Monthly Archives: October 2006

Zach’s Wide World of Football

“It’s a narrow, cloistered existence that I’m not proud of.” So sayeth Bill Parcells, itinerant NFL genius, in the latest of Michael Lewis’ excellent articles on gridiron for the New York Times magazines. The Tuna was talking about his own … Continue reading

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From the Propaganda Ministry

My benevolent sometimes-bosses at the Associated Press indulged my on-going agit-prop efforts on behalf of the game: a quick/dirty Cliff’s Notes to the MLS playoffs. I see only a couple of glaringly obvious mistakes. A caption identifies the great DwaDeRo … Continue reading

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C’mon Hare on the Hill! C’mon Luccombe Garage! C’mon Cotham Old Boys!

Amazing, the footballing riches one discovers with a few idle Wikipedia clicks. This week’s League Cup action in England—in which a few minnows managed upsets, and mighty Crewe Alexandra pushed Manchester United into extra time—led me to seek out an … Continue reading

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Down the Valley

In the course of some semi-random, work-related (I swear to Almighty God, aka Pele, or Diego Maradona if you’re trying to wind up an Englishman) research, I stumbled on this opinionated blog on soccer in Corvallis, Oregon. Some fairly interesting … Continue reading

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Siberian Oil v Unicef All-Boys // It’s a Unicorns Universe! // Who Will Fix MLS? (Hint: Me)

Yes, there was “work” to be done. And yes, Liverpool played a very good bottle of French wine in the Champions League. But Chelsea v. Barcelona? That’s a cultural event of global significance (sort of like if the 1965 Beatles … Continue reading

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It’s a Man’s Life

In what sounds like one of the more bizarre games in history—well, scratch that, considering the competition, but a very, very odd game nonetheless—Chelsea saw not one, but two goalkeepers taken to the casaulty ward with nasty head injuries during … Continue reading

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Bring Us The Outlaw Giorgio Chinaglia—Dead or Alive!

Can one person both score a championship-winning goal at Portland’s Civic Stadium AND be an international fugitive, all in the same lifetime? Apparently, the answer is yes.

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