Wednesday, June 22, 2016

[D.C. Untied 14-15] Part 2: Houston Dynamo vs D.C. United, June 18, 2016

The next day, Thursday, I left for Houston, Texas, where D.C. United were going to be playing the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Monday, June 20, 2016

[D.C. Untied 14-15] Part 1: D.C. United vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers, June 15, 2016

Each 0-0 draw is its own unique plot point existing somewhere in between a win and a loss. Watching D.C. United’s B-team take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for 120 minutes of scoreless soccer felt like a loss even before we went on to actually lose during penalty kicks. Watching a D.C. United A-team that was missing not only 2015’s top scorer but 3 other goal scorers of an already low-scoring 2016 grind out a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo--earning a road point on a swampy June evening--felt much closer to victory.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

[D.C. Untied 13] D.C. United vs Seattle Sounders, June 1, 2016

The early summer evening couldn’t have been more ideal. A light breeze, the soft glow of twilight. There was more of a crowd than I’d expected for a random Wednesday night game against a West Coast opponent. I hadn’t realized how popular the Seattle Sounders were until surrounded by a sea of their puke green jerseys. I felt a bit self-conscious, having come right from work, still dressed in my work clothes and wearing no D.C. United gear whatsoever. Thanks to the new security restrictions, we are no longer allowed to bring in bags large enough to fit a change of clothes and, alas, I can’t wear my Birnbaum jersey to the office. But the unease passed as soon as I’d settled in, Tecate in hand, to watch the teams warm up. With the District Ultras still sitting out the first half of home games in protest, I’d taken to sitting in random seats behind the Screaming Eagles section, just like my brother and I used to do before I was really a fan.

Friday, June 3, 2016


In the two years since I wrote about the first Tigers film I’ve watched the second Tigers film 『ザ・タイガース 華やかなる招待』(The Tigers Hanayakanaru Shoutai; The Tigers Fabulous Invitation, December 1968; referenced as the title of a Pizzicato Five song apparently!) numerous times and enjoyed it more each time through. For those who don’t remember and don’t want to read the first piece again, the short version is the Tigers are Julie (vocals), Sally (bass), Taro (guitar/band leader), Toppo (lead guitar and sometimes lead vocals), and Pi (pronounced “Pee”, drums). The Tigers were high school friends from Kyoto and were massive music fans, kicking around the dance club scene in Kyoto and nearby Osaka. They were encouraged formed a band by the president of the official Beatles fanclub of Osaka who they met waiting to see a gig. She scoffed at them and said, “Y’all are men, ain’t you? Make your own band.” She later also became president of the Tigers fan club. The Tigers were very young when they got their break in 1967 and in 1968 when 『華やかなる招待』(Fabulous Invitation) was filmed and released, they were all about 21-22 years old.

(L-R: Sally, Pi, Julie, Toppo, Taro)

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