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Explaining Soccer

Mike Dwyer asked us to explain the appeal of soccer. Here’s my attempt, using a goal the Netherlands’ Robin Van Persie scored today. First watch the video of the goal, then I’ll break it down to show how it happened. Beautiful, right? In fact that’s going to be one of the highlight goals of the…

Linky Friday #57

Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!

Sunday!!!

FOOTBALL IS HERE!  FOOTBALL IS HERE!!! HEY, EVERYONE… FOOTBALL IS HERE! Yes, I know, technically the season started on Thursday, but Sundays are what it is all about with the NFL.  Even though my team is starting the season with lower expectations than they’ve had since I was in high school and doesn’t play until…

Briefly, On Football’s Culture and Rape

On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete for college football’s national championship. This is the kind of thing that gets sportswriters in a tizzy. If you’re of a certain Age, Notre Dame is what college football is all about, so the school’s sudden (and entirely unexpected) reappearance in the sport’s championship is a…