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 on: Today at 09:23:54 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by c-lando
I need to get back to AMERICAN VANDAL.

I got sucked in by MINDHUNTER and watched the whole thing last weekend.

Then, I got sucked into TERRACE HOUSE.

Netflix OWNS me right now.

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 on: Today at 09:22:27 AM 
Started by MissKitty - Last post by c-lando
Haha... don't leave it in your purse!
HAHAHAHAHAH! Good call back!

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 on: Yesterday at 10:53:47 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by daytime drinking
isn't passed time to accept that people love everything about stadiums (except going to them in many cases)?  they love the idea of getting one because that old one was too old.  it just isn't new.  what they love anything more than getting a new stadium is seeing the old one being blown to shit. 

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 on: Yesterday at 08:49:44 PM 
Started by foolsgold - Last post by va-vacious
Clearly you need to remedy that!

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 on: Yesterday at 07:16:14 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Butter
So instead of drinking with 50 people at your favorite bar, you are drinking with 20,000 people in an open-air stadium and singing songs (the same 5 songs over and over).  Great.

Is it worth literally hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for the ability to do so?  I am hoping Columbus says "no it is not".

I would be fine if Cincinnati decided the same the next time either the Reds or Bengals try to pull their shit, regardless of my allegiance.  I can do something else with my time. If the city of Cincinnati agrees to fund even a dollar of a soccer stadium (not talking cooperation with easements or parking, but paying for any construction), then they are a bunch of idiots.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:39:39 AM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Tell him to pay for the stadium himself and then he can put it wherever he wants.  He has the money.

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 on: October 18, 2017, 10:48:15 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by euro60
by coincidence, I went to the Cincinnati chapter of the ACG (Association of Corporate Growth--it's a national group of lawyers, bankers, accountants, you get the idea) event tonight where Jeff Berding (President and GM of FCC) was the featured speaker. He gave a very interesting 45 min. presentation of what FCC is about and wants to accomplish.

What I got out of it is that FCC is laser-sharped into getting in to MLS. At the Q&A session, I asked him to what extent the turmoils at the Columbus Crew would effect FCC's bid. His response? "We are presenting our bid on our own merits, period."

If FCC can work out a stadium deal, FCC is getting an MLS franchise, I have no doubt. But can they get a stadium deal worked out with (OH) Hamilton County or Northern Kentucky? Berding said this: "We want to give Ohio all the opportunity, but if we need to do it in Northern Kentucky, we will. We are already on the 20 yard line." (For those outside of the area, the NKY space that is mentioned is right across the river from the Reds stadium.)

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 on: October 18, 2017, 10:17:03 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Zafer Kaya

But going to an FCC game has become a favorite pastime for me. It's spring or summer, you go to a bar before the game, hang out with friends, do some people-watching, etc. And oh yes, you go to the game. Along with 20,000+ others. Atmosphere is great. What's not to enjoy?

There is nothing not to enjoy.  And you can win USL every year, and even have a good chance at the Cup.

Or, you can plunk down $150m on a stadium to join a failing league, where you will be bad because you are not an attractive destination for the international stars, and I doubt that calling yourself a “futbol club” is quite enough to tilt the scales and land Chicharito.

Seriously, why mess up a good thing?  You are drawing 20k fans in a league where 5k is a good crowd. 

But whatever.  If you bankroll the stadium you will get a club for sure. 

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 on: October 18, 2017, 09:54:30 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Can't even agree on what to call it within the same league.  The league name is MLS, the clubs are often named "FC". 

Isn’t the FC in Cincinnati actually “Futbol Club?”  What is the Hispanic population there, like 5%?  So yeah, really lame.

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 on: October 18, 2017, 05:40:53 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by euro60
I hear what you're saying, ZK, but I think you miss a very important point. MLS or USL (the 2nd tier league where FCC now is) is not really about soccer, or sport. If it is strictly that, then I agree it probably won't be successful.

When FCC started its first year in 2016, I was extremely skeptical. Just like your average Euro football snob. The level of play is suspect. I always love telling this story: this year's big man for FCC is Djibi. I mean, he is a STAR. You look at his career, and he's a journey man. He even played briefly for my Belgian team Lokeren. They ditched him after 7 games or so. Yet here he is the MAN. So if it's strictly about that, the I'd pass too.

But going to an FCC game has become a favorite pastime for me. It's spring or summer, you go to a bar before the game, hang out with friends, do some people-watching, etc. And oh yes, you go to the game. Along with 20,000+ others. Atmosphere is great. What's not to enjoy?

So I think you are wrong that this is a sinking ship. You may well be right that there is a bubble waiting to burst as it relates to what it costs to land an MLS franchise. But people aren't going to stop going to the games. It's too much fun. So in the end, I've become a convert. I went to a good number of games this year (more than half). I'm getting season tickets for 2018.

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