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Ep 44: Emphasize your Emphasis

This week Carol and Dave sit down to talk about the different ways that fans react to losing streaks. I can’t imagine at all why that would be on their mind. Also, do refs have a bigger effect on the game in soccer than other sports? And finally, what happened at the Union town hall meeting? Is that the reason for their big turnaround? All this and more this week!

Here’s Simon Borg’s Instant Replay from last week:

And here’s the write-up of the Union town meeting at the Philly Voice:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/notes-and-quotes-philadelphia-unions-closed-door-town-hall-meeting/

Ep 43: Weather’s Nice, Let’s Jump On This Bandwagon

Hello again! This week Dave and Carol are joined by friend of the show Bethany. Carol had a blast researching some soccer terms… of course she’s happy anytime Middle English comes up in a project she’s doing. Then we took a deep dive into the concept of the fair-weather fan. Is there a difference between a fair-weather fan and a bandwagon fan? Is it necessarily bad being one? And finally, how bad has it gotten for the Sounders? And why doesn’t it feel as bad as last year? Enjoy!

For those of you who are curious, here’s the original article Dave wrote on his blog in defense of fair-weather fans.

https://atheistsoundingboard.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/we-care-a-lot-the-defense-of-fair-weather-fans/

Ep 42: No Good Answers

So, what’s going wrong with the Union? How nervous should they be? Today, Carol and Dave take a look at the Philly team. Also, is it controversial when female athletes swear? And finally, since last week we decided to give you some lighthearted fare about sexism, this week we’re going to tackle the issue of racism in the game! Surely this is just a simple problem that we can settle with a few minutes conversation, right? Okay, maybe not. But let’s talk about it anyway.

Here’s the article by Stephanie McCaffery about swearing:

http://www.sportingchic.com/features-1/2017/4/30/we-need-to-stop-fueling-the-stereotype-that-swearing-in-womens-sports-is-taboo

And an article about Sulley Muntari getting yellow carded for abuse, and the racism problem in soccer:

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/5/3/15532256/sulley-muntari-suspension-pescara-cagliari-serie-a-racist

And finally, two takes on The Save:

MLSsoccer.com

And Soundersfc.com (narrated by Kasey Keller)

Ep. 41: Rabbit Trails

Hello again! This week Dave an Carol dive into what’s wrong with the LA Galaxy. Also, does Giovinco’s tantrum at being subbed mean anything? And finally, the Minnesota broadcast team features Kendra de St Aubin, who you might notice is a woman. Dave and Carol both have some feels about the number of women involved in the game. Enjoy!

And for some extra’s, here’s some of the things we mentioned in the show:

Giovinco being subbed off:

Dave mentioned the “Platatrum.” What was that?

http://user.xmission.com/%7Ekevin/platantrum.gif

Here’s the best picture we could find of Quincy Amerikwa’s pouty face:

Here’s Bastian Schweinsteiger cheerfully taking a photo of a Fire fan with other Fire players:

And finally, the article about Dax McCarty’s return to New York:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/04/26/dax-mccarty-looking-forward-giving-fans-friends-proper-goodbye-rba

Ep 40: Get it Right

Hello everybody! This week we’re joined by a new guest, our good friend David. In lieu of having a coherent conversation on a pointed subject, we just rambled into the mics for about forty minutes. Then Carol finally put us back on track to talk about the new environmentally friendly jerseys worn this week by four MLS teams. Was it a gimmick, or a real step taken to help our oceans? Enjoy!

Here are the kits Seattle and LA wore this week:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/04/19/mls-adidas-join-forces-parley-ocean-eco-friendly-kits

And here are the ones New York and Orlando wore:

http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/look-mls-new-kits-recycled-plastic-pollution-nycfc-orlando-041917

For comparison, here are the kits that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich wore last year:

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/11/04/adidas-creates-new-real-madrid-and-fc-bayern-munich-kits-recycled-ocean-plastic-part

And finally, here’s the article Dave mentioned about the MLS salary cap being a salary budget:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/03/14/armchair-analyst-stop-calling-it-salary-cap-its-salary-budget

Ep 39: The Tri-Wizard World Cup Bid

Hey guys! We got the band back together! Carol makes her triumphant return to the… airwaves? Internetwaves? The show. We sat down to tell about our experience meeting Alexi Lalas. Then we took a look at the US-Canada-Mexico World Cup Bid. Finally, we did a deep dive into the new bargaining agreement between US Soccer and the women’s players. Enjoy!

Ep. 38: His Name Could Beat Me Up

We’re here, with guests!!! Carol was still on her road trip so Dave sat down with friends of the show Mike and Tyson to discuss the state of the league, the addition of Schweinsteiger, and just where the Sounders are at so far this season. Also, Mike had some things to say about our opinion on away supporter security. Here we are with Episode 38!

Here’s the Nutmeg News articles mentioned:

https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2017/3/29/schweinsteiger-refusal-to-commit-to-the-chicago-fire-winning-the-world-cup-shows-distinct-lack-of-desire

https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2017/3/27/while-having-a-serious-look-in-the-mirror-minnesota-united-defenders-give-up-additional-goal?rq=minnesota

Ep. 37: All By Myself

Hey all! So we unfortunately missed last week because of scheduling issues. This week, we had some more, but decided that two weeks is far too long to make you wait for another show. There’s soccer to talk about, dammit! So this week, Dave awkwardly sat down alone in front of the mic to talk to you about the goings on of the league and the national team. Give him some feedback on what you thought! Hope you enjoy!

Ep 36: Tweeting on the Square

The season is in full swing, and we’re here to discuss it.  First off, is there any hope in Minnesota?  Just how bad of a start is this for them?  Plus, twitter battles between teams and players:  are they a good thing for the league?  As we head into some World Cup Qualifiers, what’s the state of the national team?  And what does it mean that Bruce Arena called up Dempsey?  And finally, do the referees have the right points of emphasis this season?  All this and more in Episode 36.

Of course we have to include the brilliant meme put together by the LA Galaxy:

 

Ep 35: Let’s Lose Some Listeners!

Hey guys!  Things have been going pretty well her over the last couple weeks.   We’ve had a ton of great interactions with you listeners, and so we decided what better time to bring up politics!  Dave was unfortunately sick and lacking a voice, so Carol was joined by friend of the show Matt to discuss the rough starts for two expansion teams and some bad fan behavior.  Then they talk about the new US Soccer policy regarding standing for the National Anthem, and Alexi Lalas’ reaction to it.  It’s a bit of an emotionally charged show.  Hope you like it.

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