As I write this, I just got home from a happy hour where the place I was at played about six Audioslave songs. It felt like I was back in my college days; fun fact, the place I went to where I got a college degree DOESN’T EXIST ANYMORE! How many people can say their alma marter doesn’t exist anymore? No, the school itself wasn’t wiped off the map by a meteor.
And for the record, I like Audioslave, so I didn’t mind the nostalgia soundtrack while out with co-workers.
Anyways onward with the soccer takes.
SO THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE IN ORLANDO…
…and I will gladly accept donations to get me there in October.
WELCOME TO THE NWSL, JANE CAMPBELL BUT IT WASN’T ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT
Over the course of the Seattle Reign FC’s onslaught of Houston Dash on Saturday, people were talking about if Dash head coach Randy Waldrum should have pulled goalkeeper Jane Campbell. I didn’t have much time to think about it as it was happening live as I was live-tweeting and a post-match conference with Waldrum and a couple days later, I think it would have been worse if he did pull the rookie goalkeeper. I mean sooner or later rookies in the NWSL are going to have those “welcome to the league, kid” games where everything goes wrong and they get straight up clowned. Jane Campbell wasn’t the only Dash player that had a nightmare day in the office on Saturday. That entire back line did Campbell no favors, especially Poliana -garbage time goal be damned. Anyone wearing an orange shirt on Saturday night got systematically bossed by anyone wearing a blue Reign FC shirt and you know what, it happens. Sure it was spectacularly bad given the week before the Dash had a field day against the Chicago Red Stars, but week after week, nothing is a give. Not anymore in the the 2017 NWSL. I thought was was nice to witness was Rachel Daly & captain Kealia Ohai acknowledge that yes they flat out stunk on Saturday night but as the leaders of the team to shoulder the responsibility. They took their medicine this past Saturday and I’m sure will respond in kind this weekend, going forward. The ceiling on Jane Campbell is still pretty high and I think barring some really unfortunate turn of events with her development, she will be fine. As my Backline Soccer colleagues pointed out, Sabrina D’Angelo got shelled by Seattle in 2015. Now look at her.
AND SPEAKING OF THE COURAGE FORMERLY KNOWN AS WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH
The former owners of the club formerly known as Western New York Flash will be presenting the now North Carolina Courage players that won the 2016 NWSL Championship with rings. Good. Those ladies that were in Houston last October to win the league title deserve a memento to celebrate the achievement. It might rub some people the wrong way about the shared/not-shared history of the Western New York Flash, but that is not the fault of the players. I dare anyone to tell Sabraina D’Angelo or Abby Erceg they “shouldn’t” get a ring. Anyone that does, get back to me should you survive a studs up tackle from either one of them.
GUESS THEY’RE NOT ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ME AT YURCAK FIELD
We liked it better when you were talking about @christyeholly's sweater.
— Cloud 9 (@Cloud9SBFC) April 24, 2017
At the time of writing this,Groucho Marx glasses are $13.90 on Amazon.com. Best I stock up.
I still think Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly has some dapper sweaters.
WHICH NWSL SUPPORTERS GROUP DO I ENRAGE THIS WEEKEND
Chicago Red Stars OVER Portland Thorns – ‘sup Rose City Riveters 😉
North Carolina Courage & Orlando Pride play to a DRAW.
Seattle Reign FC OVER Boston Breakers.
Washington Spirit & Houston Dash play to a DRAW.
Sky Blue FC & FC Kansas City play to a DRAW.
So since no one has yet asked me any questions, I’m closing this week’s installment with one to you the readers. What are your TWO go-to karaoke songs. I will opine your song choices choices in next week’s piece, so get to dropping your tunes.
My head hurts. It was that cocktail called Jessica Rabbit that did me in.