Twitter, the gathering place of deep, philosophical discussions and great sports analysis - at least in our minds.
The beauty of the Twitterverse is that it contains raw, unfiltered, oft humorous, and many times honest feelings about live events. "The Match in Tweets" gives us a quick summary, in 140 characters or less, of what Revolution supporters were feeling over the course of the game. From beginning to end, from goals to gaffes "The Match in Tweets" is a quick appraisal of the performance of the team.
If you are an expert twitterphile and feel that you were overlooked, either hashtag your Revolution gameday tweets with #Revs or follow @MindOfAbram, so that you can be included next time.
As MLS's First Kick approached for the New England Revolution, there was an impending sense of excitment and fear. There was excitment due to the team over performing - in the minds of many - in the preseason, and there was fear because everyone knew that the preseason most likely was an over-performance. First Kick against the San Jose Earthquakes was the tiem to see just who this team was (minus Saer Sene, Jose Moreno, and Chris Tierney).
Tweets are always 140 characters, but the tone of those characters can drastically change. So The Bent Musket proudly - or perhaps somewhat embarrasingly - presents "The Match in Tweets" for the New England Revolution at the San Jose Earthquakes.
#Revs season is about to begin, any journalistic credibility that I have built up on Twitter is about to go right out the window.— Abram Chamberlain (@MindOfAbram) March 11, 2012
I missed this nervous, almost sick feeling minutes before kickoff— Matty Jollie (@MattyJollie) March 11, 2012
THE BEGINNING: As the match began, the feeling on Twitter was one of hope, one of pride, one - that unfortunately - would not last.
The #Revs White Kits are getting a lot of love. As they should.They look even better after scoring.— Joshua Nelson (@mrjnelson) March 11, 2012
THE GOAL: When Chris Wondolowski struck to give San Jose a 1-0 lead, the tone of Twitter began to change.
Terrible, terrible defending.Also terrible no-call on the offside?? #Revs— hadleywright (@hadleywright) March 11, 2012
THE OLD HABITS: Soon, as the Revs began to clearly become outplayed by San Jose, that old demon of negativity began rearing its ugly head.
AJ Soares clearly not comfortable tonight at LB. Revs need to settle down and string passes together. 1-0 SJ 19'.— The Bent Musket (@TheBentMusket) March 11, 2012
Dear #revs please play to the whistle. Let's see a goal now— Ed Mulrenan (@edmulrenan) March 11, 2012
Did reis get the memo about wanting to play possession? #REVS— Sean Fahey (@SeanEFahey) March 11, 2012
"The man with the hair." Uh, in a #revs-Quakes game, that doesn't narrow it down. Except I guess for Reis— Prairie Rose Clayton (@hoover_dam) March 11, 2012
THE VILLAIN: As the ugliness of play continued, and the backline began to seem overwhelmed, public enemy number one became clear to all Revolution tweeters.
If I was Lozano i'd two foot Lenhart and break his ankle. He can think about what a twat he is in hospital. #Revs— Jon Parker (@guitarspoons) March 11, 2012
THE HALF: With half-time upon them, the Revolution twitteratti began taking an honest assessment of the teams situation both on the pitch and in the local Boston sports landscape.
Too many turnovers...too many set pieces and not enough shots!! LET'S GO #REVS— Mike Amrock (@MikeAmrock) March 11, 2012
Not the half anyone was looking for. #Revs showed me nothing.— Kyle Horvath (@Kyle_Horvath) March 11, 2012
Our defence is terrible and I take it personally! I've been coaching these guys in my blog for a year now! Sort your lives out! #Revs— Jon Parker (@guitarspoons) March 11, 2012
THE RESTART: The second-half began, and everyone began to look for positives. And though the Revs looked much better defensively in the second-half, offensively - outside of Benny Feilhaber - it was difficult to come by any true chances.
Passing? Technical? Tough? So far I can't think of a good word to precede team for the #revs. So far just team— Alex DeJong (@hotsliceofjesus) March 11, 2012
THE NEW HOPE: Then it happened. Suddenly the Revs felt like Nguyeners. There was a glimmer of hope. The play picked up and we were back in it - at least hypothetically anyway.
#Revs get feet away from a goal. UGH. Still are down 1-0 in the 81st minute.— Dunkfaced (@Dunkfaced) March 11, 2012
:( Benny. What a strike, just missed. THIS CLOSE for the #Revs.— Dan Ryan (@bruinshockeynow) March 11, 2012
THE LAST CHANCE: But despite best laid efforts at the end, this week it was not to be.
I know what Benny just said. Better hope the FCC didn't. #Revs— Abram Chamberlain (@MindOfAbram) March 11, 2012
shocking by the #revs. A lot needs to happen before next week if we are gonna win or even score.— Jesse Kane (@jesseakane) March 11, 2012
THE END: The post-game analysis came and that was a wrap. San Jose 1-0 New England and according to the tweeters, same old story.
I heard this story the #Revs were going to play possession/attacking soccer. I saw exactly what I saw in '11. An understaffed squad struggle— Jim P. (@jimmystagger) March 11, 2012
Welp, it's been eerily familiar with all of you tonight, and I enjoy all the new #revs friends. keep the faith, and Go Revs.— Matty Jollie (@MattyJollie) March 11, 2012
THE TRUTH: Though at least we were able to come away with one bright spot.
Hey, at least we're not the Galaxy. #revs— Jon Strauss (@WeberKing) March 11, 2012
THE VOICE OF REASON: It is easy to get exceptionally negative on Twitter. After all, negativity is what is most likely to get you retweeted - especially if you can do it in a fun, snide, sarcastic way. However, amongst all the Revolution tweets, one stuck out as truthful, honest, and a very fair appraisal of the game's situation. And though it was tweeted just a few moments into the half-time break, it best fits as a reminder that we still have a long way to go.