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Victory for the Status Quo: What Now for U.S. Soccer?

February 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

A former colleague who is involved in grassroots soccer may still be in mourning. He was adamant that the U.S. Soccer Federation needed new blood at the top … but the presidential election over the weekend went the way of the two establishment candidates, with the former federation vice president and Goldman Sachs partner (no, […]

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Super Bowl 52: Very Happy to Be Very Wrong

February 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I missed it. I have no trouble saying it. I was sure the New England Patriots would defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. And I first wrote that nearly three weeks ago, ahead of the conference championship games. Not so sure, however, that I did not watch Super Bowl 52. Not so sure […]

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The Trials and Tribulations of the Arsenal Fan

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

When I decided that, oh, what the hell, I was a fan of Arsenal FC, the English Premier League club … I was concerned at being branded a front-runner. Straddling the turn of the century, Arsenal won the Premier League three times in seven seasons, and this was when Alex Ferguson, the knighted coach of […]

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Glory, Glory Alexis Sanchez

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Alexis Sanchez, an attacking player recently of Arsenal FC, moved to Manchester United today, as his deal to switch Premier League teams was completed. That meant it was time for an “unveiling”, as the Brits inevitably describe an “introduction” … typically with stiff and anxious new player behind a table, with a club executive nearby, […]

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PST: The Perfect Time for Watching Sports

January 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, College football, Football, France, NBA, NFL, The Sun, UAE

Here are the kickoffs for the NFL’s conference championship games tomorrow. That is, if you live under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time. New England at Jacksonville, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 3:40 p.m. Convenient, as a viewer, no? Well, yes, and you should know it is not like that everywhere. If you have lived […]

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NFL Conference Title Games: Who Ya Got?

January 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I am, at turns, amused and exasperated by sports gamblers. How can they participate in a system in which the “house” never loses? How do they convince themselves that they are smarter than most other gamblers? How can they witness how totally random NFL games (well, just about any game ever played) can be? Take, […]

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Donovan, Dempsey: Deadlocked at 57 Forever?

January 16th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, Landon Donovan, Russia 2018, soccer

When Landon Donovan first retired, in December of 2014, his U.S. National Soccer Team record for international goals seemed unassailable, at least in the short-to-mid term. And I wrote that. His closest pursuer was Clint Dempsey, and the Texan was on 38 goals, 19 behind Donovan’s total. Then, Dempsey went on a scoring spree, banging […]

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A Fanciful View of Football, Starring Andres Iniesta

January 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Barcelona, College football, Football, monkey, NFL, soccer

I was made aware today of this video, which is based on the Barcelona midfield standout Andres Iniesta showing “There is a first time for everything” by trying something new — American football. It is an advertisement for an online foreign-exchange trader known as UFX, and the notion of the elfin Iniesta (5-foot-7, maybe 130 […]

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NFL Misery: Patriots a Lock in Super Bowl

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I was sick and bloody tired of the spying, football-deflating New England Patriots 10 years ago, when the Helmet Catch and Eli Manning saved us from a 19-0 season by Dark Lord Belichick’s minions. I danced a jig when that one ended 17-14 to the Giants, in Glendale, Ariz., and everyone in the working press […]

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Landon’s Second Comeback: Cuz He Can

January 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, Landon Donovan

What is Landon Donovan doing? In short, he has decided, for a second time, to resume his soccer career. He first retired at the end of the 2014 Major League Soccer season, when he was only 32. He went out with a bang — with his sixth MLS Cup championship, the Galaxy’s fourth during his […]

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