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It was the last weekend of Pride month!

MLS: FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

It was Friday evening, and it was an absolute scorcher outside. The weather incredibly harsh this weekend to the DFW area, although late at night it cooled off every so slightly. The weather looked like it was much better way up north in Minnesota where FC Dallas was having their latest league encounter. Soccer league encounter, not football, despite what the field looked like. A Minnesota United player made headlines just before the show with a courageous announcement, and then there was that weird howl at the beginning of the match...

The Howl?

When the game kicked off, what sounded like a wolf howl came on the stadium speakers as the ball was kicked off. They aren’t the Minnesota Timberwolves, they’re the Minnesota United Loons. After a quick Google search, I was soon educated that a ‘Loon’ is a bird that happens to emit some sort of wailing cry. The howl immediately made more sense. I also became aware of the fact that a ‘Loon’ is also a synonym for ‘idiot, fool, halfwit and dunce’. Which is an unfortunate nickname. Then again, if you go ahead and already have a bad nickname for your team, the jokes can get stale pretty fast and you also have something to rib your own team about when discussing them will fellow fans. We have fireworks, they have the howl, to each their own I guess.

Football Lines & Pride

Words can not describe how brave Collin Martin was in coming out publicly before this match. Not only does it help continue the initial effort put forth when Robbie Rogers came out way back in 2013 (can’t believe it’s been that long!), but it can restart that momentum that will hopefully give courage to other athletes in any major US sport that are wrestling with making the same type of announcement. The kits with the rainbow numbers were great looking as well, loved when the USMNT did it during their friendly and loved them here. Would absolutely buy an FC Dallas kit with rainbow numbers, like right now.

Speaking of wrestling, a sport that was not played on the field that night, football was another sport not played on the field that night. MUFC is getting their own stadium soon, but can’t they have the football lines painted over during the offseason at least? It’s hard to decide which I dislike more, the football lines on the field, or the baseball field stadium that New York City FC has to play in.

And finally, your fan quote of the night: “Crisp, precise, clinical, organized, impressive. Those are just some of the words that will not be associated with this match.” There’s a reason I wrote about everything but the actual game this time. Terrible.

How fast would you buy an FC Dallas pride jersey if they were to release one? Did anyone else google what the heck the howl was at the beginning of the match? Football lines or baseball field, which is the worse offender? Let me know in the comments below!