Hurray?

Congratulations to the Toronto Rush for winning in their first year in the league with a win vs Madison 16-14.  The Rush capped a perfect season 18-0 and a large point differential; and therein lies a problem.  A problem that I discussed way back at the start of the season and one that remains one of the most critical issue to both Toronto and the AUDL.

Let me expand upon this by saying that I have been to almost every home game this season.  I have sat through the cold, the rain, the heat, the sun in the eyes as it sets, and I have been the first to jump back into the stands after a lightning delay to cheer for my friends.  The problem, my friends, is that you’re too good.  Games are boring and lack drama.  Any drama that does come is when an opposing team manages to make it past half and doesn’t wither under the pressure.  I love that the Rush continues to play hard and doesn’t give up or doesn’t mind running up the score; that’s their job.  The problem is that the league lacks the depth to challenge Toronto and that carries perils.

The AUDL already has their own share of issues.  On a cloudy, cold, and rainy day Toronto has more fans, in less than ideal conditions, than their competition does at home on a great day.  The lack of crowds leads to an unsustainable model and Toronto will face the real issue of a lack of any competitors.

A question that has bothered me from the start of the season is:  If Toronto wins easily and without drama, what’s the point of going to the games?  I stated early on that it was to support my friends and the sport.  The problem is that supporting the sport is distinct in many ways.  All of the players on the teams have a spot on GOAT or GT and the AUDL is supposed to be entertainment, much like other professional sports.  Problem is that I’m not entertained.  So I’m at a crossroads and it’s something that the AUDL needs to address.  Fortunately they have the time and resources to address some of the issues I’ve brought up.  The bigger question is:  Can they?

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6 thoughts on “Hurray?

  1. The final was super exciting– we took the trip all the way to Chicago to see it. It really could have gone either way! I spoke with some of the staff on the bus, and it sounds like Montreal and Ottawa are interested in being part of the expansion, and will provide better competition I hope! I think you’re right, fingers crossed!

  2. Any chance that Boston Whitecaps (12 – 0 season) of the MLU would give a better game?
    Yes, the final was closer but I really wasn’t concerned during that game either. Toronto was just too deep.

  3. I can see how you might bore of the undefeated success of the RUSH, especially with the slightly longer season of the AUDL. I’m in Vancouver with the MLU nighthawks as a ST holder and while they didn’t place great in the end, the home games were all close and exciting.

    The Rush were pretty much a MLU team in the AUDL league and the results showed exactly how much of a talent gap there was in 2013….next year anything could happen. I think a Whitecaps / Rush game would be great though.

  4. If both the AUDL’s and the Rush’s biggest problem is a parity issue, then perhaps petitioning to move the franchise to the MLU is worth consideration. Yes, I realize that sounds facile, but unless the addition of expansion franchises next year is expected to dramatically even the parity landscape, then I suspect it’s to the net benefit of all the stakeholders in a sports entertainment model.

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