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Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

It was one of those images that I usually glance over on ESPN to get to the article: A group of Real Madrid players running through a basic keep-away drill. It’s a drill I participated in many times in my teens. But this time, something about the image made me stop and think. These are […]


Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

I get excited about football season, both college and professional. As I’ve discussed before, I don’t mind seeing athletes celebrate when they score. It’s a joyful moment–why shouldn’t they share their enthusiasm in creative ways? But I continue to be baffled by football players who drop the football (uncontested) before they reach the end zone […]


Is There Any Sport You’re Scared of?

Is There Any Sport You're Scared of?

There was a time, years ago in my youth, that I thought I might be a good pole vaulter. I was a sprinter in high school, I was lean, and I have decent body control. However, there’s a problem: To be a pole vaulter, you must allow yourself to spring 20+ feet in the air […]


The Entertainment of Gael Monfils

I love watching sports. Well, sports highlights. I don’t have time to watch full games anymore. Increasingly, though, the entire industry surrounding sports seems to have forgotten that sports are entertainment. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t harp on it here. The point is, no matter how much you get paid to play […]


Olympic Athletes and Condoms

Olympic Athletes and Condoms

I’m always amused by reports every 2 years about the number of condoms available to Olympic athletes and members of the press. In London, there were 150,000 condoms available in the Olympic Village. Sochi was dubbed the “Tinder Olympics” because of widespread use of the hook-up app. And in Brazil this month, there are 450,000 […]


Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

I love super-fans. I love super-fans (of sports teams) particularly because I’m not one of them. Sure, I root for certain teams, but almost nothing they do will ever impact my daily decisions in the slightest. So it’s fascinating for me to observe people who are the exact opposite of me. One of my favorite […]


How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

Every year, my fantasy baseball league gets together to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game. We almost always choose a date in May that ends up being really cold. Tonight was that night. I attend these games for the camaraderie and out of solidarity, but I must admit I’m not there for the baseball. Live […]


How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

Tonight I was at a bar watching the NFL draft with a few friends (not something we normally do, but I’m glad we did). The subject came up of college football players leaving school for the NFL draft instead of getting their college degree. We put forth the following hypothetical: What if each of us […]


How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

Last Saturday I attended a semi-pro soccer game in St. Louis with a few friends (and my friend’s son, pictured here with me). It was a beautiful night, and over 5,000 fans crowded into the small outdoor stadium to root for the home team. The most impressive thing about the game, though, were the St. […]


Premature Celebrations

Premature Celebrations

One of my favorite things about professional sports is watching people celebrate. I’m not talking about taunting–there’s no place for that. I’m talking about an athlete bursting with joy after doing something that few people will ever get to do: Score an NFL touchdown, hit an MLB home run, score an EPL goal, etc. Some […]


Don’t Tell Me the Odds

Don't Tell Me the Odds

There’s been a pretty incredible story happening in the English Premier League (soccer) this season. For context, I should note that in the EPL, there’s no tournament at the end of the season–whichever team is at the top of the standings when the season ends will win the league. Leicester City was one of the […]


The Most Audacious Penalty Kick Ever?

If you watch soccer, you’re familiar with the penalty kick: You put the ball down about 15 yards from the goal with only the goalie in your way. It’s as close to a sure thing as you get in soccer. I’ve seen hundreds–nay, thousands–of penalty kicks in my life. But I’ve never seen anyone take […]


Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

For years now, there has been a debate about whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid in a similar way to professional athletes. I say “in a similar way” because the NCAA already makes the argument that student-athletes are compensated through scholarships and education. Last Saturday I was flipping through the channels after eating […]


The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

Last week I debated one of life’s greatest mysteries: Would I prefer for Back to the Future II be right about its prediction that the Cubs would win a World Series in 2015 or that my team, the St. Louis Cardinals, win the whole thing? The question was on my mind because the Cubs played […]


Would You Rather “Back to the Future II” Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

Would You Rather "Back to the Future II" Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

This is the question I am pondering. You see, “Back to the Future II” made a subtle prediction back in 1989. The future portion of the movie takes place in 2015, and in the background of one scene is a holograph congratulating the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series. The movie couldn’t have picked a […]


Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

A few minutes ago I read that Adidas gave NBA star James Harden a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal to wear their shoes on and off the court. That’s a staggering amount of money. In fact, I wondered for a few seconds if Adidas even makes that much money, but I took a look at […]


Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

I love highlights of any sport. In fact, as ESPN proved by showing cricket highlights earlier this year, I’ll watch highlights of sports I know absolutely nothing about, and I’ll enjoy them! I’ve become a little jaded about a common baseball highlight that ESPN features. At any time in the summer, if you go to […]


I Don’t Understand the Headbutt

I Don't Understand the Headbutt

The headbutt: A class move in action movies and soccer games. But does it make any sense? I saw an article today about soccer superstar Messi headbutting an opponent, which made me think of the broader topic of headbutting. I just don’t get it. Now, I don’t condone violence of any kind. But if you’ve […]


The Rock Wins the Women’s World Cup

The Rock Wins the Women's World Cup

Disclaimer: The title of this post as well as some of the content of this post is parody. I don’t actually think The Rock–a man–won the Women’s World Cup. Disclaimer: If it doesn’t make sense as to why this post now has a ton of disclaimers, read the comments. It’s a scientific fact: The Rock […]


USA! USA!

Can I just devote this post to saying how incredibly excited I am that the US women’s team is returning to the World Cup finals on Sunday after their victory over Germany today? I was hesitant to post this, because I generally root for all teams that play beautiful soccer, and both Germany and the […]


US Women’s Soccer at Busch Stadium

US Women's Soccer at Busch Stadium

I had a bit of a surreal experience at Busch Stadium this past weekend while watching the US Women’s national soccer team compete in a friendly match against New Zealand: I found myself unabashedly rooted for US team. Now, that may sound odd. Of course I root for US teams in every sport. But soccer is […]


The Super Bowl in Which I Root for No One

The Super Bowl in Which I Root for No One

Given the track record of these two teams in recent years, this was bound to happen: My two least favorite teams in the NFL are playing in the Super Bowl in a few days. So now I have to decide whom to root for. I don’t want to spend this post bashing on the two […]


The Hall of Fame Bargain Bin

The Hall of Fame Bargain Bin

This past Sunday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for most passing TDs with a total of 509 (then, later in the game, 510) touchdowns. The ball that scored the record-breaking touchdown was later transported to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This made me wonder: When a record like that […]


The Middle School Soccer Story

The Middle School Soccer Story

Do you ever get a good chuckle about thinking about how you acted as a kid? About how certain things were way more important than they needed to be? I don’t know how this memory came to me recently or really why it makes me laugh, because slapstick humor rarely appeals to me. But I thought I’d […]