Hands Free Football

Dave and Carol talk about MLS

Not so much rebranding, as just branding.

In the spirit of the unveiling of the MLS Next Crest in 2015, I’d like to present the Hands Free Football Logo.


The shape of the crest is reminiscent of the new MLS crest without getting us sued.

The swooshy banner helps with the not getting sued, and gives us a place to put the title of the podcast.

The NYCFC blue and Orlando City purple show our desire (if not ability) to not talk about the Sounders all the time.

The tree silhouettes represent the shitload of trees that live in the PNW.

The soccer ball in the microphone is because we talk about soccer into microphones.  That’s what the podcast is about.  Pay attention.


A big thanks to Claunch Design for helping us put it together.  Please check them out for all your graphic design needs.

Ep 31: The Manchurian Midfielder

As promised, we have returned!  Today Carol and Dave sit down with podcaster extraordinaire Mike Gillis of Radio vs. The Martians and other great shows.  Mike, who is admittedly not a soccer fan, wanted to discuss what makes someone a fan of a team, and just what are the limits of fandom.  Then we discussed sports movies; specifically Victory, the 1981 .. ummm… classic? … about WW2 POWs playing a soccer game against Nazis.  This show was a blast, and I bet you’ll all love it.  Enjoy!

A Victorious Return

Omigod, we’re back!  The new podcast is being edited AS I TYPE, and it occurs to me that I should give you a heads up.

Our guest this week is Mike Gillis from Radio vs. The Martians.  About an hour and fifteen minutes into our conversation, we start discussing Victory, the 1981 WW2/soccer film with Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Pele.  You can probably follow this episode without watching, but go watch it.  It’ll be more fun that way.

The new episode will be posted soon.  It’s good to be back.

2016 Predictions Accuracy Report: Dave still sucks at this.

So, with all my free time, I finally sat down and filled in all the predictions and results from this season of Hands Free Football. Here are the results.

A couple items of note:

While Dave once hit 100% accuracy (not included on this graph because it wasn’t on an episode of HFF, it was pre-game at Century Link with both Tyson and Carol as witnesses) he achieved 0% accuracy during 6 of the 28 episodes he gave predictions in. Of the 282 outcomes that Dave predicted, he got 61 of them correct, for an overall accuracy rating of 21.6%.

Mike remains our most accurate guest with a 60% accuracy rating, which I think he managed partly by predicting outcomes but not score lines, which seems to have worked out well. Congrats, Mike! You win…something. We’ll figure it out.

If you’re wondering, if Dave had used Mike’s strategy and only predicted outcomes instead of scores, he would have gotten 50 out of 141, or 35% accurate, which is better, but still has him weeping into his scarf.

Ep 30: Victory Rants

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! Here’s the final episode of the year. Paul and Devon from 253 Defiance returned to have a meandering conversation about the Sounders victory in the MLS Cup final. To be honest, this is the most homer show we’ve done yet. We hope you can understand. Dave did occasionally try (with little success) to move the conversation out of Seattle, but his heart wasn’t quite in it. We hope you enjoy our chat about this final, this season, and what it meant to us fans.

Ep 29: Best Footballer Forward

We’re back! During the chaos of the holidays, it’s nice that there’s nothing really important to talk about. Except for the age-old question of what makes an MVP so valuable. Or who should have been selected as Coach of the Year. Or who could do a better job than Bruce Arena at heading the USMNT. Or which MLS giant is going to come away with a long overdue MLS Championship.

Ep 28: And the Award Goes To…

Playoffs are here!  We had a ton of stuff to talk about, so here’s a super-packed extra-long episode.  This week we discuss the Sounders decision to officially name Brian Schmetzer their head coach.  Year end award nominees are out as well.  We go back to our beginning of the season predictions and see how well they held up.  You won’t believe who Carol picked to win the MLS Cup back in March.  Finally the games so far, and what to expect out of this weekend.  Here’s close to two hours of soccer madness for you!

Oh… and the Cubs.  Of course we had to talk about the Cubs.

Here’s the goal scored by Mancuso for Montreal against the Redbulls:

Which Dave found reminiscent of this goal by Jamie Vardy (which he incorrectly said was against Arsenal.. it was Liverpool.  Hey.. he got the coach right at least.)

Ep 27: Snubbed Out

Darlington Nagbe might never get called up to the National Team again.  Turns out that when Jurgen Klinsmann invites you to play, you better play.  This week Dave and Carol talk about Klinsmann’s snubs, and whether they deserves call ups.  Also, what does a coach do when a world class player demands to stay at home unless he starts?  Plus, the playoff scenarios of the final day of the season are… complex.  Here’s Episode 27!


You can read the article about Klinsmann and Nagbe here:  http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/2016/10/everybody-lost-in-the-needless-nagbe-klinsmann-showdown/

And the article about Didier Drogba is here:  http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/10/18/parchman-mauro-biello-s-handling-drogba-saga-could-be-season-changing

Ep 26: Loopholes Part 2 – The Spirit of the Law

The long awaited second part of our first ever two-part episode is finally here!  This week, Dave and Carol are joined by Devon from 253 Defiance.  We chatted about our thoughts on Bob Bradley becoming the first US coach in the EPL.  Devon told us tales of being a soccer evangelist.  And finally, we discussed rules.  Namely this:  Is breaking a rule and cheating the same thing?  This was a fun one, we hope you enjoy it.

Ep 25: Loopholes Part 1–The Letter of the Law

Soccer rules can be funny sometimes.  Take for example the rare free-kick in the box that happened in Chicago last week.  We decided to talk about some other strange rules, and the ways they were exploited.  There was so much to talk about here that we decided to hold off part of the conversation for next week.  Also, Sounders GM Garth Lagerway spent some time talking to fans about what the future looks like in Seattle.   We give our thoughts on some of the highlights.  Away we go on the our first two-part episode!

Here’s the article we mentioned that goes into greater depth about Lagerway’s talk:


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