I’m a big fan of sitcoms from the 90s: Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters, Seinfeld, etc. For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed these shows and no matter how my interests have evolved or changed, there’s always something comforting about catching a random episode of Roseanne on Nick at Nite when you’re half dead from a day spent going to Mecklenburg, Nippert, and then back to Mecklenburg. One of the things I don’t enjoy about these programs, though, is the “clip show.” You know the kind I’m talking about, the filler episodes that recap a series or season with memorable moments and very little new content. Life has its own clip shows, though, and those can often be way more enjoyable. I’ve been replaying a personal clip show in my head and while it isn’t overly filled with heartfelt moments, life lessons, or the time traveling adventures of Steve Urkel, it’s actually an enjoyable episode.
I work as a photographer and meticulously catalog the tens of thousands of images made with my camera and my phone throughout the year. Before sitting down to write, I looked at all of my Die Innenstadt/FC Cincinnati/Soccer related photos - my own personal clip show which featured many of you. After the MLS event last November, I was ready for a bit of a break and by the time Bockfest rolled around this year, I was right there ready to go again. To march through the streets of our beautiful city. To support our local club and have some fun. From painting two poles and tifos in Jeremy’s studio to singing chants in the car of a Pittsburgh incline, I had no idea what year 2 would still hold in store after it got off to a great start.
There were memorable matches like Djiby’s four goal destruction of St. Louis and matches against forgettable opponents like Toronto FC 2 and Harrisburg City Islanders 1. I had the opportunity to try and play Bob’s drum once (sorry Bob, won’t subject anyone to that again) and attend the wedding of two wonderful people who I wouldn’t have known were it not for Die Innenstadt. There were matches I missed for personal reasons and ones I attended that also doubled as personal celebrations. I got to sing in the rain with Bailey loyalists and Carl Lindner III handed me a beer. We lit flares on Vine St. and marched in unity before the club made huge statements in the US Open Cup against MLS sides from Columbus and then Chicago. I toasted friends at Rhinehaus, watched another International Friendly, and spent a lot of time sweating at stadium setup (although not nearly as often as some others who have put in more time and work). I got to hug Omar Cummings and later on I was witness to Cincinnati supporting the USWNT with more enthusiasm than this city ever has before. We once again raised money for charity and promoted not just soccer, but something bigger than ourselves. Die Innenstadt has been a huge part of my life these past two seasons and an overwhelmingly positive one, bolstered by the people who identify as members and all of the other fans in general. There are members of this group who I’ve known for years from other walks of life and those I’ve known only through soccer for a short time. It’s the confluence of a lot of things and I’m incredibly grateful for it.
It’s the one clip show I enjoy watching.
And maybe that’s why I didn’t feel too upset after the disappointing match against Tampa which ended the season.
There’s a lot to come in the future as it relates to the club we support. For a moment though, I want to forget about stadium location debates and MLS expansion decisions. I want to focus on you: the members, the people who make Die Innenstadt what it is. As I look back, it’s amazing how we’ve grown over the first season through to the end of the second, and I’m excited to see how we grow for year 3 and beyond.
End of Season Party:
To say thank you: we’re throwing a little (actually, big) party at Mecklenburg Gardens. Current members should check their emails for information on attending, the delicious buffet, etc. If you didn’t get the email or need the information, shoot firstname.lastname@example.org a message posthaste.
We also have some elections coming up. Whether you’re just holding your scarf above your head, helping paint tifos, or singing your heart out in The Bailey - everyone has contributed to this group. There are quite a few people, though, who go out of their way to dedicate their time and energy into making a lot of behind-the-scenes magic happen. Their commitment and volunteerism is often thankless, but they do a great job and I’m proud to call them friends. These are the folks who were elected last year, and at this coming party we’ll be holding elections for the 2018 season. Come vote, give feedback, and if you’re interested in running for a position yourself, check that email for information on how to sign up. Even if you don’t want to hold an official position, there are always ways to contribute. Speaking for the board, our door is always open and we’re happy to hear from you. Hit us up at email@example.com.
To everyone who has made this year memorable: thank you. To our friends at Mecklenburg Gardens and Rhinehaus: thank you.
Come hang out at the end of season party and let’s all work together to keep the positive momentum going into 2018 (and eat a ridiculous amount of German egg rolls washed down by copious amounts of beer).
Thanks for making Die Innenstadt what it is.
Die Innenstadt Board Member and currently a HUGE Swope Park Rangers fan.