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    Richard Hamje

    Challenge Cup Match 3
    The Thorns Prediction Game: Reading the PTFC Leaves

    Table after two matches

    A nil-nil draw is not the route to big points – for our players or the Thorns. John Lawes got the honors again by predicting a draw, Daniel Stratton got the wild prediction since I decided that a flyby is more likely than a team religious conversion.

    Up next is Washington, Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The Spirit looked pretty toothless against the Courage, conceding two while scoring none. Their concessions were virtually identical to ours vs. NCC but they never got as close to scoring. So in theory, we’re better than them.

    How this works:
    Add a comment to this post. In the comment title put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.

    In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
    Charley (Klingenberg)
    Sinclair (Free kick)
    Weaver (Unassisted)
    LaVelle (PK)

    Next, name the first yellow card recipient: First yellow to Huster.

    Then reds, if any. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Tori Huster makes four terrible challenges and the ref finally reacts.

    Make your fun prediction: The broadcast accidentally plays full-on crowd noise from Providence Park. Sunday can be clearly heard cussing at the ref.

    · 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
    · Each player with a red card: 1 point (Cannot earn points for predicting 0 red cards)
    · Most recommended/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 Reynolds 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.

    Have fun, tell your friends, let me know if you have any questions or if I screw up your score.

    Daniel Stratton



    FY Stabb

    RC Dibiasi

    Broadcast crew has the knowledge and talent to spend all 90 minutes plus halftime to not go off on tangents like what a dressing/locker room should be called, nor do they butcher any name, nor emphasize the L part of OL Reign in a manner grating on the ears, the camera will have no glare issues, and no one will have even 1 complaint on the commentary or production value.

    Constant Weeder

    Thorns 2-1 Spirit
    Horan (Klingenberg)
    Weaver (Rodriguez)
    Hatch (Sullivan)

    YC: Huster
    RC: Dougherty-Howard

    Faced with another 30 minutes of sun glare, the video producer decides to show NASA imagery of solar eclipses until the first hydration break. Wishful thinking?

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