Happy November! Halloween is over, which means for much of American society, the battle between Autumn and Christmas décor has just begun. In my youth, I was a staunch believer that the commercialized Christmas should begin on the day after Thanksgiving. Nowadays, as my wife’s marketing industry requires she prepare for holidays months beforehand (one year, our home was decorated for Fall in April), I’ve mellowed to seeing Christmas in November – I rather enjoy two months of joy and cheer instead of one. Where do you stand?
Tonight, the final Game 1 of the MLS Playoffs round of 16 begins, with Atlanta taking a trip to Columbus. Let’s recap how the other Game 1 matches went:
A lot of definitive scores so far that have the winning sides whispering why they can’t have aggregate scoring. Only SKC secured an away victory. We have also not had a need to test out the straight-to-PKs system being implemented in this round.
Meanwhile, D.C. United’s offseason quietly nudges forward.
In case you forgot the Washington Spirit had some inspirational women on the team, WAGS is here to remind you:
The world’s greatest soccer player has again won the Ballon d’Or. MLS and Miami will be clinging to this one for a long time… regardless of the award being given for Messi’s exploits prior to joining Miami. Real fans know it was the Leagues Cup performance for sure.
NASCAR sees its youngest Championship 4 in history as the sport sees its climax this Sunday in Phoenix.
While I’m personally freaking out over the #24 car finally racing for a championship again, this time piloted by 2023’s winningest driver, William Byron, I’m also caught in this weird calendar haze… I have memories of the championship race, World Series finals, and MLS Cup finals all happening at the same time. I know NASCAR’s and MLB’s calendars haven’t really shifted, so I did some digging into MLS’s schedule. While the literal day itself may not have aligned often (though it was the same weekend last year), I was interested to see how inconsistent MLS has been:
- ’96-’98: Late October
- ’99: Late November
- ’00-’02: Late October
- ’03-’11: Mid to Late November
- ’12-’18: Early December
- ’19: Mid November
- ’20-’21: Mid December
- ’22: Early November
This year, it is December 9. I don’t know what to make of this. What do you think? Get kicking in the comments!