The old “secret society” of soccer fandom and what we’ve lost

Remember when the U.S. soccer community was all united and welcoming? No? Then you'll have to trust me. It did indeed happen. If you don't trust me, trust Michael J. Agovino, author of The Soccer Diaries: An American's Thirty-Year Pursuit of the International Game (coincidentally, thanks to a buyout of my publisher, now issued by the same … Continue reading The old “secret society” of soccer fandom and what we’ve lost

American exceptionalism and other things that aren’t great but are

Am I understanding "American exceptionalism" incorrectly? Yesterday, I tweeted the following: https://twitter.com/duresport/status/1011435039547121664 At the time, I think I was thinking more about politics than soccer. But it was a little of both. A couple of responses: https://twitter.com/NipunChopra7/status/1011436252300808193 https://twitter.com/johnmcp66/status/1011439420921110528 https://twitter.com/dmwahl/status/1011460577582092288 So I said this (specifically responding to Dr. Chopra, a neuroscientist in addition to being a … Continue reading American exceptionalism and other things that aren’t great but are

World Cup anthem parody lyrics: Egypt-Uruguay

Schedule reminder and previous anthem parodies (times ET): Thursday, 11 a.m.: Russia-Saudi Arabia Friday, 8 a.m.: this one EGYPT These melismas are killing me ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXuR4ikNyc Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Saaaa-lah Likely you'll be-e-e our leading scorrrr-er Bob Bradley, Bob Bradley, Bob Bradley Thanks to you, we're now better than the ni-ineties  We inven-n-ted … Continue reading World Cup anthem parody lyrics: Egypt-Uruguay

World Cup anthem parody lyrics: Russia-Saudi Arabia

I'm probably starting too late in the game to make this work, but here's the goal -- I'm going to provide parody lyrics so you can sing along with each nation's anthem in the World Cup. We start with the opening game between two totally democratic and peaceful countries, Russia and Saudi Arabia! RUSSIA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMFIWBQB1kEContinue reading World Cup anthem parody lyrics: Russia-Saudi Arabia