"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 started the series yesterday with David Accam and Kingsley Bryce. Next up in alphabetical order: veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch.
2015 stats: 12 appearances, all starts, 1080 minutes; 24 goals against, 35 saves, 1 clean sheet.
MLS career stats: 309 appearances, 308 starts, 27,725 minutes; 394 goals against, 1151 saves, 83 clean sheets.
39-year-old goalkeeper. $85,000 base, $90,000 guaranteed.
The Case for 'Marry:' Now 39, Buschie apparently wants to play a year or two more. His contract is reasonable and he seems comfortable biding his time as a backup.
The Case for 'Boff:' Of course, if he's willing to play for 90k, maybe he'd play for 75k? Pitch it as his first coaching contract? Shaving salaries can be an important part of working within the salary budget, but there's not much fat to be had here.
The Case for 'Kill:' Father Time is still undefeated, and Jon's into the part of his career where it's as much a battle against that guy as against the other team.
Have your say, Fire family: Jon Busch: 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.