Topic: Football

July 24, 2012

How did an act of love and dedication become a symbol of displaced cynicism and the futility of modern fandom? 

July 12, 2012

The system that governs free agency in football came into being in 1995 and in the subsequent 17 years, we've seen the rise of "player power", superpowers and worst of all, Manchester City. Can Arsenal keep up?

July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith's breakout as an entertainer came via a monologue about a country preacher at a football game. It feels about 200 years old today, but for Griffith—who died today at 86—seeming of-the-moment was never a big part of the game.

June 18, 2012

Football's concussion epidemic is a matter of public record. But recent reports about a surge of concussions in girls' youth soccer suggest another problem brewing. All sports have their element of danger, but how much are parents supposed to accept? And how safe can sports ever really get?

May 30, 2012

The referee is a parody of God. Nothing officially happens unless he deems it to have happened. But he and his assistants can only see so much. Why was this incident called a foul when that identical one was not? Because the ref saw this one, and not that one. The ball crossed the line: surely it's a goal? Ha! Your physics are puny next to the fact that the linesman's view was blocked.

May 22, 2012

Were anxiety to be expunged from football, the game would be desiccated, infinitely smaller, its mythologies individual and evanescent. We can't have that happen.

May 17, 2012

As it has during every offseason of its three years in existence, the United Football League appears to be teetering on the edge of collapse. It may survive, or it may not. But this uniquely ambitious minor league always had a high ratio of fantasy to reality.

May 16, 2012

A modest proposal for videogame developers, NFL fans, and the NFL itself, starring a cast of thousands (of retired NFL players).

May 8, 2012

How the Irish respond to their national football team's current success is viewed through how the Irish responded in the old days. And the days of Jack Charlton and 1988 are the old days. There's a script to follow for Ireland, and it's getting stale. Fans consciously look to our footballers to lift us out of our national gloom. Back then, we didn't expect anything in particular. A benign national fever just happened. The rush is a bit more forced these days, but not at all unpleasant for that.

May 3, 2012

Junior Seau, who was like no other football player, is now like a great many ex-players who were, in varying ways and to various degrees, destroyed by the game they played. More importantly, though, his death is a reminder that he is like all of us.