"It's minor league. I'm sorry, that's an insult to the minor leagues -- it's bush league, okay? It's just garbage.
"... when you have a junk product like that ... Seriously, is the World Series contested with a pitcher pitching in confetti and streamers? This is GAR-bage and if this league wants to be taken seriously in North America, clean up the garbage."
Michael Wilbon, you were a cerebral, respected sports journalist once.
It's streamers, okay? Streamers.
This doesn't happen at the World Series, fair enough. It's odd how the big-shot American sports personality assumes his example is superior when he's talking about a foreign game, soccer, and Canadian fans. It's soccer and it's Canada -- that means it's an open target for Wilbon to get sick in his own scorn for the 13th time since the last commercial break (although, really, aren't blogs to blame for fuelling that anger?).
The bottom line is that people in Toronto have, on balance, created something awesome. They've taken the global passion for footy and applied it to a Major League Soccer team (although that has brought on issues with rowdyism). If it's between TFC fans tossing streamers and the American corporate model where fans are expected to cheer when the scoreboard tells them to and only hold up placards or wave towels if they were passed out by a team employee at the gate, the first example sounds a lot more fun.
Ask the players, Wilbon -- you're the journalist with the access. Do you they prefer playing in near-empty Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, or a raucous stadium in Toronto? It's always nice to know you're playing in front of people who care, even when they're against you. The Red Bulls player, Claudio Reyna, didn't seem to mind.
The real kicker is that this is somehow keeping MLS from being seen as big league. U.S.-based teams that play in NFL or college football stadiums that are far too big for a soccer crowd do a lot more damage to the league's rep.