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It’s a real shame that what should have been a banner night for the Murga Report (7 goals! Action at the top and bottom of the song leaderboard!) will forever be overshadowed by the pure tomfoolery of the game itself. We guess sometimes that’s the way it crumbles, cookie-wise. We here at The False 9 should have more to say about Sunday’s general WTF-ery in the coming days, but for now let’s get to the numbers!
What Songs Were Played, and How Many Times?
Random thoughts: We really can’t get enough of “Pepas,” can we? It’s one of the rare songs that is now regularly played more than twice per match, and the only one that isn’t just the same line repeated over and over again. Also, this is the first time this season (and perhaps ever) that “Cuervos” has been played more than twice, for reasons that we will describe below.
What Songs Were Playing When Austin Scored
Random thoughts: Austin scored at home during “Cuervos!” That alone would make Sunday night a watershed moment in La Murga history. However, because the team scored during the first verse, the band played it again after the “Alright Alright Alright” goal celebration. For the record, Murga Report enthusiastically endorses this decision. The supporter’s section expects two verses (and two beer showers) per half, and dammit if LMdA won’t deliver on that promise.
This was the first goal of the season for “Dale ATX” and the second goal for “Pepas.”
What Songs Were Playing When New York Scored
Random thoughts: Let’s go ahead and check the Josh Wolff Oof Meter real quick.
This was the first goal conceded this season for “Bella Ciao,” which had heretofore been our most successful song (non-moment of silence division). It was the second goal against for “Reloco Remamado” which seems a bit snake-bit this year, and the third goals for both “Verde Submarine” and “Dale ATX,” which makes them tied for the ignominious title of most unlucky song of 2022. Yeah, that’s a big oof.
Despite the new blemish on its record, “Bella Ciao” still clings to a narrow lead at the top of the rankings. On the other end, “Verde Submarine” is now making a strong push to claim the Wooden Spoon from “Colors” (which seems to have lost its place in the setlist to fellow mid-tempo ditty “Is This Love?”).
Though not an official Murga Report stat, New York did have two goals disallowed in the first half. Had they counted, the goals would have been charged to “El Equipo de la 512” and “Bella Ciao” respectively.
We are now two-thirds of the way through the season and “Dale Austin” is still holding onto the title of Most Irrelevant Song of 2022: it has been played 23 times and has seen neither a goal scored nor conceded. The next time you hear it in the stands, it might be a perfect opportunity to refill your water bottle.