Day: 2014.10.26

An Accomplishment, or, More Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC won the 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield.

When did we become a sports blog?

Or maybe not. Still, though, this happened:

Seattle Sounders FCCongratulations to the Seattle Sounders.

On Saturday afternoon they captured their first-ever Supporters’ Shield trophy after securing the best record in the 2014 MLS regular season (20-10-4, 64 pts.). The Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 in front of 57,673 fans at CenturyLink Field in a match televised on NBC.

The match was a winner-take-all decider for the trophy, as the LA Galaxy could have claimed an MLS-record fifth Shield had they been able to defeat the Sounders.

As it stands, the Sounders are still very much on track for an unprecedented treble of trophies: the Supporters’ Shield, MLS Cup and the US Open Cup, which they won in September.

It seemed worth mentioning.

And, yes, you read that attendance number correctly.

Talk about support.

Congratulations, indeed, to Seattle Sounders FC as they move on in pursuit of their first MLS Championship.

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MLS Soccer. “Seattle Sounders FC capture first-ever MLS Supporters’ Shield with victory over LA Galaxy”. 25 October 2014.

Your CONCACAF Women’s Champions: The United States National Women’s Team

The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Costa Rica 6-0 at PPL Park in Chester Pennsylvania, to capture the CONCACAF Women's Championship, 24 October 2014.  The final score was 6-0.  (Photo via U.S. Soccer)

Congratulations, indeed.

And what … a … show. With 11,625 in attendance at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica in a definitive display of, well, top-flight fútbol. The final score, USA 6-0 CRC.

Of note, well, yes you might have noticed something in the scoreline. There may be no I in team, but there is an A, and today A was for Abby. Continuing her world-record setting season, Abby Wambach notched another four goals today.

No, that is not a typo. She scored four goals.

We might, however, note that there is, in fact, an I in individual, and it is worth observing that the USWNT swept the individual awards.

Right. Something about congratulations to the CONCACAF Women’s Champions.

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@ussoccer_wnt. “Final: USA 6, CRC 0.” Twitter. 26 October 2014.

U.S. Soccer. “WNT Rolls Past Costa Rica 6-0 to Win 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Crown”. 26 October, 2014.

Good News About Bad News That Brought Interesting News

When you need good news, there is no better place to look than bad news, because then pretty much any news that isn’t all that bad of bad news starts sounding like good news.

Julia MarquandNever mind. Update time. Specifically, Anna Minard brings the update:

The man accused of groping a Seattle woman near Westlake Mall last week has now been charged by the Seattle City Attorney with one count of Assault with Sexual Motivation, a gross misdemeanor, according to the City Attorney’s Office. The man will be arraigned tomorrow morning. He has a previous conviction for a felony Assault with Sexual Motivation from 2011.

Anything we might add, at this time, would only … never mind. Shutting up, now.

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Minard, Anna. “Man Charged With Assault in Connection With Alleged Westlake Groping”. Slog. 23 October 2014.

Probably Just a Weather Balloon

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) is 'seriously considering' running for president, according to his nephew, George P. Bush.

Four sentences.

Hunter Schwarz of The Washington Post packs it all into four sentences. Following are two of them:

George P. Bush at a campaign stop in El Paso in March. (Juan Carlos Llorca/Associated Press)George P. Bush, the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that his father is seriously considering a presidential run in 2016.

“I think it’s more than likely that he’s giving this serious thought in moving forward … that he’ll run,” he said.

Those who strenuously avoid the Sunday interviews for the sake of their health—which, in truth, should be all of us—need only those two sentences. As near as anyone can tell, nothing else of interest happened on the Sunday interview shows, and if for some reason you hear otherwise, that person is probably lying to you.

Updates to follow … the shifting political winds.

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Schwarz, Hunter. “George P. Bush says father Jeb Bush is ‘seriously considering’ 2016 run”. The Washington Post. 26 October 2014.

Something Worth Your Time

Life, death, and a turtle.

Go. Click. Er … um … well, okay, not quite do, you know, but … I don’t know, meditate or something. What? Why can’t you just enjoy something, damn it?

Oh, right. Serenity now. Lest serenity itself demand.

Just a Bunch of Stuff on My Desktop (Madness Mix)

Too many punch lines. Too late for coffee.

Detail of illustration by Vishavjit Singh.Kansas gone mad (again).

The Flaming Lips gone mad (Miley Beatle Mix).

Minecraft madness.

A response to madness.

“Chipmunks Are Go!” by Madness.

Darrell Issa.

The Time for All Good Fans to Come to the Aid of the US Women’s National Team

The United States Womens National Team advanced to the CONCACAF final against Costa Rica with their 3-0 win against Mexico.  The victory also earned the American team their ticket to the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup.

Good news, everyone!

24 OCTOBER 2014: Christen Press crosses against Mexico at PPL Park. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Really. The United States Womens National Team topped Mexico 3-0 Friday night at PPL Park.

The 8,773 people who showed up saw a CONCACAF semifinal game folded in there, as well. The final is today: U.S. vs. Costa Rica.

Congratulations are definitely in order. That much is obvious.

Oh, and by the way, this is also happening:

Abby Wambach continues to add to her world goal scoring record after tallying career goals No. 172 and 173 against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. On June 20, 2013, Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm to become the world’s all-time leading scorer when she pounded in four goals against South Korea at Red Bull Arena. Hamm had 158 international goals from 1987-2004. The match against Haiti marked the 111th win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (111-2-8). Wambach has scored 48 goals in her past 59 games over 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Hamm (144).

Oh, yes. Congratulations. Y’think?

Kickoff is 6 pm Eastern; game is broadcast on FOX Sports 1.