"Friends tell me I’ll be remembered as the author of the definitive book on football [The Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football
]. Or as the writer who popularized weekly NFL picks. Or one of the early crossovers into 24-hour sports television. To me, none of that matters. Right now, I’m just a guy whose library went dark on November 22, 2008
."[auto play video] - Paul Zimmerman, known as Dr. Z, collaborates
with Ken Rodgers, the supervising producer for NFL Films, to tell his story. Thank you, Dr. Z. Yours truly, Everybody
posted by nadawi
on Aug 17, 2014 -
Fresh off his 6 1/2 hour stint as head coach of the Tottenham Hotspurs (previously
), Ted Lasso returns
to Premier League television as a pundit and to the world of
football as coach of the St. Catherine Fighting Owls (WHOO?). Guest starring Tim Howard and Mini Bradley Cooper.
posted by Errant
on Aug 8, 2014 -
BBC: Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano
, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has died.
The 88-year-old suffered a heart attack on Saturday and had been in an induced coma in Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital.
Real Madrid confirmed the news, saying Di Stefano, their honorary president, died at 17:15 CET (16:15 BST).
The forward won five straight European Cups, scoring in each final between 1956 and 1960. Tim Vickery Article on Di Stefano
posted by marienbad
on Jul 7, 2014 -
was the first ever Black
officer in the British Army, and the first black officer
to lead white men into battle. He was also only
the second black player to compete in the top division of football, playing for the Tottenham Hotspur
and Northhampton Town. An unassuming pioneer, his life has inspired a play
, a documentary
and a petition
As part of a series of coins on the centenary
of the Great War, The Royal Mint has begun a programme of commemoration
that will continue over the next five years, telling the emotive story
of the journey from outbreak to armistice through a series of United Kingdom £5 coins, arranged in six-coin sets. Passed over for
the Military Cross, allegedly due to the Army's institutional racism that banned
"negros and other persons of colour" advancement to officer ranks, Walter Tull has his own coin
posted by infini
on Jul 5, 2014 -
With the completion of the group stages, three quarters of the matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
have been played. Now, it's a straight round-by-round elimination
for the remaining 16 teams in their quest to reach the final. There's been biting
, alternative commentary
, mood swings
, (allegedly) sulky England players
, exciting matches
, the USA vs Ronaldo
, Europeans taking early return flights
, deep analysis
, a fantasy league
and many goals
- but who will finally lift the trophy
in Rio's Estádio do Maracanã
on Sunday 13th July? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Jun 26, 2014 -
So earlier today Luis Suarez, striker for the Uruguay side, bit
Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during their respective teams' final group play match for the World Cup. This is not the first time he's done this
--in fact, folks were taking bets
that Suarez would bite someone during World Cup play. Biting is a major taboo
in sports, and sure enough, Suarez is now facing a ban of up to 24 games
by FIFA. Indeed, Suarez has a history
of violent behavior and racist statements, even when you leave aside the biting incidents. And yet, despite all this, Suarez is generally regarded as one of the best soccer players in the world today. So it's fitting that, just before this year's World Cup began, ESPN published an essay by Wright Thompson (previously
) on the many myths and contradictions that surround Luis Suarez
posted by Cash4Lead
on Jun 24, 2014 -
sees the start of the final round of group games in the 2014 World Cup. Each day, there are 4 games, the final 2 games from each group. Both matches in each group will be played simultaneously, after a scheduling rule change by FIFA
after an infamous 1982 World Cup Finals match
. But last night, Algeria qualified for the knockout stages after beating South Korea 4-2
. This is the first time in history an African team has scored 4 goals at the World Cup Finals.
posted by marienbad
on Jun 23, 2014 -
It's now been a day since we saw defending World Cup and Euro champions Spain lose to Chile, 2-0, a day since they were mathematically eliminated from the knockout stages, and a day since we witnessed the grisly end of an era. It was a profound moment in soccer and in soccer's history, and still, all I can think about is boxing.
posted by josher71
on Jun 20, 2014 -
Interested in the World Cup, but a complete ignorance of soccer tactics keeping you from enjoying the game? You need to read Zonal Marking
. A one-stop tactics warehouse, Zonal Marking is written in its entirety by Michael Cox
and includes detailed post-game analysis as well as in-depth profiles of every team taking part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. [more inside]
posted by 256
on Jun 17, 2014 -
Simpson is in Lovelock because he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in Nevada in 2008; he's serving a sentence of up to 33 years, with the possibility of parole in 2017. He will turn 67 next month, but the O.J. personage who remains a cultural touchstone is much younger. That one was born 20 years ago this week, on June 17, 1994, a day that spawned a series of events that are as ingrained in Americana as anything that happened at Valley Forge or in Dealey Plaza. Sports Illustrated tackles Orenthal James Simpson.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jun 13, 2014 -
While the World Watched At the same time Argentina hosted the 1978 World Cup, the nation's dictators were waging their "Dirty War" of repression, kidnappings and torture. As the tournament again draws near, ghastly memories are flooding back.
posted by modernnomad
on Jun 11, 2014 -
"It was the dark ages of American soccer,
with the United States preparing to host a World Cup for a sport that its public had virtually no common appreciation for. Since the collapse of the North American Soccer League in the 1980s, the country didn’t even have a professional top division – Major League Soccer was a mere glimmer in Doug Logan’s eye.
It was a time when the notion that airing football matches in the US could be a viable, lucrative endeavour received “zero respect”, in Keane’s words, from broadcasters. Burdened by extortionate broadcasting agreements with pay-per-view carriers, Keane would often record European matches for diehard fans who had no idea which teams won over the weekend."
posted by marienbad
on Jun 5, 2014 -
BBC re-reports: Fifa is facing fresh allegations of corruption
over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The Sunday Times has obtained millions of secret documents - emails, letters and bank transfers - which it alleges are proof that the disgraced Qatari football official Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments totalling US$5m (£3m) to football officials in return for their support for the Qatar bid.
posted by marienbad
on Jun 1, 2014 -
Yesterday, during the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Peru being played at Wembley Stadium, there were three goals scored, but the moment that captured the most attention has been this unbelievable, incredible paper airplane toss
posted by BeerFilter
on May 31, 2014 -
"On 25 November 1953
, an international football match was played between Hungary - then the world's number one ranked team, the Olympic champions and on a run of 24 unbeaten games, and England... The British press referred to it as the "Match of the Century" - the originators of the game, against the finest team in the world at that time." [more inside]
posted by marienbad
on May 12, 2014 -
"Look at this beautiful woman that's athletically very strong beside me, I knew there were some intangibles that I could work with to turn this team around in a short space of time."
The woman Rongen refers to is Jaiyah Saelua, born Johnny, but one of the island's Fa'afafine - an integral part of traditional Samoan culture, born biologically male but embodying both masculine and feminine gender traits.
It makes her the world's first transgender national football player. While, through the force of her own personality, Jaiyah becomes an integral part of the documentary - there is no explicit battle for acceptance from her teammates, the issue of sexual identity is just not an issue for the islanders.
"Its natural in American Samoa because its part of the culture. Fa'afafine's have been around since before the missionaries came. It's so deeply embedded in the foundations of our culture to show respect and that includes respect for transgender people," says Jaiyah.
posted by marienbad
on May 6, 2014 -
"Barcelona's Dani Alves
reacted to having a banana thrown at him during Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win at Villarreal by peeling it and then taking a bite. He was about to take a corner when the banana landed on the pitch". "We have suffered this in Spain for some time," said Alves. "You have to take it with a dose of humour."
Former Barca striker Gary Lineker praised Alves. "Picked it up, peeled it, ate it and proceeded to take the corner," he tweeted. "Top response." The ex-England striker added: "Utterly brilliant reaction from Alves. Treat the racist berk with complete disdain!"
Alves has been a regular target of racist abuse during his 12 years in Spain with both Sevilla and Barcelona.
Dani Alves: “If you don't give it importance, they don't achieve their objective”
posted by marienbad
on Apr 28, 2014 -
It's incredibly tense in the English Premier League at the moment, with three teams fighting for the title. With Manchester United disintegrating and lucky to secure European football, the much anticipated Spurs title challenge fizzing out and Arsenal struggling to even reach their customary fourth place and access to the Champions League, it's up to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool FC. The latter two met last Sunday in an emotional, stressfull match
which saw Liverpool win 3-2, setting a giant step forwards to winning the title.
For Liverpool fans and many neutrals it would be wonderful for Liverpool to win it now, because it's been twentyfour years since their last one, because of Steve Gerrard
who, a single childhood slipup
aside, has always been loyal to Liverpool and who has won everything but the title with them, but mostly because it's been exactly twentyfive years since the Hillsborough Disaster
and just weeks after a new inquest into the disaster and the coverup has started
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Apr 15, 2014 -
Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills since 1959, has passed away at the age of 95
. Wilson was the last of the eight AFL team owners known as the "Foolish Club,
" and is notable for his continued support of other small market teams, including voting against moving the Cleveland Browns in 1995 (one of only two to do so), and subsequently hosting a Browns Day in Buffalo
. He saved the Oakland Raiders from bankruptcy
, and insisted that the AFL postpone their games the day after JFK's assassination
. As positive memories were shared on twitter
from around the league, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, has left a light on in his honor
posted by troika
on Mar 25, 2014 -
is the story of Jean-Pierre Adams
, the French international footballer who as part of surgery was given anaesthetic that should have knocked him out for a few hours. 32 years later, he is still in a coma.
posted by Admira
on Feb 27, 2014 -