Posts Tagged ‘futbol’

On Friday evening, I became a proper soccer fan; I have the scarf to prove it – red with blue fringes and “Home of the Brave” in white. It’s actually scarf and a pro-America banner and a keepsake all in one, the giveaway for every fan at the World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

I was there, my first real soccer experience. And it was fantastic, one of the most vibrant sporting events I’ve ever been to for work – I’m a sports reporter by trade – or recreation. That’s despite the fact there wasn’t much on the line; the U.S. already had clinched a trip to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.


The events of the past week have confirmed it: I’m more excited about the start of the season in the English Premier League than the National Football League.

It’s like I don’t even know myself anymore. Neither does my wife. “When did you become such a soccer fan?” she said the other day, flashing a moderately annoyed glare. (more…)

We’re going to try something different this week, introducing multimedia elements into our weekly review of stuff that’s worth your time. Why? Because just as Gov. Jesse Ventura ain’t got time to bleed, TV ain’t got time to read – at least, not as much time as he’d like. That’s hard to do while you’re sitting in a car, driving to an assignment.

Plus, it’s fair to say that America in 2012 does not live in print alone. Let us know what you think:

* Although I know next to nothing about English Premier League soccer and miss about half of the jokes, the Men in Blazers podcast on the Grantland Network is certifiably awesome. It’s two futbol experts from across the pond discussing, yes, games, but also also styles and personalities and culture. They’re smart and funny and have delightful accents. Honestly, they’re enjoyable enough to entice me to pay more attention to the EPL. We should all do our jobs half as well as these blokes.

* Jordan Conn, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last spring, hit a home run with his profile of Mo Isom, an aspiring kicker at LSU who has overcome an eating disorder, the suicide of her father and a serious car crash. Oh, and Mo is a she rather than a he. Fascinating stuff.

*A social-experiment piece in The New York Times claims that working four-day weeks can make people more productive, as can dedicating a month to creative thought. Frankly, I can’t imagine having that much time to dedicate to new ideas. Sounds wonderful … and impossible in most industries.

* Big moment for TVFury this week – although not as big as expected – in that an NPR show in Hartford, Conn., read a post in which TV defended energy drinks, and subsequently invited him on the show. He got 5 minutes instead of the expected 20. Sigh. Still, here’s a link to the replay.

* Fury here. Hollywood lost a great director this week when Tony Scott took his own life. He directed Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide and many, many other entertaining films. Here’s a Chris Jones piece on Scott’s death, along with a piece Jones wrote about Scott a few years ago.

* Will Leitch of New York magazine wrote a bit on everyone’s favorite TV sports pundit, Skip Bayless. At this point, Skip’s sports proclamations are sort of like PETA publicity stunts but he still gets people upset.

* Meant to link this a few months ago, but worth it now. A letter from legendary editor Maxwell Perkins to F. Scott Fitzgerald about the book that ultimately became The Great Gatsby.

* Mike Francesa has a meltdown about the Mets. An epic rant. Ah, sports talk radio.


There’s a pretty huge sporting event on deck. No, it’s not the potential clincher of the Stanley Cup Finals. Or the deciding games of the NBA Conference Finals. Or the back half of the French Open.

That stuff is going on, too, but it’s not nearly as important as the kickoff of UEFA Euro 2012. At least, that’s what we’ll be told for the next three weeks by soccer snobs.

If you’re unfamiliar, this is the European championship of nations with players suiting up for their home countries rather than their regular-season clubs. Think of it as a miniature World Cup just for Europe minus (maybe) the ridiculous locales and rigged bidding processes. (more…)