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Reasonable Passion or Jail-Worthy Stupidity?

by Kevin Kelly

The Simpsons :: FOX

The Simpsons provided a hilarious example of fan treatment of athletes in the classic episode “Homer at the Bat.” Bart and Lisa are taunting Darryl Strawberry when Marge says to them, “Kids, that’s not very nice.” Lisa responds by saying “Mom, they’re professional athletes! They’re used to this. It rolls right off their back.” It then cuts to Strawberry on the field, wiping away a lone tear.

“YSA” Supporters Should Find a New Team to Support

by Mike Watts

Mike Watts :: WFUV Sports

I’ve been to a fair number of New York Red Bulls games over the past two year. I have always been impressed by the South Ward and its rabid supporters. More often than not, I’ve found the arena to be empty with the exception of one massive four-section area to the right of my seat in press row.  I have lauded their performances time and time again both in game on twitter and in every day conversation.

And yes, I laughed at “You Suck, A------“ the first few times I heard it.

Soccer Takes Over New York

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Flickr| ShapeThings

 

For a moment, on a wet, cold, and blustery Memorial Saturday in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium became a soccer haven. For a moment, there were more international stars on the field than there are on the Yankees active roster. For a moment, two different shades of blue had priority over pinstripes and a diamond turned into a pitch (not referring to a thrown baseball). For a moment.

Red Bulls Report 6/30: Back in First Place

by Bobby Gubin
Flickr

 You wouldn’t expect the New York Red Bulls to have a commanding 3-2 victory over their opponents, having been scored upon 26 seconds into last Sunday’s game against the former conference leaders, D.C. United. But they did. However, before fans even had time to take a bite of their nachos, D.C. striker Chris Pontius headed the ball past a stunned Ryan Meara.  A record crowd of 25,187 “D.C. Haters” had all of sudden lost their voice.

 

Red Bulls Report: 6/2

by Bobby Gubin
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bkgunner/4469591585/

Team captain Thierry Henry finally returned last Wednesday, after a hamstring injury had him shelved for four games. However, the arrival of the Red Bulls’ leader would come to no avail. With their Henry back, and their recent defensive excellence, it’s fair to say the streaking Red Bulls side definitely anticipated a win at home.

Red Bulls Report: New York takes down Montreal, come home to face Chivas USA

by Mike Watts
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsoalheiro

Thierry Henry’s hamstring was starting to get in playable condition this week, but the notoriously poor turf at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium kept one of the game’s most prolific strikers sidelined yet again. Despite the Impact’s home turf advantage (keeping Henry off the pitch), the Red Bulls would not be denied as they stretched their winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory.

Not Just Rookies Getting the Job Done in NY

by Mike Watts

Give some credit to the New York Red Bulls.  They won again without Thierry Henry (hamstring), Rafa Marquez (due back from suspension by injured his ankle in training), Stephen Keel (back sprain), Teemu Tainio (right knee sprain) and Wilman Conde (left groin sprain).  Somehow they found a way to win starting rookies at three back line positions.  I hardly imagined New York picking up three points against the Houston Dynamo with a lineup featuring a 5’5” rookie left back (Connor Lade), a center back with 225 minutes of playing time in the MLS (Tyler Ruthven), a four year pro who never seemed to latch on with D.C. United (Brandon Barklage), and a rookie keeper fresh out of college (Ryan Meara).  Admit it, you didn’t expect a win either.  And even if you did think they would manage to pull out a victory, you had to know it would come in another 1-0 affair.

Injury Bug Makes its Way Through the Bulls

by Kris Venezia

A number of Red Bulls have gone down with injuries early in the 2012 campaign, and while Saturday saw the Red Army pick up three points in Harrison versus New England, the win came at an enormous cost as captain Thierry Henry left the match with a right hamstring strain. The Frenchman was an early season MVP favorite, carrying the Bulls offense with a league leading nine goals and five assists. Henry managed to notch what proved to be the game-winning effort early against the Revolution, before the strain occurred.