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Monday Freedom Kicks: Sports Are Stupid

We look back at the MLS Cup Final, with a dusting of local team notes, and David Simon hates technology!

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Oh well, it was only bound to last so long considering the current setup of both teams, right? Well let's rip the bandaid off quickly:

LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1: MLS Cup Final Match Recap | MLS gets the lead on the win by the Galaxy, with more on the #First(Sorta)ToFive by Armchair AnalystSI.comSoccer Gods and LAG Confidential (on a related note, bye Josie!). The Bent Musket looks at things from the Revs' side.

The MLS Cup Final, now with added pro/rel advocation - Oh, and apparently this happened? All the lulz.

RSL makes Champions League following LA's MLS Cup win - RSL Soapbox: To add insult to injury, the Revs don't get the last CONCAChamps berth next year, with that honor going to Real Salt Lake. Uff da.

D.C. United season review: Attacking midfielder Collin Martin - Black And Red United: ICYMI, we spent some more time going through our cakegoats and foxdeaths.

Without a CBA in place, there's a "possibility" union action could see Montreal, DCU forfeit CCL matches | In case you didn't know of the ramifications of a work stoppage aside from regular season games, there are others. For this guy who's looking to go to Costa Rica, really hope I have a reason to go other than the weather.

Monumental FC Soccer Shorts: Bill Hamid 12/5/14: The Goalkeeper of the Year was at the Washington Wizards game in DC against the Denver Nuggets and talked about the praise. CSN Washington did the same thing here.

Front-Office Efficiency in MLS: 2014 edition | Soccermetrics Research, LLC: A put together set of numbers that showed how little D.C. United paid to get the results they got this year, compared to other teams in Major League Soccer.

USWNT gets brutal Women's World Cup draw with Sweden, Australia and Nigeria - Stars and Stripes FC: The US gets a tough draw in the Women's World Cup next year. What's "Group of Death" in Manitoban/British Columbian?

Decision on Lampard's Man City extension coming "next week;" may miss start of NYCFC season: Really shocked a team owner that is actually its own team would do something to preserve themselves you guys. Brand extension!

Tim Howard said Jurgen Klinsmann banned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from USMNT - ESPN FC: Headline aside, there are other tidbits about Klinsmann's planning and/or training from yet another one of his players which should serve as concern. But it's Major League Soccer's fault I'm sure.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland: Deserved Point Picked Up At Anfield - Roker Report: In partner club news, stop me if you've heard that Sunderland had a goalless draw before, their third in the last four matches, and fifth this year overall. They're chilling in 14th now.

An off-season community project — American Soccer Analysis: Something to work on for the #fancystats oriented person you know.

Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' Airing on CNN in January | Rope of Silicon: I was not a fan of Ebert's last few years but enjoyed his work on the whole and this doc is worth the look when CNN airs it.

Rock and Roll Tragedy: Why Eleven Died at The Who's Cincinnati Concert | Rolling Stone: 35 years ago last week eleven went to a concert and did not come home. This read shortly after the tragedy is very much worth the time.

David Simon | The Wire in HD (updated with video clips): With news of The Wire coming to Blu-ray next year, the show's creator weighs in on concerns of the show appearing in the 'wrong' aspect ratio and in high-definition, for that matter.

So how ya ding?