-Cheers, The Colonel of Music and beer
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tailgate starts at 6pm (unless the weather is great)
No excuses, this is only for the Real Fans. 6 pts. from the final two games and we're likely in the Playoffs despite everything that's happened this season.
Well, here we are....our last regular season home game. Playoff chances are dwindling, we have to win, and others have to lose. Not the ideal scenario. Even if we win this game, we will still need to win against KC on the 24th to even have a shot at the post season, and if not, well the Giants are still undefeated and the Yanks are about to spank the Angles, so things could be worse.
Game starts at 8pm, and I'm excited to announce that after last nights thrilling US Nat'l Team tie at RFK, its officially scarf weather. So bring your DCU scarves and let's get loud for the boys one last time before we all cross our fingers and hope they win out and we get a playoff bid.
Let's all hope the DC players are rested, have put their clothes back on and are ready to make a final push, at least so Soehn can have a last chance at saving his job, not to mention Fred, Gomito, and Lucy.
Who's with me?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Has anybody done so? Do you want to go to either game?
Considering 2 of the final 3 MLS games have major conflicts (9/27 conflicts with NFL games and 10/3 is Caps Opening Night) and there's obviously no guarantee of Playoffs, I'm going to try my best to get to these... especially the Jabloteh game on the 30th.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
What time:7:30 pm
What time does the party start:3:30
Revenge is in the cards for this one. DCU needs the points at home to qualify for the playoffs. Lets get a head count of who is going. We need chairs, LOL. I will be bringing some chips and dips. I would bring the tent but the Blackfoot second string broke it.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Also, an exciting new prospect, young Andy Najar participated in practice this morning. Some of you may remember his great run of form in the U18 US Soccer Development Academy Finals including a 1st half hat-trick against Chelsea FC and led that tournament in scoring. It would be sweet to see him get some PT tomorrow night, but I doubt it.
Let's see some possible starting line-ups, eh?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
To begin our day, Dr. Dank, Mrrrrrman, and I got to the Security chiefs house to leave and I think they were making pancakes again, because it took forever to get out of there, btw their new nickname is the Sloths... Once there, we joined another supporters group, although they have no name, we in Blackfoot management can decide whether to offer them citizenship. So we put our tent up, hung our proud flag, whereby we once again had to explain the origin of the Blackfoot name....after we got established, we took on the usually simple task of grilling, but the rain had other ideas because it took us almost an hour to get a flame going...all the while our fellow tailgater, Justin, continued to offer us his grill, due to our total inability to get our coals going, I thought Rich was going to hit him if he offered his grill to us one more time, I told him Blackfoot cooks its own food because I think I saw that on page 248 of the charter, right after the section on death panels.
Anywho, onto the match...
The game was slow and boring. For the most part, I thought Wicks was our savior actually, he played the wet ground remarkably well and I think he even made a few saves with his Baba-Booey-esque teeth. Becks was an unmentionable, so was Donovan and Eddie Lewis, but once again so was most of DCU. We had an early goal turned over for offsides, which was debatable, but otherwise, nothing really exceptional happened, much like this write-up...no worries, D.L. Hughly will be back this week from his sabbatical at the Galapagos Islands.
To wrap-up, the game ended, Dr. Dank, Mrrrrman and I left for the lot, of course we had to wait for the Sloths who stumbled out eventually and never wanted to leave.
FYI, our 11th tie of the season, booo-urns!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Columbus 39 points
Los Angeles 31
Chivas USA 30
D.C. United 28
Real Salt Lake 27
New England 24
Kansas City 21
San Jose 17
Topeka, Kansas U14 girls
New York 10
Sat. 8/22 - 7:30 vs. LA (we're away, but have a great time booing Becks and watching Landon cough all over Namoff on purpose...)
Wed. 8/26 - 8:00 vs. Toluca of Mexico (Special Event E Ticket)*
Wed. 9/2 - 7:30 vs. Seattle/USOC Final (Special Event D Ticket)*&
Wed. 9/9 - 7:30 vs. KC (use 8/8 KC ticket - makeup from RM rescheduled game)
Sat. 9/12 - 7:30 vs. Seattle
Thurs. 9/24 - 8:00 vs. Marathon of Honduras (not part of Season Ticket, but I can get seats)
Sunday 9/27 - 3pm vs. SJ &
last three home games are on 9/30, 10/3 and 10/17
* - I know Special Event E is scheduled for before Special Event D, but trust me - it's when the games were announced that counts, not when the games actually take place
& - 9/2 and 9/27 are the final Exchange Dates. Since very few of us will attend the 9/27 Sunday afternoon game due to NFL conflicts, bring all your unused tickets with you on 8/26 and I'll get them exchanged for additional seats at the US Open Cup Final on 9/2
Friday, August 14, 2009
Germany, Hamburg-Borussia Dortmund 9:30 a.m. GolTV
Germany, Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes
England, Blackburn-Manchester City 9:30 a.m. Setanta
England, Aston Villa-Wigan 10 a.m. FSC
England, Newcastle-Reading 12:15 p.m. Setanta
England, Everton-Arsenal 12:30 p.m. FSC
Germany, Cologne-Wolfsburg 12:30 p.m. GolTV
England, Stoke City-Burnley 2:30 p.m. FSC
France, Toulouse-Saint-Etienne 3 p.m. Setanta
MLS, Toronto-D.C. United 4 p.m. Comcast SportsNet-DC, Telefutura
England, Wolverhampton-West Ham 5 p.m. Setanta
Brazil, Palmeiras-Botafogo 5:30 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, Chiapas-Tecos 6 p.m. Azteca America
Mexico, Monterrey-Toluca 6 p.m. Telemundo
England, Portsmouth-Fulham 6:45 p.m. Setanta
WPS, Washington-Sky Blue 7 p.m. (taped) Comcast SportsNet/DC
Colombia, Millonarios-Nacional 7:30 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, Chivas-Queretaro 8 p.m. Telemundo
MLS, Real Salt Lake-Houston 9 p.m. FSC
Colombia, Medellin-Envigado 9:30 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, San Luis-Pachuca 9:45 p.m. Telefutura
Netherlands, PSV-Ajax 6:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes
England, Manchester United-Birmingham 8:30 a.m. Setanta
Germany, Moenchengladbach-Hertha Berlin 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes
France, Nice-Rennes 11 a.m. Setanta
England, Spurs-Liverpool 11 a.m. FSC
Germany, Schalke-Bochum 11:30 a.m. GolTV
Mexico, Morelia-Indios 1 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Mexico, Puebla-Atlante 1 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico, Pumas-Tigres 1 p.m. Telemundo
Italy, Napoli-Salerntina 2:30 p.m. GolTV
France, Marseille-Lille 3 p.m. Setanta
MLS, Kansas City-Chicago 3 p.m. Telefutura
Brazil, Corinthians-Atletico Mineiro 4:30 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, Santos-Cruz Azul 5 p.m. Telefutura
Monday, August 10, 2009
BlackFoot bedlam has come to Landover, Maryland! Inhuman heat, pissy parking attendants and unruly, bone crushing queues could not keep the BlackFoot faithful from witnessing their beloved boys in black take on the Money Madristas, Real Expensive Madrid. The stars fell out of the sky and landed on the beautiful pitch at FedEx field. All of your favorites were there: Chris Pontius, Ben Olsen, Gomito, Luciano Emilio and of course Jaime Moreno. Who could ask for more? Well, maybe the the 60,000 fans cheering for the likes of Sneijder, Xavi Alonso, Higuain, Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo. What a day for the BlackFoot, what a day for football.
Monday, August 3, 2009
When: Tuesday August 4th 10 pm
Where: Estadio Monumental Cuscatlan, El Salvador
What Channel: Fox Soccer Channel
Late night game on a school night, other wise i would suggest going to the new official DCU away bar, Tap and Vine Restaurant. We watched the DCU vs Houston game there and it was pretty cool. They even had Sirius radio on the entire time, the Spectrum channel rocks.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Payne Responds to Sounders
It is on. It is so on. Usually an afterthought on the American soccer landscape, the mom-and-pop U.S. Open Cup has taken a spicy turn this week, thanks to the executives for the two finalists.
It began when Seattle's Adrian Hanauer expressed disappointment that the U.S. Soccer Federation chose RFK Stadium as the site for the Sept. 2 championship game between the Sounders and D.C. United. He also questioned the bid process and whether United would draw 10,000 fans while suggesting D.C. would lose money on the game. Seattle made a lucrative financial bid to stage the match at Qwest Field, he said, but because of logistical stadium issues, the only realistic time slot for the soccer game was 1 p.m. (local) on Sept. 1 (Tuesday).
In comments to the Insider Thursday afternoon, DCU President Kevin Payne lashed out at Hanauer.....
What did you think of Adrian's comments?
"I was surprised and disappointed and offended. Adrian uses the word 'skepticism' to describe the process, which seems to be implying that it wasn't on the up-and-up. Which is really an outrageous implication. He is implying that we somehow are receiving favorable treatment. We bid aggressively at every level this year and last year. We did so because we didn't want to travel if we could possibly avoid it, given the demands of our schedule [Champions League]. Seattle doesn't have those same demands because this is their first year. Adrian has no knowledge of what we bid or didn't bid; my guess is that we bid more aggressively than they did."
"I appreciate that Seattle's fans are great. Our fans have been great for 14 seasons. It's really unseemly for Seattle to suddenly show up in MLS and everything should be handed to them. Their crowds are wonderful, we had a great time out there in Seattle [last month], but our crowds are pretty good too and we expect this year we will get far more people in the building than we did last year [8,200]. Last year we played a USL team in the final and, the way our team was going in general at that point, our fans were disappointed and disillusioned. That's not the case this year. We are going to promote the game very aggressively."
Based on the Sounders' outstanding attendance this year, do you think they would've won the hosting rights if they had offered a night-time kickoff?
"They might have. But there is something to be said for not playing on an artificial surface and not playing on football lines. We are able to deliver a surface that is arguably the best grass field in the league. We don't have football lines, and I can understand why the USSF would prefer that it's national championship not be played in those kinds of circumstances. Obviously the game-time was an issue, but that's not D.C. United's fault. Seattle wasn't able to comply with the time of the match. We did what the USSF asked us to do: We proposed financial terms, we met their requirement for day and time, and we provide them with the kind of surface soccer is supposed to be played on."
[Asked about the football lines, a Seattle spokesman told the Insider that they will be removed before all Sounders games this fall. UPDATE: On a side note, if you look closely at RFK's field, you will notice some very faint football lines left over from last winter's college bowl game.]
Should the bidding process have more transparency?
"Not if the critieria is going to be financial. If the USSF wants to come up with a new criteria, then it could be more transparent."
Final thoughts?"We expect to make money on the game; Adrian doesn't know what he is talking about there. ... I just think it is a little out of bounds in your first year to throw stones the way they have."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tonight (Thursday) - USA-Honduras Gold Cup Semi-final on FSC @ 7:30pm
Saturday Night - DCU vs. SJ on FSC @ 10:30pm
Sunday - Gold Cup FINAL vs. Mexico or Costa Rica on FSC @ 3pm
Tuesday Night - DCU vs. Firpo of El Salvador at RFK @ 8pm - Special Event Ticket C in your Season Ticket Book, last home game before Real Madrid and LA next month. I have up to three extra tickets, first come, first served.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Welcome Foot-o-philes to the first FootPrint in over a month. The last time I recapped a tailgate the BlackFoot were celebrating their first year as DCU's newest fan club. If it's possible, at this tailgate something even bigger happened.
*Clyde Simms is heading to Munich this week to have his adductor/groin/hernia injury examined. If necessary, he'll have surgery there and be sidelined up to three weeks. Obviously, he won't play against Rochester on Tuesday night in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Maryland SoccerPlex.
"Honestly, I just want peace of mind," he said. "If [surgery] is what it takes, then I will be happy about it. ... It seems to be like an over-use injury, knowing the guys who have gotten it. Hopefully, we can figure out what the problem is. One day you feel great, and the next day, it's frustrating. It was fine Wednesday and Thursday and I felt fine during the game [Saturday against Colorado], just a pass late in the game set it off."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
What time: 8:00 pm
Where: Lot 8 RFK staidum
What time are we getting there: 4:00 pm, actually we can get there earlier if needed, its a double header with the freedom starting at 5:00 pm.
We havent had a tailgate in a long time, so lets do it right. The Blackfoot will be leaving around 3:30-3:45. Bringing cheese, tortillas chips, and salsa, and of course beer. The weather is looking excellent, so come on out.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Tonight, DC United faces the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL 2nd division at the Maryland Soccer Complex in
United comes into this quarterfinal having squeaked by the PDL’s Ocean City Barons 2-0 in the last round. True to their home state’s character, the Barons gave us a scare.
How could it have been a squeaker at 2-0 you ask? United won, true, but barely thanks to a dubious penalty and some scrappy play.
After the miserably boring and badly played first half, the weather reflected the crowd’s mood as rain and a 10 degree temperature drop moved through at halftime. Despite my professorial projections of continued rain, my esteemed colleague, writer B. Fondak, predicted it would clear up after halftime. It did and so did United’s play.
Ben Olsen, one of three 1st team players to start the first half, along with Marc Burch and Rodney Wallace, came out at half for Chris Pontius and things started to look up. Pontius, who would end the game with at least 5 good chances on goal, immediately had an impact finding space at the top-center of the Barons' defense. Barons’ coach Neil Holloway must not have liked that substitution very much because he started to Hulk out about 10 minutes later and was ejected. In fact, he only left after a cop on the sideline "encouraged" him to leave!
The first United goal came in the 74th minute when Barons' keeper Ogunbiyi dove out to parry a long through ball. Ogunbiyi hit the ball and then took out the charging Ange N’Silu who tumbled head over heels. Note the order: (1) keeper hits ball (2) keeper hits player. Nonetheless, referee Jeff Gontarek pointed to the spot and Christian Gomez, subbed in for the injured John DiRaimondo in the 68th minute, took him up on his offer and slotted the ball in the Barons' net.
Wallace came out for Clyde Simms (does he have a PS3 yet or what?) in the next minute as Sohen looked to lock things down which…sort of happened. A former DC United official, in the stands that day, commented “this is where professional conditioning comes in” and it did. However, the “we’re-a-PDL-team-playing-an-MSL-team-and-have-nothing-to-lose”feeling also came in as the Barons bared down on the United goal flooding the box with players from all parts of the pitch abandoning their 1st half defense strategy. It almost worked, too, when the ball got by a diving Kocic only to be cleared off the line by Devon McTavish.
The men in black finally clinched the win in extra time when Gomito cracked a long direct kick on goal that the losers’ goalie Ogunbiyi deflected to the feet of N'Silu who quieted the obnoxious Jersey crowd for good and setting up tonight’s match-up.
The Harrisburg Islanders are coming off a quality 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in the last round. Like United, the Revolution didn’t start many 1st teamers but lost the gamble. The Islanders got redemption after losing to the Revolution in the quarters of the 2007 Gold Cup. It should be noted that the Revolution also played a man down because of injuries and was actually down three men at one point in the second half. In other words, the Revolution were not at 100% or even 75%.
So, the Islanders will be a cakewalk, right? Ah, sweet hubris. That enticing and emboldening surge of confidence and surety that comes from victory and often precedes failure. We underestimate this Pennsylvanian team at our own peril. The last time DC lost in Open Cup play was in 2007 to, yep, the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Additionally, the Islanders are a mix of local and international talent that has won 10 of their last 14 games who, despite the cliché, have nothing to lose. Throw in Nicki Patterson, who leads his league in fouls with 28, and you have an intriguing game tonight that will see a United without Emilio and Moreno (injuries), Quaranta and Jakovic (international duty) and with a long list of players who went 90 minutes against Columbus Saturday. Expect to see Kocic start in goal again (adios, Mr. Crayton!) with N’Silu up top. Lastly, if Benny plays, he will be playing his hometown team. That’s right, Olsen was born in
Prediction: United 2-1.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
When: Saturday, June 13th
What time: 7:30 pm
Who:DCU vs Chicago for first place
What time are we showing up:3:30
What to bring: Chips, dips, birthday cake, beer, apps, stuff to throw on the grill
Come on out saturday to throw the old bean bag and hang out with the Blackfoot. The chef will be manning the grill so bring him something good to eat. If anyone has a portable table they can bring, please do. Paper platets and paper towels as well.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
With a combines 8-5 scoreline from our first two meetings of the season, I think we can expect to see some goals on Thursday, let's hope they're our goals, not theirs. NY enters with three straight loses, and we enter after a heartbreaking loss to NE on a shitty call. Let's be loud this week boys, we need the three points more than ever if we want to keep pace with Chicago.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
There is a good chance not only Kaka, but CR7 might be part of the squad by then, and lets all hope for a healthy horsey face as well....how many tickets do we need to get for the whole group of us so we can sit together? Let's get an early count so we can get good and cheaper seats than if we wait..
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
When: May 20th, 7:00 PM
Where: RFK Stadium
DCU defends its open Cup title with a match vs the hated Red Bulls. I think the Chef and I are heading out early, around 4 pm, join us early if you can. The weather is looking perfect. So come on out. I'm bringing humus, pita, and tortilla chips. The chef's menu to be determined later.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Chef was at the Caps debacle last night, in fine form. He was pretty drunk, here are the highlights.
- Almost knocking Shirley to the ground with a cross check(she hit her head earlier in the day)
- Doing his finest Jimbo impersonation with alot of touching and beer toasting.
- Telling Graziano he likes Ranza(liar) LOL
- And the best is for last. He spilled beer all over this girl Shannon and her jacket(looked expensive), he then tried and failed at jokes relating his beer spilling towards the caps Russian Keeper. Shannon seemed hardly amused and then she moved across the room away from chef, pretty hilarious! HAHHAHAAH
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Where:The Home Depot Center, L.A.
What time: 11 p.m. Eastern
What Channel: FSC
Is there any interest in getting together for this?
FYI next Wed is a home open cup game vs the red bulls. More info on that to follow.
Monday, May 4, 2009
-March for the Stadium-