Category Archives: rugby

The rugby-NFL revolving door

While researching my next piece for OZY, I came across two stories of rugby players in the NFL — one on the way in, one on the way out: – Hayden Smith, formerly a college basketball player, is returning to … Continue reading →...

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Time for a rugby reality check

Want to know the best place to read up on the quest for professional rugby in the United States? BigSoccer, of course. The venerable message board picked up the discussion after The Guardian posted a couple of pieces on RugbyLaw, a startup …...

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Pack mentality hurting rugby

I have to admit I’ve always been frustrated with the flow of rugby. Not the offshoot of “rugby league” is any better — come on, folks, just put on pads and play gridiron football if you’re going to run things … Co...

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Monday Myriad, March 18: Judges, skating, thin ice, etc.

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Monday Myriad, Feb. 11: Ligety, Ligety

Headlines of the weekend: – The USA’s Ted Ligety won his second gold medal at the Alpine skiing world championships, adding the supercombined to the super-G. Super. – Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen won the sprint and held on ...

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Monday Myriad: Feb. 4

Yes, this will be more of an evening thing from now on. The week’s headlines: – Jose Aldo defended his UFC featherweight title as Frankie Edgar suffered yet another close decision loss. The rest of the UFC 156 card scrambled … Cont...

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Rugby’s hierarchy still set in stone

Over the last seven men’s soccer World Cups, 28 teams have reached the quarterfinals (27 if you count Croatia and Yugoslavia as one). Only one country, Germany, has reached that stage all seven times. Then it’s Brazil with six, Argentina ...

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Rugby terms: Or why most people who say “scrum” are wrong

“Oh, and there’s a scrum along the boards,” a hockey commentator might say. Not likely. A scrum is organized. Players get in specific positions and try to get the ball back to their teammates behind them. In hockey, a faceoff &helli...

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