The lesson to be learned in the hours following the 2014 MLS Cup final on Sunday was, undoubtedly, "don't mess with Mike Petke."
To be fair, the fans of MLS already knew that, so we'll narrow that lesson down to, "don't mess with or hate on something Mike Petke loves." In this case, that something is soccer, and the implied "you" from the above command is Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy.
The New York Red Bulls head coach took to Twitter following the New England Revolution's painful 2-1 MLS Cup loss to LA, which prompted another the perpetually soccer-hating Shaughnessy to launch another tired diatribe which we won't even dignify by embedding in this post, instead linking you to it, here.
@Dan_Shaughnessy Dear Dan, in all honesty your comments regarding the Revs are laughable and outdated.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy The fact that you would say something as pathetic as that shows your knowledge and class as a "so called" sports reporter.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy What's even more pathetic is that by saying that, you have brought more relevance to MLS. So keep it coming big guy.— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy To the Revs fans, ignore this type of BS hometown reporting and keep your heads high— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
@Dan_Shaughnessy even though I hope to kick your butts next year, you have a lot to be proud of— @petkemike (@petkemike) December 8, 2014
Game, set, match, Petke. Of course, to be fair to Shaughnessy, he's not actually interested in having a conversation about anything so much as he enjoys sharing a good "hot sports take" at any chance, so he was never going to come out on top in an actual debate.