With summer 7's coming to a close, we thought we'd lay out some thoughts and observations of the 2022 spring and summer.
MLR 2022 DRAMA
To be honest, I lose focus on the MLR when the local grassroots rugby starts up in late March / early April. I find myself locked in for weeks 1-6, then fizzling out when the rest of the rugby calendar heats up. Major League Rugby will always have to compete for eyeballs during their season, but the playoffs and final will always be a tough time for the average American sports fan. With Bbqs, boats and beaches on the horizon, it seems like we start to lose focus when summer comes knocking.
In the end, the drama off the pitch was more than contentious ... it was downright salacious! When the Gilly teams were suspended from the playoffs (on the eve of the playoffs), the shockwaves rippled throughout the r/MLRugby chat.
Can you imagine if something like this happened in the NFL ... on the eve of the playoffs?! There would be mayhem and physical revolt (sound familiar?) amongst the DQ'ed fan bases. But in the MLR, it seems like this will pave the way for future owners ... rock the boat, and get dumped without a life preserver.
|The Gitinis raise the (RP) Shield|
The Gil based teams no doubt dominated on the pitch in their two seasons (see above). Was it because they 'stretched' the cap? Who knows ... We just enjoyed the spectacle of it all 🍸
A couple of F-45 stock crashes later (we rode it all the way to the bottom 💎👐), and it appears the two teams will be sold. After all the ash and rubble settles (can you imagine the intensity of the MLR board meetings where they voted to expel the teams? would have loved to be a fly on the wall), ... we may look back at the Gilly era of the MLR and wipe a small tear from our eyes knowing we actually (kinda' sorta') miss the drama of the early days.
In the end, RUNY (that's right, they're still United in our eyes) hoisted the trophy in their home away from home, Red Bull Arena. On the day of the final, Seattle lacked that energy drink mentality and the kiwi-owned franchise become the first Eastern Conference team to win the MLR Shield ... (with plenty of kiwi imports). Cheers to a fun & dramatic 2022 season 🍻...
|The tourney isn't the only thing that's grown ....|
|The size of the $10k check has too! (Literally)|