So sorry! Gomen’nasai! (frantic bowing…) I’m so late with this week’s prediction game and I have no excuse – just laziness and confusion. So let’s get this one up so we can move forward.
And especially forget about the awful trap game in Orlando. It trapped our punters, too; no one got the result or score,
nobody only SincFan guessed Hubly for the first (soft!) yellow, although several got the Weaver-to-Smith connection on the forlorn early goal.
Roses was last week’s winner, getting both Adriana and Smith as scorers and Weaver for the assist bonus, as well as her cautionary tale of what happens when you let bigotry’s whole camel ass under the tent. “Orlando Pee’s”. Hummm…
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Here’s my thought.
Since we’re at the halfway point in the season, I’m tempted to split the prediction race into an apertura and clausura because Thrakkorzog has such a commanding lead, so there’s your apertura winner (prizes TBD..!)
Starting with this game we’ll play for the clausura season; the winner of the “closing” portion of the 2023 season will have a chance to go into the playoffs and win it all…or perhaps we’ll end up with two champions.
How does that sound to everyone?
Regardless of how we play it here, the Thorns have to go to the echoing and empty halls out in the deserted wastes of Bridgetown to play the appalling Chicago Red Stars, who are one bare point above the dual Wooden Spoon holders.
The Red Stars are coming off a 0-5 thrashing at the feet of the Damned Courage…but before that they strung together their first back-to-back wins – a 1-nil over Orlando and a 1-2 road win over the more-dire Angel City FC – after losing to us here at the end of May.
It’s hard to say if Chicago can get their shit together enough to make this another trap game. Certainly Coach Norris sounded dispirited and confused by the licking Orlando handed his squad last weekend. Can Chris Petrucelli and the Red Stars repeat what Seb Hines and the Pride did?
(Last meeting: May 21, 2023, Providence Park, 4-nil Portland win)
How all 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:
Kuikka (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Jess Fishlock
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:“Pogarch gets the start against her former club. She gets through 70 minutes without fouling her former teammates until she can’t take it anymore. She pushes over Hina, gives Weaver a wedgie, gives Sinc a noogie, then flips off the Riveters and runs out of Providence Park, never to be seen again. The ref issues a red card, which she later contests, and loses.” (h/t to ABell4)
· 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.