Matchday 8: Will We See Nadim?
The Paramount+ announcers reminded us every minute that the matchup of the two best teams in the league was really even. Except that it wasn’t actually very close, was it? For the third match in a row, the best wild predictor on our team (4-4-2) scored two points, this time for a tale of mislabeled children. But the big “winner” was John Lawes who predicted the exact result and a Lynn Williams goal! Unlike last time, nobody got the yellow card recipient – why would you pick a Thorn who had not played a minute when human-bulldozer Merritt Mathias is on the pitch?
Here is our table after the NCC match:
We next face Racing Louisville, this time at their place. A lot has changed since we beat them 3-0. Ebony Salmon has arrived from Bristol City and scored the game-winning goal in both of her outings. Nadia Nadim is on her way from Paris and could show up in the purple fleur-de-lis any time now. Maybe July 3? Watch on Paramount + at 4:30pm to find out.
How this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Salem (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Nagasato for swearing in Japanese.
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Michelle Betos for a clumsy tackle one-on-one with Weaver.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: Louisville has a purple wiffle ball promotion. When Betos is shown the red, the fans are upset and try to throw the balls on to the pitch. Almost none of them make it out of the stands.
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.
The game thread will usually be posted 48 hours before each match.
Have fun, tell your friends, let me know if you have any questions or if I screw up your score.