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Spirit clinch home playoff game, D.C. United playoff game dwindling & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/1/21

Also, Dick Johnson is Dead.

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Hi. So in the time I’ve been not doing this particular form of internet content, I’ve been dealing with family medical issues at not one but two different hospitals thirty miles away and planning someone’s birthday party. With the birthday and hospital trips over and family intact, I’m back to put in all the nerdlinks.

Recaps of D.C. United’s 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew by us, WaPo, and MLS. Massive Report with the other end of it.

Recaps of the Washington Spirit’s home-playoff-clinching 1-0 win over the Houston Dash by us and WaPo.

Billionaire part-owner of Lakers, Dodgers in talks to buy NWSL’s Washington Spirit (WaPo): Well, this seems encouraging!

Former Crew legend Federico Higuain announces his retirement after this season (Massive Report): Pipa wasn’t around long in D.C., but am sad to see him go.

Related to former D.C. players, congrats to Andrew Dykstra:

Meanwhile, with the news that Criterion is doing a home video release of it, the Kirsten Johnson film “Dick Johnson is Dead” is worth the exploration. Johnson films her Dad (in the emerging state of dementia) handling various outlandish death shots with the intent to demystify the feelings surrounding death for her and her Dad. Having lost a loved one to dementia this certainly could have helped in working with him. I think I dropped the trailer in here once, and here it is again: