The ancient story goes that in 64 AD, the Emperor of Rome, Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, ambitious to rebuild the city as a beautiful monument to himself, set fires to destroy the original. And, so the fable goes, he played the fiddle while the city burned around him. We know the last part is not true, because the fiddle (or viol, as it was called then) wasn’t invented until the 16th century, and wasn’t improved by the Italians into the modern violin until the 18th century. But, you say, what does this have to do with football?
Well, if you have any interest in soccer and you have several hours with your eyes open during the day, you must be aware that there are a lot of complaints about the refereeing in MLS. Players, managers, coaches, spectators and owners are all expressing their ire at what is happening on the field. The league is burning, but, as Nero did, is Chicago merely fiddling while the flames rise?