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World Cup 2010 Revisited: On American Fandom in South Africa

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: Do Aussies Do It Better?

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

On the Growth of European Soccer in the U.S. and Why It’s OK

*This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com (now taken over by some creepy cyber-poster) in the Summer of 2009. I still think it’s essentially true. Since writing this, fans’ appetite for MLS has increased. And so, I think, has the quality of the national product.     Ah, summer soccer in America. When we can all […]

Will HDTV Save Soccer in America?

* This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com in the Summer of 2009 Bill Simmons, one of the most beloved messiahs of American sportswriting, is getting into soccer. I wish him the best, although I have a feeling he has no idea how big of a plunge he is about to take. His new attraction to […]

Band of Horses – For Taller People?

*A version of this post originally appeared online in Crawdaddy! in the Fall of 2009. I can’t find the original link anymore. Band of Horses – For Taller People? The lights went out and I turned from a stupid conversation about the street value of a Band of Horses ticket – “could you get a […]

Bitching About Beckham

*This post was originally published on footsmoke.com sometime in the Spring, 2009. I thought I’d post it here again, as Beckham plays out his last few games, or even game, of relevance in the MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Bitching About Beckham Can we please stop bitching about Beckham, and all his selfishness? Don’t […]

On the Difference Between Blogging and Journalism

*This post was originally published on footsmoke.com in the Fall of 2009. Alright, alright, fine – blogging isn’t journalism. Lines between the two fields exist. Professional journalists get paid, for example. Bloggers generally don’t. They toil in the nervous spaces between working on the internet and “working” on the internet, or between trips to Starbucks […]

Fact vs. Faith: Considering the Impact of Statistics on Soccer

*This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com (a site taken over by creepy automated posts) in the Spring of 2008. Analytical and statistical programs have changed since then. But my essential opinion about them (below) has not. Soccer has long had less capacity for statistical analysis than any other major sport. This is primarily because of […]

Close to Nothing: Dissecting “Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait”

* The following piece was originally published on Footsmoke.com, my old blog that has been creepily consumed by outsourced writers that post vacuous sentences of soccer buzzwords. It was published in Spring of 2008. “Sometimes magic is very close to nothing at all. Nothing at all.” -Zinedine Zidane Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait immediately calls […]

Cross-country road trip, resurrected (#8)

This post originally appeared on theday.com on August 6th, 2007 I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams. I hope. I’ve been disconnected from much of reality for the last month. Living on the road and in the woods we didn’t spend much time getting reliable news. I guess the […]