Yesterday I watched a replay of the last 20 minutes of Saturday's game on the MSG network -with New York announcers. Overall, it was wonderful. The noise from the DC faithful was world class -- in no way inferior to the levels at Premiership matches. Even the announcers are impressed. The ugly part were Shep Messing's (the New York commentator) comments about Freddy. When Stewart came out of the game, he kicked the bench (I didn't catch that on Saturday.) Messing criticized Earnie for poor sportsmanship and added that he was just as bad as Freddy. Messing then went on at some length about how Nowak was the sort of coach who would not be intimidated and would play only players whom he thought would help the team -- as if Freddy were somehow throwing his weight (?) around. When Freddy did enter the game, we heard more of the same. Of course, it was delicious when Freddy changed the tone of the game completely around. I seem to recall that Messing spent a great deal of his career (?) decorating one bench or another, but even an aging mediocrity should recognize that any player worth his salt wants to play every minute --even 15 year olds. It must be nice to get paid to spew your biases over the airwaves. Messing also thought that the Metros are unlucky that Cornell Glen got hurt after Bradley used his three substitutes. Maybe so, but I would have thought that using all three subs by the 60 minute mark was an example of poor coaching.