Category Archives: sports culture

The delusion of Adrian Peterson’s defense (w/Hope Solo note)

Adrian Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, just issued one of the most specious arguments ever uttered on cable television. And that’s saying something. Hardin complained that the NFL was trying to punish Peterson beyond what the legal syste...

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Football (American) still king of high school sports

I don’t know many kids who play youth football. But in my local elementary school, tons of people play youth soccer. I saw some spreadsheets at one time from which it was easy to figure out that nearly half of the … Continue reading &ra...

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Championship time in football offshoots

Besides the USA, two other countries have a prominent game called “football” that is not played with 11 people kicking a ball at a goal without using their hands, and this is the season for their versions of the Super … Continue re...

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Women’s soccer hazing injury sparks suit against Clemson coaches

Siri Mullinix is a distinguished women’s soccer alum — starting goalkeeper for the national team while Briana Scurry struggled, terrific player in the WUSA. Eddie Radwanski has a lower profile, but he’s fondly remembered by those of...

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Horse racing and the impossible Triple Crown

California Chrome, like so many horses before him, did not win the Triple Crown. Unlike many owners before him, Steve Coburn griped that the horses that skipped other Triple Crown races had taken “the coward’s way out.” Good point, ...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Your kid will never be a pro

ER doctor Louis Profeta of Indianapolis — ironically, the home of several elite sports organizations — takes revenge on all the parents with whacked-out priorities with a fun, occasionally profane column spelling things out in simplest te...

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Rugby rules could spice up NFL extra point

The NFL’s proposal to move the extra point back 23 yards has landed like a lead balloon. As it should. It’s silly. It messes up the flow of the game, moving everyone back to the 25-yard line (unless they’re going … Continue r...

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Why sports fans should like pro wrestling

Sports fans are often quite snobby about professional wrestling. “It’s just fake fighting!” is the familiar refrain. “Why don’t you watch MMA instead? That’s real.” Well, the lines are becoming increasingly blurred. Brock Lesnar and Da...

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