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12 October 9:14 am

America's hardest working mascot, Crew Cat, joined fellow Columbus mascots Brutus Buckeye and Stinger in rappeling the PNC Building in downtown Columbus to promote "Over the Edge for Kids' Sake," an initiative run by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Though his nine lives apparently flashed before his eyes, Crew Cat made it to the bottom safely and will be back in action on October 28 for Fan Appeciation Day as the Crew takes on Toronto FC.

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11 October 1:50 pm

You never know what you will find in the offices at Crew Stadium.

This promotional shield of Chad Marshall was used in the Crew's 2005 marketing plan. The photo was taken during the Black & Gold's 1-1 draw with the NY/NJ MetroStars on August 29, 2004, Marshall's rookie season.

But if you look closer, you'll see Chad is playing against a beardless, 17-year-old Eddie Gaven. The two Crew veterans took a trip down memory lane upon being shown the photo.

"It looks like in this picture, I tried to beat Chad and he won the ball," Gaven said. "I have a look in my eye like, 'Oh boy, he just stole it. Now I have to run back 80 yards and play defense.' That's what happened in this picture."

"I remember playing against Eddie," Marshall reflected. "He had the 'touch and trip' back then, too. He got all the calls as a 17-year-old. It's nice that in this picture, it looks like I probably won [the ball] and he's chasing me."

The main regret Gaven has of this moment in 2004 is his choice in hairstyle.

"I think that's the ugliest hair I've ever had," Gaven said. "I don't know what I was doing back then with my emo haircut, I thought I was cool, but looking back I realize it wasn't cool at all. I'm glad I don't have that hair anymore, and now I try to think I'm cool by growing out the beard."

The shield now currently resides in the back seat of Danny O'Rourke's car.

Have any cool Crew-related relics like this laying around your house? Send me a picture at socialmedia@thecrew.com or tweet it to me: @CodySharrett. I'm still waiting for Steve Sirk's Doctor Khumalo keychain.

10 October 10:26 am

With both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hitting the swing state of Ohio hard as Election Day nears, Columbus has been in the national media spotlight. Out on his morning coffee run, CNN's John King tweeted this picture of the digital billboards at the corner of Broad and High:

 

Luckily for the Crew, ads for season ticket renewals were in rotation when he snapped his photo.

 

Speaking of season tickets, purchase or renew yours today.

03 October 5:12 pm

With an extra day to prepare for Sunday's match against Sporting Kansas City, Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha decided to give his team a break from the daily training regimen on Wednesday morning. In lieu of training, the team went bowling as a team-building activity.

"Everything that we do is based on how we can get better as a team and do what is necessary for us to win the game," Warzycha said Wednesday afternoon.

"Team chemistry is just as important as fitness or anything else," the Head Coach continued. "I think it was a good time to bring everybody to bowling, because the guys that are injured that are not with the team every single day because they're in treatment and everything else, they were there too. To have the entire team together before the final stretch, before the end of the season, it was very important."

The team enjoyed a day without thinking about soccer.

"Sometimes, you need to spend time enjoying your teammates and your coaches," defender Sebastián Miranda explained. "It was avery good opportunity to maybe forget soccer and playing, and bond with your teammates. You can laugh. You can talk with your teammates and not talk about soccer, and try to enjoy [the team atmosphere] a little bit."

So, who was the best bowler on the team?

"After me, Netzo [Nemanja Vukovic] was a very big surprise," Miranda said with a laugh. "He was a big surprise."

The Crew will resume its normal training schedule Thursday morning at Crew Stadium.

(Photo Credit: Tucker Walther)
 

27 September 3:52 pm

Join us at Barley’s Brewing Company Ale House No. 1 in Short North (467 N. High St., 43215) for the official post-game party featuring Crew players and fans following Saturday's match! Enter to win great prizes and enjoy specials from Budweiser plus enjoy some of Barley's amazing food.

More info at - www.barleysbrewing.com

27 September 1:33 pm

To help celebrate the release of EA Sports FIFA 13 and look ahead to the Crew's remaining four matches, I will be playing against a different Crew player each week as one of the team's upcoming opponents. This week, I squared off with rookie midfielder Kevan George playing as the Crew, while I took control of the Philadelphia Union.

 

11 September 11:49 pm
06 September 3:59 pm

EA Sports, the award winning developer of sports video games, is creating a downloadable game cover for FIFA 13 to show their support of Major League Soccer. To determine which MLS players will appear on that cover, EA Sports is polling MLS fans to choose the three remaining spots on the game cover. The three clubs whose candidates receive the most votes will join the top-ranked player on MLSSoccer.com's 3rd annual "24 under 24" list and the downloadable cover will be revealed at the launch party in New York City on September 24.

Plus, fans who participate in the voting will be automatically entered to win two tickets to the Sideline FIFA Lounge (lounge seats on the sideline of the field with TV's and consoles included) at the 2012 MLS Cup!

Voting started on Saturday and will run through September 15. Columbus Crew's representative is Designated Player Federico Higuain.

Click Here to Vote!

06 September 2:11 pm

While cleaning out our bookshelf in the digital department here at Crew Stadium, we found this video from the 2006 season of "The Voice of the Crew" Dwight Burgess interviewing various Crew players for a video series that would be shown on the stadium scoreboard.

Here's one of Dwight interviewing his now-broadcast booth mate Duncan Oughton. Even six years ago, you could tell the two had a natural chemistry.

 

What kind of pants is the Kiwi wearing here?

 

23 August 3:57 pm

Who's ready for football season?

To hold you over, here's footage of Crew forward Justin Meram kicking field goals during his time at the University of Michigan. Meram briefly spent time place kicking with the Wolverines football team before deciding to focus solely on soccer.