Category Archives: Naks

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White Power!

There are three things we need to talk about regarding the USSF and the team it has chosen to represent itself, but first, I wanted to admit that I have a sincere response to the Deadspin MLS troll. In reality, MLS is still a second-tier product, full of dull play …

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All-Time US Best XI shameless hit and comment bait

“Oh, right, the centennial,” was what I thought after three or four days of lying awake at night wondering where all these US all-time teams were coming from.  I thought people were being all shock talk radio host or something.  “That’s a good enough excuse.  Now I can pick my …

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160 not out

When Abby Wambach went out of her way to thank Dan Borislow for flying her family all the way from Rochester to Harrison to see her beat the living hell out of the all-time international goal-scoring record, my first thought was “Boy, I’m sure glad Borislow refuted all those terrible …

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Charting the Hex; or, Cupcakes and Corn Smut

PROLOGUE: Well, after one game, the entire premise of this blog entry is teetering.  I’m going to stick by my guns for the nonce, though, because I’ve got a big, big regression to the mean vibe about this group.  With perhaps one exception. Qualifying for the World Cup worldwide boils …

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It wasn’t on TV, so it didn’t happen

The Jamaica-US game reminded me a lot of the season finale of “2 Broke Girls.”  Maxine and Gemma are counting their coins, and they’re all like, “Crap, we’re broke,” and then out of nowhere Gemma says, “Are the Delaware quarters worth anything by now?” and Maxine is like “Duh, no…but …

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Abandon Hope: Excerpts from the First Draft

“It was the wrong decision. And I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is, it’s not 2004 anymore.  And it’s 2007, and I think you have to live …

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What so proudly we hail

This was a very divisive and controversial Olympic tournament, but I think we can all agree that it was a truly wonderful moment in the medal ceremony, when rival fans from all over the world came together to boo Sepp Blatter. I wasn’t so much a blogger watching the US …

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Hope Solo tests positive for Gatorade

Since 2007, Hope Solo has been testing the theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity.  She is the second most famous athlete this week to run afoul of the USADA over doping allegations.  Why the US Dairy Association cares about doping is beyond me, but that’s the …

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Paint Your Bandwagon – a fake interview with Alex Morgan

Well, it’s a real privilege to be able to not sit down with Alex Morgan and not interview her. Thank you, Dan.  And it’s an honor for me to be able to remind everyone that no, this is not Alex Morgan.  This is a parody interview not to be taken …

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2011′s Interesting Times

Year-in-review articles are insanely hacky, but indulge me this one.  This was the year that marked a sea change in the fates of not just our national team, but that of our friendly rival to the immediate south, in ways that will reverberate for ten years.  And MLS still upstaged …