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Sports Turkeys 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sports Illustrated presents their 2015 Turkeys of the Year slideshow.
posted by The Gooch on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 comments

"That’s the cost of doing business in this league."

Playing in the Red: College athletic departments are taking in more money than ever – and spending it just as fast — a Washington Post report on how perennial NCAA powerhouses and aspiring contenders alike are using student fees to pay for exploding athletic department budgets. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 23, 2015 - 41 comments

FIFA needs more women

Less than half of FIFA’s national federations have girls soccer programs. Those that do exist give a girl less access to facilities, less support, and poorer development pathways than her brother. She will play in competitions with less investment, minimal promotion, and consequently fewer fans than the all-important male versions. Media coverage will amplify this skew, battling age-old preconceptions and making her all but invisible in the mainstream. Administrators preoccupied with the men’s game will struggle to meet her needs. (SLNYT)
posted by josher71 on Nov 21, 2015 - 17 comments

Football is a country

The Stade de France–A History in Fragments
Or did he, and the other players, make the same decision that many are now saying we should: that in the face of horror the only thing to do is to keep playing, moving, living? Watching it now – knowing all that we do about what happened Friday night in Paris – we can perhaps count it as one of the most surreal things to ever take place in this storied stadium, a place built nearly two decades ago specifically to house history.
posted by infini on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 comments

USSR v Chile World Cup Qualifier 1973

Pinochet, The Cold War, and the Most Pathetic Match Ever Played
posted by josher71 on Nov 13, 2015 - 6 comments

barbecued-tofu sandwiches, spinach salads and chocolate-covered bacon

certain football clubs have become symbols of football hipsterdom and many of them seem to have a lot in common: an almost blanket lack of on-field success, a history of anti-establishmentarianism, the status of plucky underdog, a nice away shirt
The Grauniad's regular football column, Joy of Six, presents hipsters' favourite football clubs.
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 9, 2015 - 31 comments

Statistical heaping, 20 yards, first down

What I've got: A spreadsheet containing every single play run in the NFL from 2000-2014 (500,000 in all)

What I'm going to do with it: Show that the referees subconsciously change the outcome of a play based on where the painted lines are on a field, and subsequently show that it doesn't matter.
posted by swift on Nov 4, 2015 - 12 comments

This is obviously great and everyone should agree with me.

Comment trolls got you down? Feel like you can't make headway in a good old fashioned debate anymore because no one is following the rules? Logical Fallacy Ref is here to help.
posted by hindmost on Nov 2, 2015 - 48 comments

Juno MacGuff takes one look and replies, "Seriously?"

The Funky Little Football Phone That Sold a Million Magazines.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 30, 2015 - 33 comments

How to catch a match fixer.

How to catch a match fixer.
posted by josher71 on Oct 28, 2015 - 16 comments

MLS Referees: What's it like?

Get an in-depth look at what it takes to be a referee in MLS. (Warning: Auto playing video) Related: Behind the Scenes: See how PRO monitors its refs on matchday
posted by josher71 on Oct 27, 2015 - 8 comments

It’s really nice to have a common bond about something stupid like that.

During that excruciating waiting period, players stake out their preferences. “We’ll give a rundown of the donuts, look at them all and extend them through a combine, like the NFL combine,” safety Harrison Smith says. Donuts are judged on factors such as crispiness, size and frosting distribution. The Minnesota Vikings' Donut Club has an executive board, membership cards, and a strongly enforced set of donut rules.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Oct 20, 2015 - 25 comments

Greeks Bearing Stretchers

Or, how not to carry an injured player from the pitch. [SLAuntie]
posted by marienbad on Oct 19, 2015 - 25 comments

It Scared My Toddler

In reality the Washington D.C. football team has a racist name, an asshole owner, and ruined one of the most promising rookie quarterbacks to ever play in the league. Jon Bois uses Breaking Madden to get fictional revenge by burning Washington to the ground. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 12, 2015 - 41 comments

Association Football in the Philippines

Football in the Phillipines has been largely an unsuccessful project. But is it Azkals' (street dogs) time to shine? Maybe, but it's a long way to the top if you want to kick and rush.
posted by josher71 on Oct 6, 2015 - 1 comment

Cops: Wisconsin Football Edition

The Capital Times of Madison, WI follows city and university police minute by minute through a college football Saturday: out-of-control house parties, unexpected fire alarms, the game of "who lives here," BAC .273, and of course a little Big 10 football.
posted by escabeche on Sep 30, 2015 - 21 comments

“The football was never the problem. The problem is everything else.”

Why Five Friends Stopped Watching the NFL and Started a Book Club
Instead of watching the NFL, we’re launching Football Book Club. And you know what: No one ever got concussed reading The Goldfinch. No one ever suffered a career-ending cervical spine injury curling up with his Kindle. No one’s mind was every slowly destroyed by books — the effect is really quite the opposite — despite what some social conservatives would have you believe. And, best of all: There is no way Roger Goodell can ruin this — he’s not even invited. Every week, we’re exchanging one love for another: Instead of turning on the TV, we’ll read a new book — great works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels — and then we’ll share our thoughts about the current title and what our lives are like without the NFL.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Sep 30, 2015 - 80 comments

High-fiving will occur in the Last Week Tonight office

BBC: Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation against Sepp Blatter, the head of football's world governing body Fifa. Telegraph: Criminal proceedings have been opened against him by the Swiss attorney general on two issues: a TV rights deal that FIFA signed with Jack Warner's Caribbean Football Union and an alleged "disloyal payment" of two million Swiss francs made in 2011 to UEFA president Michel Platini. Guardian: Office of the Fifa president has been searched and data seized. LA Times: The new investigation targeting Blatter involves “suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as -- alternatively -- on suspicion of misappropriation,” according to Swiss Atty. Gen. Michael Lauber.
posted by Wordshore on Sep 25, 2015 - 15 comments

"And that's why you always hit your dot!"

During halftime on Saturday, the Kansas State Marching Band was supposed to make a formation showing the Enterprise spaceship ramming the University of Kansas Jayhawk. Things did not go as planned. [more inside]
posted by damayanti on Sep 9, 2015 - 58 comments


Here is video of an unusual moment in David Beckham's varied career: the time he was called upon to defeat Mister Woe and the monsters of the Fourth Division. It's GO! GO! BECKHAM! Here's when he fought a giant bird with his soccer powers. Here is the beginning of his adventure on Soccer Island, and here's a complete speedrun.
posted by JHarris on Sep 6, 2015 - 11 comments

Striker's secrets

Have you ever been cornered and asked, “So, what do you do?” Or maybe, “What’s your major?” Sometimes, it can be tough be explain. Everyone thinks they know what a pro athlete does. But do we really know? We asked MLS All-Star Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes to explain his job without any cliches. What You Don’t Know About: Being a Striker
posted by josher71 on Sep 5, 2015 - 16 comments

Goodell delenda est (but he probably won't)

The arrogance of Roger Goodell — Dan Wetzel on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's humiliating legal defeat resulting from the Deflategate scandal. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 5, 2015 - 99 comments

College Football Returns, Notre Dame Still Sucks

The college football season kicks off in earnest tomorrow night (though the first game and first upset have already happened) when the Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech take on the Alcorn State Braves. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Sep 2, 2015 - 88 comments

Fútbol on the neutral ground

In the new New Orleans, an international soccer hero hides in plain sight. There are many Tony Laings in New Orleans. You can find them on weekends in City Park, playing in the Spanish-speaking leagues that have boomed since Katrina; professional stars who once played before big crowds back home. Now they work construction jobs in America’s south, speaking a language the rest of the city doesn’t understand, living in the open, but hidden all the same. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton on Sep 1, 2015 - 3 comments

The Heart Of Football Beats In Aliquippa

Over five decades of economic decline and racial conflict, a Western Pennsylvania mill town has found unity and hope on the football field. "There is no drug dealing at the Pit, and rarely any violence," Walker says. "It really is sacred ground; it's like a miracle. You've got guys that, any other time of the day, they're going to try and rip each other's throats out, but they just walk past each other in the Pit. They're there to watch those kids play."
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 1, 2015 - 5 comments

No White Flags

"The hurricane lives in a complicated place. Everyone's experience is both communal and personal, obvious and hidden. The memory of the death is everywhere, buried in shallow and temporary graves." (SL Longform ESPN)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 26, 2015 - 5 comments

The NFL's current mantra -making football safer - is silly and pointless

"Based on that definition, how many concussions do you think you've had?" she asked. Borland paused. "I don't know, 30?" he said finally. "Yeah, I think 30's a good estimate."

With youth football enrollment in decline, increased research expenditures to make football safer, and further troubling developments with former players, Chris Borland's high profile retirement after a promising rookie season seemed to mark a turning point for the NFL (previously). [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Aug 20, 2015 - 91 comments

"I didn't make him look pretty enough"

After a courtroom artist drew a less-than-flattering sketch of Tom Brady, the Twitterverse turned it into Internet Gold. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Aug 16, 2015 - 49 comments

a big week for the jets, if you like total disasters

On Tuesday, it emerged that New York Jets' starting quarterback Geno Smith would be out for 6-10 weeks after having his jaw broken by a locker room punch from now-former teammate IK Enemkpali over a $600 airline ticket, leading to possible assault charges. With Smith out, the Jets will start backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. In what some are calling a curse, this is the sixth team for which Fizpatrick will be subbing in for an injured starter. Meanwhile, Enemkpali has been picked up by the division rival Buffalo Bills. And since we're talking AFC East, here's a fantastic courtroom sketch of Tom Brady.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Aug 12, 2015 - 45 comments

In the Game of Football, You Win or You Die

"As NFL players start training camp, they’ve got to make weight and learn the playbook. These are the requirements to make the team in the fall. But among players, another task has become equally important, and it’s causing problems throughout NFL camps. You must finish watching “Game of Thrones,” because the loudest debate in NFL locker rooms right now is not over Deflategate; it’s over television spoilers. With the exception of off-season workouts, this is the first time some teams have gotten together en masse in more than eight months. Naturally, talk at the lunch table or in the training room turns to the wildly popular HBO show, which wrapped its fifth season in June." (SPOILERS) [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Aug 6, 2015 - 13 comments

Or possibly the worst

The greatest game of women's soccer ever played. An oral history from the Globe and Mail of the US-Canada Women's Soccer match, played 3 years ago today at the London 2012 Olympics.
posted by jacquilynne on Aug 6, 2015 - 12 comments

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Jamaal Charles, star running back for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, offers an inspiring speech at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics. He discusses the influence competing in the Special Olympics had on his own life as he struggled with a learning disability as a boy.
posted by Drinky Die on Jul 26, 2015 - 4 comments

Snake said he didn't want to talk.

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler died last week. Sports reporter Bob Padecky recalls a memorable interview with the Oakland Raiders quarterback.
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 13, 2015 - 13 comments


A federal judge has ordered the cancellation of the Washington NFL team's registered trademarks, upholding the United States Patent and Trademark Office's 2014 ruling that the trademarks are "disparaging" to Native Americans.
posted by leotrotsky on Jul 8, 2015 - 93 comments

The Grass Ceiling

The Grass Ceiling: How to Conquer Inequality in Women's Soccer [Atlantic link] An attorney who helped players file a gender-discrimination lawsuit over artificial turf in the World Cup proposes a way forward for the sport. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 5, 2015 - 30 comments

Then you calm down and take a shower. And everything starts to burn.

Sam Borden on calcio storico, Florentine historic football
With two teams of 27 players placed in a sand pit and told, essentially, to do whatever is necessary to get a ball into the other team’s end zone, the sport is a strange mix of American football, rugby and street fighting. Watching it live, a more direct comparison might be to the children’s game Red Rover, but with punching and tattoos.
posted by frimble on Jul 1, 2015 - 19 comments

When you play the World Cup, you win....or you go home.

16 teams remain in the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup as we enter the knockout stages. Let's review the 16 survivors, how they got there, and how far they might go. [more inside]
posted by eriko on Jun 20, 2015 - 843 comments

And the 2015 award for "Bad Timing in Cinema" goes to...

United Passions started out as a FIFA vanity project telling the story of the men who helped found the organization. Then one month before the film's release in theaters, Fourteen FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges (previously) and president Sepp Blatter announced he would step down from his post. Now, in the wake of incredibly dismal box office and rock bottom ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, Both director Frederic Auburtin and star Tim Roth (who portrays Blatter in the film) have publicly come out against the film and apologized for their involvement.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 19, 2015 - 50 comments


The oldest and one of most prestigious international football competitions, the Copa America, begins Thursday as hosts Chile play Ecuador. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Jun 10, 2015 - 12 comments

Coupe du Monde Féminine 2015

While FIFA may be in a bit of a getting caught with their hands in the cookie factory, as we're discussing over here the game goes on, as the highest level of international competition has begun in the Women's Game, the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup. [more inside]
posted by eriko on Jun 8, 2015 - 268 comments

Oi, boofhead!

A short explanation of why an Australian state's parliament officially declared Eddie McGuire to be a boofhead. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 3, 2015 - 19 comments

The world's most elaborate prison football league

Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it’s home to what is surely the world’s most elaborate prison football league. "Upper Prison has kept itself busy with extraordinary ingenuity. The prisoners have created their own drama, they dance, and they play music on homemade instruments. There is prayer and counselling in the church and mosque. But more popular than anything else is football. Within the prison there are 10 football clubs, some of them almost two decades old, each with their own players, boards and constitutions. Alongside Moses’s old team Aston Villa, there is Liverpool and Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United."
posted by all the versus on May 28, 2015 - 4 comments

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

FIFA officials, in Zurich for their annual meeting, were arrested this morning by Swiss authorities. They will be extradited to the United States to face charges of wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.
posted by thecjm on May 26, 2015 - 445 comments

Steven Gerrard's Final Game in a Liverpool Shirt

Steven Gerrard played his last game in the English Premier League and in a Liverpool shirt today. Things went...badly. But this farewall tour hasn't been all he'd hoped for in any fashion. (Last link has a lot of profanity.)
posted by josher71 on May 24, 2015 - 42 comments

"If To Maderia actually existed i'd have invited him to my wedding"

Sometimes, I worry about the effect that Football Manager has had on my life. I’ve had girlfriends I haven’t loved as much as my Uefa Cup-winning Southend United side (CM97-98) and friends that I haven’t seen as much as I saw my Nottingham Forest reserves (CM01-02). Why is it that I’ve never stayed up until 3am to write a book, but I did it on numerous occasions to guide Welling out of the Conference South (FM07)?
Iain Macintosh wonders whether being addicted to Football Manager a proper medical condition or just a slightly deranged hobby? (SLGrauniad, originally from The Blizzard.) [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on May 11, 2015 - 15 comments

Jimmy Garoppolo cares, do you?

The NFL has suspended Tom Brady for four games and fined the Patriots $1million for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game.
posted by artsandsci on May 11, 2015 - 157 comments

You're not getting anything for Chrismas!

Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who was pelted with snowballs at the Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968, has passed away. The Philly native was 19 years old when the Eagles pulled him out of the stands and asked him to fill in for the regular Santa who was snowbound in New Jersey.
posted by The Hamms Bear on May 2, 2015 - 33 comments

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Don't Rape

"But, Coach—we play football!" Inside Amy Schumer does a parody of Friday Night Lights and certain aspects of football culture.
posted by emjaybee on Apr 22, 2015 - 135 comments

Beauty is the job, victory the pleasant possibility.

Corley Miller of Eight by Eight magazine writes a wonderful piece about Arsene Wenger.
posted by pasici on Apr 21, 2015 - 7 comments

Anthropology, already read

Déjà Lu republishes locally-selected scholarly articles from journals connected to regional anthropological associations around the world. The result is a PDF-heavy but fascinating collection of long reads on obscure topics. Via. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution on Apr 18, 2015 - 4 comments

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