NOT GOING SOUNDLY
At the start of Sunday, the final day of the MLS regular season, the Sounders were in jeopardy of missing this year's playoffs. By nightfall, fans were snatching up home playoff tickets. Thanks to an early scoring barrage that saw the Sounders notch three goals in the game's first 20 minutes, the squad cruised to an easy 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in front of thousands of screaming Seattle supporters (setting the league's single season attendance record in the process). Even better, thanks to a loss by the L.A. Galaxy against Sporting Kansas City, the Sounders vaulted all the way to the #4 seed in the West and will now host the Galaxy—their long time playoff rivals—in a one-game first round elimination match this Wednesday at 7 on the home pitch of CenturyLink Field. Depending on how the other Western Conference first round game goes, the winner will either face FC Dallas or the Vancouver Whitecaps in a two-leg battle starting Sunday.
Tickets for this Wednesday's Sounders playoff game are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. Seats run $25–$107.
Alright, Internet. Y'all went a little overboard with the whole Back to the Future Day (marking the date Marty McFly traveled forward to in Back to the Future Part II) thing last Wednesday. Nostalgia is fun, but the "remember this?" Buzzfeedification of pop culture consumption is starting to wear a bit thin. That said, it was hard to stay cynical when Jimmy Kimmel Live staged an Back to the Future reunion with McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). We'll even forgive them if it's skit's execution isn't the smoothest (they can always go back in time and nail the timing later).
DUDE, YOU'RE GETTING ADELE
Get the tissues ready, pop queen of sorrow has returned. On November 20, Adele will release 25, her third studio LP. In anticipation, last week she released the record's first music video for the song "Hello." The video interprets the song's lyrics on a fairly literal level, as Adele emotionally struggles with memories of a former lover that she's now trying to reconnect with in order to talk about their past.
A MOCKUMENTARY HOME RUN
ESPN's award-winning documentary series 30 for 30 has spanned the gamut of sports topics: drug lords funding soccer (The Two Escobars), fans interfering with crucial plays (Catching Hell), Donald Trump being the worst (Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?), and more. But CollegeHumor noticed one story left untouched—the 1994 Disney family flick and noted California/Anaheim/Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels propaganda film (GO MARINERS) Angels in the Outfield. The website's short faux 30 for 30 does a great job capturing the absurdity of the film's premise (linking the angels that help the team to performance enhancing drugs, etc.), but it's the fact that it treats all the absurd '90s sports movies (Major League, Space Jam, etc.) as reality in its universe that truly turns it into next-level comedy gold.