Seems like forever since we’ve been here, eh?
The last time we saw the Thorns play for something other than pure entertainment…
And much as I think the “WICC” was a silly thing to plunk in the middle of the NWSL season at least the midweek matches had a sort of fun, goofy “WoSo After Dark” feel to them; nobody got seriously injured, so, entertaining? Sure!
The “final”? Ugh. Bad enough the plucky Monterristas got hammered, the hammering was delivered by Les Plutocrattes, which sets my teeth on edge.
(And no, just because it was Lindsey Horan who drove in two of the nails doesn’t make it better. She’s not a Thorn right now. If she comes back here? Yay, cheers, we love you! But right now she’s a potential opponent, and we don’t like them or cheer for them.)
So the Final…not so much.
…was back on the 10th, when they went to Washington, endured the inevitable “weather delay”, went behind on a bizarre Bella Bixby stumbles-into-her-own-goal Own Goal, and then gutted out a two-goal comeback win with a Sinc tap-in and a Weaver golazo that pretty much torpedoed Washington’s already-sad season.
Our punters, always ready to hope for the best, largely got the result correct, but only two – Roses and ABell4 – got the score. That got them top honors, while ABell’s good yellow card guess (tho, Brooksie? Girlfriend is a walking yellow card…) got her nose past the post and into first place.
Shockingly, nobody had “Bixby OG” on their bingo card, but everyone assumed Sophia Smith would bring the heat and so the scorer predictions were beaten up badly by the late scratch.
Daniel Stratton and Thrakkorzog both got “fun” points for their slightly cynical tales of (respectively) Hina-san explaining US government to her teammates, and the state of the league’s flirtation with pseudo…sorry, cryptocurrency.
(1-2 win, Bixby (OG), Sinclair (UA), Weaver (Sugita) – YC Brooks)
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This week could be truly ugly; two games in three days. First it’s The Damned Courage away this Wednesday, then a top-two tussle with San Diego this weekend.
The Damned are showing signs of life, coming off a weekend 4-nil thrashing of Chicago, with the Thorns nemesis Diana Ordonez picking up another brace. This one could be a real slugfest…or a real yawner. We’ll have to wait and see.
(Last meeting, August 5, 2022 at Providence Park, 3-3 draw)
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: Merritt Mathias
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Madison Pogarch for mimicking mooning the referee after getting an undeserved yellow.
Make your fun prediction,and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The two teams meet up in the parking lot before the game to burn an effigy of Paul Riley. Nadine Angerer produces not one but two lighters from her pockets.
· 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.
A question for the readership: The Oregonian newspaper’s recent dive into the Peregrine FO’s goings-on – specifically some pretty disturbing revelations about CFO Mike Golub’s acting like some sort of dickish-high-school-alpha-jock – was just another in the seemingly-endless stream of unpleasant news from inside the ownership group.
Is there any interest amongst our little group for an open thread about this? Asking because while I truly hate it, it’s hard to ignore this elephant in the room.
I just don’t know if there’s any virtue to be had in kicking it around. Thoughts?