On Sunday, I received this text message from an SI.com soccer editor who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty: "MLS Cup. Yawn."
On the surface, I realize the casual sports fan might think an MLS Cup final devoid of someone with the last name of
But then I reminded the soccer editor that he is not your everyday
Not only are rematches almost always thrilling encounters --
So, are you a Houstonian or a New Englander?
Sports freaks, like normal people, generally fall into one of two camps: the artist or the scientist. Some of us embrace the daring, romantic hero, like a
It's what I call the
In this MLS Cup, the Loudens are with Houston. The Dynamo are efficient, no doubt, but they play with an attacking abandon that will stir your heart.
The back line, led by center back
By comparison, the Revolution's back line committed six fewer fouls in the regular season than Robinson had yellow cards. It's emblematic of
Ultimately, this year's MLS Cup final is a right-brain-vs.-left-brain scenario. Nicol's Revolution will play it close to the vest, looking to slow down the game, stifling Houston's spirited, orange-clad midfield flow before methodically, surgically orchestrating a goal of their own. Conversely, the Dynamo will look to unleash their high-pressure, freestyle circus.
Both these teams are deserving. Depending on what kind of person you are, you'll think one is more deserving that the other.
"And I guess that's why we got to love those people who deserve it like there's no tomorrow," Louden Swain says in
For me, I love the Revolution -- after all, I played for them -- but in this one, I think Louden will get the pin.
It was a gutless decision, and I find it hard to believe that none of the referees on the field at the time saw the play sufficiently to advise a straight red.
Now, predictably, the league will claim it cannot punish the player. It'll claim it would undermine the referee's authority. That's bull, and everyone knows it. TV technology allows for retrospection in cases like this. It lets us right certain wrongs. The league can and should try to rectify blatant errors like this whenever possible.
That's why I am calling on MLS officials to suspend Jaqua for the MLS Cup final. His blow was deliberate, violent, and uncalled for. It deserves to be punished.