So eighteen games without defeat followed by two dismal showings in the MLS play-offs, against a not terribly good Revolution team. This evening's home play-off match at the Crew Stadium was painful, to put it mildy. The standard of football by both teams was horrendous; a clear embarrassment to The Beautiful Game. Based on the performances tonight, Bath City could have taken these two teams to the cleaners. Yet, this was a play-off game, where you'd expect the skill level to rise up a notch. The referee should shoulder some blame -- he gave a first-half penalty to the Crew, yet didn't book the offending Revolution player. He then gave a second-half penalty to the Crew which clearly wasn't a penalty. From where we were sitting (right behind the goal at the "South end"), it was a good tackle by the Revolution, which then should have resulted in a corner for the Crew, not a penalty. Not that it mattered, as both penalties were missed (I think a video guide of how Alan Shearer takes his penalties would be a useful addition in the Crew dressing room). The kindest thing for the suffering fans on a chilly night would have been to take off the entire Crew team at half-time and replace them with 10 of the Nutcracker dancers (who put on that bizarre performance at half-time), plus that irritating Crew moggy. New England wouldn't have noticed, being as their defending consisted of kicking the ball wildly in any direction, and relying on a two-man break for attacking. Mind you, that's how they scored ! Based on tonight's showing, I'm sure DC United have already booked their flight to California.