his boyhood club and it would be nice for him to retire there but I want no part of him in the league.
funny how the eye test can be disparet to the stats since we are thinking he looks a bit slow and out of sorts.
I would be curious to know what his chances to create/90 was before the move back to the 4-2-3-1 compared to what that number is after the switch and to see if going back to a familiar formation has pushed that number up (and if so, how much?).
Mike I think you are a down to earth guy but you got to pick your battles and let this one go.
Ok so the front office took away tifo for a couple games. Big fucking deal! Life goes on.
Yet for some people (and an ever-growing contingent in the South Ward) they feel like they must find something....anything to bitch and moan about so they can perpetuate this silly "oh woe is me, I'm being victimized" narrative.
You have people threatening to cancel season tickets, capos writing articles online about how everyone is being neglected and abused by the club, countless angry posts on social media all over what??? Banners that get held up for 30 seconds before each game?
Not worth the anger.
In the grand scheme of things yes, life goes on. Shit happens.
Why is there so much anger over the sanctions?
1) Because in ESCs case it took the front office a week and a half to hand down its punishment. Another full home game went before the front office decided to do something. If it was *that* egregious then it should've been dealt with immediately, don't you think?
2) There was no warning, no "next time you do something you'll be sanctioned," no nothing. If there was some sort of warning and the SGs decided to say "fuck you" to the front office and do what they wanted then fine, whatever. But there was nothing. And to sanction two sections of supporters who live, breathe, and die for the club, travel all over to away games, who paint tifo before games, who hang banners to help provide atmosphere, over something innocuous is, frankly, bullshit.
3) Because now it's starting to come off that the actions of one SG can mean sanctions for the others (I'm not saying it will happen, but it can). In the front office's statement it mentions a "pattern of behavior" due to the actions of ESC and GSU. What "pattern of behavior?" A topical sign by one and a "fuck Ohio" from the other? That's a pattern? VA cannot control the actions of GSU, GSU cannot control the actions of ESC, ESC cannot control the actions of VA, and vice versa. The behavior isn't a pattern. It's isolated. And *if* that's the road the front office wants to go down then the SGs (and supporters) have every right to make their voices heard.
So to you it may not be worth the anger. But to others it very well could be.