Monday Myriad: Waffle Cup … and greetings, Season!

Has soccer made it in America? We debate this topic every four years, and I’m officially declaring the conversation dead. Why? These two tweets: We don't believe in Belgium waffles — Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014 America d...

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The USA as a soccer nation — the next generation

It’s easy to feel like we’ve seen it all before. The USA gets all wrapped up in the World Cup. Everyone asks if it’ll last and whether we’ve finally caught on. But to see the progress, you have to look … Continue readin...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Learning from Little League baseball

I fell out of love with baseball in young adulthood. MLB commissioner Bud Selig radiated arrogance. I’d read enough about soccer and American exceptionalism to view the game as cultural imperialism, complete with its mythical origins that hid t...

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Monday Myriad, June 23: World Cup comeback

Best and worst from myriad sports this week: BEST COMEBACK Oh, the headline? No, not that World Cup. The rowing World Cup (one of several for the year) in France. But the race deserves the clickbait-and-switch. U.S. women’s eight were written...

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Sochi Olympics – not a total boondoggle!

Maybe this news will entice other countries to bid on the 2022 Games: FasterSkier.com — Sochi Can’t Make Money? Who Says? OC Posts $261 Million Profit. Sure, that money didn’t include all the infrastructure costs, government operational cos...

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Monday Myriad, June 16: High jump record must fall

How do you stand out in track and field in a non-Olympic, non-World Championship year? A world record is the best way to do it, and high jumpers are getting closer and closer. That’s the highlight of this week’s Daily Relay … Cont...

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Who can host the World Cup?

Question came up today on Twitter: We know Russia and Qatar were controversial choices. Who would be a good World Cup host? I’d set out these criteria: Stable, non-authoritarian government Ability to build venues without creating a class of s...

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Why I prefer the Olympics to the World Cup

“So, you getting ready to go to Rio?” asked my dentist. He loves soccer. We often have conversations like this: “What about the defense? They have that guy Besler, or am I thinking of Beasley?” “Arrrghwa rahhbwa baahna.&...

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