"Marry/F**k/Kill" is a game of the Internet age, and the rules are simple: name a group of three people ("Iron Man and Thor and Captain America," "Blanche, Rose or Dorothy"), and ask the crowd to choose one fate for each of them - one to partner with for good, one explored for a connection but not kept, and one cast off into the outer darkness. Fans of the dearly-departed sitcom 30 Rock will recognize this game in its safe-for-primetime version, Marry/Boff/Kill, which name we're borrowing because this is SB Nation, and there's, like, kids in here, maaaaaaan.
Here at Hot Time, we're going to use the game to talk about players - specifically Chicago Fire players. We're going to use it as a way to talk about the roster, player by player, in terms of their performance, contract details*, and potential going forward. And we'll do it all with an eye toward 2016 and beyond.
It works like this:
- ‘Marry' indicates a desire to keep the player at their current number or sometimes a bit more;
- ‘Boff' (i.e., ‘F**k) means that we're, uhh, f**king the player over, asking for modifications to their contract or running them through the Re-Entry Draft process - we're interested, but not on these terms; and
- ‘Kill' means we're not even interesting in hooking up - a 'nope.' If under contract for 2016, we'd prefer terminating the player's contact with CF97.
We have previously placed David Accam, Kingsley Bryce, Jon Busch, Greg Cochrane, and Razvan Cocis up for a vote. Today's subjects are T&T defender Daneil Cyrus, and Fire homegrown defender Patrick Doody.
2015 stats: 7 appearances, 6 starts, 558 minutes; 1 assist.
23-year-old Homegrown defender. $50,000.
The Case for 'Marry:' Patrick Doody's 2015 reads like a case study in support of the loan program. Signed as a Homegrown player out of Indiana University, Doody was deemed not-ready-for-primetime and loaned to Saint Louis FC. He excelled there, growing in confidence and playing himself into good form, finally returning to Chicago to effectively displace Joevin Jones at left back. And he's Homegrown, which means that in salary budget terms, he's effectively free.
The Case for 'Boff:' In this case, we're going to envision 'boffing' Doody as bringing in a ringer left back as part of the general defensive makeover. Relegating Doody to very part-time status - or loaning him out again - would come as a bitter step back for the kid, but sometimes making winners means making hard choices, one could reason. (I do not.)
The Case for 'Kill:' No case for cutting ties with Doody comes to mind. If you've got one, please share it in the comments just as soon as you finish strangling puppies.
Have your say, Fire family: Patrick Doody: Marry? Boff? or Kill?
*Please note that we are taking the MLSPU salary information at face value in this exercise. It's common knowledge that the information isn't 100 percent correct, yes. If someone from the front office would like to provide us with superior data, we would be deeply appreciative.