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May 30, 2012

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 17 comments

Crazy night in the third round of the US Open Cup (the US version of the FA Cup). 7 of the 14 MLS sides to play yesterday lost to lower-league teams. The most dramatic upset was Harrisburg City Islanders defeating the NE Revolution. Scoreless through 90, NE scored 3 in the first 15 minutes of extra time. Harrisburg answered with 3 in the second 15, sending the match to PKs. Benny Feilhaber's fifth round shot was stopped by Harrisburg's keeper, sealing the victory. Video.

posted by goddam at 09:25 AM on May 30

That's nuts. I see a bunch of injuries listed, but it this a case of the MLS teams not fielding their best sides or something else? Also, did anyone in New England keep a receipt from the purchase of the Revolution?

posted by yerfatma at 09:55 AM on May 30

Scoreless through 90, NE scored 3 in the first 15 minutes of extra time. Harrisburg answered with 3 in the second 15, sending the match to PKs.

Sheesh, that doesn't even sound real.

posted by tron7 at 09:59 AM on May 30

Interesting MLS post at Metafilter (in which I steal goddam's link to look smart).

posted by yerfatma at 11:35 AM on May 30

As intimated by robocop_is_bleeding over at the Mefi post, Brendan Rogers has agreed to move up one place in the table and become the new Liverpool boss. The fee LFC are paying Swansea for him is almost as much as Rogers' entire transfer budget last summer.

I am neither excited nor scared, except at how much younger than me Rogers is.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:51 AM on May 30

Scoreless through 90, NE scored 3 in the first 15 minutes of extra time. Harrisburg answered with 3 in the second 15, sending the match to PKs.

Two immediate responses pop to mind:

1) If you're going to make stuff up, at least let it be reasonable.

2) It sounds like a period of Pittsburgh/Philadelphia hockey.

posted by grum@work at 12:09 PM on May 30

If you're going to make stuff up, at least let it be reasonable

I wish I was making it up. The Red Bulls face the winner in the next round. If NE won we'd get a home game next Tuesday. If it was Harrisburg we'd be traveling out there. I turned off the audio feed of the game when the Revs went up 3-0 figuring we'd have a home game next week. A little while later I get a text from a friend saying that he's in for Harrisburg and is looking for a ride. He was on the drive back from Charleston after the RBNY game, so I figured he didn't see the score. But then I checked the Twitters and my jaw dropped.

I see a bunch of injuries listed, but it this a case of the MLS teams not fielding their best sides or something else?

Generally MLS sides will play enough starters to ensure a win. Sometimes it's just players not taking the lower league teams seriously and playing down to their opponent's level. You always get a few of those teams knocking out MLS sides, but never this many in one shot.

posted by goddam at 12:44 PM on May 30

EA Sports predicts Stanley Cup winner

posted by kokaku at 02:49 PM on May 30

Soccer goal celebrations (possibly enhanced).

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on May 30

The Charlotte Bobcats are so frggin' bad, they couldn't even win the lottery. And of all the teams to lose that number one spot to, it had to be New Orleans. Ugh.

posted by NoMich at 09:12 PM on May 30

Derek Holland may want to find a new line of work.

posted by dyams at 09:29 PM on May 30

The Charlotte Bobcats are so frggin' bad, they couldn't even win the lottery.

I was in the midst of typing out the same thing until I looked up and saw you beat me to the punch by about three hours.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:58 PM on May 30

dyams: Derek Holland may want to find a new line of work.
I stopped watching that game when it was 17-0; I'm kinda surprised that the Rangers put up any runs to avoid the shutout, for a 21-8 final score.

The Mariners are basically the *last* team I'd expect to have that kind of offensive outburst.

posted by hincandenza at 12:54 AM on May 31

I picked him up in my fantasy league for a spot start, thinking he could have a decent outing against the Mariners.

Needless to say, I was extremely wrong (shocker!) and have dropped him.

posted by dyams at 06:04 AM on May 31

Unfortunate for Charlotte, but looking into my crystal ball I foresee many, MANY very high draft picks in their future.

posted by dyams at 06:09 AM on May 31

I didn't think an individual could have as great a playing career and as miserable a post-playing career as Isaiah, but in the long run, Jordan may outdo him.

posted by beaverboard at 09:34 AM on May 31

And that's reason number 627 why I wish Jordan would have disappeared after his playing days. He looks like a bigger douche every day, and it has permanently damaged his legacy. He should own a golf course, not a NBA team.

posted by dyams at 06:55 PM on May 31

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