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Separated at Birth?

April 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

Maybe it’s just me, but I have trouble differentiating between Tom Brady and Matt Damon. No, really. (And the photo, above, in which Damon is wearing Brady’s uniform, makes things worse.) To me, they are pretty much the same guy. If asked, “Who starred in all those Bourne Identity movies, I might well pause and […]

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Aaron Hernandez and a Question Left Unanswered

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

If I could ask Aaron Hernandez one question, it would be this: “Why?” But I will never have that chance, and no one else will, either, going forward … And I’m not sure he could answer that question. The “why?” Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end with a $40-million contract, hanged himself in […]

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Raiders and Las Vegas? A Match Made in Hell

March 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

The Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Las Vegas. They deserve each other. This is the franchise that embraced a reputation as an outlaw NFL team … and a desert town that occasionally is still called Sin City. But then the Raiders missed out on the Great Los Angeles Migration (the Rams and Chargers beat them to […]

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Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey and Bogus Sports Writers

March 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Dodgers, Football, Newspapers, NFL, Sports Journalism

The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved as well as resolved. A Mexican national with a media credential apparently snatched the No. 12 Patriots jersey after New England’s dramatic 28-25 victory in Super Bowl 51, but the jersey is back in the U.S. along with what appears to be the […]

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Britons and Football Sing-Alongs

March 10th, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, soccer

In the States, this would be considered odd. Crowds at major sports events … breaking into song during a game. Singing happens, now and then, at U.S. stadiums. But it usually is scheduled and involves two songs — the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. In England and Wales and Scotland […]

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The Deeply Compromised ‘Epic’ Barcelona Comeback

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Champions League, Football, soccer

Isn’t it grand when someone writes a piece taking a position you wholeheartedly endorse? Especially when you begin to wonder if you are the only one who feels that way? That is what happened today when a staffer at The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, published a commentary pointing out the “dark arts” (that is, […]

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Radical Concept: Check Your Facts

February 27th, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, soccer

It arrived in one of those daily “your highlights” list of links sent to me by Twitter with the aid of their spyware. Tweets on topics I have shown an interest in the past. Like English football or foreign affairs. Do they send those messages to everyone? Or just to people who aren’t tweeting enough? […]

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Fear of Relegation Prompts Midseason Ouster of Champion Coach

February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Fifa, Football, soccer

The financial ramifications of failure in England’s Premier League are the most dramatic in sports. The difference between income inside the league … versus income outside it for the three clubs who will be relegated in May … appears to be something north of 400 million pounds. Maybe around half a billion. Per club, per […]

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Is the Future of U.S. Women’s Soccer … in Europe?

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, soccer, World Cup

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, twice the Fifa women’s world player of the year, said this week she will spend three months this year playing for Manchester City of England’s Women’s Super League. This is the same Manchester City organization that has been competing for championships on the men’s side, in England, for the past half-dozen […]

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End of Line for Arsenal’s Wenger?

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, soccer

This has been an oft-revisited topic over the past five or six years. Has Arsene Wenger, on the job since 1996, stayed on too long as coach of English Premier League side Arsenal? Increasingly, the answers have come back, from fans and pundits, “Yes. It is time for Wenger to go.” The criticism of his […]

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