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The The Rams and Getting Their Signals Straight

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Rams

Think back to the Los Angeles Rams’ 2016 NFL season. Prize draft pick Jared Goff was a mess. When he finally got a chance to play, in the final seven games of the season, the rookie quarterback looked clueless and panicked, conditions that rule out competence. And, yes, he was 0-7 as a starter. The […]

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Messi and Barca: Must-See … Once

December 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer, Spain

Twice, I have seen Lionel Messi play at Camp Nou. In 180 minutes of La Liga play witnessed by moi, he has scored three goals (and Luis Suarez has another) … but FC Barcelona did not win on either occasion. The first Camp Nou match for me was a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in […]

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How the Draw Might Have Gone for the U.S.

December 1st, 2017 · 2 Comments · Fifa, Football, Landon Donovan, World Cup

The World Cup without the U.S. national team? Those who consider it a disastrous setback for soccer in America are badly mistaken. It’s 2017, not 1998! Soccer in the U.S., at the club level, is in fine shape and trending upward. If anything, sitting out Russia 2018 can serve as a wake-up call for the […]

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Eli Manning and His Career in This Blog

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, France, Lists, NFL, Sports Journalism

Eli Manning will not start for the New York Giants on Sunday, ending a streak of 210 consecutive starts at quarterback for the Giants, going back to 2004. However, the Giants are 2-9 and their playoffs hopes were buried weeks ago, and Eli will be 37 in five weeks and is not having a very […]

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Goff Prompts Re-Evaluations by NFL Cognoscenti — and Me, Too

November 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Rams

Let’s make this formal. I apologize for suggesting that Jared Goff was a bust. (This is Day 2 of the Empathy Tour; pretty sure I will get over it.) I never directly wrote, on this blog, these words: “Goff is a bust.” But I did suggest here and here and here that he could be, […]

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College Football Playoffs: Never Enough

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football

You would think the NCAA knew better. That the sturm und drang that accompanies the 68-team college basketball playoffs would have prompted them to leave football alone — ending the season with bowl games and letting collections of journalists and/or coaches and/or cranks with a trophy to figure out who ranked where. But then some […]

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Sorting the World Cup Best from the Rest

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, World Cup

The 32 teams are set. Last nation into the tournament was Peru, with a 2-0 aggregate victory over New Zealand in the inter-confederation playoffs. Here are the nations that will participate in Russia 2018 — 31 of them, with the host Russia making it 32. Let’s break these down into contenders, long shots, also-rans and […]

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Rams Get a Reality Check

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, NFL, Rams

Whoa, there, Rams fans. Your team is not going to sprint to the Super Bowl any time soon. That 7-2 start? Nice. But when the Rams stopped playing cupcakes and ran into another quality team, the Minnesota Vikings … well, it did not go well. To the tune of 24-7, with the “highest-scoring-team-in-the-league” Rams on […]

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Italy Out? Now ‘This’ Is a National Disaster

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Italy, Rugby, soccer, Spain, World Cup

Italy went bonkers tonight. The national team, the azzurri, was held to a scoreless draw with good-but-not-special Sweden, and the home-and-away runners-up playoffs for the final four European berths at Russia 2010 went to Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia — and Sweden. Italy stays home. This is the biggest shock from this edition of World Cup qualifying […]

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Goff and Keenum: Showdown of 2016 Rams QBs

November 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Funny thing, NFL schedules. Fans and journalists yammer, before the season, about how easy or tough this or that team’s schedule is. And then they play the games … Which this year has led to an unexpected, semi-elite showdown of division-leading 7-2 teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings teams. Teams who, two months […]

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