On one hand, it felt like a vindicating blow had been struck for the cause of Promotion and Relegation in the USA. A bold and mighty mace falling heavily, cankering Major League Soccer’s reticence. On the other, it underscored the league’s defiant resolve against the grand concept of pro/rel. At least, that was the narrative. […]Read more "Riccardo Silva’s Pro/Rel Power Plays"
In a sporting culture where the hardness of the core of your support holds great currency, I’d like to claim some extra credit. As the sun beat down from the evening sky in Carson, CA, I sat swaddled in the man-made fabrics of my Los Angeles Galaxy Jersey around which was wrapped the thick polyester […]Read more "Red Devilfest 2017: LAG 2 – MUFC 5"
In 1944 Helen McRae Duncan became the last woman in the United Kingdom to be convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. As fantastical as that may sound, it was actually a comparatively mundane prosecution, for being a fraudulent medium, rather than actually dabbling in occult magic. Indeed, the use of the ancient piece of […]Read more "League Format Heresy"
As the neighborhood expressed joy at the continued freedom of the USA with crackles, pops and booms, the dog took up nervous residence under our bed. A few hours later I would join him, gazing with forlorn envy at the plastic calming collar around his neck. Pets typically have a crap Independence Day. This […]Read more "Like a Pet on Independence Day: LAG 2, RSL 6"
With the UEFA Champions League final in the books and the Premiership long since petered out in an anticlimactic malaise, it’s now time for a review of Manchester United Football Club’s 2017 season. All things considered, it turned out alright in the end. Two trophies won (no Jose Mourinho, you don’t get to include the […]Read more "Man United 2017 Season Review"
Superstition is a funny thing. I’m not usually prone to such dalliances myself. Neuroses yes; It’s only after a couple of decades of life experience and good advice that I’m able to develop a sore sternum without anticipating an impending massive heart attack. But superstition, not so much. To me, Friday the 13th is just […]Read more "The Unlaudables: Worst Unbeaten Streak Ever"
Nothing makes a football fan salivate more than the prospect of the rare pairings offered up by the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League. Though each year’s freshly printed fixture list is met with an eager eye, a curious finger sliding down the page, in search of the dates that Manchester United play Liverpool or […]Read more "I Don’t Like Aggregate Scoring. (There, I said it…)"