So I've returned from vacation to find that ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield has issued an assignment to all ChicagoNow bloggers asking them to "give an advice to a person, place, or thing. Yourself 20 years ago or 20 years from now, your spouse, former spouse, a sports team, Millenium Park, Metra, everyone of Twitter..." in something affectionately called Blogapalooz-Hour. It's an open forum assignment typical of the free form writing that's evident throughout the ChicagoNow family of blogs. Being that this blog is focused on the Chicago Fire it was easy enough to point to the "sports team" as the topic of this post.
Of course we've been doling out free advice for the better part of the last four seasons and writing an "advice column" aimed solely at the Fire and/or owner Andrew Hauptman isn't something that can't easily be covered in a short blog post like this one. Given the time frames that we've all been handed for completing said assignment I've decided to bullet point some of the suggestions given for each column but with a "Fire" twist.
- Person - picking out one person wasn't easy but I'd like to let Frank Klopas know that some times playing the kids isn't a bad thing. (cough*Pineda*cough)
- Place - Seeking to speak to a destination or location seems a bit silly but there are three words that I'd like to share with Toyota Park and the Village of Bridgeview. Pave. Parking. Lots.
- Thing - If speaking to a place is odd imagine imparting knowledge to an inanimate object. Regardless I'd like to tell winter in Chicago that it should be no colder than 55 degrees. Switching to that winter calendar would then be no problem.
- If I could talk to myself twenty years ago I'd travel back in my time machine with winning lotto numbers and an offer to AEG in 2007. Easy one.
- Twenty years from now? Elder me should know that it's fruitless to keep hoping that the Cubs will someday actually win. (okay that wasn't soccer related)
- My spouse should know that watching soccer constantly is a great thing.
- I don't have a former spouse but I do realize that watching soccer constantly could lead to that title.
- Everyone on twitter should know that 140 characters isn't nearly enough to convey tone and intent as intended in many cases. I'm addicted anyway.
- Oh....and that sports team. Another easy one. Listen to your fans.