Monday Myriad, July 28: Sprinter’s paradise

We begin this week with a view of a cycling sprint finish from the winner’s perspective. Sounds like that would be “nothing,” but Marianne Vos didn’t take the lead until the last few meters: Last 200m is strangely zen. RT &hel...

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MMA has answered its fundamental question

UFC founding father Art Davis has written a book (with fellow soccer/MMA commentator Sean Wheelock) on the early days of the UFC — Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It. Bloody … Continue reading &...

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Chasing a national championship

National youth championships in the USA are the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Whoever thinks these up should be stoned. – Horst Bertl, Dallas Comets What is the reason for having roses when blood is shed carelessly? &h...

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U.S. soccer’s cluttered amateur/semipro/youth landscape

Summers are getting shorter all the time, aren’t they? If you’re a soccer player or fan, they certainly are. My county’s school system only wrapped up its school year 30 days ago. And already, a lot of our local soccer … Cont...

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Spirit-Thorns and the state of NWSL player development

Think for a second about the talent on the field at last night’s Washington Spirit-Portland Thorns game. The teams combined to use 27 players. Ten players have made it to the field in a World Cup or Olympics. Six more … Continue reading ...

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Remembering Dan Borislow

Dan Borislow’s larger-than-life reputation was so great that, upon hearing of his death this morning, I immediately thought I needed to get his side of the story. I was sorely tempted to text him, thinking I might get an entertaining … C...

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Monday Myriad, July 21: Spike and strike

This week: A couple of U.S. teams won world championships (one official, one nearly official), and we had a track meet with a series of dizzying performances. We are the champions (I): U.S. men in the World League volleyball final. #FIVBWorldLeague:...

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The rise of the U.S. soccer media

What was the “soccer media” in 1996, when MLS first launched? For the most part, it was Soccer America, Michael Lewis, Grahame Jones and a handful of people who managed to make soccer at least part of their beat work. At some news org...

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