I'm going on about 4 hours of sleep combined over the past 2 days, so if this rambles, I apologize. Usually I try to leave my commentary on the games until the next game so that I don't let my passion on the performance cloud my vision. I attempt to be impartial as much as I can, but tonight's performance was so bad I am going to go off.
I'm not a journalist, even if from time to time I like to attempt to be one. My reason for this blog is not to try and get a job with a newspaper, or with the team or anything else that will pay me to do this, it's purely for my love of the Wizards. I've supported them since they were formed in 1995 and have been as fanatical about them as anyone, especially the last 7-8 years or so. Today I'm incredibly ashamed of this team due to that performance against New York. I've spent countless hours making banners, writing articles, driving to home games, driving to away games, and numerous other things in my support for the team. I've also probably spent thousands of dollars in these different endeavors as well. This is time I could spend doing other things, or money I could spend to help out around the house, but I choose to spend it on the Wizards because I love the team and I love soccer. In return I get yet another performance like this, the second one I've watched live this year (along with the game in RSL).
I'm tired of what seems like one way loyalty in this situation. I would have thought I would have learned my lesson about this having read "Fever Pitch" but I haven't. I still am one of the first ones out there every game day, one of the last ones to leave having a good time, hanging out with friends and cheering on my team. But even that now is getting tiring by this point I am physically and emotionally spent on this team. It's not as fun as it used to be to go out to the stadium and cheer on the Wizards, there's just not that connection it seems anymore. But I'll still be at a watch party next Saturday for the Dallas game, I'll be in the Cauldron at CAB on July 10th and I'll even be in Colorado on July 17th, apparently I'm a gluten for punishment the way this team is playing.
All that said I want to also get three knee jerk reactions from tonight's game.
1. Vermes needs to go. I've tried to sit on the fence post on this discussion not completely taking a side in the debate, but this is just bad. The team has won one of it's last 10 games, and only picked up 6 of a possible 30 points in those 10 games. The only win coming against a 10 man Philadelphia team that actually dominated. Vermes is now 6-12-6 since becoming head coach, picking up 24 of a possible 72 points. As a head coach he's averaging a point a game. That's not good enough. And that's only his head coaching record, his record as technical director isn't exactly rosy either as this team has a grand total of 1 playoff win in the 3 plus years he's been in charge.
2. KC needs a new captain. I love Davy Arnaud, but 3 red cards in 10 games played. That's pathetic and tonight's was just horrible. He lost his head, and you can't have your captain losing his head like that. Suggestions to replace him, Jimmy Nielsen, Stephane Auvray, Jimmy Conrad or even Kei Kamara, he seems to at least lead off the field post game.
3. Sit Josh Wolff. Wolff was a decent player in his time, but he should not be a starter anymore. He doesn't look like he's completely in the game, or even fully interested in being out there. At best he should be coming off the bench at this point. But with his salary, maybe it's time to let him go.
Full more even minded write up will be out tomorrow, but this needed to be said.