Category Archives: Houston 1836

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MLS Cup 2012 – Meet the new boss, same as the old boss; or, 2 Legit To…oh, never mind, it looks like you’re quitting

You’re probably asking yourself – how can it be a Hollywood ending if the bad guys win?  This is why it’s always important to know who the protagonist is, and what kind of story you’re in.  Yes, Luke was the good guy in Star Wars…but so was Uncle Owen. Since …

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MLS Cup 2012 – Forward Into the Past

Well, the worst case scenario came true.  Stanford is hosting the Pac-12 championship game, so MLS Cup can’t be held at Stanford Stadium.  And realistically, guys?  Buck Shaw Stadium was never an option.  Still – moving it all the way to the Home Depot Center?!  Quakes fans must be PISSED. …

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Manic in the Year Zero; or, What Hurts Most is the Lack of Respect

Holy mother of pearl – this was the sixth annual expansion draft.  And the seventh in eight years.  I don’t THINK there’s going to be one next year, but that’s got to be some kind of record. I should, and I wish I could, just link Zach Woolsey’s Pulitzer-worthy summation …

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MLS Cup – G’s up, Hou’s down

It’s pretty contemptible when writers try to make a big deal about the things they got right – after all, that just means they usually get things wrong, and they’re trying to distract you from their overall incompetence. Anyway, I picked a heavy favorite, who this year won something like …

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MLS Cup Preview 2011

It seems stupid to say about an MLS team that they are weighed down by history, but it’s tempting with the Galaxy.  Take this stat – this utterly, utterly meaningless stat: Los Angeles has been to MLS Cup six times, and five of those games went into overtime.  Favorite, underdog, …

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No choking in MLS this week

Here in Los Angeles, there’s a minimum level of fame you must have in order to get away with a serious crime. We call it the Phil Spector Scale. It’s sort of like the Mendoza Line, but for murderers. Well, MLS apparently has a similar line, and at least a …