For a professional sports team, the kind whose fan attraction and gate receipts depend largely on performance, a scoreless tie is a nightmare.
The Hollywood Kickers of the Western Soccer Alliance might have wished they were sleeping Saturday night and that their match against the Edmonton Brick Men was just a brutal dream that a well-placed pinch or a bucket of ice water could have cured.
The Kickers weren't so lucky, however, and, although they shutout the Brick Men at Birmingham High, they failed to score a point. Not a single score in the entire match. None. Zilch. Zero. Zippo.
And to the crowd of about 500, the game announcer's desperate plea near the end of the match--"Come on, people. Go Kickers, Go!"--came out more as a warning that the Kickers were headed toward only their second scoreless game of the season than as a rallying cry.