Hi Tom and Dan,
Well… Hi Tom, Dan’s blocked me on twitter apparently for that time I reminded him that he can’t just say Detroiters support the Cavs. Or maybe he did it on MLS’ orders in which case expect your list of required blocks soon – I’m on it.
Anyway, I literally just wrote about this.
I’m not going there right now. In fact, I’m going to try to be as nice as I possibly can. Which is really hard given the mental situation I am currently in. I’m not going to talk war plans. I’m not going to talk fighting this at every turn. I’m not going to talk about doing everything in my power to stop you. I’ll even drop the “Fuck MLS” tag for just a regular “Soccer” tag.
See? Meeting you half way.
I’m just going to offer the olive branch once.
Hey guys. Heard you want to put an MLS side in Detroit. That’s cool. That’s cool. I’m sure lots of thought and planning has gone into this announcement. And there’s a lot more coming, of course. You’ve got a whole team and culture to build.
But what if you didn’t?
What if instead of trampling over what already exists like a three year old left to their own devices in the flower beds, what if you help us grow Detroit City FC further?
Sure we aren’t exactly… sanitary for the big TV markets and stuff… sure we’re not exactly the kind of people you’d bring to your big fancy parties with your fancy finger foods.
But we are Detroit.
We are the life blood of this city, this city you both are so apparently interested in helping.
We bus kids into games.
We rebuild old stadiums.
We help our vets and we recognize losses to the community.
We follow our team through thick and thin.
We, or at least most of us, are willing to listen to what you have to offer. We want to believe you’re here to do good. We need you to prove that.
I’m not going to list any demands (yet). Nothing like that. What I want is a chance to show you want DCFC has is unique.
Have you come to a game?
Have you stood in the midst of the supporter’s side? In the smoke? In the songs? In the greatest party in Detroit?
I invite you, Tom (but also Dan if you pass this along to him), to join us at any DCFC game. USOC, FCUM match, at Keyworth or not… join us and see the soul and heart of Detroit. See the excitement in people’s eyes. See the passion. Smell the smoke.
Join us and not only will I recomp you your tickets, I’ll buy you a pint, buy you a burger, and buy you a smoke mask so you can really get into the heart of it all.
Sure it doesn’t sound like much to you, but you probably made this afternoon what I made since moving to Detroit four and a half years ago. But it is offered openly and freely. I’d like for you to accept it. I’d love for you to have real talks with Detroit City’s owners and it’s fans.
I promise. I promise you’ll love it if you give it a shot.
Don’t kill my team. Because if you try, we will fight back.