Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

A Year to Forget

You voted on the best aspects of 2008. Now, sound off on the worst.

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2008; 1:06 PM ET
Categories:  Poll  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Tuesday Kickaround
Next: Discovery Channels

Comments

The Galaxy story wasn't sorry. It was quite funny.

Posted by: mmathai1 | December 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Jack Warner, you're very lucky.

Posted by: B_A_ | December 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's so hard to pick just one.

Posted by: kolbkl | December 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

In January last year, the City announced that all of the proposals to develop Poplar Point included options for a stadium for DC United. I thought at that point, it was only a matter of time before we had some stupid ceremonial shovel hit the dirt... but no.

Everything fell apart. And the club seems to have taken three steps back, and then another 2 steps back as the DC government fumbled the plan away and no one wanted to pick it up. It's like they were playing [please pardon the offensive statement] Smear-the-Queer and everyone was afraid of getting tackled.

Posted by: TCompton | December 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I just like how one is simply titled "Jack Warner" - no further explanation needed :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It has been so long since we have heard -anything- about the stadium that I've forgotten about it.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

How about the fact that Raymond Domenech is still employed as the French National team manager after a disgraceful showing at Euro2008 and beyond that made DC United's season look like the Allies' triumphal entry into Paris in 1944?

Posted by: throwin | December 9, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It's like they were playing [please pardon the offensive statement] Smear-the-Queer and everyone was afraid of getting tackled.

Posted by: TCompton | December 9, 2008 1:42 PM
---------------------------------------

I remember playing that game in 6th grade back in the early '80s, but at some point we started calling it "British Bulldog."

Posted by: edgeonyou | December 9, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention getting engaged right after that game, which looked like a ploy to avoid blame...

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It has been so long since we have heard -anything- about the stadium that I've forgotten about it.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 2:01 PM

If anymore zzzzzzzzzzz's were used, the doctors would just pull the plug.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The Catania pants-drop play deserves its own category.

Posted by: granadoskerry | December 9, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne

Posted by: LCR-54 | December 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The stadium and Jack Warner are old news (although it was great hearing Keano sound off on Warner in their battle over Dwight Yorke). Bad team names are hardly news-worthy, and while the Galaxy was the sorriest team in MLS, it was a wonderful story.

As a DC United fan with high expectations at the start of the season, I did not enjoy reading about their woes this past season.

Posted by: Rhio | December 9, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Something good -- having to log in so we don't have to read all of the inane Fire Kevin Payne posts.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

(Fat) Ronaldo signs one year deal w/ Corinthians.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If Ronaldo makes the sorry list it has to be with the transvestites not the Corinthians . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 9, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

we called it smear the queer or maul ball.

what a great sport. one ball, twenty guys, whoever has the ball gets killed.

anyone ever suddenly pass the ball to someone pursuing them and then watch them get smashed?

poplar point, signing a midget and the zach wells experience. all bad things come in threes.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | December 9, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I had a hard time deciding here. A lot of those deserve the title of "worst"

Posted by: revsfanindc | December 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

We called it smear the queer, but I thought queer just meant freakish. (Same with fruitcake, at the time.) I don't know what the other guys thought it meant.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If Ronaldo makes the sorry list it has to be with the transvestites not the Corinthians . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 9, 2008 3:42 PM
Not to mention the swim suit photos that dude's got floating around... Yikes!

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Kinda queer to think queer just means freakish freak:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan.....you are a trip....keep it up, that'll give me something to look forward to over the winter.

Posted by: Smitty8 | December 9, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This thread has taken a freakish turn. Which, from my point of view, of course, means a turn to the left...

Worst of the year: Ben's ankle. Perhaps the most unappreciated reason behind United's struggles this year.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 9, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Other: Crew fans shouting racial epithets at players and then proudly posting it on YouTube, and a totally inadequate response from the Crew front office and complete denial of any responsibility by Crew fans on BigSoccer.

Posted by: sobugged1 | December 9, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

We always called it "Cream the Carrier" or "Kill the Carrier". Even 35 years ago, we were much more PC than ya'll....

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Other-

All of the above, plus Newcastle United. And the MLS front office decision to block the Joe Cannon trade to DC. A month later they let him go to SJ for basically the same player going to LA. What a ripoff.
And NY/NJ making MLS Cup Final was a real dagger as well.

DC did "win" the Open Cup.

But we lost Veron.
We lost Gomez.
We gained the Million Dollar Donut.
We lost Gros.
We lost Olsen.
But we did lose Niell.
Superliga.
CCC.
CCL.
We lost the Supporters Shield.
But we didn't lose in the Playoffs.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | December 9, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

gallardo was good when he played. lets see what happens next year eh? with a healthy, proper CAM good things will happen. With benny back i sense united will be as good as if not better than they have been in past years.

Posted by: jdickinson187 | December 9, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

MLS blocked the trade for Cannon?

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Goffino -- that's been the explanation floating around this site, since you first reported the trade fell through. Actually, I think that speculation might have originated elsewhere. Anyway, it's been accepted as fact by your adoring public -- that the trade was blocked because it would have given the Gals another DP, or something along those lines. If you have information to the contrary, please disabuse us of this nutty notion.

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

can't top that list, but just wanted to add the CONCACAF ref who gave the DCU keeper a yellow for wasting time in the first half

Posted by: Pedalada | December 9, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

HOw bout Blanco's sillyness at the Plex?
Stadium was my vote.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The stadium, because without one, the DCU storyline going forward will get worse and worse.

Posted by: griffin1108 | December 9, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

we called it smear the queer or maul ball.

what a great sport. one ball, twenty guys, whoever has the ball gets killed.

In Australia, that's a code of professional football...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 9, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Again, maybe a third jersey for CCL play could generate some funds to tidy up RFK for the time being.
Or maybe we could round up some artists to decorate the place...
I have a surplus of rattlecans:-)
Wouldn't a nice DCU Football PUb go great somewhere in the stank bowels of the stadium?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Now we're talking DadRyan. Here's a model we could follow for the stadium pub: http://www.charlestonbattery.com/stadium_pub.asp

Posted by: Pedalada | December 10, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of a DCU Football Pub - did you guys notice that Finn MacCools closed? I wasn't sure if it was mentioned on any of the comment threads. Time to find another place to watch away games...

Posted by: combedge | December 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I have no idea what Union Jack's is all about, but it's in my neck of the woods(Ballston) and almost anything would be an improvement on trying to watch Soccer at Bailey's.
NOt sure if it's even open yet, looks like a corporate British style pub next door to the Rock Bottom...
NO Dis to Kitty O'sheas, other than the cigarette smoke overload.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I was particularly disappointed with the unwillingness of club teams to let their players go to the Olympics. Rafinha, Messi, Diego, all faced serious opposition, not to mention the older players who wanted to go, like Demichelis.

Posted by: Auzi | December 10, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company