Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Seriously - enjoy the time off, stretch, feel the weight of being a TFC supporter lift off of your shoulders, eat too much, lay on the couch and relax. Once you wake up from your tryptophan induced nap consider that there are things for us as Toronto FC fans to be grateful for this year. Seriously, I'm not kidding! While I enjoy a certain level of cynicism and gallows humour is indeed my friend, even I can find things to be thankful for when it comes to our woeful club.
- They exist. Seems a bit simple but it's the big one - we have a club. Yes, they're terrible. Yes, they've been terrible since the beginning. And yes, supporting them is like being in a horribly dysfunctional relationship. And yet, think back 8 years ago when we had nothing - I'd rather have this morass of madness than no club at all. Well, most of the time anyway...
- We still have a grass pitch. Doesn't seem like a lot but we should embrace it while we've still got it. Even though Big Tim emphatically stated over and over (and over) again at the TFC Breakfast that grass was here to stay - he's also talked far too much about our eventual (this will happen folks) roomies the Argos coming to BMO and well we all know what that will do to the grass. So be thankful while we've got it.
- The Argos aren't here yet - I know this one is a 'let's push it off to the future' kind of thing, but we've got a couple more years to watch our team without the destructive influence of the gridiron gang on both our pitch and our stadium - $100 million for a roof? Umm, Tim? We're not stupid you know...Anyway, let's be thankful for a couple more years of watching (note I didn't say enjoying) our club.
- Our kits are not the worst in the league - a small victory, but one that we should be mildly proud of - have you seen those LAG fan kits? Yikes.
- Cheap tickets for one more year - Of course this is one of those 'bare minimum' things that the club should do and maybe being thankful seems odd but this is MLSE we're talking about - the corporation that has never met a price increase that they didn't like. So yes I'm thankful that the PR aspect of not raising the prices outweighed the desire to squeeze more money from the fans.
- We're not the worst team in the world; this year. In fact we're ever so slightly better than last year, so that's a nice aluminium lining to be thankful for.
- A week off! As odd as it feels to have a week off at this time of year isn't it lovely to not be gnashing your teeth over the latest bit of TFC drama or soul sucking performance?
- Lack of sold out games - What's that you say? Why would I be thankful for that? Other than enjoying the spaciousness (I come for the terrible football, I stay for the leg room), the emptier it gets the more difficult it becomes for management to hide the issues with our club. When you can't point to the fans (best fans in the league!) in the stands regardless of the crap on the pitch you've (hopefully) got to do something to change that.
- Montreal's misery - this is the gift that keeps on giving. Who isn't thankful that our final game will have some meaning? Especially if it means putting the final nail in the coffin that holds their playoff hopes.