Category Archives: Sports

Your Post-World Cup Reading List

The glow of the World Cup is fading now. New soccer fans must brave the dead of summer. MLS is fine, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a major city (or Ann Arbor), then you may have an … Continue reading

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Germany vs. Argentina, 7/13

The Germans were better. How many teams have had to admit that over the years? During the match, as I came to terms with the fact that Messi’s legs really were gone, I couldn’t help but miss Spain. La Roja … Continue reading

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Brazil v. Germany, 7/8

No doubt now that it happened. 7-1. A beatdown for the ages. There will be some, surely, who will use this loss to decare the death of something, be it “beautiful football” or “bad defending” or whatever. Really, though, that … Continue reading

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Mourning the U.S. Loss

I am glad to be objective again. Part of what has made soccer a mostly unsullied watching experience for me is that I don’t have a team. This does not mean that I never have rooting interests. I certainly do. … Continue reading

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Last Week, in Matches

USA v. Ghana, 6/16 Clint Dempsey’s goal 30 seconds into the match put me in a good mood. Within ten minutes, that good mood had turned foul. I watched in terror for over an hour as Ghana launched wave after … Continue reading

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England v. Italy, 6/14/14

It was a familiar story. The English a played lively, occasionally reckless game. The Italians played at a slow, methodical pace. Italy were better, as they often have been against England. The match began slowly. We heard so much about … Continue reading

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Spain v Netherlands, 6/13/14

I don’t believe that God cares about soccer, but watching the Spanish midfield trying to launch long balls to Diego Costa, I could not help but think about justice. The Spanish FA was only exploiting FIFA’s absurd guidelines for international … Continue reading

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