Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Mudita

With a 2-1 loss seemingly moments away, the Columbus Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer loped up the field to get into the opposing box for a corner kick in the second minute of stoppage time. Eddie Gaven was set to send in the corner kick. And the fans at BMO Field in Toronto were collecting their belongings and/or filing toward the exits. Among those belongings they thought that they had a win.

The Crew had taken an early 1-0 lead thanks to 14th-minute header off a corner, but then allowed to goals to Toronto before the intermission. That's were things stood when Hesmer came rolling upfield. And scored. Level at the death. Not only was the shock goal just the second scored by a keeper in MLS history, but it pulled the Crew back within a point of the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings.

Monday Morning Schadenfreude

There seemed to be a flurry of brutal, cringe-worthy hits around the NFL this weekend, several the fault of Steelers linebacker James Harrison who leads with his helmet as predictably as Billy Joel closes concerts with "Piano Man."

Harrison joked after the game about the way that Browns QBslashRBslashWR Josh Cribbs was "asleep" after one of his helmet-to-helmet hits. This wouldn't seem so strange if it had happened in the locker room with his teammates. But he said this to reporters. And coming the day after a Rutgers football player was paralyzed from the neck down it just couldn't have seemed more ignorant or mean-spirited.