Thursday, March 16, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.2] N.Y.C.F.C. vs D.C. United, March 12, 2017

The bus ride home from Yankee Stadium was quiet, everyone cold, sad, and lost in their own thoughts. Two games into the season and D.C. United are winless and goalless. How do we make sense of a 4-0 loss when it’s too early in the season to fit it into a narrative? We don’t know what the loss means yet, if it means anything. Is it a harbinger of a really shit season, early chaos as the team sorts itself out, or another unfortunate experience playing on the postage stamp sized field at Yankee Stadium?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.1] D.C. United vs Sporting KC, March 4, 2017

Offseason MLS withdrawal hit me harder than I expected. Maybe it was the sudden and inglorious end to D.C. United’s 2016 campaign or maybe it was just the unbearable miasma of uninformed political opinionating that enveloped the D.C. area (and most of the Internet) over the winter but I’ve found my mood improving with the promise of spring and the new beginnings of the 2017 MLS season.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.0] Prelude to the 2017 Season and Audi Field Groundbreaking

Just a quick note before I get started. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to doing another season of blog posts on D.C. United. For one thing, it is a lot of work and my job is very stressful at the moment and I don’t know how much free time I’ll have in the near future. Additionally, I had had concerns about some of the language in the season ticket holder agreement which--as it initially read--would have prohibited season ticket holders from posting images or writing about the games. Prohibiting this blog, essentially.

But I’ve been really surprised and touched by the response I’ve gotten to my blog posts in the offseason. Enough so that I’m willing to take on the task of doing a season 2 of D.C. Untied, which is also made possible thanks to the efforts of supporter group leadership who worked with the front office to help re-write the season ticket holder agreement to something more fan friendly. Not prohibiting this blog.


And now… the prelude to 2017.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Filmi Girl's 2016 Year in Music (which is mostly J-POP lets be honest)

At some point in the last few years, I pretty much completely checked out of mainstream American music. I don't know when the complete tune out happened but I do know why: it's not fun for me to listen to. Maybe I'm just showing my age now or maybe it's a "tell" of my music education but I like a nice melody, a good strong chorus, and I like quality production and real instruments played by professional studio musicians. I also like a voice with character. Odd voices and off kilter phrasing really get me going. I don't care what the genre is, give me these things. Also, if you are a musical act and going to be on TV, give me something fun to look at: crazy outfits, dance moves, handsome men, handsome women. I don't think it's too much to ask in exchange for my hard earned cash. (Because, yes, I still buy CDs and albums. Lots of them actually.)

That said, here are some albums and songs I really enjoyed this year in no particular order except the order I remember them in.

Friday, December 30, 2016

(Not a) D.C. United Fan Interview #2.5 with Nick aka "Lurpy"

During the off-season I plan on speaking with a handful of D.C. United fans to try and capture some of the fantastic stories I've been hearing all year at the tailgates, on the bus, and in the stands.


D.C. United’s 2013 Open Cup victory burns bright in the memories of D.C. United fans. Coming in the midst of a mind bogglingly bad season--with just 3 wins in regular season play, a new league record low--D.C. United’s improbable Open Cup run was something for fans to celebrate. Those unable to make the trek to Utah on October 1, 2013, for the final against Real Salt Lake piled into Lucky Bar in Northwest DC for the watch party.

Unexpectedly joining the Open Cup festivities at Lucky Bar was a Real Salt Lake fan. This RSL fan made enough of an impression on the DC fans gathered at Lucky Bar that he’s popped up in all the stories I’ve gathered so far on the watch party.

Because I am a librarian and I love a challenge, I set off looking for this elusive Lucky Bar legend and--with a little help from Matt Montgomery (@TheCrossbarRSL)--I eventually tracked him down.

Nick,“Lurpy” as he’s known in RSL circles, an RSL fan from Utah, was attending law school in the DC area at the time. He’s since moved back home to Utah but was kind enough to chat with me about what happened that fateful night in DC in the fall of 2013.

This interview was recorded on December 18, 2016. The transcription has been edited slightly for smoothness and clarity. You may re-post the link to the interview but please do not re-post any of the content.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

D.C. United Fan Interview #2 with Jason Anderson [Part 4 of 4]

During the off-season I plan on speaking with a handful of D.C. United fans to try and capture some of the fantastic stories I've been hearing all year at the tailgates, on the bus, and in the stands.



Maryland-born and raised Jason Anderson is a long time presence in the Washington-area soccer scene and has been a D.C. United fan since before D.C. United existed. He is currently managing editor of Black and Red United, SBNation’s D.C. United website, and co-host of the Filibuster Podcast.

This conversation was recorded on November 23-24, 2016. This transcription has been edited slightly for smoothness and clarity. You may re-post the link to the interview but please do not re-post any of the content.

Part 4: Onward and Upward, 2013-the future.

Friday, December 23, 2016

D.C. United Fan Interview #2 with Jason Anderson [Part 3 of 4]

During the off-season I plan on speaking with a handful of D.C. United fans to try and capture some of the fantastic stories I've been hearing all year at the tailgates, on the bus, and in the stands.



Maryland-born and raised Jason Anderson is a long time presence in the Washington-area soccer scene and has been a D.C. United fan since before D.C. United existed. He is currently managing editor of Black and Red United, SBNation’s D.C. United website, and co-host of the Filibuster Podcast.

This conversation was recorded on November 23-24, 2016. This transcription has been edited slightly for smoothness and clarity. You may re-post the link to the interview but please do not re-post any of the content.

Part 3: The Doldrums, 2008-2012.

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

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