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The good, the bad & the ugly: Toronto FC 5-0 Columbus Crew

A committed couch potato’s view of a big win at BMO Field.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus decided not to show up!... Greg Vanney using his coach’s veto and selecting Victor Vazquez to take the penalty... the Canadian connection on TFC’s last two goals. Osorio’s goal: could this little spark ignite his season? Hamilton’s goal: did you see him call for the pass from Raheem Edwards? That’s confidence after the poor showing in Ottawa... Vazquez’s crafty gamble on the free-kick... Steven Caldwell summarizing the Trillium Cup: it’s a bit hokey, but it’s nice to maintain a tradition... seeing D-Ro and Seba chat it up before the game... a sixth clean sheet for TFC on the season... scoring 2 goals with only 10 men on the pitch... zero shots on target by the Crew... Ben Spencer reading the play and stripping Wil Trapp of the ball, and recording an assist in his first MLS appearance... the referee’s decision to play the advantage on Trapp’s hand ball in the 60th minute (but he still should have circled back and given the Crew’s captain a yellow)... Toronto making the absolute most of their opportunities. The soccer gurus say that with only 36.4% of the possession and only 362 passes, you should never score five goals... Edwards’ fifth assist of the season (tied for fifth in the league)... Luke Wileman’s synopsis: “No Altidore, no Giovinco, no problem”... I love Vanney’s raindrop shirt! It better make an appearance against Ottawa!

The Bad

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The field lines at BMO Field. In areas where the grass is cut against the grain, the paint looks faded and almost yellow... the thousands of late arrivals... the thousands of no-shows. Donate your tickets!... the thousands of early leavers... Marky Delgado’s red card. Although I certainly appreciate why he was sent off, I still think that the call was a bit harsh... Artur’s cast. Clearly he mistook the game for a Cyborg audition... Vanney forgetting that the capital of Canada is Ottawa. He called it “Ontario” during his post-match press conference. But after a 5 – 0 victory, we’ll forgive him.

The Ugly

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the TSN telecast. Where to begin? Let’s see if I can get it all in.

The horrible camera angles throughout the game. By the way, that better not be the main camera angle for the rest of the season!... the half-time ‘All for One’ vignette with Tosaint Ricketts. Although the feature was good, it needed to be placed at the beginning of the match... choosing to replay Vazquez’s goals while he was walking off the pitch. The better move would have been to capture his reaction, and the fans’ reactions, to his great performance... holding the post-match coach’s interview at the same time as the celebratory Iceland chant. Vanney’s comments were completely lost... seven instances where we were treated to close-ups of player’s faces and, therefore, missed part of the live play (shout out to Eddie Sasha for mentioning this last week)... the inconclusive replays on the purported Drew Moor handball... the new banner ads at the bottom of the screen during the game.