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Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 21st, 2018 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

The great Gary Larson, creator of the incisive and usually funny-as-hell one-panel cartoon known as the Far Side, has often been on my mind, as the 2018 World Cup enters its second week. One cartoon, in particular. It shows several hugely obese people, relatives, I think we are meant to understand, sitting on a porch […]

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Landon Donovan’s Tough Week

June 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

And it’s only Tuesday! It has been a rocky few days for Landon Donovan, maybe the greatest player in American soccer history and, at the moment, maybe the most controversial. On Saturday, came theĀ  Twitter ad in which Landon is holding a green scarf with lettering that reads: “My other team is Mexico” … and […]

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A World Cup Street Fight

June 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Just saw a memorable match in the 2018 Russia World Cup. It may go largely unnoticed, given that earlier in the day Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Argentina was held to a draw by tiny (but doughty) Iceland, population 350,000 … and even earlier France fought off the gritty Aussies in a 2-1 […]

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Best of Times: Group Stage at the World Cup

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, World Cup

This is as good as it gets, in world sports. More diverse than an Olympics. Far wider global interest than in cricket or rugby or basketball. The first two rounds of the Fifa World Cup soccer group stage. Eleven consecutive days, this time around, at the 2018 Russia World Cup, of 32 teams still with […]

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Today’s List: My Five World Cup Favorites

June 13th, 2018 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, Germany, Lists, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

I find it nearly impossible to be a neutral observer in any competition. Give me five minutes in a game involving teams I don’t know … and I will have a favorite. It could be about geography or playing style or history, but I will have made a choice. A girlfriend from a long, long […]

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One Last Look Back at U.S. World Cup Failure

June 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Landon Donovan, Russia 2018, soccer

The tournament begins June 14 in Moscow, when host Russia faces Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. So it is getting late to be talking about the U.S. failure to compete in the greatest competition in global sports. But I am going to do just that, one last time. (Well, […]

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Hey, Let’s Go See the USA Play France!

June 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, France, soccer

Usually, the hare-brained schemes are mine. Or were. A night college football game followed by a 1 p.m. NFL kickoff the next day — in some other state — followed by a flight back to SoCal after filing. … The plan to drive from SoCal over the Rockies and to Denver in about 22 hours, […]

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Seeing Real Madrid Thrill a Tiny Spanish Town

May 26th, 2018 · No Comments · Champions League, Football, soccer, Spain, World Cup

So, four of us pilgrims set off on the Camino de Santiago this morning, marching 22 kilometers in about seven hours and 37,000 steps. In other news … the little Spanish town where we halted for the day went slightly crazy tonight as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in an eventful Uefa Champions League final. […]

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Don Markham: 1940-2018

May 15th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, Sports Journalism, The Sun

Where to begin? Don Markham. Rebel, loner, iconoclast. Admired, loved, loathed. One of the great football minds to stride across the sport’s stage in the history of Inland Empire prep football, as well as one of the most polarizing personalities. Markham died at age 78 yesterday, and anyone who saw his teams play will remember […]

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Sports Injury Epidemic: Is Gain Worth the Pain?

May 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Baseball, Football, NBA, NFL, Rugby, soccer

Sports injuries have become a “thing”. Seemingly not a day goes by without some fairly prominent athlete going down with a prominent injury. I remember when none of us were quite sure what an oblique was, but straining/tearing it would put a guy on the shelf for weeks. Those were the good old days. Now […]

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