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Vote For Devon McTavish

Remember how I recently wrote about DCU defender Devon McTavish and his starring role in the Winchester Apple Skin Flower Blossom Dance Song Festival? And how his dad then commented on that item? Well, with thanks to reader Grant, I realize I should have posted this: the sports front from TV3 in Winchester. TV3 is asking readers to vote on who their favorite Festival celeb was this year. Devon is, as of this moment, tied for second with Bruce Smith, behind Don Garlits but ahead of Terry Labonte and Kelley Washington. (Full disclosure: I just voted for Devon. You should too. As should We need Devon to be the grand marshal next year.)

Hey, it's Friday, why not?

To pad this post, I'm now going to steal a poem Bog all-star Ouij wrote a few days back, which never got the pub it deserved. You can read more of Ouij's stuff on his blog. The poem, which concerns United's recent draw with the NE Revolution:

The Red and the Black were still winless in three--
(Not a singular point, not a win, not a draw)
When the doughty New Englanders came to DC,
To be witnessed by Eagles, and Barras, and me.

Now that dreaded statistic did stick in the craw
Of DC United's vociferous fans--
Whom the rest of the league should regard with great awe--
All other supporters are nothing but straw.

So the Red and the Black, for their suffering fans,
For the love of the game and the sake of their name
Did valiantly try to please those in the stands
Who cheered on their efforts with uprais`ed hands.

But New England struck first! O the pain! O the shame!
Tyler Twellman, the imp, flicked a shot-- it was saved!
But his comrade converted, one Dornan by name.
Would D.C. United again live in shame?

Five minutes would pass ere the debt was repaid
By Jaime Moreno, by breaking away
From New England's defense (O, how skillfully played!)
The penalty area did he then invade.

But Riley then came, who with nothing to say,
Fouled Moreno instead to send him to the spot--
So doughty New England's defensive array
Would have nothing at all now to do but to pray--

And now does Moreno line up for the shot;
And now does the goalie attempt to prepare;
And now does his foot strike the ball--now it's caught
By the back of the net! Now the score is a knot!

New England's Grenadian, with nary a care
Nor with visible mercy, cut Ben Olsen down--
With Joseph sent off, could United now dare
To hope for a win in their RFK lair?

To hope proved too much-- though they were a man down,
New England relied on the crossbar and posts:
DC took its shots, the posts did rebound
While the Red and the Black the goal did surround.

New England, in sum, took a point from their hosts.
United, still winless, did salvage a draw.
And the refs? Those incompetents, less worthy than goats,
Will live to be cursed in many a toast.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2007; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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