So who saw this coming? Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation of just over a million people, knocking the United States out of the World Cup.
What a huge setback for soccer in this country. Also, how'd you like to be Fox, which paid several hundred million dollars to get the rights to the World Cup.
I have to admit, I hardly gave the game a second thought yesterday afternoon. I didn't even slot it for the front page. I never imagined the U.S. would be out of the World Cup by the end of the night. Apparently the followers of Trinidad and Tobago weren't believing that either — if you watch highlights of the game, you'll see a sea of empty seats.
It's a reminder of how fragile a soccer game can be, where a single event can change everything around. That you shouldn't take anything for granted. That the coach might not be just blowing smoke when he/she says "anything can happen."
Tuesday's action: Most notable on the schedule was the non-leaguer in Schuylerville, which ended with as a 2-1 Mechanicville win thanks to a late second-half goal by Mackenzie Bowie. That's two straight dramatic road wins for the Red Raiders, who scored with 5 seconds left in regulation to beat Lake George on Friday.
Those wins would seem to give Mechanicville a boost when it comes to seeding the Class B bracket on Monday (yes, we're less than a week from that). It will be a crowded field, with Schalmont (currently ranked second in the state), Holy Names and Schuylerville all in the mix.
Schedule update: A couple of Adirondack League reschedulings to tell you about. The Whitehall/Fort Ann game originally scheduled for Friday has been moved to Thursday. Hadley-Luzerne and Whitehall will play on Friday.
Indirect kicks: The Wasaren League championship game between Mechanicville and Cambridge will be later this week or on the weekend, but I don't have a firm date or location. ... I'll drop by the Bolton-Warrensburg/Lake George game this afternoon before going to the Queensbury/South High showdown. We used to call that the "TV Game," but no TV this year. Follow me on Twitter. ... Like the refs, I try to avoid wearing a shirt with the colors of the teams I'm covering. What to do today? I have to avoid blue, green, black, orange and a touch of red.