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Monday “Meh” list: quick recap of the slightly overrated

Apr 8, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Estadio Corona

People, places and things we noticed over the weekend that land on the over-done or overly praised side. Not necessarily awful but, you know, just “meh.”

  • D.C. United’s off-season (in retrospect)
  • Fan chant: “You’re going home in a Denver ambulance!”
  • Delusional indignation over road draws
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Aurelien Collin’s passing for Kansas City
  • Luis Robles’ goalkeeping for New York in 2013
  • Coaches who lament “Deserving something more.”
  • Every major domestic league race in Europe at the moment *
  • Urgency in changing shoes during play
  • Financial industry advice
  • Any game announcer who does not do enough homework to correctly pronounce player names
  • Anybody’s chances at Estadio Corona (Liga MX or MLS)

*At the tippy top, that is; still something worth playing for down below

  1. brittkamp - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    The commenter your talking about the intern espn used to call the Women’s game? Dave O’brien wasn’t that bad!

  2. kuhjon - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    “you’re going home in a (insert city) ambulance” is pretty common, right? I used to find it crass, but a) the crowd is amped up and out for blood (a fanaticism we want, right?), b) the crowd doesn’t have the benefit of the same tv views as those at home and c) some players embellish injuries and home crowds are cynical

    • Steve Davis - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      See last week’s post on these things crossing the lines. A lot of people thought I was wrong on the Herculez Gomez chants, and fair enough. But I stand by this one. In my mind, there’s no way you can look at a human being laying on the ground in pain and wish them further ill. (Yes, yes, embellishment and stalling aside.) Wonder for a second if the Denver crowd shouted that at Steve Zakuani in the first seconds of a two-year injury absence/comeback?

      • kuhjon - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        I just don’t see how is it wishing further ill. It’s a taunt aimed at a player that doesn’t actually appear to need to leave in an ambulance. Until there is no diving or embellishment, you won’t be able to separate those boos and taunts from the kind of fans we want at MLS games.

        So anyway, where exactly is the line. The Timbers Army essentially has 3 chants that you might hear when an opposing player is down on the ground: “There’s no pity in the rose city,” “You’re going home in a Portland ambulance,” and “Shoot him like a horse.” They all mean the same thing, but I bet you’d never write a post about how “there’s no pity in the rose city” is crossing the line. What about “studs up Timbers!” or “get stuck in” as a means to urge your team to get more physical?

        And finally, are you saying that fans in Commerce City (or somewhere else) chanted “you’re going home in a…” at a player that wasn’t on the ground? Because that is the kind of instance that I agree would be crossing the line — regardless of whether the player has past injury history or not.

  3. firewolf777 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    The sons of Ben don’t use the ambulance one we never have seems kind of lame IMO

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