Bribery scandal’s lesson: Athletes get free passes (also, MIT is a jock school?)

Being a parent opens your eyes to a few things. You realize how far the USA lags behind other countries in family leave and child care, which is a grossly unfair burden in particular on moms who want to work. You see that youth sports are fun up through, say, age 8, and the whole … Continue reading Bribery scandal’s lesson: Athletes get free passes (also, MIT is a jock school?)

RSD 2-7-19: Dan Loney and I don’t talk about promotion/relegation

Dan Loney and I have three things in common. First, we're parents. Second, we have a goofy sense of humor. Third, we're on the Enemies List of people who push promotion/relegation as The Big Issue That Will Save U.S. Soccer and Make Us A Consistent Global Power. The funny thing is that Dan, unlike most … Continue reading RSD 2-7-19: Dan Loney and I don’t talk about promotion/relegation

How to save the World Chess Championship

Imagine you're watching a two-legged championship soccer final. The games have been interesting but scoreless.  Suddenly, in the 75th minute of the second game, United FC switch formation. FC City freeze, not sure what to do. The City defense responds out of reflex, but United gain the advantage. Finally, the 89th minute, United slice through … Continue reading How to save the World Chess Championship

My rebuttal to the dudes claiming Katie Nolan used “alternative facts” about WNBA

ESPN's Katie Nolan recently argued that WNBA players are underpaid. Now, you could argue that they aren't, given the WNBA's inability to bring in a lot of revenue. That's a discussion worth having. This rebuttal video claiming Nolan used "alternative facts," on the other hand, is full of ad hominem arguments and alternative facts of … Continue reading My rebuttal to the dudes claiming Katie Nolan used “alternative facts” about WNBA

NSR (Non-Soccer Rant): Why the Caps’ Cup means so much

You don't know what this means. How could you? Unless you've lived in metro D.C. for a while, you can't know. You might think you know about basic sports ineptitude. Cleveland gets that, as do a few other cities. Atlanta has only that lone World Series win from the decade of great Braves teams. But … Continue reading NSR (Non-Soccer Rant): Why the Caps’ Cup means so much