Like many of you, I’m still processing the beautiful chaos of last night.
What a performance. What a result. What the hell was with that PK?
I’m bagged today — feeling a bit unstuck in time, like a boy in a bubble, or our lads at 4,700 feet above sea level in the 70th minute. I “enjoyed” enough nervous sips of adult beverages last night that the TSN/go90 camera angles actually started to make sense. That consolation PK (I honestly think that maybe the ref was thinking about getting out of the Azteca alive more than anything else), really knocked the wind out of my viewing party’s sails. It took about ten minutes after the final whistle to settle into a quasi-celebration.
We are less than 24 hours removed from another “biggest game in franchise history.”
I still can’t believe I get to type this -- TFC have now slain two Liga MX dragons, in some seriously hostile environs, on their way to what MLS analyst Matt Doyle prophesizes as a “date with destiny.”
Toronto FC is the first @MLS team to eliminate two Mexican teams in home-and-home series in a single CONCACAF Cup.— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) April 11, 2018
All things considered, it’s a pretty great time to be on the TFC train. It’s been a magical run in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, but it hasn’t been without its share of intrigue and potential hot-button-issues.
Let’s slay a dragon of our own in today’s column: the weather.
Right from the get-go, TFC’s Concacaf campaign has featured some insane weather cameos. That whiteout on the surface of Pluto fixture vs. Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park? The downpour last night at the Azteca? Pretty much every game at BMO?
Here we go:
Is Mother Nature a TFC fan? How much, if anything, has the weather played a role in our CCL run?
We all know the weather, underwear, and perhaps the tides/phases of the moon are ALL Miguel Herrera and Club América will be talking about over the next few days, so let’s head them off at the pass, in the comments.
Bring on the magic!
Think I’m going to miss ol’ Piojo. He’s the ultimate heel. Just love to hate that guy. He’s so entertaining.
Also, if anyone hasn’t seen this yet from TFC HQ, you’re welcome:
THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Truth be told, I had two playlists at the ready for today’s column. I’m so glad I didn’t have to feature the one with the BB King songs. I hope I never, ever have to use it.
I was this close to starting the playlist with “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses, until I remembered all about “April Skies” by the mighty Jesus and Mary Chain. Everyone’s ears / soul are safe for now.
I’m going to do right by L4nsdown and include “Canada vs. America” by Broken Social Scene this week. Still works, and it’s a banger of a tune to boot.
I’m also gonna stretch (break?) the AMS1984 “Jay Chapman is a baked cake / ice cream man” good times with not one, but two references! (because I’m expecting to see him get some much-needed minutes vs. Colorado)
By the way — I’m absolutely loving the requests/ideas for songs to include in the playlists. That’s the whole point! Caring means sharing! Keep em’ coming!