#cf97Uncomfortables

"Hello Neo." (photo: chicago-fire.com, quote: Adam Merges)

“Hello Neo.” (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Chicago Fire Fluff. There’s no better way to battle the #cf97Withdrawals…

Welcome to OTF 2014, dear reader!

So here I am in the middle of the Polar Vortex, still jet lagged after my trip Down Under (and seriously reconsidering my ill-timed return home to #Chiberia).

While I was away, I took in the A-League’s Melbourne derby, sunned with some Boxing Day test cricket in the world’s tenth largest stadium, flew in a helicopter over the Great Southern Ocean, fed a Tasmanian Devil, and, among other things, drank a lot of wine at cellar doors. You know, the usual summer fare in Australia.

Anyway, while catching up on my #cf97 news this evening, I came across this odd little gem at chicago-fire.com…

After having a chuckle, I thought to myself, “Hey, a screen shot of Mike Magee looking creeped out by Thespian Stalker/Team Writer Jeff Crandall would be perfect for a Twitter caption contest (and perhaps my desktop wallpaper)!”

Loyal fans obliged with an array of amusing, bewildering, and saccharine responses (check the @OnTheFire97 feed), including OTF friend and Hot Time In Old Town writer Adam Merges, whom I took the liberty to quote in the header caption. Cheers, Adam.

I had a go myself, meme style, and this is what I came up with…

cf97 uncomfortables

And then I got to thinking a bit more…

You see, after about a year and a half of renegade soccer blogging and Twitter shenanigans, OTF has assembled a fine archive of images upon which this new, innovative parody hashtag will appropriately bear its mark.

So sit back, scroll down, and have a look at OTF’s Top Twenty #cf97Uncomfortables, in no particular order.

You’ll laugh!

You’ll cry.

You’ll rage!

You’ll cringe.

Is it March yet, pray tell?

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Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Executive Editor. Scott co-hosts the On The Fire Soccer Radio Podcast, contributes to the Guardian’s (UK) MLS fan previewsThe Cup.usPickles Magazineand is America’s #1 Rapid supporter.

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