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…)"
We football fans love our records and landmarks. As Jamie Vardy netted for the eleventh game in a row last season, breaking the corresponding record, even though the goal came against my own Manchester United, a part of me couldn’t help but feel happy for the guy. His was an unusual path to football stardom. […]Read more "The Premier League “Records” Fallacy"
A 3-0 defeat at home to the Seattle Sounders is brutal at the best of times. When it comes as a result of decisions that were identified as “bad” in February, it’s exponentially more crushing. As goal after goal sailed into the Los Angeles Galaxy net, it had the surreal quality of a lucid nightmare. […]Read more "To Be Curt: Onalfo Out"
I did my best to welcome Steven Gerrard to the LA Galaxy, I really did. Even as the chunk of my soul dedicated to Man United quivered uneasily, I put his status as Liverpool Legend aside. En route to his debut game, I stopped off at Party City. There I purchased a false mustache and […]Read more "US Soccer Fans: Why Aren’t You Watching FC Dallas?"
Since day one, my stance on promotion and relegation has been that the system was born as a means to solve a particular problem. It had nothing to do with player development, stimulating investment, opening the doors to the nourishing effects of free market economics, boosting attendances, the emancipation of lower-league clubs or any of […]Read more "Is Garber Inadvertently Providing a Problem for Pro/Rel to Solve?"
Few topics have been viewed on my humble blog as much as my pieces on promotion and relegation, particularly as it relates to US soccer. Because I’m not gung-ho about the adoption of the system here, see pitfalls and dispute some of the suggested effects it may have – at least to the extent claimed – […]Read more "The Promotion & Relegation Compilation"