The Full 90

The game that nearly broke my DVR

I'm an avid TV watcher. More aptly put, I'm an avid TV watcher on Sunday night.

"Mad Men." "Hoarders: Buried Alive." The NBC Sunday night NFL game. Now, "Boardwalk Empire." (My wife and I are also re-watching "The Wire" on DirecTV's channel 101.)

I wasn't really sure how I was going to fit the Kansas City Wizards into that mix.* I'm sure I'm not alone.

*This game would've been impossible next week when “Dexter,” "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "Metalocalpyse," "Bored to Death" and "East Bound and Down" join the crowded Sunday lineup.)

Thank God for DVRs, time-shifting and cable networks like AMC having nothing but "Patriot Games" to show instead of "Mad Men" and "Rubicon" reruns. For the record, I love "Patriot Games."

Unlike the Wednesday game (which is on MetroSports, a station I don't get at home or work), I was able to watch the Wizards-Chivas game. I'm glad the Wizards played well, cause it wasn't nearly as exciting as I've grown used to. I believe both teams had 3 shots on goal -- Kansas City scored on both of its shots on goal. This might be the first game that Jimmy Nielsen wasn't required to make at least one game-saving save.

But I'm still a little unsure as to why this game had to take place when it did. More to the point: Why does Major League Soccer bother with Sunday night games?* Especially Sunday night games that aren't being used by ESPN or Fox Soccer Channel as counter-programming to the National Football League?**

*For that matter, why is New York vs. Los Angeles this week on Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern? **ESPN is using Chivas vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 3 as counter-programming.

I know the "reason" this game took place on Sunday was that the Los Angeles Galaxy had the Home Depot Center locked down for Saturday night. And I know that scheduling a major sports league requires a degree in advanced calculus.*

*It obviously wasn't because of a decision a TV executive made.

Those two "issues," though are dwarfed by the "issues" of trying to go head-to-head with the NFL, HBO, AMC and whatever else people might want to watch on a Sunday night for a league that's desperate to be taken seriously on the national stage.

Though, I suppose I should keep my mouth shut. The Wizards are 2-1-0 (including the Manchester United game) on Sunday this season and every professional team in Kansas City won by two points.

Did You Know...

• The Wizards are 5-1-3 in their last nine MLS matches, and 6-1-3 in their last ten overall when including the victory over Manchester United.

• Kansas City is 8-0-2 when scoring first in 2010.

• The Wizards won both their matches at The Home Depot Center this season, after also beating the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 last month.

• Kei Kamara scored his team-high ninth goal of the season, and is now tied for eighth most in MLS on the year. Kansas City is 5-1-2 in 2010 when Kamara scores. Kamara now was two goals and four assists in his last three matches.

• Forward Teal Bunbury scored for the third time this season, and first time since July 31. The team is 3-0-0 when Bunbury scores.

• Kansas City scored on its only two shots on goal in the game.

• Jimmy Nielsen recored his ninth shutout on the season. He has played every minute of every MLS game for Kansas City this season, one of only five players in the league to do so thus far in 2010.

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