CHICAGO -- There are certain indubitable truths I believe in. For example, I believe peanut butter should be crunchy, ATM fees are crimes against humanity and Van Hagar never existed.
I can now add a new one to the list: When
Charlie and his
"Good," Charlie said, making it sound more like
Everything? I asked.
Charlie grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico, and came to Chicago 25 years ago. He and his buddies turn out for most Fire games -- the half-empty midsummer slogs and the raucous, flaming-red playoff games like this one -- and most admitted there was only one reason they had even considered becoming Fire fans:
The "guy who looks like an accountant," as an old girlfriend described Blanco, was
And I have to say, I can't argue with that. With apologies to the
It isn't just Blanco who gives the Fire their current sizzle. (See, another one.) It's
But maybe Chicago's sudden rise to the top after slouching into the playoffs comes from its being forced to overcome many obstacles down the stretch. Out of chaos comes order, if you will.
A few weeks before the end of the regular season, I spoke with McBride, and he seemed to feel that the troubles -- the locker-room donnybrook between former Fire center back
The MLS power brokers and the suits at the Worldwide Leader, of course, would love --
Of course, there's every possibility that it won't happen. After all, predicting anything in MLS is on par with predicting what
But based on the way things are going for Chicago right now, I'd be willing to throw some