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We’ll get to the regularly-scheduled portion of the Murga Report in a minute, but first we need to hurl a bit of invective in the general direction of the Bay Area.
How have we never beaten those bums? They are a very bad team and have been for ages. They’ve made the playoffs twice in the last ten years, and one of those was the COVID season. They are an afterthought of a team in a city that is itself an afterthought in the American cultural landscape. They are the reason the Houston Dynamo exist, which is more than enough to hate them forever. They play in a stadium next door to the airport because they know that the best experience that one can have in San Jose is leaving as soon as possible. Oh, and their stadium is on a street named after Chris Fucking Wondolowski. Disband the team and let us never speak of them again (but give us Jeremy Ebobisse please and thank you).
Fucking Earthquakes. Let’s get to the numbers.
What Songs Were Played, and How Many Times?
Random thoughts: For the first time this season (but almost certainly not the last), chants of “M-V-P” could be heard ringing through McKalla. Feels good, man. Feels really good. The rest of the night was mostly what you’d expect, but it’s interesting that the combination of (slightly) cooler temperatures and the goals coming at a furious clip meant that there wasn’t an “Is This Love?”-type cooldown song. All gas, no brakes Murga is our favorite kind of Murga.
What Songs Were Playing When Austin Scored
Random thoughts: It was a big night for “Dale ATX,” which it really needed. It’s now back up to a neutral song, with three goals both scored and conceded on the season. This was also the second week in a row where Austin scored during “Pepas,” which is a trend that we’d love to see continue. “Pepas” goals just hit different, you know?
What Songs Were Playing When San Jose Scored
Random thoughts: We really hate it when the other team scores during “Alright Alright Alright,” because it means that they’ve either scored in the first few minutes of the match or else right after an Austin goal. It’s very rude and opponents should stop doing it. “Ole Ole Ola” had such a torrid start to the season that it was almost impossible to keep up its pace (three goals in its first two games!), but its steady fall down the leaderboards has been awfully disheartening. “La Bamba” is back in the red, but unless it puts up big (negative) numbers in the coming weeks it’s probably not a Least Valuable Song contender.
“Pepas” is making a late-season push for the Song of the Year award, and is now just a a few tenths of a percentage point behind “Bella Ciao.” You just love to see it.
Not much movement at the bottom of the table, but the clock is ticking on “Colors” to pull itself out of the cellar. However, it has been played so infrequently that even a couple of performances without a goal conceded could ensure its safety.
The meaninglessness of “Dale Austin” continues apace, as it has now been played an astonishing 25 times without either team scoring. If this continues, we here at the La Murga Report may have to dip into the video archives from last season to see if it has ever seen a goal scored or conceded. But we are lazy people and we don’t want to do that, so it would save us all a headache if someone just scored a freaking goal already.