Tag Archives: Musings

Preserve the Park or Let Kids Play: Pick One

Here in San Francisco we just voted (again) on whether to convert one of our grass field complexes to turf. There were two measures, Proposition I and H, one in favor of going ahead (I) and one trying to prevent … Continue reading

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The Butcher, The Baker, the Quarterfinals maker?

On Thursday May 29th, Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23 player roster for the World Cup and rocked the soccer world. The former is a normal duty of all national team coaches — all 32 teams must do likewise no later … Continue reading

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The Opiate of the Masses – or Crack? (The Struggle Within Me – 2 )

“Crack cocaine is a substance that affects the brain chemistry of the user: causing euphoria,[7] supreme confidence,[8] loss of appetite,[7] insomnia,[7] alertness,[7] increased energy,[7] a craving for more cocaine” We need a few studies and data. How many soccer fans, … Continue reading

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Torres and his slump

Watching Chelsea v. Wigan today I heard the announcers comment on how he remains a favorite of the fans. The unspoken conclusion to that sentence was “despite his protracted slump and failure to produce.” When a player is slumping, every … Continue reading

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The Tomato Question

“If there were a law making possession of tomatoes illegal, and I proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant had tomatoes, would you have any problem finding her guilty?” This question stuck with me after serving a few hours of … Continue reading

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Walk Like an Egyptian

Bob Bradley didn’t go to Egypt to give the Sphinx poker-face lessons. But he could have. I never knew much about him. He was the coach of the US Men’s National Team over the past years. He’s American, from New … Continue reading

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The Only Truly Serious Philosophical Problem

« Il n’y a qu’un problème philosophique vraiment sérieux : c’est le suicide » Albert Camus, Le mythe de Sisyphe. (“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.) I haven’t been publishing much lately. One issue is that I’ve … Continue reading

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The Medium is the Message

Tomorrow night Hope Solo competes to get in to the finals of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. There are four dancers left and three will advance. Two of the contestants, Ricki Lake and J R Martinez, are strong favorites if … Continue reading

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Jonah Hill right on the Money.

When I read Moneyball I knew it had an impact on me. I thought it was because as a mediocre athlete, I was constantly looking for ways to play better by being smarter, and this is a key theme of … Continue reading

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Coaching and bug spray

Writing bout Klinsi, I am reminded of a story I heard in business school. A large corporation had made a very effective insecticide but they found it was not selling well. When they performed focus groups they learned that customers … Continue reading

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