Excellent Climbing Documentary: ‘Valley Uprising’

I love 1) sports/crazy athletic achievements, and 2) documentaries, so the 2014 film “Valley Uprising” had long been on my list of movies to watch. I finally checked it out on Netflix. I really liked it. It outlines the emergence of climbing icons and the techniques they employed from one generation to the next in California’s […]

Loris Karius and the Existential Pain of Goalkeeping

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. — Albert Camus, goalkeeper and philosopher When I was eighteen years old, during the fall of my freshman year, I started in goal as my college soccer team faced off at home against a particularly difficult opponent. I can’t remember the scoreline. We […]

Cryptocurrency Mania Comes to the Premier League?

File under: Life in 2018, cryptocurrency edition: My favorite Premier League team, Arsenal, now shows ads at its grounds for Cashbet Coin, which bills itself as the club’s “official cryptocurrency partner.” I did a little digging. Apparently I missed this Reuters story from January: English soccer team Arsenal is entering the cryptocurrency world by signing […]

Is This Arsenal’s Year?

Alexis Sanchez just scored a panenka in the 98th minute to secure three points for #Arsenal and move into second place — after Arsenal gave up a foolish penalty just a few minutes earlier in stoppage time.  Chelsea have a five point lead with a game in hand.  But still.  But still: Could this be […]

England Lose to Iceland — But Then, You Expected That

Were you shocked the other day when England lost 2-1 to Iceland? Of course not, because you read my post just a few hours before kickoff. Just saying.

Why You Shouldn’t be Surprised When England Lose

In about five hours England play Iceland in a Euro 2016 final 16 game. England may not lose this match, but they will almost certainly not win the tournament. Here’s why you shouldn’t be surprised that the England national team aren’t more successful than they are. Are you ready? Here it is: They’re actually not […]

2015 Media Picks: My Favorite Book, Album, Movie, TV Show — and Goal and Save

Book: “Waking Up” I read a lot of really great books this year, most of which were published prior to 2015. The one that comes closest to qualifying for this list, however, since it was published in late 2014, is Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Harris, a neuroscientist, illustrates that our perception of the world […]

Mesmerizing Vine: Levandowski Scores 5 Goals in 9 Min.

I’m, like, nearly a fortnight late in pointing this out, but still: It’s incredible. You may have seen the news that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski recently scored five times in nine minutes against Wolfsburg. This link shows all of the goals in the run of play. I also found, embedded above and online here, a […]

Video: Italians Try to Pronounce Wojciech Szczesny’s Name

With the recent signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech — see my previous post and bold prediction — it looks like Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny is heading to AS Roma on loan. Romans come to terms with pronouncing Szczesny. Top voxpopping http://t.co/shoV66zknm — James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 25, 2015 This tweet from football writer James Horncastle alerted […]