Do you remember when FIFA pressured Brazil into lifting its ban on alcohol at football matches, during the 2014 World Cup? Admittedly, neither did I, until I happened across a clip of John Oliver claiming as much. In fairness to both FIFA and Brazil, Oliver was a tad hyperbolic in his presentation. The ban wasn’t […]Read more "Boycott the World Cup?"
If anybody knows any fuller-figured ladies trained in opera, an opportunity for a one-time gig just emerged. The latest incarnation of NASL is apparently done. They’re spinning close to the end of their mortal coil. An imminent meeting with their Pele-peddling ancestors now appears inevitable. It was announced recently that just mere weeks after moving […]Read more "NASL and the Magic of a D2 Designation"
“Let the Columbus Crew die”. Believe it or not, I’ve actually seen this sentiment expressed. For many of us, the idea of somebody moving the football club we support, is unthinkable. As supporters, we forge emotional attachments, develop bonds and create memories with the team. These connections can span generations as support is handed down. […]Read more "So Crew Fans: It’s all your fault…?"
If there were to be a tagline for the current EPL season, it should probably be something like: “Erm… sorry… this has never happened to me before”. We just passed into January. This is traditionally the time of year when the season gets interesting. The league standings are now settling into something meaningful, narratives are […]Read more "The Premature Premiership 2017-18 Review"
The year was 1997. The venue was a five-a-side football court, with a concrete playing surfaced, enclosed by high chain-link fence. The event was an impromptu lunchtime pick-up game. I was playing in goal. At a certain point in the game, I found myself in a one-on-one situation on a 50-50 ball. The other guy […]Read more "The Belated 2017 LA Galaxy Season in Review"
Imagine a parallel universe: a WWE Pay-Per-View is taking place in Columbus, Ohio. Shawn Michaels is taking on Granville T. Woods in the main event. Michaels puts Woods in the “Sharpshooter”. Anthony Precourt calls for the bell and claims Woods submitted, thus contradicting the agreed worked outcome of the match. This would be a worse […]Read more "The Columbus Screw (or “America, Stop Just Accepting Team Relocations”)"
It all started with a fight about Kool Aid. It was 2004 and I was relatively ‘new’ to the internet. Sure, I’d dabbled with the Sega Dreamcast’s clunky browser, though the interface and tepid connection speeds made it a less-than-worthwhile endeavour. It wasn’t until my Dad finally got an actual PC and solid connection that […]Read more "Susan"