I know we are often told that we, as good people, shouldn’t delight in the suffering of others. I agree with that, so this is not a celebration of the sacking of Pablo Mastroeni.
I have nothing personal against Mastroeni except his time with Colorado Rapids and perhaps the shirt-stuffing incident that’s an inextricable part of our lore.
So let’s not make this personal. Mastroeni may have been an excellent person, and there’s no reason to disparage him.
Instead, let’s delight in the suffering of Colorado Rapids fans, writ large. It is our job as the league-assigned rival of the Rapids.
Pablo Mastroeni, who started as Rapids coach in 2014, led Colorado this season to a record that is even worse than ours, with only a single point earned per game. (Of course, in 2016, they had 1.71 points per game, second-best in the league as they were very, very close to winning the Supporters Shield ... but we can take solace that wholly one-third of their losses came against us, so we really did ruin their day.)
But playoffs once in four years of coaching was clearly not good enough for Colorado, and frankly, that’s probably justified. But you know what? I’d love to see them continue that trend for a decade. Maybe they can even get worse. That’d be nice.
Still, love him or hate him, Mastroeni gave us plenty to gawk at across the Rocky Mountains. Long may that spirit reign at the Rapids.