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I Don’t Know Anything Anymore

In light of yesterday’s events I’m not sure about most things right now. In truth, I love when days like yesterday happen. They’re always earmarked in the brain calendar. The date may not be, but the moment is. But not having had time to sufficiently adjust to whatever definitions it might’ve altered, here I am.…

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WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.

I still don’t know what I watched today. Ever since the final whistle I’ve been struggling to come up with an adequate sports equivalent. It’s been hours, I still don’t have one, and my brain now hates me. This just doesn’t happen. I mean, this is the World Cup. This is the semifinals. Hell, THIS…

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Brazil v. Germany Preview

On the face of it, this matchup is brilliant. It’s art versus machinery, creativity versus meticulousness, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious versus type A. …or is it. For the last 5 years I’ve dubbed Germany as the New Brazil. Oh they’re still organized (erm, German) but they’re also far more inventive than they’ve ever been. The quality of player…

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The USMNT Should Stop Playing Soccer

Belgium versus the United Stated in the World Cup Round of 16 match on July 1st, 2014 was the peak of American soccer. It was a gutty performance full of grit, will, determination, 6 Old Spice commercials, Burt Reynolds’ mustache, and the ghost of John Wayne in goal. It was quintessentially American. And not good enough. Not in…

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Gaan België

On paper, and given previous match results, this looks a winnable match for the US. Belgium’s performances have seemed disjointed thus far while the US has looked confident and cohesive. But I’m here to tell you why it’s not that simple. As far as names go, Belgium should start the match up 13-0. Eden Hazard,…

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LeBron James Is Weird

LeBron James is weird. Not ‘owns a pet parrot’ weird or ‘damp handshake’ weird, but, just, weird. And it has everything to do with expectations. “Jordan/Bird/Magic/Kareem/Wilt/Russell never did this” could be said at nearly every pivotal juncture of LeBron’s career — and it’d be wholly accurate. Because James has more in common with Don Draper…

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The Blueprint For Change

Donald Sterling is an unapologetic racist. If you know anything about his history in the league and/or his real estate dealings, that’s a widely agreed upon fact in any mind capable of rational thought. For some, the issue is complicated by the details of how he was exposed (and why) as well as the public…