My books

Check out my books at Duresport or, if you need help with your club’s website, Soccer Site Doctor.

Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check is available for 30% off through December 2022 at Rowman & Littlefield with discount code RLFANDF30.

My posts

X Marks the Pod parodies 60 Songs That Explain the 90s

I love the podcast 60 Songs That Explain the 90s, by The Ringer’s Rob Harvilla. It’s now inaccurately named, having gone beyond 60 songs. Rob goes on entertaining personal digressions. He has a unique style. Which, of course, I have felt compelled to parody, like Weird Al doing Eat It or Ridin’ Dirty. So this […]

A social contract (updated for 2022)

Most of us don’t want a civil war. Most of us want politicians who are smart enough to understand the issues and humble enough to know when they need outside expertise. Most of us want drivers at a four-way stop sign to go in the order of when they arrived at the intersection. And yet […]

The legacy of George H.W. Bush

Originally posted to Facebook 12/6/18 … I’ve been wrestling with the legacy of George Bush the Elder this week. It’s complicated. The negatives that go beyond simple presidential competence (any president can have a recession) … Brutal overt and covert action in Central America and the Middle East, including Iran-Contra and an unnecessary Gulf War. […]

Why bother with news?

The Washington Post has informed me that I’m not the only journalist with decades of experience who’s gotten pretty bloody tired of “news.” Then one day a journalist friend confided that she was avoiding the news, too. Then I heard it from another journalist. And another. (Most were women, I noticed, though not all.) This […]

Mostly Memorable Media: Links for July 7

A irregularly published assortment of the best reads on the web. The future Whither office parks? Younger workers would rather live and work in cities (NYT). But aren’t cities prohibitively expensive? Seems easier to spruce up these parks with nice strips of restaurants and other diversions. That’s basically what Tysons Corner is doing on a […]

Farewell to a great SNL group

Once upon a time, Saturday Night Live went through waves of wholesale changes, allowing us to divide the show into several eras. Original 1975-80: The original Not Ready for Prime Time Players dwindled from their 1975 debut to the end of their fifth season in 1980. Chevy Chase left after one season and change, later […]

No signs of intelligent life out there (and don’t mention ours)

So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,How amazingly unlikely is your birth;And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere out in space,‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth! — Monty Python A recent post making the rounds: “NASA spokeswoman Trish Chamberson has publicly acknowledged the existence of alien civilizations, noting that the state […]

Appeals court lets travesty stand, leaving soccer trainer in prison

Maybe their hands were tied. Maybe they couldn’t hold the overzealous prosecutors, prodded by influential snowplow parents (snowplows are indeed useful in upstate New York), responsible for soccer trainer Shelby Garigen’s plea deal. In any case, an appellate court snuck a decision past me in late January, deciding they didn’t need to take a real […]

Video classics: Mötley Crüe

PITCH MEETING … DIRECTOR: So here’s the idea. We have the guys go into this low-rent place in Chinatown. One wants to eat some of the food on the table, but he’s called in to go with the guys to confront some dude. Then a bunch of dudes with swords pop out to surround them, […]

Episode 11: Is everything our fault? No. No, it’s not.

Did we ruin everything?  For a couple of decades now, we’ve been blaming the Boomers. And there’s good reason for it. Their narcissism followed up Woodstock with a bunch of STDs, the persistent treatment of women as sex objects (Love the One You’re With, indeed) and then self-centered approaches to business and politics. They say […]

Episode 10: Sports, ceremonies and stories

On Sunday morning, for the second time in seven months, I took apart my makeshift Olympic viewing station, which consisted of a second computer monitor perched on a TV table next to the sofa from which I could see the big-screen TV. I didn’t do quite as much work for Beijing as I did for […]


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