Hands Free Football

Dave and Carol talk about MLS

Month: March 2019

Ep 95: Esse Quam Videri

Correction: In the episode, Dave mistakenly attributed an article about the NYCFC situation to Jonathan Tannenwald. The article in question (which is linked below) was actually written by Leander Schaerlaeckens.

Hello again everybody! Now that the season’s started, we can get away from more controversial topics. So let’s talk about Nazis! This week, Carol and Dave look at the current situation of NYCFC fans with ties to white supremacist groups, and just what the league and team’s responsibility to act on it. Also, we talk about the SheBelieves Cup, and the reaction for the USWNT players putting inspirational women’s names on their jerseys. And also, there have been some rule changes to the game. All that and more this week!

Lots of notes this week. First is the David Wong article about how humans would really react to a zombie apocalypse: http://www.cracked.com/article_21928_4-things-the-walking-dead-gets-wrong-about-apocalypse.html

Next is the ref who pulled a Matrix-like move to avoid a ball: www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/04/28/it-was-just-instinct-soccer-referee-goes-viral-for-doing-matrix-level-splits-to-avoid-ball/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.74d0fdbc9dd5

Here’s the USWNT’s jersey names: http://www.sportingnews.com/us/soccer/news/uswnt-honors-groundbreaking-women-names-on-jerseys-shebelieves-cup/jdweg8xquhsu15bd199yjjta9

This is the Huffington Post article about white supremacists in New York: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-york-city-football-club-far-right-extremists_n_5c76d679e4b062b30eba721a?otq

Sam Dunn at 12Up did an opinion piece critical of Don Garber’s response to the situation in New York: https://www.12up.com/posts/6311555-don-garber-is-a-disgrace-and-mls-fans-deserve-better-one-and-dunn

And finally, here’s the article about how solving the situation is more complicated than people are making it out to be: https://sports.yahoo.com/while-the-presence-of-rightwing-extremist-fans-in-mls-is-obvious-rooting-out-the-problem-isnt-042404612.html

That last article is the one I mistakenly attributed to Jonathan Tannenwald in the episode. The article is actually by Leander Schaerlaeckens. I will be making a correction on the next episode.


Ep 94: Team of Theseus Redux

Hey all! We’re back! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic offseason. This week, Carol and Dave decided to go back to a concept we first talked about all the way back in Episode 1. The Team of Theseus. What are our feelings on the Sounders now that they’ve been in MLS for a decade, and have almost completely changed from the team that played in 2009? Also, what’s going on with the National Team. Finally, our newest way of closing each episode, a quick lightning round of news stories from around the league. It’s good to be back. Here’s to another great season!

© 2019 Hands Free Football

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑