Baseball Guys and The All-Star Game

by Jake Montgomery Last night, the only sports event worth watching on TV was the Major League Baseball All-Star game—and no, neither NBA Summer League scrimmages nor an El Salvador-Jamaica soccer match are worth watching, in case you were wondering. The All Star game was played in Cincinnati where home team favorite and once-Little League World Series hero Todd … More Baseball Guys and The All-Star Game

Manchester United: This is Getting Ugly

In Manchester, England, when someone is “in a bother”—which means “in trouble” in American English—they might say, “I’m in a mither.” Man United fans were in a mither even before their team’s abysmal annihilation at the hands of League One, third tier side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Monday. What’s the word … More Manchester United: This is Getting Ugly

Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow

It has taken me almost a week away from caring about the World Cup anymore to write this article. It took me almost that long before I could possibly read all of the outpouring of journalism berating or making fun of the Brazilian soccer team, that long even to read Englishman Henry Winter’s beautiful Telegraph … More Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow

Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game

There are two types of football, prose and poetry. European teams are prose, tough, premeditated, systematic, collective. Latin American ones are poetry, ductile, spontaneous, individual, erotic. -Italian artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini What a World Cup final! Remarkable in its dullness. Intense in the sense that we kept waiting for the intensity to pick … More Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game

The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Watch this: This is one of those moments like Kevin Durant’s beautifully delivered 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech where no matter what fans think about an individual athlete, we feel immense respect. Neymar is a very good soccer player but the young Brazilian is an even better competitor. His post-injury video message overflows with emotion. … More The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior