3 Things MLS Should Outlaw

3 Things MLS Should Outlaw

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 30, 2008
  • 8 Comments
  • 3 Things, BigSoccer

Once in a blue moon I get bored and head over to BigSoccer. Well, today was one of those days (I thank my new puppy for waking me up extra early and giving me this extra time this morning).

I saw this thread at BigSoccer and thought it was pretty interesting and pretty amusing. Plus I wanted to see exactly what you all think should be banned/outlawed/kicked out/etc. from MLS.

Normally I think BigSoccer is just fully of junk but I have to admit, this page jumped out at me and thread actually had some substance. A few others had some decent thoughts as well before it got into the typical “stop naming clubs after this and that” and “stop playing in football stadiums”.

Anyways, the first thing the author said was actually kind of funny. While I like the extra noise that goes on at the games, getting rid of those lovely plastic horns should be a must! Listen I know they “add” a little extra atmosphere to the stadiums but I have to admit they get pretty annoying after a while.

The second was one I’ve been screaming for months now: “The term “yeahhhhhhhhhh” after any goal as spouted by Max Bretos.”

Others that I thought were a good idea:

  • Getting rid of the ‘Super’ in SuperDraft – Let’s face it there is really nothing Super about the draft anymore!
  • MLS Cup/All-Star Game Halftime show – Do we really need some band or singer taking up two or three minutes of our time at the half? I think not.
  • Promotion/Relegation talk – One topic that just needs to be put to rest.
  • Teams allowing 37 goals in 18 games – HELLO!, nice knock at the Galaxy there.

So what are some things that need to get on the way out here? Let’s hear it!

  • Roberto

    My 2&cent;..<br />
    Plastic horns: They sound fine from afar but when you're next to some 10 year old who's blowing it constantly it can lead to thoughts of violence…<br />
    English terms that have to do with language but not the sport: Pitch, nil, etc… Those aren't football terms, they are things they say in England. So unless we start saying 'loo' instead of bathroom, 'costume' instead of swimsuit, it's a 'field' and the score is 'zero'. <br />
    Please relay this to the folks at Fox SOCCER Channel who seem to forget who their audience is.<br />
    It's one thing on the ESPN UCL broadcasts which go worldwide, but anything US centric should stick to terms we use here.

  • Kaiser

    Roberto,<br />
    I couldn't agree more! I hate the Englishification of the sport here in the U.S. (spearheaded by the idiots at FSC). We need to become our own soccer nation, not a copy of England. I am all for adopting certain traditions from areas where soccer fans come from…we are a melting pot, but why so much from England and less from say Latin America, Germany, or other soccer crazed nations. I hate how anyone with an English accent is instantly a soccer expert. We are our own soccer nation (all be it, still a growing one).

  • Roberto

    My 2..
    Plastic horns: They sound fine from afar but when you’re next to some 10 year old who’s blowing it constantly it can lead to thoughts of violence…
    English terms that have to do with language but not the sport: Pitch, nil, etc… Those aren’t football terms, they are things they say in England. So unless we start saying ‘loo’ instead of bathroom, ‘costume’ instead of swimsuit, it’s a ‘field’ and the score is ‘zero’.
    Please relay this to the folks at Fox SOCCER Channel who seem to forget who their audience is.
    It’s one thing on the ESPN UCL broadcasts which go worldwide, but anything US centric should stick to terms we use here.

  • Al

    FieldTurf should be the first thing to go.

  • Kaiser

    Roberto,
    I couldn’t agree more! I hate the Englishification of the sport here in the U.S. (spearheaded by the idiots at FSC). We need to become our own soccer nation, not a copy of England. I am all for adopting certain traditions from areas where soccer fans come from…we are a melting pot, but why so much from England and less from say Latin America, Germany, or other soccer crazed nations. I hate how anyone with an English accent is instantly a soccer expert. We are our own soccer nation (all be it, still a growing one).

  • Gruffgoat

    meh – the language stuff doesn't bother me – after all the game was codified in England, so the adoption of Anglophone terms helps differentiate football from American football, but I will say this, I'll stop talking about promotion and relegation the day US Soccer adopts promotion and relegation. Sorry guys – but that's one of the great things about soccer and it's what makes the sport count in all divisions and in all areas of the table…imagine if baseball had it, I'm looking at you Atlanta Braves.

  • Al

    FieldTurf should be the first thing to go.

  • meh – the language stuff doesn’t bother me – after all the game was codified in England, so the adoption of Anglophone terms helps differentiate football from American football, but I will say this, I’ll stop talking about promotion and relegation the day US Soccer adopts promotion and relegation. Sorry guys – but that’s one of the great things about soccer and it’s what makes the sport count in all divisions and in all areas of the table…imagine if baseball had it, I’m looking at you Atlanta Braves.