And on the eighth day the Lord created the internet, and he said that all shall see the Premier League, be it in a slum of Bangkok or a dive bar in Washington, DC.
The world is a confusing mess. Sport is no exception. The internet has brought us closer together and eliminated the clear lines demarcating the nation state. Fans now root for teams in faraway places. Top clubs forget about preseason and instead favor cash-generating Far East tours. American football stadia are packed during the summer for friendlies between Mexican soccer clubs and Italian teams. In sum, fans are everywhere and are fans of anything and everything. We all can lay a claim to a team, regardless of geographic location.
Here’s the big problem: just how are we supposed to feel better than other people?
Continue reading “Evaluating the Authenticity of Your Fandom” »
Spurs got slaughtered by City. And, based on their legal department’s shitty antics, I don’t feel so sorry. What happened, you ask? Well, the Spurs got wind of a 10th tier team with the same name and a similar logo. What did they do? Twist their arm and force the club change their logo (next season).
Why? Well, that’s a good question. I’m afraid Spurs have some answers, but not satisfactory ones Continue reading “The Tottenham Hotspurs’ Stupid Intellectual Property Dispute” »
The Arsenal has played the Manchester United. The game hath ended. In a tense game with end-to-end action, United won 1-0 off a header from a corner kick. All sportswriters will boldly proclaim something about a title race and spin the same story: Arsenal has only succeeded because they have played lesser teams. Of course, consistently beating lesser teams is, like, the recipe for winning a league.
Arguments aside, I don’t care to talk about “title chances” in November. Rather, I prefer to look closely at just why Arsenal has started off so well and why United has come around. Let’s take a gander. Continue reading “United vs. Arsenal: Pretenders, Contenders & Offenders” »
During the Everton-Spurs game last weekend, goalie Hugo Lloris suffered a serious blow to the head. However, he stayed on the field, finished the game, and made a few key saves. Was it heroic? Was it stupid? If it was stupid, then who’s to blame: the player for staying? The coach? The trainers? The medical staff?
Predictably, op-eds and finger-pointing have surfaced all around the interwebs. I dive beyond this superficial debate to examine just how our culture and sensitivities create a complex web and relationship between the mind and the brain. Continue reading “The Concussion Headache” »
The blogosphere and mainstream media have an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, many famous writers and bloggers have climbed the ranks by attacking their more popular peers. Bill Simmons entered the ESPN ranks thanks to a scathing critique of the ESPYs. On the other hand, invariably bloggers and mainstream media will write about the same or similar topics. Mainstream media feels the pressure to produce daily doses of news – their model still follows the paper print run cycle, even as technology has evolved. Bloggers can sometimes take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
Often, though, these competing tensions manifest themselves in odd ways. And that’s especially the case for the proverbial “English Player/Coach Said Dumb Things” news cycle. Continue reading “The Ulitmate Non-story: No English Player or Coach Says Anything Stupid!” »
For a sought after manager paid millions per year, Jose Mourinho has a bad rap. In sum: many think he’s a shortsighted taskmaster. They point to Inter Milan’s fall from grace as proof that, despite a treble-winning season, he ran the team into the ground. Some claim he picks a Starting XI, will make good subs, but rails to properly rotate and blood young talent. Of course, another interpretation is that Mou at Inter got the best out of a veteran squad even if his signings (Mancini, Quaresma?) did not blossom. His Chelsea squad also won the EPL title, UEFA Cup and Champions League after he left.
Let’s look closer at Mou and, with this knowledge, reflect upon Real’s current travails. Continue reading “The Dreaded Post-Jose Mourinho Hangover” »
Dear Mr. Hodgson,
we hope this letter finds you well. Sadly, we cross paths under the most unfortunate of circumstances. We have heard reports that during a World Cup qualifier between England and Poland, you, under your full managerial capacities, made a remark about space monkeys. No disciplinary investigation has occurred, but these bare bone facts raise serious questions. And these questions deserve answers. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Roy Hodgson from the Space Monkey Anti-defamation League” »
You follow the news. You know that somebody took a picture of Jack Wilshere holding a cigarette outside a nightclub. I won’t bore you with the trite “Athletes are role models/I like to watch cocky, irresponsible assholes” debate. We lampooned it before. Rather, another angle to the Wilshere story caught my eye.
In response to Wenger’s criticisms, Jack Wilshere’s representative claimed that he was holding the cigarette as part of a prank and did not in fact smoke. Presumably, his representative said this because Jack couldn’t say such bs with a straight-face during a presser. Aside from being a lie, this excuse tramples over the intellectual property of former US President Bill Clinton, who famously “put a joint to this lips but didn’t inhale.”
Yawn. Here are some much better excuses Wilshere’s rep could have cooked up. Continue reading “Arsenal Player Jack Wilshere Steals Page from Bill Clinton Playbook” »
Ah transfers. The shopping season has come to a merciful end (until Winter), but some stories are still playing out. This array of soccer lynx revolves around transfers both old and new.
Enjoy! Continue reading “Untamed Soccer Lynx – Into the Wild” »
It got so ugly, James Milner played a full 20 minutes for Manchester City. If ever there was a canary in the mine, a barometer for how well City is playing, it’s Milner. If he plays, it’s a worthless cup tie, everybody is injured, or they are ahead by three plus goals.
This was not a 6:1 demolition, but it was pretty close. Now, United fans rightly have a few questions of the players and Moyes, the new coach. Continue reading “Manchester United v. Manchester City – Yet Another Disappointing Derby (YADD) Edition” »