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To hell with the U.S. Open Cup

Claiming independence from the U.S. Open Cup with the help of Will Smith and Uncle Phil.

It's alright to be angry.
It's alright to be angry.
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Last night, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hurt us again. In a quarterfinal match, the Union forced the New England Revolution to extra time in dramatic fashion, only to lose on penalties. This is just the latest in a string of Open Cup heartbreaks, as the Union lost in the 2014 and 2015 finals, both times in front of their home crowd.

At this point, I am done with the Open Cup. I have loved it, I have dreamed about it, and I have long awaited its warm embrace, but no more. In their seventh season, the Union are doing fine on their own. They have a top-class sporting director, state-of-the-art facilities, and one of the best rosters in MLS. To hell with the U.S. Open Cup.

After the game, I wondered how to visualize how this tournament has repeatedly built us up and let us down. So I figured: What better way to do that than with the help of Will Smith and Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

Thanks to Brotherly Game photographer/wizard Trey Madara for putting this video together. I will watch it everyday for the rest of my life.