Real Salt Lake Falls 2-1 to Houston on Penalty KicksBy: Rocky Cole | April 2nd, 2010
I remember watching classic Saturday Night Live when I was back in high school. It was the John Belushi and Chevy Chase era. (Yes, I know this dates me.) One of the recurring skits had the claymation character of “Mister Bill” constantly getting squashed by “Mister Hand”. Bill would be happily going about his business and out of nowhere Mister Hand would show up and Bill would squeal, “Oh Nooooo!!!!” -then squash. Of course, the next week Mister Bill would be back to normal and going happily about his life.
This memory of Mister Bill comes to mind today because last night I kind of felt as if Jamison Olave was Mister Bill and the referee was Mister Hand. Olave, playing the aggressive style that he usually does, picked up two penalties in the box within the early minutes of the second period. Both penalties occurred within a three minute span and both resulted in Brad Davis scores. Nick Rimando picked the correct side on both PKs, but Davis’s style of taking kicks is to blast them past the keeper. Rimando had no real chance of making the stop.
I think that it was “Oh No, Mister Olave!” Both “alleged” penalties were iffy the way that I saw them. After looking at them several times I still think that, but you know what, stuff happens in soccer. It is just a shame that marginal calls can effect the outcome of a match but it will happen now and then. For the most part the refs get it right, but then there are those other times.
Now as I write this, I realize that there are lots of Houston fans that will see what happened in that game a different way. No problem. Things even out. Even though Real Salt Lake lost the game on two penalty kicks does not negate the fact that RSL dominated play in the first half and most of the second half. That is a great indicator of the team’s character and potential this year.
So don’t feel bad Mister Olave. Rest this week and get “un-squished” and get back out on the pitch and do your job the way you’ve always done it. Things will even out.