Sunday Musings

Here are are few Fire related items of interest :


Fire on TV

Courtesy of En Fuego:

Collins John will be appearing on tonight's Final Word sports recap show on Fox Chicago.  Fox is actually one of the few local media outlets that has shown that they will cover the team with any regularity. 

Carlos De Los Cobos will be appearing on Univision's  Deportiva Extra at 10:15.

A Familiar Voice

Sam Stejskal's game report for



DC United lost at home to New England 2-0 in front of an energetic 20,664 fans.  If any group of fans deserve a new stadium it's DC.  Unfortunately for them, United is not very good this year.  They controlled alot of the action but their inability to finish ruined them last night.  The Revs second goal from Kenny Mansally gets my vote for goal of the week.


The New York Red Bulls continued their impressive early form by defeating Seattle in front of 36,066.  Mac Kandji scored the only goal of the match after a Joel Lindpere corner kick service was deflected to him in front of the net.


After the match yesterday I headed outdoors to run a few errands.  While listening to a certain local sports radio talker (670 AM), I decided to stick around long enough to catch their 5:30pm scoreboard update.  The update consisted of the following "news" stories:

1. NCAA tournament news (understandable as a lead story)

2. A mention of the Bulls-Bobcats game

3. Pre season Cubs baseball update along with a detailed list of which players provided RBI during this meaningless game

4. Pre season White Sox baseball update along with a big breaking news story.  Apparently the Sox back up catcher may start the year on the disabled list.

5. A quick run down of meaningless baseball player transactions

6. And that was it.  No mention of the Fire game whatsoever.  Pathetic!


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  • That is crap! The fire have been in Chicago for 8 years now.. its time we got our foot in the door with the chicago media. Anyone know any radio or TV people to pull some freaking strings

  • sorry correct that 12 years

  • It is pathetic that they would refuse to even give the score. It's one thing if they don't talk about it, but just ignoring it? Give me a break.

  • Hello Guys"
    All the complaining does'nt help but "Action On Your Part Does"
    Take the time and call the Radio and Television stations and let them know that you live in Chicago and are very disapointed that
    they dont include the chicago Fire in their Sports News.
    Ask them if they are aware that what we call Soccer in the USA the
    rest of the World calls Football. Soccer is the fasted growing Sport in the USA and twice as many boys and girls ages 6 through 13
    are playing Soccer over Baseball. Whenever the World Cup takes place as it will this year in South Africa it always sets a broad
    cast communication record. As an example the Last World Cup Final
    between Germany and Italy had an International Televion Auidiance of 6.5 Billion people. That is a thousand times more than the coverage given the last Super Bowel and five hundred times more than the Olympics both summer and winter.
    Yes FootBall {Soccer} is the game played throughout the world.
    I am planing on calling Chicago Radio and television stations on Monday. If Fire Supporters like Section 8 and the rest of you did
    the same the News Media would be forced into giving the Chicago
    Fire the attention it deserves and this would also increase the Fan base.
    Lets be honest the Chicago Cubs,Black Hawks,Bulls and Bears as of late have not given us much to be proud of.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Now I feel stupid for not thinking of that. Can you give me some of their numbers? I was thinking about this yesterday when the game was only on in Spanish(which I know like twenty words in), and they had that horrible camera. What better thing can they show on a Saturday afternoon? The basketball games were after that, BTW. I'm an on-again off-again baseball hater, and most of the younger people I know are too. I can watch a good game occasionally, and I love being at Wrigley in the summer, but the actual sport itself just doesn't do it for me. Why so much preseason coverage? we get none, even though there is actual news. The Bears' bumbling front office continues to simply give people headaches. The Bulls are inconsistent, and no one cared about hockey until the Tribune decided to make verybody care 6 months ago. Why can't they do that for the Fire? We do need a television provider(I'm looking at you, WGN).

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I dont have the numbers right now but I will call Directury assistance in the morning which you can do as well. Lets work together on this and call the media. The more calls they get the better reaction we
    get in promoting The Chicago Fire and Football {Soccer} The Worlds Most Popular Sport by far.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Last week, 780 AM WBBM gave the Fire and Red Bulls update with the score and players who scored in that game. 670 "The Score" is one of the most arrogant sports stations in Chicago. Alongside, the boo-ya network (AKA ESPN) rarely gives MLS scores (but they can give UConn women's basketball scores). 1200 AM carries the Fire but they need another flagship station for the English-speaking viewers.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    correction, ESPN Radio not ESPN the television network.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I agree with this 100%. The Fire hasn't done themselves any favors either with their marketing strategies.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    This seems to be developing well. What about 720? Do they give scores? Let's get everyones attention for the home opener. Then we can not only sell more tickets but show the arrogant media people we've forced to watch that people care. We are then also helping out the FO(when was the last time that happened?) and putting more prssure on the team to do well. I was in New York last week for the game and stayed until Thursday. The Red Bulls really went all out for the new stadium. There were ads in every subway station. See if we can pair with the FO on this one if anyone has any strive they can pull, and we can get the media to cover it for us. LET'S DO IT!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    OK, here's 670's contact us page.
    Should we call the main office or on-air?

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Here's 720's contact page-
    I know 1000's call in number from listening, but I couldn't find their main office number.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    PH you are spot on. As soon as WGN got the broadcast rights for the Blackhawks, it was like a swtich went off at the Trib to move them from page 5 to page 1. It happened so suddenly that it had to have been done at some meeting. What drives me batty (ask my wife) is that I hear these non-sports radio and print personalities proclaiming stuff like, "I don't know much about hockey but I'm really getting into the 'Hawks." The herd mentality is taking over. I know maybe 2 or 3 people that played or follow hockey yet suddenly it's the new fad. Still, I feel the walls or resistance are crumbling.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I think everyone has noticed it. WGN probably decided to push hockey so hard because they bought the radio broadcasts back when no one cared. It really drives me crazy. I also get the feeling that baseball is on it's way out. It seems like negative coverage(when they aren't talking about the game but talking about the controversy) has gone up and positive has gone declined. I also think that fan support is going down.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Here's what kills me about baseball. I was listening to a little of a pre-season game this weekend. It is absolutely amazing how little actually is happening on the field. Pat, Ron, and some WGN sports VP were rambling on about some new book this guy wrote and a special they were having about the history of the Cubs. All this while a game is actually being played. Periodically Pat would chime in on the ball or strike call then back to the interview. And that's not including one of the 17 scheduled commercial breaks during the 3-hour bore fest.

    Yet soccer gets tagged with the "boring" label. Again, the resistance is dropping. There are millions of potential fans waiting to jump on the bandwagon as soon as a little momentum builds up.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Yeah, and tickets are way to expensive considering three things:
    1. The game is generally pretty boring.
    2. There are so many games in every season that the actual value of each game is way less.
    3. One of the teams usually stinks; and even if it's a good team, they'll b playing three times there so it doesn't matter.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Baseball is not going anywhere. People have been listening to baseball games forever. I dont know about you guys but I think listening to any sporting event is boring as hell. I dont care if the Fire games are on the radio and I dont care if they are talking about soccer on the radio because none of the people that would be doing the talking have any idea what they are talking about. The reason hockey became popular is because the games are exciting and the players playing in the games are the best in the world. Like basketball, football, baseball. MLS on the other hand does not have the talent the draw in the occasional fan. We all love watching soccer and will continue to watch it but the casual American sports fan is not coming over to our side yet. There might be a big buzz in the summer when they watch the best players in the World Cup. Sure they might watch a few MLS games and see the quality, or lack there of, and they will go away again. Sad, but the truth.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I want to hear a sports event when I am on the road to see what is happening. Hockey is becoming popular again (yet look who is the commissioner of NHL). Basketball is beyond unwatchable due to players wanting to make hi-lite reals and having flashy 360 dunks. For the past couple of years, the ratings for the MLS is right behind the NHL and NBA. I want to hear more coverage on soccer on sports talk but local media meatheads either neglect the sport or have little knowledge of the game. Also, the blame should go to Dave Greeley, who is responsible for TV and radio marketing for the Fire. MLS is the up and coming sport but get it at least 5 more years to really bloosom.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Here, I just read this great piece by Steve Davis about baseball, soccer, and the general establishment.
    He says this:
    " there are far, far more soccer fans in this country than hockey fans. Problem is, soccer fans don

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Email and ask for a full contact list of media outlets. We have compiled a bunch of them ready to go.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Which ones should we contact? Which ones are good and which ones aren't? We know 670 is bad, 780 is good, and what else? Let's figure out what other media providers to complain to.

  • Amen.
    I'm working on a future post regarding my correspondence with certain media outlets.

  • If fan of what Freeze does for the Fire, I think it helps a lot. Kass writes some interesting stuff about the Fire. You should reach out to him, Guillermo. He could guest post. He seems to legitimitly care about the game and pretty deep. Give him a call about our media campaign.

  • Try and spread the word and get Section 8 in on operation coverage, too.

  • Jim Rose loves soccer but never mentions it on television.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That is the funniest thing that I have heard in a long time. For those of you that have never watched Jim Rome on ESPN, consider yourselves lucky. His mustache alone is enough to give you nightmares. He is the most active soccer hater on TV. In a video for US Soccer Propaganda, it showed him at the beginning when they were showing the haters. Here that one is:
    It's pretty good. When I'm King of the World, all the haters are going to be my slaves.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Jim Rose and Jim Rome are different people. Jim Rose is a local sportscaster. Jim Rome is a douchebag.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    UEFA champions league tournament, FC Barcelona defeated Arsenal 4-1 (Barcelona won aggregate 6-3) with Lionel Messi's 4 goals. Messi is the best soccer player right now; he is like Diego Maradona clone. With the MLS having the 3 DP (designated player) rule, players like Henry, Ronaldinho, Close and maybe Rooney, Messi and Ronaldo within 5 to 10 years down the road will come to play for the MLS.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Yes , congratulations to the Storm on winning their league championship. Hopefully they can get back into the MISL next year. No matter what , all titles count , I remember the San Diego Sockers who just recently won their 12th title won championships in many different leagues befor they returned to the new MISL in 2003 and now they are in the PASL.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    This year's Storm had the following players on the team from last year's team , Zlatko Zebec , Edgar Rivera , Vladimir Knexevic Awadala Morad ( Morad has played all 6 seasons with the Storm, and Brnko Savic ( Savic was a player and the head coach this year)

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    I like that Edgar Rivera character...LOL!!! but my favorite indoor soccer name is Fabinho along with Tatu and Richard Chinapoo.

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