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Good News, Bad News, Plus Some Rave-Green Links

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The bad news is that a whole slew of in-laws will be descending on my house in a few hours, and I won't be able to watch the game as it's happening because I'll be doing family stuff.

(Wait, did I say that was bad news? I of course meant, good news, honey! When your family comes, it's always good news!)

The real good news is that my co-blogger Steve, original blogger on this site, has returned in time to cover the match. Welcome back, Steve! But the bad news is that he's in Canada tonight and they're not showing the game. Losers.

(Meaning Canada. Not Steve. Obviously. Because if I'd been referring to Steve, I would have used the singular.)

We're working on ways around this but our coverage may be a little sketchy this weekend. (Whatever you do, though, don't blame my husband's family. Because I'll do that for you.)

To get you over it, though, here are some fun links from around the Soundersphere:

  • The Seattle Times ran a great piece yesterday about the history between Chicago's Brian McBride and our Kasey Keller. Check it out here.
  • And because I know you were waiting, the perennial highlight of my week, Prost Amerika's Chicago Fire v Sounders Meaningless Statistical Game Preview. Biggest groaner of the day:

    With John Carver’s departure, Chicago Coach Dennis Hamlett is now the only MLS coach with a Shakespeare play named after him. It’s a tragedy.

  • Sounder at Heart had a couple of interesting interviews this week. First, one with ESPN/radio guy Glenn Davis, and second with former player and now coach Ezra Hendrickson. Check them out -- worth a read. (Hmmm. Technical difficulties. The site is down? Rather than remove this item, keep checking back -- I'll add the links when it goes back up.)
  • And Don Ruiz at the Tacoma News Tribune has an article with an interesting premise: That our real rivalry is not with Chicago Fire of 2009, but with their ghosts from 1998 -- the only expansion club ever to hoist the Cup.
  • And Go Sounders have our away-game staple, the MLS Stadium Tour of Toyota Park.
  • Greg Roth over at Next Season Sports has a fun conversation with former NASL Sounders gaffer, Alan Hinton, a man who has been instrumental over many years in building the success of the sport in Seattle.
  • And don't forget Seattle Soccer Examiner's preview.

That's it for me for the moment, and probably for the day. Please enjoy the game. Because somebody should.

(Sigh.)