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Ep 34: Quest for the West

Anyone notice last episode we only talked about half the league?   Well that won’t do.  Here’s the other half, it’s our breakdown of the Western Conference!  Dave and Carol give their thoughts on every team in the west, then finish up with some season predictions.  I know it’s early, but here’s a chance to grab a cup of coffee, and get caught up on Dave and Carol’s thoughts before diving into all the games today.  Let’s get this season started!

Ep 33: The Beasts of the East

Wait a sec, didn’t we just release one of these a couple days ago?  That’s right, we’re back again!  Preseason is almost over, and it we’re ready to kick-off the new season with our Eastern Conference preview.  Dave and Carol break down every Eastern Conference team, including a look at their preseason, what their offseason moves look like, and what to expect this week.  Plus, some listener questions and comments.

Lots of links in this show.  First is the player acquisition flow chart from Sports Illustrated:


Next is the video of DC United’s newest homegrown Ian Harkes show off his skills, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com’s Armchair Analyst, Matt Doyle:


Then there’s there’s the Nutmeg News article about DC United’s new stadium:


And finally there’s the video interview series with Sounders fans, Supporter Stories:



Ep 32: The Five Teams in California

Hey, we’re just a week away from kick-off of the 2017 season, which means we’re officially declaring this the season 1 finale!  This week Dave and Carol discuss expansion.  Twelve cities submitted bids to become home to the next MLS franchise.  We tackle the conundrum facing the league right now.  What does a bid need to be appealing?  What is MLS looking for in a potential ownership group?  Of these twelve cities, which ones have the strongest bid?  All this and more on Episodes 32!

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.)

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