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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 […]


The Best Baseball-Related Video Clip I’ve Ever Seen

Before you watch the video below (I found it on Hardball Talk), let me preface it with a quick note. If you follow sports at all, you’re probably aware that baseball player Derek Jeter is retiring after this season. He’s a very good player who has been a leader on the Yankees for a long […]


Should the Redskins Change Their Name?

Should the Redskins Change Their Name?

When I was growing up (and still to this day), my entire extended family were Washington Redskins fans. Big fans. Everyone follows the team as closely as possible, and they went to a lot of games. I personally root for the 49ers, but I’m always happy to see the Redskins do well. Recently, though, it […]


The Best Soccer Finisher in the World

The Best Soccer Finisher in the World

Okay, I know the World Cup is over, but I continue to love soccer, so I’m going to keep writing about it. After watching a review of the best goals of the World Cup, I went on YouTube and watched some highlight reels of the world’s best scorers. I wanted to decide who was truly […]


How Should a Professional or National Sports Team Play When They’re Winning by a Significant Margin?

How Should a Professional or National Sports Team Play When They're Winning by a Significant Margin?

Today we witnessed a true rarity at a World Cup: When the teams left the field for the locker room at halftime, Germany was leading Brazil by 5 goals. In interviews later that evening, the German players confessed that they knew they had won the game at that point. It’s tough to come back from […]


Do Points Define Sport?

With half of my brain occupied with the World Cup and the other with board games, I’ve been thinking about quantitative victories (points) versus subjective victories (judges’ scores) and what defines a sport. One of the interesting things about soccer–or most professional team sports–is that the best team can lose the game. In the recent Belgium-US […]


The Best of World Cup Soccer

The Best of World Cup Soccer

As you can tell by this blog, I’ve been enthralled by this World Cup. I’ve always loved soccer, but I’ve been a little surprised by how much of this tournament I want to watch live. The highlights are fine (that’s how I typically watch American football), but I’ve really enjoyed watching the back and forth […]


4 Things About the World Cup I Don’t Understand

4 Things About the World Cup I Don't Understand

If you’re an American who cares about the World Cup, you’re probably as devastated as I am that the US lost a victory today with 25 seconds left to go. I have a few quick things to say about the match before I get to the topic of today’s post. As a whole, the US […]


The Official Haircut of the 2014 World Cup

The Official Haircut of the 2014 World Cup

Every 4 years I look to the elite athletes performing in the World Cup for some amazing soccer, Oscar-worthy dives, and a new hairstyle to set trends for years to come. This year, though, I’m a bit baffled by the hairstyle of choice. If you haven’t noticed, here’s what it looks like: Shaved sides leading […]


USA! USA!

USA! USA!

I have a sordid and pretty unpatriotic history with the US National Soccer Team. I’m an American, so at heart I want the US team to do well on the world stage. I’ve also played soccer my entire life, so the sport is dear to me. Therein lies the conflict, though. I like to watch […]


I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Yesterday, a small band of brothers braved the elements and survived an epic battle against all odds. This is our story. Four years ago, a tradition began among the St. Louis members of my fantasy baseball league: We went to a Cardinals game together. Some remember that day as a delightful excursion to the ballpark […]


Is It Just Me, or Is Basketball Really Boring?

Is It Just Me, or Is Basketball Really Boring?

Okay, before you jump to conclusions, hear me out: 99% of basketball makes for really great TV. It’s fast-paced, it’s a team game with one-on-one matchups, every game features a number of highlights, and the athletes are often incredibly gifted, even at the college level. Plus, the whole concept of March Madness is awesome: 68 […]


Try It Before You Buy It

Try It Before You Buy It

I read a story on ESPN regarding an NFL player who I now really admire. Before I get to that, let me back up to my college years. At some point in college, I decided that what I wanted to do after college was own a restaurant. I didn’t have many reasons for doing so–I […]


Pet Please #103: When Bench Players Congratulate Starting Players Who Have No Idea Who They Are

Pet Please #103: When Bench Players Congratulate Starting Players Who Have No Idea Who They Are

This is one of my favorite things in sports. Tonight as the confetti streamed down upon the Seattle Seahawks, the cameras zoomed in on super-enthusiastic players in Seattle uniforms bear-hugging starters like Russell Wilson and Cliff Avril. You probably didn’t recognize some of those players even if you’re an avid football fan, because many of […]


Leadership Tactic #84: First to Arrive, Last to Leave? Not for Me

Leadership Tactic #84: First to Arrive, Last to Leave? Not for Me

I was watching the Chiefs/Colts game this weekend, and the announcers were talking about the Colts’ wide receivers. Apparently when Reggie Wayne was lost for the season about 8 weeks ago, the rest of the receiver core stepped up and got the Colts into the playoffs. The announcers supported the dedication of those receivers by […]


It’s Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

It's Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

I remember the moment I became a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I grew up without a baseball team to root for. So when I moved out to St. Louis  in 1999 to go to Washington University, I was a free agent. On my first day at my work-study job, I was chatting with the elderly […]


Rushing the Field in St. Louis

Rushing the Field in St. Louis

This past Saturday I witnessed something I had never seen before in person. I was among the 54,000 people who attended a friendly match between the European football powerhouses Real Madrid and Inter Milan. It was a great game–there were several amazing goals, and it was neat to see how many people showed up to […]


Football Comes to America

Football Comes to America

A few months ago, I was elated to learn that two of the top soccer teams in England, Manchester City and Chelsea, were going to play a friendly match in Busch Stadium here in St. Louis. I’ve played soccer all my life and am a huge fan (particularly of the English Premier League), so I […]


There Is No Puck

There Is No Puck

Remember “The Emperor’s New Clothes?” It’s the fable about an emperor who is swindled to purchase a garment so opulent that only he can see it. Thus he walks through the streets in his underpants, leaving bystanders to convince themselves that they too were seeing something that wasn’t there. I have a theory that ice […]