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Hamburgers und Frankfurters

“I will always have the half-side of Germany in my heart, but all of us half players—and the coach, too—we will try to win this game for America. We want to get to the next round.” These were Jermaine Jones’ … Continue reading

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The Unraveling

    Everyone’s asking what happened to Spain. My answer: not much. I think they are about as good as they were four years ago. Why the crash out? Primarily luck. I know you aren’t liking this and I look … 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 Deuce is Loose in Manaus

The draw for our national team in the 2014 World Cup came out last Friday, and people are saying it will be harder to get out of Group G than the Red Wedding. JUNE 16: United States vs. Ghana in Natal. … Continue reading

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Baseball managers worry about international callups, soccer coaches say “welcome to the club”

This article in the Chron was amusing and interesting: Baseball people have noticed the popularity of the World Cup and now there is a “me too” sort of international baseball tournament happening in the US. But, since there is no … Continue reading

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England Swings

I published a second post on Basket of Kisses, the premier fan site for AMC’s Mad Men series. This one is a no-brainer, as the episode Signal 30 is set in 1966 and opens with one of the characters, an … 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 Cassette Tapes, volume 1

A few days before our departure to Brazil I was texting with my friend and tour organizer Michael. There were some critical details that were not set up to my satisfaction, namely balls. Soccer is one of the cheapest games … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

I can’t shake what I saw May 31st, 2011 . Here, it’s Memorial day. An American holiday. The word “holiday” derives from the term “Holy Day,” one that had sacred importance. In other languages it’s associated with celebration. Fiesta in … Continue reading

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Everything that others see, really, is what my parents have taught me.

Character can be all about the counter-intuitive act. At the Super Bowl, audiences see a small tradition unfold at the end, when a star from the winning team appears on camera and he is asked what he plans to do … Continue reading

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