World Cup – the final phase

Friday, Finally!
June 27, 2014

-A day off from the 2014 World Cup as it enters The Round of Sixteen, also known as the Knock-out phase.

Each game is a head-to-head match.  If at the end of 90 minutes the score is level, another thirty minutes (two fifteen-minute halves) will be played.  If still tied at the end of 120 minutes, it goes to penalty kicks.

Beginning tomorrow, here is how it breaks down:
Saturday:
Brazil vs Chile
Columbia vs Uruguay
Sunday:
Netherlands vs Mexico
Costa Rica vs Greece
Monday:
France vs Nigeria
Germany vs Algeria
Tuesday
Argentina vs Switzerland
Belgium vs United States.

The United States have been impressive.  Not the cleanest of performances, they’ve gotten the job done.  They came out against Ghana with everything they had, with Clint Dempsey scoring in the opening thirty seconds, and concluded with heroics in the final minutes to win the match, 2-1.  With Portugal, they faced the fourth highest ranked team in the world, and one of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo.  After falling behind in the fifth minute, the US struck twice in the second half, providing the unfathomable dream that the US could qualify for the Round of Sixteen after only two games.  However, Ronaldo, in the dying stages of the match, sent in a quality cross, which ended up in the back of the US net.  Still, a 2-2 draw against the 4th ranked team in the world was enough to make advancing out of the group an almost certainty.  All they had to do against the powerful German team (ranked 2nd in the world), was win, draw, or lose by a narrow margin.  On a rainy day and soggy pitch, the US held Germany to a goal (after scoring six in their previous two matches) – a very impressive result, and one that did not eliminate them from the group stage.

Right now, kudos has to go to the US Men’s soccer program for selecting Jurgen Klinsmann as our coach.  Leading up to this moment, there has been a lot of questioning and criticism of the things he’s done, such as leaving Landon Donovan off the team.  Former USMT coach, Bruce Arena said, sarcastically, that the US must be favorites if there are 23 players in the lineup better than Landon Donovan.  In more recent World Cups, we’ve had college coaches who’ve had some or limited success as coaches in Major League Soccer – not one of the premiere leagues of the world – and no World Cup experience as either player or coach.  Klinsmann was a star for Germany who had both played and coached for the German team.  He knows football and how it is played at the highest level, not just skill and talent but also on training and development.  It was a bold move to step outside the ‘Merican box of selecting a home-grown coach, and so far, it’s working out to my satisfaction.

In any event, we’re in for a fun ride, starting Tuesday against Belgium.  We either win or go home.

-Finally, soccer returns to Cass Tech as Detroit City FC host Westfield Select (out of Indiana) at 5:00 PM on Sunday.  Enjoying the World Cup on television is nice, however viewing the beautiful game in the rowdy confines of Cass Tech High School’s stadium is an experience you should not deprive yourself of – especially if you live in the Detroit area.  This will be a tough match for DCFC, as this team is the only one to hand DCFC a regular season loss in almost two years.  From what I’ve heard, this Indiana-based team plays out in some cornfield where the cawing of the crows break the silence of their matches.  Their players are about to enter Our Heaven, Their Hell.

Photo by Michael Kitchen
Photo by Michael Kitchen

Enjoy your weekend!  Our union men and women fought hard for us to have them!

How can you represent those people? Part Three

“What I’m Thinking About” Wednesday
June 25, 2014

To read Part One, click here.
To read Part Two, click here.

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How can I represent those people?

I could easily point to the Constitution and claim that it is necessary to defend individuals charged with a crime in order to maintain a free and just society.  The adage that it is better that nine guilty people go free than it is for a single innocent person be convicted is reason enough.  And though this is a foundational reason, for me it’s more than that.

I would start by answering the question with a question:  Who are those people?

The way I see it, people are people.  Those people imply that there are some individuals who are not like the person who asks the question and me.  How are those people different than you and I?  What is that separation that should deny them from my representation?  And what is it that makes the questioner feel superior to my clients?

We live in a disposable society.  If something breaks, it is often cheaper to throw it away and buy a new one than it is to fix it.  And unfortunately, I believe, the mentality can make it easy or acceptable to have disposable people.  We, as a nation, are becoming more isolated from each other.  Our disengagement with others reduces empathy towards those that aren’t within our small circle of family and friends.  I’ve met a lot of those people in my practice.  They have families.  They have friends.  They have children.  Only a few are alone or have only a handful of people who are in their immediate circle.  But that doesn’t mean they are any less of a person than me.

We also live in a society fueled by media and entertainment for vengeance.  If we’re struck, we must strike back.  Harder.  It is so ingrained in our society it feels natural.  We don’t question why we were struck (or do so at superficial level that is biased towards defending one striking back – take 9/11 for example).

I cannot deny this emotion.  When we returned from our honeymoon we discovered our apartment broken into and all of our new gifts gone.  I’ve felt the heat for vengeance.  But we mustn’t jump to conclusions.

The first on-campus event I attended in law school was sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild.  They brought in three speakers who had one thing in common:  they had been death row inmates, all released after several years of appeals and the culling of evidence destroying the cases against them.  There, before me, sat a man who was weeks away from state execution, discussing his case, living with the conflicting feelings of being innocent but condemned to execution.  Vengeance doesn’t always lead to justice.  If sought hastily, it can create further injustice.

Life isn’t fair, right.  I disagree with that maxim.  Life is neutral.  It is people that are either fair or not fair.

The police and prosecutor were not fair with Donna Goodwin.  They incarcerated a poor, ailing, mature African American woman for one month.  After gaining a HIPPA release from Goodwin, I spoke with her doctor.  She knew Goodwin’s health and records for years, and would have never referred her to the physician on the prescription pad, mainly because she was from a competitor health care system.  When I demanded video evidence or eye witness testimony of Ms. Goodwin at the pharmacy, two days before the hearing the prosecutor told me they were going to dismiss the case because they had no witnesses.

The nosy-body neighbor was not fair to Eddie Lee.  She and Gerry made a false claim to get Eddie Lee in trouble.  What they didn’t count on was the three witnesses that contradicted her story, and in a bench trial before the judge, Eddie Lee was found not guilty of attempted criminal sexual conduct fourth.  Ms. Nosy-body took it further and filed a disorderly conduct charge against one of the witnesses who testified in the trial, who I then defended, achieving a dismissal of that charge.

The rent-a-cops at the grocery store were not fair to Scott Young.  At their testimony during the preliminary examination, they claimed that they were several car lengths away when Young pulled up and stopped to pick up his mother.  The judge bound the matter over, but in a Motion to Quash, the circuit court judge dismissed the assault with a dangerous weapon felony.

The probation office was not fair to Danny Hugel.  I filed a motion to have Hugel removed from the Sex Offender Registry, based on a 2009 Michigan Court of Appeals decision that ruled that having to register after successfully completing HYTA before October 1, 2004 and not required to do so after October 1, 2004, was cruel and unusual punishment, contrary to the Michigan Constitution.  While awaiting that hearing, the probation officer levied another frivolous probation violation against him.  On a Tuesday, the hearing before the judge to remove him from the Sex Offender Registry was held, and the judge ruled in our favor.  Two days later, with the new alleged crime of failing to comply with the sex offender registry and the probation violation, the charges were dismissed.

It would have been easy for these four individuals to take plea deals, or should I say, for an attorney to guide them into taking pleas.  Life’s not fair, right?

So it’s a Constitutional duty, and a duty to uphold justice and fairness.  But there’s one other element that I have found with most of these clients.  I like them.  I can relate to them.  Those in jail, I don’t mind visiting them prior to our first appearance in court, to get their side of the story that they feel would go unheard but for my visit.  For the four clients above – and others like them I have defended – their situation could have happened just as easily to you or to me.

I tend to root for the underdog, and when someone is charged with a crime, there is no bigger underdog.  Of course, in a number of cases, the issue is not innocence or guilt, but rather damage control.  The act was committed, and a sentence has to be imposed.  In those cases, my goal is to get a fair sentence for the client, instead of having the book thrown at them.

People who are charged with a crime are not necessarily bad people.  Should a single act define who we are?  Think of some of the single acts you may have engaged in that you may not be proud of.  Would you want your life to be defined by that?

This is why I defend people charged with crimes.

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One page at a time.

Monday Musings.
June 23, 2014

My name is Mike.  I am a bookaholic.

We went to the Ann Arbor Book Festival on Saturday.  A street blocked for authors, publishers, and booksellers, displaying their wares on a gorgeous summer afternoon.  It also included a pub crawl, or “book crawl” of authors doing readings Thursday and Friday night, and all day Saturday at Ann Arbor book stores and watering holes.  I settled into Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Book Store with Karen Dionne’s launch of The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, based on the television show.

Our day ended with a visit to Nicola’s Books on the way out of town.  That’s where the addiction was recognized.  While browsing the displays I came upon Jonathan Miles’ novel Want Not.  I distinctly remember my last visit to the Ann Arbor book stores, seeing this title at both Nicola’s and Literati Bookstore, and having a huge interest in reading it.  There it was, staring at me again, and the thought that revealed my addiction popped into my mind:

Did I buy this already?

I racked my brain.  What did I purchase last time at Literati and Nicola’s?  It was a mildly agonizing process.  I didn’t have it written down on the index card tucked in my wallet of books on my “to get list.”  Surely I would have added it if I had left it behind.  If I purchase it, then I would have two copies.  I suppose I could return it, but for the hour drive to Ann Arbor to do so.  And if I hadn’t purchased it, it may not be here next visit (there were only two copies on the display).

Not remembering if I already had a copy of a book that had interested me had to be the sign – the lightning bolt of awareness that I have an addiction.  My stack of “to read” books could easily reach the ceiling of my Borders Memorial Library.  I am falling deeply behind on all the books I’ve wanted to read – months, perhaps years behind.

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It was time.  Time to take control of this plethora of pages piling up before me.

I have made a vow.  No more book purchases until 3,000 pages have been read.

It will be a difficult restriction to maintain.  I am not a fast reader, averaging about 20 pages an hour.

There are three exceptions to this vow, though.

1.  I can purchase any of the Borders Classics (soft, hard or leather) that I need to fill my library if I see them.

2.  Author signings.  If I have taken the time to attend an author signing it is only appropriate that I purchase his/her book.

3.  At the end of July, we are going on vacation to New York City.  With all the bookstores there, the restriction will be lifted.  Being in New York specifically for vacation and to see two soccer matches, the purchasing of books will be of low priority, which should be safe from overindulgence.

Saturday night, I’ve identified the books containing the first 3,000 pages that I am to get through, which includes the remaining pages of four books that I currently have bookmarks in.

I’ve got to get this addiction under control…one page at a time.

USA! USA!, Post-Potter J.K. Rowling, and getting the band back together

Friday, Finally!
June 20, 2014

– Was that amazing or what?  You couldn’t have written it any better.  Of course, I’m talking about Monday’s victory by the US against Ghana in the World Cup.  The goal and the grit of Clint Dempsey.  He scores the first goal in the first thirty seconds of the match, then minutes later, suffers a broken nose, yet battles on for the full ninety.  In the 82nd minute, Andre Ayew ties the match, putting the US hopes in question.  Then, 21-year-old John Brooks, subbed in at the half due to an injury to Matt Besler, scores the winning goal from a corner kick delivery by Graham Zusi in the 86th minute for the US win.

Clint Dempsey at Ford Field, 2011, US vs Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup Match
Clint Dempsey at Ford Field, 2011, US vs Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup Match

–  Has anyone else noticed that on Facebook (and probably Twitter)  people who had never said anything about soccer, posting “GO USA” type comments on Monday?  That’s okay.  Come on board!  The global soccer bandwagon is as large as the Earth.

– Sunday is the next match for the US.  They face Portugal, who lost to Germany, 4-0.   Don’t let that fool you.  Portugal is a talented team with one of the world’s best players, Christiano Ronaldo.  He’s the kind of player that can carry a team on his back.  Portugal cannot afford a second loss in the group stage or they are guaranteed to go home after the June 26th match against Ghana.  They are a wounded animal trying to survive.

– Three World Cup matches a day have been awesome.  But wait until next week when four matches a day are played to close out the group stage.

– J.K. Rowling’s new novel The Silkworm (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) was released this week (unless you order from Amazon which will take a couple weeks due to their dispute with Hachette Publishers – so purchase it at your local or online independent book seller like I did at New Horizons Book Shop in Roseville).  This is her second novel under the pen name, and third work of fiction post-Harry Potter.  Has anyone read The Casual Vacancy or The Cuckoo’s Calling yet?  Curious as to your thoughts about her fictional worlds beyond Hogwarts.

– On this date in 1980:  Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues took us on a wild romp and revitalization of rhythm and blues music as “The Blues Brothers” movie was released.  Classic.  Got a favorite line or scene?  Song?  Loved their first “gig” in the bar where they play both kinds of music – country and western.  And Cab Calloway was awesome.

– Another week without a local Detroit City FC match.  Wednesday’s friendly against the Columbus Crew Super 20’s was postponed due to severe weather.  Friday, they play on the road against the Indiana Fire Juniors, who have been our toughest competition in the division thus far, as we drew even, 2-2, in our only previous meeting against them.

Ann Arbor Book Festival is Saturday.  I’ve got my DVR set to record the World Cup matches as I pay a visit to the festival.  I came very close to signing up for the writer’s conference, but opted out this time.  Maybe next year.

Enjoy your weekend!  Our union men and women fought hard for us to have them!

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How can you represent those people? Part Two.

“What I’m Thinking About” Wednesday
June 18, 2014

(If you would like to read Part One, click HERE)

I gave Donna Goodwin(1) a copy of the police report.  It included copies of the prescriptions that she allegedly had filled.  Goodwin explained to me that she lived on a fixed income in Detroit, her doctor’s office within walking distance of her home, and the pharmacy she filled her prescriptions with was on the corner.  She had never heard of the doctor whose name was on the prescription.  Until this charge, she had never been in Clinton Township.  She provided me with the name of her doctor and her office location.  Goodwin also told me that her state id had been stolen from her the summer before.

In February, 2008, I sat for the Michigan Bar Exam.  I had left the City of Detroit to try my hand at running a business, which lasted eighteen months during the recession.  I then clerked for a legendary labor arbitrator whose office was in Detroit, and with his encouragement I decided to go after the license to practice law.  I swore into the Bar in May, 2008.

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Swearing in before Judge Richard Caretti in Macomb County Circuit Court.

I took Eddie Lee and his neighbors aside to go over the police report.  He was alleged to have been drunk, left the lawn chair he had been sitting on in Al’s (his neighbor) front yard, then crossed the street to where the alleged victim was sitting on the front porch of a male’s home.  She claimed that Lee started hugging on her and had touched her private parts through her clothing.

Al told me that her story was complete fabrication.  The woman was the neighborhood’s busybody, sticking her nose into every neighbor’s business.  Al was barbequing with Lee sitting in a lawn chair.  Yes, he was drunk.  So drunk that Al said there was no way Lee could have walked across the street without falling face first on the ground.  Ms. Busybody had walked in front of Al’s home, looked at the two men and said, “I smell marijuana.”  Al told her to leave because the only thing smoking was the burgers on the grill.  She walked away in a huff and joined Gerry, a known alcoholic and loud mouth, on his front porch.  About twenty minutes later the police arrived and talked to Ms. Busybody.  They then walked over and arrested Lee.  Two of the neighbors confirmed Al’s version of the story.

The arbitrator was near the end of his career (though I wouldn’t be surprised if  he was still arbitrating labor cases around the country today, six years later).  I needed to consider my options.  The City of Detroit Law Department was hiring in the Labor and Employment Section, where I had clerked during law school.  The interview with two people I had previously worked for was promising, but the open position was for an experienced attorney, not an entry level attorney.  What options were available to me, a forty-six year old male at the start of his law career?

Scott Young told me that he was driving his mother grocery shopping.  He took her to a store where she purchased some groceries.  However, she needed to go to a second store to get the things she needed that the first store did not have.  Young dropped his mother off at the front door, then parked the car and waited for her.  Thirty minutes later, Mom came out of a different door.  No groceries.  No cart.  He drove to meet her.  When she entered the car he asked her what she was doing.  She insisted he drive away.  They drove out of the parking lot, but was immediately pulled over by the police.  According to the police report, Mom had filled a shopping cart with groceries and had pushed them past all points of sale and into the foyer between the two sets of doors leading out.  (This was where the restrooms were located in the store).  Two plain clothed security guards stopped her and began to question her.  She claimed she needed to use the restroom, but they assumed she was trying to walk out with the cart.  She abandoned the cart and left the store.  The two security guards followed and alleged that Young had sped the car in their direction, almost striking them as he stopped to pick Mom up.

A guy I went to law school with, who sponsored me when I swore into the Bar, Kevin Johnson, suggested I look into criminal defense because he said that it seemed right for me.  I shadowed him on his court days, then took the full day session, “A is for Attorney” held on the first day of the Fall 2008 Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan conference.  That launched my criminal defense practice.

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Kevin Johnson sponsoring me on my swearing into the Bar.

In 2000, Danny Hugel was seventeen years old.  He plead to a charge of criminal sexual conduct fourth degree for touching the breasts of a thirteen year old girl without her consent.  He was sentenced under Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA) which allows a defendant under the age of twenty-one to plead guilty to a charge then be sentenced to a period of probation.  If the defendant successfully complete the term of probation, the case is then dismissed and becomes a non-public record.  However, in 2000, the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) required someone convicted of a criminal sexual conduct fourth degree to register as a sex offender.  The law contradicted itself.  HYTA dismissed the charge, however SORA proclaimed it to be a conviction of a sex crime.

There’s the back story.  That’s the “how.”  You really want to know “why.”  Why would I dedicate my practice to representing those people?

I’ll answer that by starting with a question.  Who are those people?

Concluded next week.

(1)  All clients name’s have been changed.

Monday Musings: June 16, 2014

June Sixteenth.  A day we’ve been waiting for, right America?

The United States vs Ghana.

No, our military industrial complex isn’t gearing up for an invasion of the western African nation.

It’s the US Men’s Team’s first match in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  ESPN begins the show at 5:30 PM.  It is a key game as their group stage competition begins.  A win against Ghana sets them in a decent position before playing Portugal on June 22nd and Germany on June 26.  Germany and Portugal will play earlier in the day.

It’s a match for revenge.

In 2006, the US played Ghana in the final match of the group stage.  A US win would have allowed them to enter the Round of Sixteen.  But Ghana defeated the US 2-1, and advanced out of the group, sending the United States’ team home.

In 2010, the US advanced out of the group stage with a huge 1-0 victory over Algeria.  That placed them in the Round of Sixteen against Ghana.  A goal in the 93rd minute by Asamoah Gyan broke the 1-1 tie, eliminating the US once more from the world stage.

It’s going to be a good one, my fellow American.

WORLD CUP:  So far, eleven matches have been played, and it has been exciting.  The Netherlands revenged the 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain by hammering them 5-1.  Robin Van Persie’s first goal for the Dutch, which tied the match after Spain scored on a penalty kick, is epic.  Costa Rica upset Uruguay, 3-1.  And Switzerland waited until the very last moment, after Ecuador had a break and opportunity in the Swiss box to put away a winner, to march up field and take a 2-1 victory.   There has been thirty-seven goals scored and no draws thus far, averaging more than three goals per game.  And goal line technology proved superior to the naked eye on France’s second goal against Honduras.  From all camera angles it did not look like the ball crossed the goal line.  The goal line technology clearly showed otherwise.

SPEAKING OF SOCCER:  Detroit City FC had a successful trip to Cleveland on Father’s Day.  By the fifteenth minute, DCFC had a 2-0 lead (looks like we like taking 2-0 leads early in Ohio stadiums).  Final score:  5-1.

The team has a friendly match against the Columbus Crew Super 20’s Wednesday night at Cass Tech.

LOVER OF BOOKS?  The Ann Arbor Book Festival is this week.  There’s a “book crawl” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with authors doing readings at each location.  The book fair takes place Saturday, as well as a writer’s conference.  All the information you need can be found at aabookfestival.org.

Gotta run now.  The car needs its 40,000 mile check up.  Have a wonderful week!

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Can Clint Dempsey (8) and Michael Bradley (4) lead the US over Ghana?

Superstitious? Finding friends in federal prison and Detroit City FC pride

Friday, Finally!
June 13, 2014

– Friday the 13th.  Feeling superstitious?

–  You’ve seen it on the news often.  A person is taken into custody and charged with a crime.  Neighbors and family are interviewed and many times you’ll hear phrases like, “He seemed like a nice, quiet guy.”  “Never had a problem with him.  Always pleasant.  Kept to himself.”

Marie Mason was a girl I knew in high school.  An intelligent, soft spoken girl, I don’t recall how many classes I had with her, but they were usually college-prep type classes, like physics, trigonometry, pre-calculus.  I don’t recall any specific conversations with her, but I remember the sense I had about her.  She was mature for a teenager.  An old soul within a young body.  Always nice.  Always kind.

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(Marie held the Secretary position on the Executive Forum, top right photo, she’s on the left, and also in the bottom row, second photo from the right).

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On a high school campus that graduates over one thousand people, and in a time before the internet, I lost track of her.  It wasn’t until a year or so before my 30th class reunion that I found her.  And federal prison was not the place I expected.

On September 8, 2008, Marie entered into a guilty plea of Conspiracy to Commit Arson, and two counts of Arson.  According to the Plea Agreement, during the evening of December 31, 1999, Marie, her then-husband Frank Ambrose, and three others, set a fire to Agriculture Hall on the Michigan State University campus.  The next day, January 1, 2000, they destroyed, by fire, a John Deere Hydro-Ax Shear and commercial flatbed trailer – equipment used in commercial logging – parked on the side of the road near Mesick, Michigan.

Marie and Ambrose were committed environmentalists and had become affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).  ELF was a loosely organized movement of individuals committed to the eradication of commercial, research, and other activities that are harmful to the natural environment.  The Agriculture Hall was identified by this small group as a place where records of, and papers relating to, plant genetic research were maintained.

Ambrose filed divorce papers almost ten years later on the day Marie was arrested.  For two years, he spied on activist groups for the FBI, taping incriminating conversations with activists including Marie.  (See www.supportmariemason.org and “Green Scares & Marie Mason“, fifth estate, Spring, 2011).  The Feds recommended a twenty year sentence (240 months) for Marie.  In the Defendant’s Sentencing Memorandum Regarding Disparity was a recitation of sentences by defendants committing far more acts of arson and property damage than the four arsons and $4 million of damages Marie plead to.  A sample of these are:

Jacob Ferguson – 21 arsons – over $30 million damages- sentenced to probation.
Stanislas Meyerhof – 11 (or more) arsons – over $30 million damages – sentenced to 156 months.
Kevin Tubbs – 11 arsons – $20 million damages – sentenced to 151 months.
Chelsea Gerlach – 7 arsons – $27 million damages – sentenced to 108 months.

On February 20, 2009, Marie was sentenced to 240 months on the conspiracy charge; 262 months on the arson of the Agriculture Hall; and 180 months to the arson of the logging equipment.  Restitution was also ordered in the amount of $4,139,536.  All sentences to run concurrently.

If that wasn’t already excessive punishment, Marie is currently being held in a maximum security federal prison in Texas, in a special wing with restrictive policies regarding communication.

Needless to say, she didn’t make it to our 30th class reunion.

It is easy to accept that Marie plead guilty to the charges and as punishment should do time.  But her case is one of the  harshest sentences imposed under the guise of eco-terrorism.

Today, at the Cass Cafe, an exhibit of Marie’s paintings created while incarcerated at the Carswell Federal Prison in Fort Worth, Texas, opens.  The exhibit will run through Saturday, June 21st.

– No DCFC soccer this weekend.  At least not at Estadia Cass Techia.  They do play in Cleveland on Sunday, which would make a nice Father’s Day outing.  And if I don’t make that, there’s ten World Cup matches from now through Sunday.

Last week’s match against Erie was awesome.  Once again, the crowd reached sellout proportions, setting another record at 3,234 fans in attendance.  DCFC partnered with the “You Can Play” project to promote inclusivity in sports.  The players wore a special jersey and were given to the highest bidder of a silent auction which took place during the game.  The proceeds of the auction were donated to the Ruth Ellis Center, a Highland Park shelter that serves at-risk LGBT youth.  Sadly, I didn’t win a jersey in the auction, but a limited number of jerseys were available for sale, which I did purchase one of them.  The match itself ended in a 2-2 draw against the hated Erie Admirals.  After falling behind 1-0, Detroit City mounted a comeback with a goal by Shaun Lawson in the 66th minute and a penalty kick conversion in the 72nd minute by captain Josh Rogers.  Unfortunately Erie scored a late equalizer in the 89th minute.

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Quote:  (sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle”)
“Come on City score a goal
It’s really very simple.
Put the ball into the net
And we’ll go fucking mental!”

Northern Guard Supporters chant.