Spirit preseason: Scrimmage between snowstorms

A couple of weeks ago, the D.C. metro area was buried in snow. The forecasters say it may happen again Sunday night. So everyone was happy to be outside on a lovely spring day at the Soccerplex, where the Spirit … Continue reading →...

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NWSL media guidelines: Is the door open?

Let’s say you’re running a fledgling women’s soccer league. Do you let reporters run around all over the place or keep them at arm’s length? Organizations on their way up are often eager about opening up as much as possible. &...

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‘Enduring Spirit’ and the NWSL preseason

I’m planning to get my first peek at the 2014 Washington Spirit on Saturday, and I have no idea what to expect. A few bits of news about Spirit-affiliated people have trickled through: - Hayley Siegel, the Reserves’ voice of … Cont...

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Monday Myriad, March 10: USA and Ukraine celebrate

Through three days of the Paralympics, host Russia unsurprisingly has a huge lead in the medal count with 24 medals, 7 gold. Tied for second with 7 medals is the USA and the inspiring team from Ukraine. The U.S. track … Continue reading →...

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MLS: Time to quit playing hardball

You may have already seen former FC Dallas player Bobby Warshaw’s epic takedown of anti-MLS snobbery. If not, please pause here and go read it. Warshaw makes a realistic case, conceding a few problems with the “crazy, messed-up league....

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Medal projections: Stats vs. subjectivity

Can we really come up with a statistical model for projecting Olympic medals? I’ve often joked that I want to be the Nate Silver of Olympic medal projections. But Nate knows a lot more about stats than I do — … Continue reading &ra...

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Olympic medals: The host-nation bounce is real

Olympic stats wizard Bill Mallon has quantified the host-nation bounce, showing that the country that last hosted the Olympics can typically expect to win roughly 70% of the medals it won at home. The genius of this analysis is that … Continue...

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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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