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Jared Goff’s Mile-High Weather and Altitude Test

October 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

I was as badly wrong about Jared Goff as … well, just about anyone or anything over a long stretch of time. Back in 2016, his rookie season, I was suggesting the Los Angeles Rams quarterback was in big trouble even before the season began, and then declared him a top-of-the-draft disaster. Or nearly did. […]

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Rams Revolution: Sparing Starters Preseason Punishment

September 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, NFL, Rams

The Rams offense this summer did something that has never happened in National Football League history: Ten of their 11 starters on offense did not play a single minute of preseason football, according to The Orange County Register. Players have been complaining for years about the four-game exhibition season, and so have some coaches. And […]

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Premier League: Stop Elder ‘Water Torture’

August 27th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, London, soccer

It rained in London yesterday. Not just a little. A lot. Steady, pelting rain nearly the whole of the afternoon. And especially during the Crystal Palace-at-Watford match, staged in a London suburb. The players were soaked. The officials were soaked. The fans, those of them who stayed in seats not covered by the partial roof […]

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The Slob in the Chelsea Dugout

August 19th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, London, soccer

Chelsea opened Premier League play last weekend, and I could not have been the only viewer puzzled by the presence of a grizzled old … bum? … sitting among the Blues’ coaches. It looked like the guy had not shaved in a while, and he had the sort of buzz haircut he might have done […]

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Our Long, Long Soccer Nightmare Is Over

August 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment · English Premier League, Football, France, soccer, World Cup

What are we? The proverbial “red-headed stepchildren”? We just went 26 days without an elite soccer game being played anywhere in the world. It was on July 15 that France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 World Cup. And then planet soccer went cold turkey. None of the big European leagues in action. No […]

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England’s Idle Dream of Displacing Qatar in 2022

August 2nd, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

How many times has global soccer gone through this over the past 30 years? Three times? Four? England, standing prepared to stage, on short notice, what appears to be a possibly amateurish — or scandal-tainted — World Cup. Most recently, it was Russia 2018. This time it is Qatar 2022, the World Cup that has […]

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Too Good for MLS

July 30th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, soccer

Two things we have learned over the first half of the 2018 Major League Soccer season: –Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most exciting player in the league. –Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most underpaid player in the league. Generic soccer fans probably knew about the first bit of information, and if they did not his three-goal match […]

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Mid-July? Sports Scene Hits Bottom, Bounces Back Big

July 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, Football, France, Golf, Motor racing, soccer, World Cup

The nadir was Wednesday morning, July 18. As I rolled out of bed, this is what was in the “scoreboard” bar of the espn.com homepage: –The final score of the baseball All-Star game. –A result from an NBA summer league game. –And two scores from the WNBA. Yes, which still exists. And that was it. […]

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Day 2 of the Two-Star Era: France Celebrates

July 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

No one will ever accuse France of not sufficiently celebrating its second World Cup championship. Quicker than you can say “Kylian Mbappe”, every piece of national-team apparel seemed to have that second star on it. For those not familiar with the “star” system in international football, a team is entitled to wear on the jersey, […]

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Today’s List: The Five Best World Cup Finals

July 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, France, Lists, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Russia 2018 is over. It was France 4, Croatia 2 in the championship match, and the final whistle had barely been blown before some pundits were suggesting it was the best World Cup final in the history of the event. Granted, six goals is a good place to start. That is as many goals as […]

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