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Ann Coulter infamously cast soccer as a tool of the invading hordes that seek to destroy the United States. Decades ago, however, Americans within the sport made many of the same xenophobic arguments to protect a particular style of play.

It's way too easy to take LeBron James' career to date as something bigger than the career arc of a very great basketball player. But look at LeBron James as the main character in a sprawling series of fantasy novels and things look... well, kind of disturbingly not-that-different, actually.

Germany deserved to win the 2014 World Cup. But this was not just a victory for smart soccer and savvy talent development and ultilization, although it was also that. It's also a win for multiculturalism, youth education, the Eurozone economy, and the Spanish olive industry. Let's celebrate.

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Goth Jayson Werth, Chris Berman's linguistic avant-gardeism, the Alan Smithee version of Dune, and the other upsetting things one things about while being traumatized by the Home Run Derby.

It's not that LeBron returning to the Cavaliers changes everything -- or even anything -- about Cleveland sports. It's more that, as revealed on a trip to the Indians game on the first night of the second LeBron Era, it feels as if things have changed.

With every World Cup comes the question of whether this one will be the one that makes the U.S. finally fall in love with soccer. An anecdotal survey of bars and fans during Brazil 2014 suggests that this one was indeed different. But maybe it's the question that's the problem.

Everything is different in South Florida. And during the World Cup, this most unusual part of the country is like nowhere else. For a South Floridian watching her first World Cup outside of World Cup World, it makes for one hell of a culture shock.

Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman, and Lyoto Machida are really good at sports. There's more to it than that, given that this is the UFC we're talking about, but there doesn't necessarily need to be.

Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Sam Hinkie's Endless And Semi-Sadistic Rebuilding Of The 76ers And Love The Process.

Well, that was painful. Also, that was great.