Bless Their Hearts (RBNJ Talk Here)

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I understand those with kids that really dislike the swearing.

Personally, I’m ok with it as long as their is some uniqueness or cleverness to it. I like the Quiet Riot chant. F the Red Bull’s is just stupid.

Regarding the use of p*to, it still does occur in 237 by a small subset of folks. Several games ago I called out some people for using it and received a ton of backlash. Not much longer we scored a goal and I’m pretty sure the dudes behind me used that as an opportunity to douse me with beer. The post-goal beer my shirt (and especially the back of it) was much, much greater than usual.
 
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I understand those with kids that really dislike the swearing.

Personally, I’m ok with it as long as their is some uniqueness or cleverness to it. I like the Quiet Riot chant. F the Red Bull’s is just stupid.

Regarding the use of p*to, it still does occur in 237 by a small subset of folks. Several games ago I called out some people for using it and received a ton of backlash. Not much longer we scored a goal and I’m pretty sure the dudes behind me used that as an opportunity to douse me with beer. The post-goal beer my shirt (and especially the back of it) was much, much greater than usual.
I haven't heard Puto at Yankee Stadium in years, which is largely due to the use of the alternative chant that many more people use. That's the way to deal with Puto, IMHO.
 
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So, one burning question this week is whether or not the Red Bulls will fade and miss the MLS playoffs.

On one level, this seems absurd. They are solidly in 6th place - 4-5 points up on the 3 closest teams below the playoff line and with a game in hand on each.

But, given current form (3 straight losses and only 4 points from their last 6) and a tough home stretch, it is open for discussion. So, let's take a deeper dive and see where they stand compared to their pursuers. Two of the teams below have to pass the Red Bulls for them to stay home in New Jersey this playoff season.

RBNJ (41 points)
@POR
PHI
DCU
@MON

NER (40 points)
RSL
@POR
NYC
@ATL

MTL (37 points)
@LAG
ATL
RBNJ

CHI (37 points)
@CIN
TOR
@ORL

ORL (36 points)
@HOU
@CIN
CHI
 
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Now the first thing to note is the Red Bulls will have the tiebreaker over any of those other teams. This means, effectively, that they just need to get to 46 points to clinch - 5 points from those last 4 games.

It also seems extremely unlikely that more than one of the teams below the playoff line will catch New Jersey. They are pretty far behind, and Chicago and Orlando play each other. Montreal gets to host New Jersey on decision day, but with their prior games at the Galaxy and hosting Atlanta, it seems very unlikely that Montreal will have a chance to flip the standings with a win by that time. Chicago and Orlando have easier games before their decision day showdown, so it is possible that one or both could flip things with a win that day.

But, even if one of those three teams can pass New Jersey, it still means that New England needs to pass them too, and New England have a really hard schedule - even harder than New Jersey with every opponent above the playoff line. New England will need to close what is effectively a 2-point gap and do it with a tougher close to the season.

In short, even if the Red Bulls stumble home with 3-4 points in their last 4 games, it takes some creativity to imagine a scenario where they don't finish above the line.
 
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Now the first thing to note is the Red Bulls will have the tiebreaker over any of those other teams. This means, effectively, that they just need to get to 46 points to clinch - 5 points from those last 4 games.

It also seems extremely unlikely that more than one of the teams below the playoff line will catch New Jersey. They are pretty far behind, and Chicago and Orlando play each other. Montreal gets to host New Jersey on decision day, but with their prior games at the Galaxy and hosting Atlanta, it seems very unlikely they will have a chance to flip the standings with a win by that time. Chicago and Orlando have easier games before their decision day showdown, so it is possible that one or both could flip things with a win that day.

But, even if one of those three teams can pass New Jersey, it still means that New England needs to pass them too, and New England have a really hard schedule - even harder than New Jersey with every opponent above the playoff line. New England will need to close what is effectively a 2-point gap and do it with a tougher close to the season.

In short, even if the Red Bulls stumble home with 3-4 points in their last 4 games, it takes some creativity to imagine a scenario where they don't finish above the line.
Yep, this would be a much more interesting conversation if Montreal wasn't in a free-fall themselves.

They've only earned 4 points in their last 7 games, and 7 points in their last 12 games.
 

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Now the first thing to note is the Red Bulls will have the tiebreaker over any of those other teams. This means, effectively, that they just need to get to 46 points to clinch - 5 points from those last 4 games.

It also seems extremely unlikely that more than one of the teams below the playoff line will catch New Jersey. They are pretty far behind, and Chicago and Orlando play each other. Montreal gets to host New Jersey on decision day, but with their prior games at the Galaxy and hosting Atlanta, it seems very unlikely that Montreal will have a chance to flip the standings with a win by that time. Chicago and Orlando have easier games before their decision day showdown, so it is possible that one or both could flip things with a win that day.

But, even if one of those three teams can pass New Jersey, it still means that New England needs to pass them too, and New England have a really hard schedule - even harder than New Jersey with every opponent above the playoff line. New England will need to close what is effectively a 2-point gap and do it with a tougher close to the season.

In short, even if the Red Bulls stumble home with 3-4 points in their last 4 games, it takes some creativity to imagine a scenario where they don't finish above the line.
Also, 3 of their last 4 losses were away to LAFC, NYCFC and Seattle. Mixed in was a home loss to Colorado, which is a truly bad loss, but possibly a fluke mixed in with games you would expect a mediocre playoff team to lose. I am absolutely hoping they get a result this coming weekend at home against Philadelphia.
 

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RBNJ beat a cratering Portland who is blowing one of the largest home heavy back half schedules ever. RBNJ is effectively in.
 

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Even PK Subban...the Red Bulls are in New Jersey...

EDIT: He's even sponsored by Red Bull

 
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