After the very first SuperClasico in '05, I remember Luis and I talking about what a great game it was. The excitement, atmosphere and enthusiasm by everyone was amazing. The players were jazzed, the fans were cheerful and demonstrative. We figured only one thing could make it even better.
We figured the games would be even better if they really mattered. In 2005, Chivas USA was a woeful team. Defeating them was an expected outcome in many ways.
The roles reversed in subsequent years, when Chivas USA made the playoffs and the Galaxy missed out. But, it's never been the two LA teams at the top of the conference table.
I thought I'd be looking forward to the game more than I am, actually. It's not just that the West is definitely the weak conference that has sapped my eagerness.
I used to feel incredibly lucky to cover soccer in Southern California. Two MLS organizations, the national teams in town, good college squads, storied youth club teams made for a lot of variety in terms of soccer reporting.
That's part of the reason I wanted to start a blog - to have a depository for the little extra tidbits and thoughts such a soccer-rich beat provided.
It's getting depressing, though, and not just because the pressbox is dwindling as media outlets shrink their staffs. What I've liked about this blog, despite its obvious limitations (it's not for breaking news, really, more trivia, observations and the like)is that we offer and respect different perspectives.
I guess I don't understand why people can't hold different opinions without the debate turning rancorous or snippy. If one is a fan of one LA team and not the other, why bother to read posts about the other team, and what's the point of cracking in the comments?
For that matter, if people don't like Luis or I, why come to this blog to read our opinions and try to tell us what we actually think instead? I don't mind if people disagree with what we think - we ourselves often differ. I'm not even sure if this stuff on our blog bothers Luis the way it does me. It's just off-putting and lame.
I'm watching the Wimbledon final right now, and I think it's interesting that in the family and friends box, people with widely divergent rooting interests can coexist in completely civilized fashion. I know it's a different sport, but still.
I'd like to post info and whatever I can find on either team in the lead-up to the SuperClasico, but there's little incentive for me to throw open a forum for fans to abuse each other and us.