99 Friendship Episode 50

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · August 14th, 2017 · No comments

Whether you missed us or not, we’re back! Yes, at long last, episode number 50 of Canada’s favourite women’s soccer/curling podcast, 99 Friendship, is upon you like Carli Lloyd upon the injured list.

On this week’s fabulous, long-prepared episode:

  • Remember the Canada Games? Okay, you have no excuse to have forgotten, they ended last weekend. But the women’s soccer portion ended ages ago and we have some extremely scattered thoughts and memories which, given that you are listening to a show hosted by an Alberta fan and a Quebec fan, naturally focus primarily upon British Columbia.

  • I’m not even going to pretend we fully recap the past three weekends of NWSL action. We do, however, briefly recap the past weekend, and even-more-briefly recap the history of NWSL discipline!

  • In honour of Canada’s CIS athletes doing very respectably against ostensibly-superior teams, we try and fail to say “Universiade.

  • It’s ’90s night at the Houston Dash! Or rather it was ’90s night at the Houston Dash, then after we recorded it actually happened and Carli Lloyd allegedly broke herself. Also, we spend a lot of time making fun of Carli Lloyd, which would be uncomfortably ironic in light of her injury if, y’know,
    it wasn’t Carli Lloyd and she didn’t melodramatically exaggerate an alleged curb-stomping from Melissa Tancredi at the 2012 Olympics or we’d ever forgiven her. Anyway the point is that we talk about the ’90s. Only one of the members of this podcast is old enough to have a clear memory of all the ’90s. So naturally it’s the other one who actually remembers more ’90s stuff.

  • Finally, lest this sound like too much of a good thing, we end on our recurring feature when we have like five minutes of show left to fill, Carolyn’s Canwoho Corner, where she laughs about what ridiculous thing Hockey Canada has done with the world’s second-best women’s hockey program this time.

99 Friendship Episode 49

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · July 24th, 2017 · No comments

On this week’s episode of 99 Friendship:

  • It’s a crappy buffet of women’s soccer content! There’s nothing delicious enough to really grab a plateful of it, you’re just helping yourself to a multitude of sides and sweets and hoping that makes the hunger stop long enough for you to get home. I may have lost track of my metaphor here.

  • The week in NWSL action was… a week. Nichelle Prince scored a beauty, Kailen Sheridan was involved in an epic slugfest I mean no she wasn’t Kailen Sheridan had nothing to do with any of it everyone respect and admire her unconditionally.

  • Stories about coaches, and their inability to leave when referees tell them to.

  • News from France! There will be a couple more Canadians in les Divisions 1 et 2 for the 2017–18 season! Pretty cool stuff!

  • News from curling, as the teams for the first Grand Slam of next season, the Tour Challenge Tier One, were announced. Some of them have changed, and we talk about that.

  • And finally some olds from curling. We were wondering, how would Curling Canada determine the sixteenth team at the Brier and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this coming year? Turns out Curling Canada answered that for us on June 28. So we get you, and ourselves, caught up.

99 Friendship Episode 48

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · July 17th, 2017 · No comments

First a housekeeping note. Please do let us know if this episode sounds better, or worse, than usual. We’ve put this week’s, and future, episodes together in a different way, and hopefully the only effect is that both of us (but especially Carolyn) sound better. Still, keep us informed.

Anyway. On this week’s 99 Friendship:

  • The women’s European Championships are on right now in the Netherlands. Carolyn likes lady Euro very much, and we talk about how much fun they’re going to be and the Canadians who should play. We don’t just mean that Canada’s WNT should play the women’s Euro, although we do. We also mean the actual Canadian-born players for other countries. There are two. Did you know that? 99 Friendship busting out the actual information.

  • UEFA put out a guide on how to pronounce some player names at the Euro. You would think that I, of all people, could really use such a thing. But actually it’s more funny than it is informative. Yes, we go through it phoneme by phoneme.

  • In actual Canadian news, our women’s U-17 team wrapped up a tournament in China with a draw and two losses. But that probably isn’t bad! We discuss, as best we can based off Tweets, cell phone footage, and basically rumours.

  • The WPSL season wrapped up as far as Canadians go, and Adriana Leon scored a very nice goal in the NWSL. Things are going well for Adriana lately. Get cautious, limited hype.

  • There is no curling. And we try!

99 Friendship Episode 47

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · July 10th, 2017 · No comments

After a bit of a flabby episode last week we are back on champagne-swilling form! Apart from the traffic noises! This week on 99 Friendship:

  • Canada’s U-20 national women’s soccer team beat the United States 4-1! To try and salve their shame the US is calling this a “U-18” team even though it has seven players older than eighteen. We are not fooled. (On the other hand, the primary United States lady U-20s are definitely in England now, so we aren’t fooled that way either.)

  • We then lost to Australia, but it was almost literally a completely different Canadian team so that’s okay. Also there was no video evidence to speak of.

  • In a week of NWSL action, Janine Beckie scored and that picture up there happened. It was fun.

  • Canadian curling drama! (Yes, it’s July!) Manitoba lady provincials are the week after mixed doubles trials, and since we’re essentially cheering for Team Brennifer by default, the idea of Jennifer Jones being distracted trying to avenge herself in Toba provincials is worrying. Then we talk about how the hell the Scotties/Brier format could possibly work this Olympic year, which is fun since Curling Canada doesn’t appear to know either.

  • Scottish curling drama! (Yes, it’s July!) David Murdoch, the Scottish Team, is outraged at not going to the Olympics and retiring! The Other Other Scottish Team has shockingly surpassed both Murdoch and the Other Scottish Team to earn Great Britain’s Olympic berth! With a team packed with Muirheads! Does this mean Tom Brewster is still the Other Scottish Team and Kyle Smith is now just the Scottish Team? Is “he plays lots of events and loses them all” a format Olympic selectors should encourage? Hibernia all over the place at the end of this show.

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99 Friendship Episode 46

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · July 2nd, 2017 · No comments

Not a very special episode of 99 Friendship this week, but one that’s no doubt full of surprise and delight for the dedicated fan. (For one thing, it’s out a day early! Because Ben is going to spend the middle of the week doing a Chris McCandless so we had to get this out of the way. You didn’t want to talk to friends and/or family anyway, did you?)

Do not make this your first episode. Why not try the AmWoSoLit Special instead? But there’s probably a fun thing in it if you’re used to our special brand of fun.

  • It was so fucking hot in Ben’s temporarily airless recording studio. If I was in a union there’d have been a complaint. My computer is in the union and refused to record it, but Carolyn’s did, which is why everything sounds different.

  • One of Canada’s (indeed, the Vancouver area’s) greatest soccer heroines received a prominent national honour this #Canada150 week. Which player are we referring to? I guess you’ll have to listen to find out.

  • Tier-one Canada has booked a pair of friendly against the United States, in Vancouver on November 9 and uh somewhere in the States the next Sunday. It is so early that there isn’t much to say about that yet, though we try.

  • Since it’s a surprisingly quiet week woso-wise (because Carolyn missed the NWSL action), we catch you up on UWS and WPSL. On the UWS end Calgary played Lauren Sesselmann! If you’re interested in the Santa Clarita Blue Heat scoop, we got you covered!


    Lauren Sesselmann is the mom.

  • Then we make fun of random WPSL teams for a bit.

  • Then we talk about curling, because otherwise the podcast would have been 20 minutes long and there are rules. This includes a repeat of the 2017 Lady World Championships final I watched earlier in the week.

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99 Friendship Episode 45

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · June 26th, 2017 · No comments

Sorry for missing you last week; we recorded, my computer ate it, we didn’t have anything to say anyway, we weren’t too upset. But making up for lost time here’s episode 45 of 99 Friendship. On this week’s spectacular show:

  • The Canadian Soccer Association put out a grammatically-awkward roster for a pair of youth woso camps in Australia and China. You’re damned right we can get nine minutes of material out of discussing that.

  • A couple weeks of NWSL action! Adriana Leon scored totally on purpose!

  • Carli Lloyd scored a belter of a goal for the Houston Dash and we spend a few minutes discussing her, mostly because it gives me a chance to use our Carli Lloyd intro theme again, and I’m not gonna lie that still cracks me up every single time.

  • Carolyn goes and gets a program for the 2013 Western New York Flash. Because this is a podcast and it has no visual element, you might think there’s not a lot of interest in Carolyn showing me her program from the 2013 Western New York Flash. But there is.

  • We wrap the podcast by discussing obscure Canadian woso. In a different way than usual. Basically that 2013 Western New York Flash program segues us into talking about old WNT tournaments and players and we just ramble and it’s fun! You should listen!

  • CanWNT should have a friendly at McGill, because it would be convenient for drinking.

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99 Friendship Episode 44

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · June 12th, 2017 · No comments

This is a very special 99 Friendship because it is the first 99 Friendship in which Carolyn and I were both in the same room, instead of having a Skype call between us and her cat.

Is this a good thing? It’s harder to edit (because Carolyn and I aren’t on different channels so I can’t cut everything she says). If anything the sound quality, especially when I speak, is worse, even though I brought my enormous USB microphone and we were both talking into that. There’s just too much echo and we’re too far away.

  • Almost eight minutes of curling talk. I’m serious. I didn’t think we could do it. I was wrong.
  • A brief review of Santa Clarita and Calgary’s UWS derby last week! Exciting!
  • oh yeah Canada played Costa Rica twice, at home, and I was at both of them and Carolyn was at the Toronto one. This is probably worth twenty minutes of our time. The conversation ranges very freely since, instead of meditating on our thoughts and writing notes, we went to the pub, got four hours of sleep, ate some Tim Horton’s, then recorded a podcast. It’s gonzo podcasting! I’m going insane with sleep deprivation! Soccer trips are fantastic, I love them.
  • I work in a reference to John Terry. This is not likely to happen again, cherish it.
  • Finally, we conclude by discussing glamourous Canada 150 friendlies that would be much more interesting than Canada MNT versus Jamaica in Toronto on Labour Day long weekend. We come up with good ones if you’re a massive canwoso nerd, and if you’re listening you presumably are!

It was nice to meet literally multiple people in Toronto who said they listened to the show, so thanks for giving us some of your time. The knowledge that people click on that little triangle down there makes the time we sink into this worthwhile. Please, if you don’t already, follow 99 Friendship on Twitter.

99 Friendship Episode 43

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · June 5th, 2017 · No comments

Hello, friends! On this week’s scintillating 99 Friendship:

  • You may think that the middle of June, in the middle of a packed women’s soccer calendar, is an impossible time to discuss curling. But thanks to a clumsily-written near-press-release by an intern at TSN.ca for a fake cashspiel in August, you’d be wrong!
  • Apparently Dwayne DeRosario’s niece is on Canada’s latest women’s U-17 team, off to a tournament in China that Carolyn apparently remembers. This goes surprisingly well.
  • Oh fine I guess we have to talk about the Canadian WNT roster for the two upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto. I have a minor nervous breakdown because Erin McLeod, despite being healthy, isn’t on it. The CSA had teased additional retirement announcements and McLeod is one of my favourites. This leads to Carolyn scoffing and saying it obviously isn’t McLeod who they’re making a fuss about, and that in turn leads to me having a major nervous breakdown. I’m a bit harsh. I’m not gonna lie. But I was also accurate.
  • We both watched Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan face off in the UEFA Lady Champions League final. Lawrence was amazing, her penalty was terrific, Buchanan went into “thinks she’s a forward” mode a couple of times, the game was not “good” but it was entertaining.
  • This is so much content that we barely mention the past week in the NWSL at all.

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99 Friendship Episode 42

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · May 29th, 2017 · No comments

Having survived my Grizzly Man adventures in the sub-Arctic, 99 Friendship returns with some all new hashtag-content! On this week’s show:

  • Nearly 28 minutes of soccer discussion! We squeeze a small amount of curling at the end there just so you know it’s still us but 90% of the time, it’s 100% woso.
  • We missed two weeks of NWSL excitement in which Allysha Chapman got #twitterhacked, someone got #heatstroke, Mallory Pugh got #aterriblenewsoccerteam, and Christine Sinclair nearly scored #agoalwhilesittingdown.
  • Canada’s WPSL and UWS teams, the North Shore Girls Soccer Club and the Calgary Foothills, also got their seasons underway. Unfortunately we did not get to watch any of their games (while we recorded North Shore drew 1-1 in east Seattle), but we give them some love anyway. In the case of the WPSL, we also give their useless website some hate.
  • The Lady Champions League final on Thursday will pit Ashley Lawrence against Kadeisha Buchanan, which is highly cool. And not televised in Canada!
  • FC Edmonton enjoyed its best-ever attendance in a 2-1 win over the Indy Eleven. This may not sound like woso, but since a large part of the crowd arrived to see Diana Matheson, it’s related. Possible CanPL promotional secret there?
  • Over in England, Carli Lloyd blatantly tried to kill someone and was suspended three games. It would be cruel for us not to laugh.
  • Unfortunately this episode was recorded before Josée Bélanger’s official retirement announcement, so there is no tribute to a much-loved Canadian player. Although I’m sure there’ll be a blog post in the next day or two giving her the respect she deserves.

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99 Friendship Episode 41

By Carolyn Duthie and Benjamin Massey · May 15th, 2017 · No comments

  • Sorry for not having a 99 Friendship last week. My computer decided it was such a bad episode that it wasn’t going to record it.

  • Erin McLeod is not only back for FC Rosengard, but as of recording time she had played 180 minutes of soccer without suffering another torn knee ligament. We make jokes about how this will inevitably end badly to keep from crying about how this will inevitably end badly.

  • Truly horrible and unfortunate things happened to Shelina Zadorsky and Steph Labbé in the NWSL. I try to remember how math works. Carolyn comes up with a strategy for defending indirect free kicks.

  • The indirect free kick we talk about, by the way, is this one:

    Because this is not a video podcast, on account of “then I’d have to put a shirt on,” you can’t really see what we’re discussing. But it’s that. Look at that.

  • Your friends and mine, Ika Kelley and Britta Rooooostad, played for NSGSC against Surrey United in the BC Provincial Cup ladies final on Saturday. We actually watched it. No analysis comes out of that but we do talk about it!

  • The Canadian Olympic mixed doubles curling trials are being held in glamorous Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in the middle of January! I’m sorry for running wild with the italics but this might almost be too exotic for the proletarian culture of curling. Anyway we want to go. Carolyn especially wants to go because she’s a Toba type, and I especially want to go because I could take the train for like three days. For the sake of everyone’s sanity I did edit out the several minutes Carolyn and I spent discussing Portage hotel amenities (not a joke).

  • Jennifer Jones is going to curl in Siberia! That is also not a joke.

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