"You know, a lot of people say if you dig long enough and hard enough you will get to China. And that may be true, but what they don't tell you is that if you dig long enough and hard enough in a conversation, you get to a friend. So here is to conversation."—Michael Scott, The Office
Since the New York Cosmos organization announced its intentions of becoming the 20th team in Major League Soccer, I've been flooded with emails and phone calls.
A lot of my readers are fully aware that while I may write about the Cosmos on a regular basis, they (readers) know that they're the ones who I write for.
With an American soccer history as rich as that of the New York Cosmos, I thrive on the challenge of educating the new generation of Cosmos fans while reminding the older generation that their memories of the Cosmos are as valuable as the Mona Lisa. To all my New York Cosmos readers, I dedicate this article to you.
To the new generation of Cosmos fans, thank you for the questions that you've asked over the past few months. From asking about the best books to read to who I consider to be the best Cosmos goalkeeper, you've kept me busy. Now that we're cool, heed my advice and finish school.
To older fans like Frank, thank you for keeping me honest. When it's said and done, you were there when the team played at Hofstra Stadium, Randall's Island, Yankee Stadium and eventually at the old Giants Stadium. From the beginning to the end...you were there. Now with their eventual return, you will be needed more than ever because your vivid memories of the Cosmos are valuable and irreplaceable.
To the Borough Boys Supporters Club, thanks for your enthusiasm and your Supporters scarf. It's one of the best icebreaking tools I've ever had. Your passion for the Cosmos is exactly what young and old fans alike need. I look forward to your chants, and in a city like NYC, it's never too early to prepare for 2013.
To the parents of the Cosmos Academy players, thank you for making the sacrifices towards your sons' soccer education. You're a tight-knit community, and I'm extremely grateful for our conversations about soccer and family life. Thank you again—we'll talk again in 2011.
Last and not least...to the future Cosmos fans who I will run into: I have no idea who you are, but I will look forward to our conversations. Prepare your questions, have your statements intact...it's going to be one heck of a ride!
Happy holidays, New York Cosmos fans!
Cesar Diaz covers soccer for Latino Sports. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter at @CoveringSoccer and @LatinoSports143. Please email Cesar your comments and questions to email@example.com.