11/2 Groundhog Day

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by kpaulson, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. kpaulson

    kpaulson New Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Washington DC
    Revolution attack puts MetroStars under foot - Boston Globe

    Revolution claim Game 1: Blank MetroStars, 2-0, in playoff opener - Boston Herald

    Mathis scoreless in Metros’ defeat - Daily Record

    Revolution Silences MetroStars-NY Times

    Clint flips as Metros flop - NY Daily News

    Metros on Brink

    MetroStars' defeat gets ugly - Star-Ledger

    MetroStars: Mathis is quiet ... on the field - Star-Ledger

    Loss puts Metros in playoff hole - NJ Herald

    Mathis in scuffle with fan after game - Boston Globe

    Heaps' glancing blow a knockout for Revs - Boston Herald

    Mathis excited about playoff return - NJ Herald (day late-- "excited" is one word you could use)

    DC-Fire
    Fire doubles up against United - Chicago Sun-Times

    Razov's late goal gives Fire cushion - Chicago Tribune

    Fire makes all the right moves in playoff opener - Daily Southtown

    United puts itself in a hole by losing first playoff game - Washington Times

    In Game 1, United Flunks Trial by Fire - Washington Post

    LA-SJ
    Galaxy Shows It Has Plenty of Playoff Fight - LA Times

    Quakes stumble in Game 1 - Mercury News

    Galaxy wins 2-0 - Pasadena Star News

    Quakes find selves lost in Galaxy Shutout loss in playoff opener means 'hill to climb' next week - SF Gate

    Victorine, Ruiz deliver Galaxy upper hand - OC Register

    A stunning start for MLS champs - Press-Enterprise
    "As Coach Sigi Schmid and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said last week, the Galaxy's mission is to make a mockery of this format."
    Hmm. Would you say that same if the Marlins won in six? (i.e. the home team never got to see the benefit of homefield advantage...)

    Galaxy believe they are ready to rumble against Quakes - Daily Breeze (day late)

    General MLS and other soccer
    Expansion Plans Are Revealed - LA Times

    Wizards star shows how to age gracefully - Houston Chronicle

    MLS season heats up - Miami Herald

    Diversity a Winner at Fairleigh Dickinson - NY Times

    Reserved star won't shy from exhibition - Dallas Morning News

    U.S. women's soccer passing off tradition - Star-Telegram

    Chelsea shares wealth - Sun-Sentitenl

    The Rodney Dangerfield of Cities - Washington Post (way at the bottom)

    NSR
    Terrific defensemen turning NHL into MLS - Denver Post (at least it's a mention...)
     
  2. Jeremy Goodwin

    Feb 16, 1999
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. kpaulson

    kpaulson New Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Washington DC
    "They pull, they grab and then they look to the ref," Razov said. "And they bitch and complain to each other. We don't worry about that -- we just do our thing. . . . They think that's the only way they can stick with us."

    Razov isn't well-liked because he talks a lot of trash, but last night's game was pretty extreme.

    On Yahoo Platinum, they don't broadcast the commercials, so you hear the announcers chatter about the game. Last night it was "Someone should throw Nelsen off of a pier." Heh heh. Rough game.
     
  4. mpruitt

    mpruitt Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    E. Somerville
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    god damned 'declining media coverage.'
     
  5. greatscott

    greatscott Member+

    Dec 21, 2002
    Richmond
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    groundhogs day is 2/11 not 11/2 i think
     
  6. Knave

    Knave Member+

    May 25, 1999
    So are you saying today is actually yaD gohdnuorG?
     
  7. scaryice

    scaryice Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    Actually, Groundhog Day is 2/2. So if you're counting the "11" in 11/2 as a roman numeral two, then it's correct.
     
  8. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    Someone explain to me just how the MLS season is too long?

    I've heard this 'complaint' before, and I don't get it at all. march or April to November seems a-ok to me. Baseball plays this long...so what's the deal?
     
  9. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh darn.. I thought today was Groundhogs Day. :(
     
  10. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh darn.. I thought today was Groundhogs Day. :(.
     
  11. greatscott

    greatscott Member+

    Dec 21, 2002
    Richmond
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    yeah, thats exactly what i was saying. hmm see i really didnt know but i thought they just had the numbers backwards. i just know its in february
     
  12. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    I think the Groundhog Day was sort of a reference to the movie that shared the same name as the "holiday" in which the same thing happened over and over. In this case, the same thing was three 2-0 playoff wins.

    I could be wrong, but that's how I interpreted it.
     
  13. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh darn.. I thought today was Groundhogs Day :(
     
  14. rokstedy

    rokstedy Member+

    I love commieball
    Apr 20, 2001
    Northwest Orange County
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Okay Mr. Murray, we get it.
     
  15. kpaulson

    kpaulson New Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Washington DC
    The title was Groundhog Day because of the date (II-2), the number of goals scored in every MLS playoff match was the same, because we're repeating home and homes, and because in the Metros-Revs match, the first two goal-scorers were the same as they have been for the last three weeks... Fabro and Noonan have both scored the Revs first two goals for the last three matches.

    You see, work went into that title.
     
  16. dred

    dred Member+

    Nov 7, 2000
    Land of Champions
    Presumably the point is that while the Marlins had to win twice in New York, LA could advance over the conference champions even with a loss in San Jose (despite never winning on the road all season).
     
  17. kpaulson

    kpaulson New Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Washington DC
    Re: Re: 11/2 Groundhog Day

    Well, the Marlins had to win only once in NY (although they did it twice). The Yankees never had any kind of homefield advantage.

    BUt I can't disagree with your point: in baseball, hockey, basketball, you need to actively take homefield advantage away to win as the underdog. But MLS is letting an underdog win with the series tied.

    But ultimately, that's the point: the series isn't tied. If a team wins the series, 2-1, it's like they've taken the series four games to two.

    And, from what I've seen, the format has led to better playoff soccer. I wasn't able to watch LA-Quakes (3 in the morning here!), but the other two games were contested for a full 90 (and they wouldn't have been last year...)

    Now, single elimination would be fine by me (as would the Mexican league tiebreaker-- to me, it's no less valid than away goals). But I think this is a big improvement over first to five (and I sincerely hope the Quakes show their class and beat the Gals)
     
  18. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh good. I didn't want to have to do it again. :)
     

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