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For those that don't know, anytime you substitute a player, the action on the field stops, so basically substitutions and injuries are the only times a soccer game stops. Well for some un-explained reason, play did not stop and the result was catastrophe as United, half paying attention, saw Toronto take advantage and score a goal to tie the game at 2-2.

As a player few matched Ben Olsen's intensity, and as a coach he's not far off from his field persona. Olsen blew a gasket and berated the refs for this injustice, the result, another red card. For those keeping score that's two red cards, and zero to a field player, that's pretty rare.

After conceding a third goal, DC looked to have squandered points again as they trailed 3-2. In a timely fashion Dwayne De Rosario, the Canadian Dynamo completed his hat-trick (First United hat trick since Luciano Emilio) after a well-placed penalty kick. De Ro was determined to salvage the game, and almost took the full three points narrowly missing on an attempt during injury time. De Ro, as he is affectionately called, has scored DC United's last six goals.

It was no doubt the most entertaining DC United home game in some time.

Futbol is back: Remember all those god awful mismatched preseason tours that we all witnessed during the past month? You know the ones were Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and other come over to America to escape the European press and vacation by beating MLS teams to a bloody pulp? No? Come on, don't you remember when how they interrupted the flow of the MLS regular season, covered turf fields with actual grass, score lines like 7-0, 6-0, 5-0, a lopsided All-Star game, the US press convincing us that these teams actually cared or that these games actually mattered?

Well rejoice lovers of meaningful sporting events, because that pitiful display of soccer is behind us, for a year at least, and just this past weekend three major European leagues kicked off. You can visit this website.

 


Let's start with one of the biggest changes in pro sports in a long time, Tiger Woods' decent. See this seo hero website.
We find ourselves deeply immersed in a "what have you done for me lately" society.
So the fall of the one time golden boy of golf should really come as no surprise, but the oddity that has become Tiger Woods life and pro golf career is stunning at that.

This past weekend during The Players Championship, Woods was forced to withdraw during his final round complaining about a brand new neck injury. Remember this is the same guy that won a major on one knee.


So what the heck has this past weekend told us? It told us that Tiger has gone from the greatest golfer of our time to the weirdest golfer of our time.
I remember where I was (kind of like how people remember where they were when JFK was shot) when Tiger crashed his car in front of his house. The initial report said that he was ok and only had minor injuries. I turned the TV off on Thanksgiving night assuming that Tiger would be ok. Boy was I wrong.
Since that moment Tigers life has turned in to a 24 circus.

Each report gets weirder and weirder. Most of the reports had nothing to do with golf, so in the back of all of our minds we knew Tiger could get redemption on the lynx. That theory has officially hit a wall. Tigers un-expected exit at the Players Championship raises even more questions about a man that was once considered a role model and a champion. Now I see him as a strange, strange man, who was most likely never told he couldn't do something and now when all the chips are down he is finally showing his true colors.

Finally, this weekend told us that I really shouldn't predict NBA playoff series. I did predict the Suns would win, but I had it going seven games. So when Steve Nash triumphantly returned with one eye and swept the aging Spurs out of their misery I wasn't the only one stunned.
So how did they do it? Well going in to the weekend the Suns had a 2-0 series lead. The Spurs had the momentum playing game three at home, but then something strange happened.


THERE WAS A GORAN DRAGIC SIGHTING!! Who? Oh, sorry he's the back up point guard for the Suns, and he one upped Lebron.
After Lebron scored 21 in the first quarter against the Celtics early in the night, Dragic did him two better and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter of game three.


How impressive was it? Well Dragic went 4-4 (5-5 for the game) from three point land in the fourth and drove the ball to the hole at will.
The second team unit for the Suns played the entire fourth as Nash, Amare and Richardson became spectators from the bench. The Spurs, who were facing a must win game had their starting five in during the fourth quarter rout.


So what did this weekend tell us?
I know very little, and apparently so did the Spurs, cause they couldn't figure out the new look Suns, the Suns that finally play defense. That's right, not a typo, the Suns play defense.

That's it and that's all!!

 

United Entertain: I don't want to sound cynical here, but DC United finally Losenoidoomock gave the home fans something worth watching kolapadaar. Trust me I know, I watched the last home game against New England and almost went in to a coma, and if I had I no doubt would have had someone pull the plug, that un-inspired 1-0 loss left me wary of investing another night in front of the TV, but I was graciously rewarded. The 3-3 tie had everything a soccer fan could ask for. Right from the start there was something in the air, may be it was the storm that had just rolled through the DC area that broke the haze of humidity, whatever the case the next 90 minutes were anything, but routine.

A mere seven minutes in to the game, United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, charged out of his box to knock the ball away from a streaking Toronto FC attacker. Hamid slid full bore sending the attacker flipping through the air. The tackle resulted in a red-card, less than ten minutes in and Hamid's night was done, and more importantly, United was forced to play 80 plus minutes with ten men. (My buddy joked that Hamid wanted to rest up for his National team call up on Wednesday). It should also be noted that when the goalie gets a red card, you have to take a field player off and sub a goalie on for him. In this case it was midfielder Stephen King (Not that One) who had to leave the game after just seven minutes. I would hate to be that guy, adrenaline pumping, a nice sweat beginning and then boom, you're night is done.

The rest of the game featured something the MLS is known for, poor officiating and something the MLS is rarely known for, a lot of goals, six in total. After allowing play to resume after a clear substitution by DC should have stopped play, the referee inexplicably let play continue while at the same time telling the substitute to come on. For more - see here.