March 20, 2009

Meet MLS Owner Drew Carey: Drew Carey, a minority owner of the MLS expansion team Seattle Sounders, is a soccer fanatic bringing some interesting ideas to the club. One of them, borrowed from FC Barcelona, is that fans can vote to fire the general manager and make other decisions -- such as their write-in vote to choose a name. "I donít know why anybody would not want this for their team," he said. Another of Carey's ideas is a 53-piece marching band.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:31 AM - 13 comments

That's pretty cool, I like the idea of the fans having a vote in the club's endeavors. But if I could add an idea of my own, (I know, prepare yourself), if and when a new GM is voted in, I think Drew Carey should say "Joe Blow, come on down!" in true Price is Right fashion.

posted by BoKnows at 01:30 AM on March 20, 2009

Bo, everybody knows that Joe Blow is more of a teacher than a manager.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:39 AM on March 20, 2009

I'd vote for Joe Blow, ability or not.

posted by BoKnows at 01:45 AM on March 20, 2009

Any Joe Blow could have done a better job than Jagger Jewell.


posted by owlhouse at 01:49 AM on March 20, 2009

In 40 years, the fans could vote not to let the franchise relocate to Oklahoma City.

posted by beaverboard at 04:15 AM on March 20, 2009

...everybody knows that Joe Blow is more of a teacher than a manager

Really?!!? I thought Joe Blow was a Breast Wrangler, my bad.

posted by BornIcon at 06:37 AM on March 20, 2009

Carey's politics may not be to my taste, but his football politics are unimpeachable. If you watched his trip to the World Cup in 2006, which included a trip to Spain for Real and Barca before the tournament began, you'll appreciate how much respect he has for the sporting-club model. I'm not so sure about the band, though.

posted by etagloh at 02:47 PM on March 20, 2009

I'm not so sure about the band, though.

Heresy. Remember when he started doing big dance numbers on his sitcom? The sports world needs an owner who's also the leader of the band.

posted by rcade at 03:54 PM on March 20, 2009

They will really need someone with European experience. Giuseppi Colpo would be my pick.

posted by Howard_T at 08:15 PM on March 20, 2009

"You vote for a president; you vote for mayor. I don't know why you shouldn't be able to vote for the general manager of your local sports team."

Let's see. We voted for Nixon, Carter, Bush43 - maybe this isn't such a good idea afterall.

posted by pullmyfinger at 10:36 AM on March 21, 2009

The Sound Wave is directed by my college buddy Steve, who does the writing and arranging for the group. It's an all brass group that has a lot in common with drum corps. And anything that get's a musician some work is a good thing. Besides, what could possibly be bad about having a band at a sporting event.

(awaits inevitable links to examples of how it's bad to have bands at sporting events.)

posted by THX-1138 at 12:02 AM on March 23, 2009

As a musician, I'm definitely agreeing with THX's point on getting musicians jobs. I've always thought it would be cool if NFL teams had their own marching bands, but I know that's a far cry from happening. Marching band is such a vital part of the college game, why can't the pros take a leaf from that? Eh. That's an argument that won't get much notice. I'll stick to preparing to teach high schoolers and be poorly financed the rest of my life.

posted by boredom_08 at 12:32 AM on March 23, 2009

I've always thought it would be cool if NFL teams had their own marching bands...

The Baltimore Colts had one for years. It may still be in existence in Baltimore, as I know it survived after the team crawled out of Baltimore in the middle of the night (for which the Indianapolis Colts have earned my undying hatred).

posted by Howard_T at 04:22 PM on March 23, 2009

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