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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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Walk the Fields of Gold

“You can tell the sun in his jealous sky When we walked in fields of gold” Soccer, like American football and baseball, is a sport designed to be played on grass. But football and baseball expanded into professional stadia where … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Dogs

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away…  * I am continuing a short series of posts on the new book, The Numbers Game: Why … Continue reading

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Regressing to the Mean

This fall for the first time in five years I don’t have a team to coach. Long story. So I thought I should use the time to write, with busy coaches in mind. Write stuff I’d like to read if … Continue reading

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Why don’t we have creative players? Because we don’t like them.

The most exciting moments of soccer come from plays — and players — showing brilliant creativity. The unstoppable, weaving runs of a single-minded dribbler who beats several defenders to bury the ball in the back of the net is the … Continue reading

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Re-creation and recreation

I was reading a thinky article I found online about corporate culture, innovation and positivity, posted here on a site called “Bigthink.” It highlights the linkage between happiness, creativity and innovation, which is a key attribute for corporate survival and … 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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It’s Cruel to Be Kind

My wife and daughter accused me of cruelty to animals the other day. My crime? Putting Lil D’s favorite cat toy just out of her reach. Lil D is Ariel’s cat, with gifts and attributes matching her non-traditional upbringing at … Continue reading

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The Cassette Tapes, volume 2

Last week I wrote about the importance of preparation and confidence in coaching. Then the Women’s World Cup offered up another example. Coach Hope Powell was quoted on her disappointment when her England  went out on a penalty kick shootout: … Continue reading

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Dispensability

dis·pen·sa·ble/disˈpensəbəl/Adjective: Able to be replaced or done without; superfluous. I’m thinking about what doing a good job means. For example, athletes are measured by their impact. In the Fink Tank and other analytical sports columns, use statistics showing how well … Continue reading

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