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  • October 24, 2012
    Kicker Conspiracy

    Sometimes we watch sports in order to appreciate that we share the same basic species with those among us who can dunk, shoot an under-par round or dismount from the rings without breaking their ankles. And sometimes we watch fairly sure that whatever that poor sap is doing, we could probably do it too, if we ever cared to. Those saps are called kickers. 

  • October 16, 2012
    Hope of the Hopeless

    Things are not going well in Irish football. Giovanni Trapattoni is probably not to blame for all of it.  Just the overwhelming majority. 

  • October 11, 2012
    Outside Baseball, Looking In

    Baseball is a sport that  -- perhaps more than any other -- brings with it a history that carries as much weight as its present. As an outsider stepping into that world, it can daunting, or charming; because there's a kernel of familarity that can be found in the juxtaposition of the immediately knowable and the initiates' prerogative. Also, Buck O'Neil and Spaceman Lee are pretty fun to watch. 

  • September 27, 2012
    Accidentally on Purpose

    When is a goal more than a goal? When does it become one of those sporting moments possessed of such imagination and daring that it seemed to require outside confirmation of its actually having happened: from your viewing companions, from random internet people, from oh your God ... did you see that?

  • September 19, 2012
    Other Passports

    When the world's No. 1 golfer, and sports' most visible Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, brought his allegiances for the 2016 Rio Olympics -- the first to include golf since St. Louis in 1904 -- into question after years of playing under the Irish flag, wounds long thought healed were reopened. But when picking a country to play for, is the onus on the athlete to represent us or themselves?

  • September 12, 2012
    Consolation of van Persie

    With his triumphs as a member of the Gunners behind him, incandescently brilliant striker Robin van Persie has begun a new life with a new team at Old Trafford. But that doesn't mean that the Gooners have forgotten about him or his silhouette. And that's not as weird as it sounds.

  • August 30, 2012
    There's a Ghost in My House

    He earned his last cap in 2005, but Roy Keane's every word regarding Ireland is considered news. But has Keane's solipsistic view on the world of football pushed past the point of usefulness? 

  • Sometimes it feels that the Olympics are less an international event than two hundred simultaneous national events.

  • August 10, 2012
    Une petite consolation The Clog

    As you celebrate your nation's Olympic glory, spare a thought for the French. At time of typing, their eight gold medals and 29 in total leaves them trailing Germany, and they're way behind their cross-channel rivals, who have 25 golds and 54 altogether. In such trying times, one's thoughts inevitably turn to past glories. Luckily for France, they have one of the greatest heroes there has ever been: Asterix. 

  • Fredorrarci won't go into the ways the BBC's coverage of the games is better than NBC's. It wouldn't be fair. Were he to describe how wonderfully, wonderfully wonderful the BBC's service is, it would amount to taunting. And he's not that kind of person. Really he's not.