There is a saying down south that goes "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig". This years Red Bull squad is in some ways vastly superior to last years model, particularly the addition of ex-EPL striker Juan Pablo Angel and the emergence of Jozy Altidore into something of an MLS starlet. But there is another saying that goes "the more things change the more they stay the same". If the New York side does get their shit together a "Red Donkeys" revival may soon come.
After taking in the Thursday night match between RBNY and Chivas USA I was struck by a number of things that left me baffled. If you feel you have the ability to answer any of these questions feel free to do so.
-First and foremost, where did the Red Bull of May go to? Is it on holiday at Sandals? The one that was on the field last night needs a bit of heart worse than the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz. And how is it that the previously lowly Chivas has a nearly identical record as newly potent Red Bull?
-Is it really necessary for David Beckham, a player who does not play for RBNY or Chivas, to have his jerseys for sale front & center in the Red Bull merchandise booth? It really is turning into DBLS, not MLS.
-In other "Red Bull is not too precious about claiming their territory" news, there is an autographed DC United kit hanging in the Bulls Corner Pub. I know that this isn't Europe, or South America but I'll be damned if that would fly anywhere else in the world; call me when you see that Rangers kit hanging in one of the suites at Celtic Park.
-Apparently there are still a few supporters who can't figure out that smoke bombs and the breaking of seats is frowned upon by stadium staff.
-Speaking of stadium staff, when did security get outsourced to the Gestapo? I'm all for playing by the rules but don’t write the rules in pencil. Ejecting someone for swearing at the opposition? C'Mon now. Then ejecting a second guy for taking a picture of you ejecting the first guy…that's just not on. Honestly, that's what a coked-out, paranoid Central American dictator does shortly after a bloody coup; it's not something a part-time security guard with a Krispy Kremes problem and basement apartment in Hackensack needs to try on for size.
-Believe it or not the woman that made the posters in the photos above was actually wearing league (not RBNY but MLS) credentials....who's in the business that hates Waldo this much?