Sooo, amid all of the other, real, storms devastating the hemisphere at the moment my footballing allegiances have conspired to create a storm of their own. I am going to call it “Hurricaine Angst.” Here are it’s component parts. 1. The New England Revolution have won two matches in a row (and looked good doing it, to be honest), increasing their chances of making the playoffs to 16%. It’s still a long shot, but now I’m faced with the decision between wanting the club to make the playoffs- at which point anything can happen (but probably won’t)- or to not make the playoffs, leading to the ouster of (at least) coach Jay Heaps, which could lead to the revival of the club’s fortunes going forward (but probably won’t). 2. The USMNT seem determined to take World Cup qualification down to the very last possible moment before either just squeaking in, being eliminated at the pool stage, or suffering an ignominious defeat at the hands of some minnow country (sorry, minnow countries!) in a post-pool playoff. 3. The Scottish National Team did much the same thing as the Revolution: played poorly enough to bring themselves to the brink of elimination and then started picking up points and clawing their way back towards “a chance” (and looked…um…”okay” doing it. They still have to win their remaining two matches and get some help inside the group in order to finish second, and even then they have to hope they are one of the best second places finishers in order to qualify. Which brings us to… 4. The Scottish Premiership season is only five matches old and Ross County have managed only four points. They are in ninth place and are unlikely to pick up any points in their next match against Celtic (more on them below). County probably aren’t going to rise much above seventh place this season, but it would be really nice if they could get there and then just stay there. So, I guess what I’m saying about all of this is…I don’t need this kind of “fun!”
And speaking of Celtic. They were never going to beat PSG in the Champions League and it was never going to be a close match. That, however, is not a criticism of Celtic (and if you know me you know that I’ll take any opportunity to throw shade at the Old Firm clubs!), I think that a lot of clubs are going to suffer the same fate against them and, believe it or not, I think that’s a good thing! Only one French club has ever won the Champions League before (Marseille in 1992-1993) and since that time only Ajax and Porto have been able to break the stranglehold that Spanish, English, German, and Italian clubs have had on the competition.
The Historical Football Kits website remains the place to go for comprehensive guides to club and national team kits in the U.K. and Ireland plus some other things (MLS, European competitions, World Cups, etc.), but you should also check out Kitbliss. Site creator Chris Oakley is a “one man band” so the scope of the site can’t compare with that of HFK, but he has taken a lot of the data from HFK and done some pretty neat stuff with it…if you’re a kit dork, that is. And I am, so, go here and nerd out over the PDF you can download at the bottom of the page, and here to see some of the most popular kit templates worn over the years. Be sure to click on the template names as they will bring you to full color examples of same.
Ross County’s Davis Keillor-Dunn has not missed a beat since being a key player in the club’s developmental side winning the league last year. His first senior start against Partick Thistle last weekend was as fine a debut as has been seen by a homegrown player in Dingwall in a long time- he was Man of the Match! Better still, the Sunderland-born midfielder has set his sights on playing for the Scotland U21 side (and later Scotland) because he wants to make his Dundee-born grandfather proud. (sniff…)
Partick Thistle F.C. have played at Firhill Park for 108 years. They’re not moving, but they will now play at “The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.” I can only hope that, as was the case when Ross County’s Victoria Park became “Global Energy Stadium” that this change essentially never takes place except on letterhead, signage, and the like and that supporters continue to use it’s proper name.