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Odds & Ends: Weekend Update Edition

Remember when he was funny...and not a Tea Party-ish wack job?

Remember when he was funny…and not a Tea Party-ish wack job?

  • Saturday night the New England Revolution lost, 2-0, to a pretty mediocre D.C. United team.  I think Jay Heaps is going to figure this out eventually as regards who his starting forwards are and how they should be deployed, but in the meantime this is going to be a very frustrating side to watch.  The defense has been good so far (D.C.’s second goal came late, as the Revs were pushing for an equalizer) and the midfield is very strong, while up top it looks like a high-level pick-up game sometimes- the timing, shape, and execution suggest a bunch of talent players are involved but they just haven’t played together enough.  Hopefully things will get straightened out before the mountain becomes to big to climb.
  • In other MLS news the Seattle v. Portland match this weekend may be the best MLS match I’ve ever seen- and I was only able to see the second half!  The level of play was high (did you see Maximiliano Urruti’s goal!?), the hatred between the two clubs obvious, and the atmosphere at Providence Park was fantastic– like Seattle but without the WankFactor™.  I also have to say that Hilario Grajeda did an excellent job officiating the match- he let the players play, but there was never a danger of things getting out of hand.
  • I’m choosing not to dwell on Ross County’s 2-1 home loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. in the Highland Derby on Friday.  Instead I’m going to focus on the final five matches of the season.  There are all kinds of numerical breakdowns one can do (and I have) in an attempt to determine what County need to do to avoid relegation, but all they really need to do is one thing:  match results with Partick Thistle.  Anything after that will be a bonus.  But speaking of Partick, they are County’s final opponent of the season, so if County haven’t saved themselves yet, they’ll have an opportunity to do so on May 10th.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
  • About Hearts…despite winning their match against Partick Thistle this weekend, they were relegated to the Scottish Championship for 2014-2015.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Gary Locke and his very young team deserve all the credit in the world for playing like true professionals all season.  Forced to sell players, docked 20 points, and with their ability to sign players greatly limited they still made it all the way to the “split” before losing the battle.  Given them back the 20 points that their idiot owners cost them and they’d be tied for 8th place.  Give them back the players they had to sell and the players they couldn’t buy and who knows?
  • Pelé was on “The Daily Show” this week.
  • Given that my feelings about Celtic’s Leigh Griffith are well-known I won’t harp on this too much, but I cannot think of a player in my lifetime who has been so close to “stupiding” (yup, I made up a word just for him) his way out of a domestic and international career as this ned is.  Click here for his latest jackassery.
  • Congratulations to Ross County North F.C. Brora Rangers F.C. on winning the Highland League championship for the first time in their 135 year history as well as a “Highland Double” by winning the North of Scotland Cup this season.
  • Fact:  The rise of Everton under Roberto Martinez is the best thing that has happened to the Premier League in years.  Long live the People’s Club!

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