No Excuses This Time

Ok, so maybe Beantown crybabies might cling to the one excuse they actually still have left, whining “We still don’t have Twellman wah wah wah,” then proceed to drown their sorrows with a twelve pack of glass-ridden Sam Adams, put on their favorite Red Sox jersey, rub one out while watching a well worn VHS copy of Good Will Hunting, and pass out on the couch in a pile of what I can only assume is a healthy mix of vomit, urine, semen, and possibly some bloody stool.

Regardless, the Fire embarrassed the Revulsion in their own home, beating them 3-0 by the time the final whistle was blown. This win is extremely important to Chicago for two reasons. The first obviously being the erasure of any question marks critics and fans alike may have had about their first meeting of the season which ended with a very similar scoreline (the Fire defeated Nichol’s Pickles 4-0 in Chicago’s home opener at a very rainy Toyota Park on April 4th in a much disputed match which saw defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz sent off with a straight red early into the 7th minute of play after a hard studs-up sliding challenge on Brandon Prideaux, leaving the scum to play nearly the whole match a man down).

The second and more important reason being the potential Chicago showed in the game. In just the past few short weeks, the Fire’s performance has been more fickle than… than… something really fickle (they can’t all be gems). Yet today they proved that when they’re on their game, they’re really on their game. The ragtag defensive line that Denis Hamlett has sewn together in the wake of injuries to captain-to-be CJ Brown and Dasan Robinson was instrumental in allowing very few real chances for their opponents to score, with Busch cleaning up what little mess there actually was quite confidently and effectively, giving him his third clean sheet of the season. The fire also showed depth in their lineup with usual superman Temo being next to non-existent in the match, Frankowski sidelined with an ankle injury, new addition Lider Marmol still waiting on a Visa, and first round draft pick Patrick Nyarko waiting for graduation, and still pulling off such a convincing victory. Goals from the oft-injured Rolfe and Thorrington (who has been on a tear lately with 3 goals already this season), and Stephen King (no, not THAT Stephen King) coming off the bench to put the nail in the coffin, prove that the Fire is a definite force to be reckoned with, barring any major catastrophe (knock on wood).


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