OTC: Sporting KC’s “Bush-League” Selfie Gets ESPN Bling & KC Star Sting / Is DGB Fixed?

USATSI_7980282_167117770_lowres“After great steal and goal, bush-league move by SportingKC Dom Dwyer taking selfie. Yellow card well deserved.”
Randy Covitz, @randycovitz, after Dwyer scored to give Sporting a 1-0 lead over Chicago and then ran to the sideline to snap a staged selfie with the CK crowd in the background, Twitter
GH: Covitz called out Dwyer for being “bush-league” for staging this selfie. I don’t want to get into a whole debate over the merits or lack thereof between MLS soccer versus the futbol played elsewhere in the world but…isn’t MLS soccer the definition of bush league? We play minor-league soccer here in the states. That should be no surprise to anyone. Is it a big deal to Kansas City that Sporting won the MLS title last year? Yes! But it’s no different than Japan’s World Series. Is it a big deal when the T-Bones win? It is to them. So let’s not confuse an MLS match to the mania we have witnessed at the World Cup. If Dwyer or anybody in the league is creative enough to draw some national attention with a selfie – I am all for it.

“Sporting KC forward, Dom Dwyer, drew a yellow-card on this goal celebration, but first.. he took a selfie!”
@SportsCenter, Twitter
GH: Having ESPN run this video on SportsCenter and tweet out the selfie is proof enough for me that Dwyer’s actions were not only fun but marketing savvy. Maybe the Royals could hire Dwyer to help with those lame in-game promotions they broadcast on the video board.

“Just not a fan of taunting and poor sportsmanship. Dwyer is better than that. Taunting should be forbidden. Dwyer is better than that.”
Randy Covitz, @randycovitz, KC Star writer, responding to multiple followers who thought Covitz’s criticism of Dwyer’s selfie was get-off-my-lawn grumpy, Twitter
GH: I don’t understand Covitz’s criticism that Dwyer “is better than that.” What did he do that was so awful? This was not an act of taunting. It was an act of celebration. Goals are so rare in this game that there SHOULD be some kind of parade after someone scores. Who was the guy with the Wizards who did the centipede crawl after scoring? Soccer is not dignified. Soccer is fun and passionate and goofy haircuts. Did Covitz think he was covering the No Fun League?

“That’s a yellow for using a prop, but it should be for ‘crappy celebration.’”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, KC Star columnist, after Twitter
GH: Et tu, Samte? At least Covitz can be excused for his brain having fossilized…but you still have hair!

“I don’t understand how something can be so bad that it’s penalized yet the league celebrates the action on its official twitter account.”
Michael Smith, @prezmike25, after the MLS tweeted out a photo of Dwyer’s selfie, Twitter
GH: Maybe the MLS learned their backdoor marketing from the NFL.

“Decent performance, but would have liked 3pts tonight! thank you @KCCauldron and all, loudest of the season so far!”
Dom Dwyer, @Ddwyer14, Twitter

“I’d put our club up against the majority of clubs in the world. Obviously, we maybe don’t compare in the fact that we don’t have the same pocketbook they do, because of our salary cap. But outside of that: the facilities, the stadium, the game environment, fans, city to live in – this is the best country in the world, the United States, and you’re living in Kansas City. You think about it. It’s a great place.”
Peter Vermes, talking to reporters after Friday’s training session about the possibility of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler remaining with Sporting Kansas City instead of being traded to an overseas club, mlssoccer.com
GH: If Covitz and Mellinger want to get serious about MLS soccer, here is a great topic to tackle. I love Kansas City as much as the next guy but Vermes must be smoking the net if he thinks Sporting KC can retain any player that an overseas club covets. The Yankees are going to get every T-Bone player they want.

“And then the final piece that you evaluate when you go somewhere – yeah, maybe I’m going to go somewhere and make some more money, but am I playing on a regular basis? I look at it like this, why would they want to leave? All their success has been found here. Why do you want to move on if you’re here, you make a good living and you have all that opportunity?”
Peter Vermes, mlssoccer.com
GH: When was the last time Vermes was drug tested?

“MLB catchers in Missouri not looking too bad. Cardinals Molina starting for the NL and Royals Perez starting for the AL.”
Megan Rice, @MRice_Sports, Twitter
GH: Missouri – Catch Something!

“Worse case is if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. … I really think they have been missing a veteran player in the clubhouse.”
Joel Goldberg, on the Royals acquiring the 42-year-old Raul Ibanez, 810 AM
GH: How can the Royals be missing a veteran in the clubhouse? Billy Butler has been around long enough to age two decades.

“It’s already worked! … If I’m the Skipper he is playing right field every day!”
Kevin Kietzman, on Ibanez’s first two games with the 2014 Royals, 810 AM
GH: KK gets a little goofy when he sees something he likes. If the Royals need a 42-year-old in right field to make them better, football season cannot get here fast enough.

“I don’t understand the Shieldsenfreude that grips a certain segment of this fanbase, but, either way, another wretched outing (Tuesday night).”
Andy McCullough, @McCulloughStar, after the Royals lost 10-2 to the Twins, Twitter GH: There are maladies that grip certain parts of any fan base that are unexplainable but I don’t know a lot of Royals fans taking a great deal of glee in Shields’ misfortunes. Andy might need to upgrade his Twitter follower list. He can start by muting Covitz.

“There’s no level of concern. That’s the wrong word. He’s just not sharp right now.”
Ned Yost, after James Shields again had a poor start in the Royals 10-2 loss to the Twins, 610 AM
GH: Maybe Shields is just going through his “dead-arm phase.” Whatever it is, the Royals need him to be Big Game James for three more months if there is any hope of October being anything more than another early offseason for the Royals.

“I don’t think he plays another down of college football.”
Danny Parkins, on former Mizzou wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham transferring to Oklahoma to sit out one season before he is again eligible, 610 AM GH: If DGB is serious about getting his life straightened out he will stay in Norman for two more seasons and leave there as an All-American. Jumping to the NFL after a season on the Sooners’ scout team looks to me like more of the same smoke.

“(DGB) is a top-ten talent in my opinion.”
Carrington Harrison, on where DGB would stack up in the 2015 NFL draft, 610 AM GH: Maybe. I am rooting for the kid to use his second chance as a ladder and not a slide. You know we will be watching.

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54 Responses to OTC: Sporting KC’s “Bush-League” Selfie Gets ESPN Bling & KC Star Sting / Is DGB Fixed?

  1. Renton says:

    WHO IN THE HELL IS ROOTING AGAINST SHIELDS?

    For freak’s sake, this McCullough kid needs to get out of whatever echo chamber he’s in.

    • geoknows says:

      That’s easy. The people who want Dayton Moore fired are the ones rooting against Shields.

  2. Mike says:

    Covitz comes off as an old-man killjoy.
    Besler makes $220K, Zusi I doubt makes a whole lot more. Dwyer, most likely less. So for a league to card Dwyer for a goal, at home, like that? A yellow card is absurd.
    And after watching a month of World Cup games, I was excited to see SKC. Loved the attacking defense, but man, that back-line play showed the difference between world-class and MLS.
    Until the MLS can get close on salaries, they should not dare copy the No Fun a League in celebration penalties.
    Further, Dwyer’s selfie didn’t take any more time than a typical team’s goal celebration in the World Cup anyway. Hell, it takes longer to set a free or corner kick than the time it took to take the selfie.

  3. Gavin says:

    I can’t believe I know this: Digital Takawira was the guy who did The Digital Crawl.

  4. KC says:

    You obviously don’t follow his Twitter mentions during games that Shields starts. He’s understating the criticism leveled at Shields.

  5. P says:

    I went to the Sporting game yesterday and thought the selfie was great. But man, there is no comparison on the level of play. Maybe the second half was better but the first half looked grade school compared to European and World level play. Poor passes, poor reception of the passes, lots of ‘kickball’. If the US wants to get serious they need to nail down the possession game in soccer.

    • Hot Carl says:

      Agreed…you could really tell the difference in play. The size and speed of the MLS guys is also a step below Euro play.

    • Superfreq says:

      That level of skill is learned and honed at an early age in club academies. In this aspect, the US has a lot of catching up to do. MLS teams are working on this by creating academies and affiliates and getting proper coaching of techniques. Probably won’t see real progress on a club and national team level for another decade or two. Luckily, it can be taught and that’s only 3 World Cups away.

  6. Smith says:

    Selfies are a normal part of this self-absorbed, narcissistic generation’s everyday lives. Old people can’t relate.

  7. Kyle says:

    SKC winning the title last year is the equivalent of the Omaha Stormchasers winning the AAA “National Championship”. It’s a nice little nugget for the home town and makes zero noise outside of it.

  8. Kyle R says:

    For reference, here’s one attempt to measure the quality of all the various pro soccer leagues around the world: http://www.sounderatheart.com/2014/6/5/5782894/mls-gains-ground-in-league-rankings

    Yes, the MLS has a lot of work to do…but it’s made tremendous progress too over the past few years. I do wonder if there’s a good parallel between pro soccer leagues and pro basketball leagues, since they are probably the closest in number of leagues and in worldwide acceptance of the sport. Former KU great Keith Langford just resigned for another two years overseas, in Russia, for $1.9 million/year rather than accept half that from the Philadelphia 76ers. Part of that decision was likely driven by the fact that Langford is a star in the leagues he’s played in, and would maybe be a 8th/9th man in the NBA. http://www2.kusports.com/news/2014/jul/06/langford-spurns-76ers-russia/

    • Phaedrus says:

      Great, now we’ll have 50 comments about how KU players can’t hack it in the NBA and 50 more comments about how MU’s basketball program sucks.

      Thanks Kyle

    • geoknows says:

      I’m sure a good deal more of the decision was driven by the fact that he will be paid double what he would be here.

      In Europe, Besler and Zusi would be paid probably at least ten times what they are being paid here, so the comparison isn’t quite the same.

      • Richard Cranium says:

        Keith Langford was NOT a KU great. NOT a KU Great. This is why people hate KU Basketball fans. I for one generally agree with them. Not everyone who donned a uniform for the University of Kansas Basketball team was great, or was great for their team, or could be considered great. Langford was a solid performer, and is doing quite well in the European league. Why can’t the man have that as a set of pride. You want to put more on him, for what reason? So you feel better about yourself? It’s sad

        • Kyle says:

          Call him what you want, but there have been a lot of GREAT college basketball players at KU, and Langford is the 7th all time leading scorer. If he was not great, he was pretty damn good.

          • Richard Cranium says:

            I do not disagree with the statement that there have been a lot of GREAT college basketball players at KU. I doubt anyone could make that statement. I just said Langford is not one of them. He was a GREAT kid and a very good basketball player. I feel like the negative part of my statement was for KU Basketball “Fans” more than the players themselves. You may not apply, and this may have been more of a statement of KU BB “Fans” in general, but the word great and the KU BB team seem to go hand in hand FAR to frequently, and I have become jaded by far to many KU “Fans” who buy the gear and blindly fall into a trap of calling all things Great. This goes the same for KSU kittycat football and Misery Slave Holdings

            • Phaedrus says:

              GREAT comment.

            • Grammar Guy says:

              too. You’re very upset, but the proper usage for a lot of your usages is “too”, not “to”.

              It’s like, “Langford was too overrated. Tyshawn Taylor drove to the basket at will.

              The first one is true, and the 2nd is false, if you actually use the proper version. Try it again:

              The Morris brothers were able to thug people out of the lane at will.
              Bill Self gets way too many questionable recruits to be on the up-and-up..

              Actually, both of the second ones are true..

        • Gavin says:

          Langford was a hell of a baller and I’m glad he went to KU but I have to agree with Dick Head (do you mind if I adopt the familiar form? If you do, just say the word and I’ll go back to the formal.) and say that Langford was not a KU “great.” Seventh all-time leading scorer is impressive, no doubt, but KL achieved that in the early entry era and needed four years to do it. God bless him and keep him, but I really think to be labeled a “great” you need to make at least, I dunno, something like second or third team All-American or All-League. Put it this way: Like Potter Stewart said about pornography, I know it when I see it and as much as I love Keith Langford, I don’t see it in him. Out him up next to Danny Manning, Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Lovellette, Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden and Kirk Hinrich and see how easy it is to play “one of these things is not like the others.”

          • rkcal says:

            Definition of summer doldrums: A comment thread arguing whether Keith Langford was a “great” or “very good” college basketball player. Football season, get here soon.

          • Kyle R says:

            Fine, fine. Keith doesn’t have to be a “great”. I’m admittedly a bit biased since my four years there were the same as his, and I had a bunch of classes with him since we were the same major. Plus, he hit the shot that caused the single loudest roar I ever heard in person at AFH, when he hit a turnaround jumper against Georgia Tech on New Year’s Day 2005.

            Good times.

  9. The Independent Rage says:

    People seem to moan over “selfies” because they’re self-taken. Dwyer might save himself a lot of grief if next time, he’d simply have one of his teammates or the mascot come over and snap the pic. Or even ask Sam or Randy to snap it if they’re available on the sideline. Eliminate the “self,” eliminate the masses’ ability to say “selfie,” and methinks you’d take the wind right out of the gills of all the grumpy gusses. They wouldn’t know what the hell say in 140 characters!

  10. BlackJack says:

    I’m not sure it is so much the size and speed of the MLS players that is inferior – MLS does have some big, physical players, and guys who are flat-out fast – but maybe more of an issue that their ball skills – especially passing accuracy and first-touch control are definitely a step or 2 below players in the European major leagues

    • BlackJack says:

      That was reply to Hot Carl

    • George Wilson says:

      Almost all of the European players who come over to MLS say that the athletic abilities of the players (size, speed, strength, endurance, etc.) is equal to Europe. They say it is their technical ability that is behind the top level leagues.

      I did notice that only a couple of the players went over to congratulate Dwyer after his goal. I hope there isn’t some kind of rift there.

      We have a state of the art stadium in Kansas City that major European clubs come over to get ideas from. Our training site is top class. The fan base and attendance is stronger than some of the clubs in the Spanish and English first divisions. MLS had roughly a dozen starters for national teams who made the knockout rounds of the World Cup, including two from Sporting. It might not be Real Madrid, but it ain’t bush league, either.

      • Joe Blow says:

        Yeah, and the athletic abilities of players in AA is equal to MLB — it’s the technical ability that separates them..

        A couple of the minor league teams have really good attendance (because there’s nothing else there) and the entire “professional” league had some guys that made the random tournament…yep.

  11. BlackJack says:

    Greg’s opinion that MLS is a “minor league” is an apples/oranges comparison. It is the most “major” of leagues here in the U.S. Also, elite players are coming to play here by choice – David Villa, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey are all still mostly in their prime. You can argue about the skill level of the average MLS player vs. EPL player, I think everyone agrees that we are behind the curve, but closing the gap compared to 10, even 5 years ago.

    A more apt comparison would probably be a college major bball program, such as KU or MU versus a low-major program, like Bucknell or Norfolk State. If they played each other 20 times, the low-major team might win like 2 times

    • Joe Blow says:

      Isn’t it more like the Astros playing a AAA team? They would still win 18-19 times, but they’d actually be competing against the same players..

  12. JimmyD says:

    GH: I don’t want to get into a whole debate over the merits or lack thereof between MLS soccer versus the futbol played elsewhere in the world but…isn’t MLS soccer the definition of bush league? We play minor-league soccer here in the states

    Greg, we get what you’re trying to do. Most soccer fans, like myself, could care less if you watch or not. We love our sport with or without you. We don’t claim MLS to be something it isn’t. But it certainly isn’t TBones. Jeez, you’re just as bad a troller as some of your commentors

  13. Joe Blow says:

    “After great steal and goal, bush-league move by SportingKC Dom Dwyer taking selfie. Yellow card well deserved.”

    It maybe didn’t deserve a yellow, but it’s pretty lame..

    isn’t MLS soccer the definition of bush league? We play minor-league soccer here in the states. That should be no surprise to anyone. Is it a big deal to Kansas City that Sporting won the MLS title last year? Yes! But it’s no different than Japan’s World Series. Is it a big deal when the T-Bones win? It is to them. So let’s not confuse an MLS match to the mania we have witnessed at the World Cup.

    Holy crap, Greg – don’t you know that Sporting KC won the first MAJOR SPORTING TITLE in the Kansas City (area) last year, and everybody lost their shit, and it was fuckin insane!…or, there was as least a lot of online talk. I will say, it was one step above the T-Bones. Barely. But we’re supposed to pretend it was as if a KC(K) team won something of significance…which, they did, I guess. But no one really cared.

    “I’d put our club up against the majority of clubs in the world. Obviously, we maybe don’t compare in the fact that we don’t have the same pocketbook they do, because of our salary cap. But outside of that: the facilities, the stadium, the game environment, fans, city to live in – this is the best country in the world, the United States, and you’re living in Kansas City. You think about it. It’s a great place.”

    The US NATIONAL team looked absolutely pathetic…how would Sporting KC – who finished…umm, it’s kind of hard to figure out which are actual matches and which aren’t – anyway, they still kind of suck this year. I think. Who knows?

    GH: How can the Royals be missing a veteran in the clubhouse? Billy Butler has been around long enough to age two decades.

    Butler has been around for 6 years and is 28 years old. Is that your definition of a veteran?

    GH: If DGB is serious about getting his life straightened out he will stay in Norman for two more seasons and leave their as an All-American. Jumping to the NFL after a season on the Sooners’ scout team looks to me like more of the same smoke.

    Aren’t you a “journalist”? I’m not a grammar guy, but “their” is a pretty easy thing to master..

  14. Joe Blow says:

    (Seriously…what the hell were the Royals thinking with Kottaras? Bob Dutton strongly implied it was due to money, but I have a tough time swallowing that, because I just can’t stomach that any team – not even the Royals – would expose themselves at such a key position to save two hundred grand. Perez was already the team’s most important player, but now an extended injury to him would absolutely cripple the team. With Kottaras you’d take a defensive hit, but your lineup would survive for a month if need be. With Brett Hayes…you have an automatic out in the lineup. Given everything the Royals are doing to win in 2014, exposing themselves so brazenly behind the plate is unacceptable, and I have to think they’re going to sign a better backup at some point.)

    That was Rany a couple of months ago. The Indians released Kottaras today. He’s available for free again!

    Stupid Royals!

  15. Juan Pablo says:

    Is the World Cup still going on. Once USA is out nobody cares. Soccer is so bad in the USA a guy taking a selfie is big news and nobody cares about the soccer game. It is a bigger joke his team did not win the game and he is worried about taking pictures.

    • BlackJack says:

      i don’t know Juan – the remaining WC games on ESPN are still setting records for most viewed soccer games not involving the USMNT team, so you tell me if people are still watching..

      The fact that the goal celebration is on Sportscenter and people are talking about it (and coommenting on this board) shows that people like you care very much about soccer in the U.S.

  16. Joe Blow says:

    “I don’t understand the Shieldsenfreude that grips a certain segment of this fanbase, but, either way, another wretched outing (Tuesday night).”
    Andy McCullough

    Have you ever read one of McCullough’s Star chats? He really thinks he’s exceptionally clever…but he’s basically a guy who thinks he gets it and doesn’t, thinks he’s clever but isn’t, and fails at what he’s trying to do. He’s pretty terrible.

    He doesn’t even answer half of the posted questions people send him — he just gives some smartass non-response and pats himself on the back..

  17. EstoniaKat says:

    These are the same writers who think that the Lambeau Leap is pretty fraking cool. Enough said.

  18. Harwood Benjamin says:

    To be fair to Randy Covitz, he was grumpy and cranky 30 years ago, so I don’t think you can blame it on his age.

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