What’s Worse Is Not To Try At All (Ted Lasso Wisdom)

OK, I'm about to set the stage, spoiler-lessly (?), for a scene from Ted Lasso (Season 2, ep. 9). Sam, our character who learned in Season 1 to "be a goldfish" is evolving. Beautifully. After a humiliating loss, he gives this speech in a post-match interview: It’s tough. I feel sorry that we let the … Continue reading What’s Worse Is Not To Try At All (Ted Lasso Wisdom)

Why A Dutch Soccer Club Melted Their Championship Trophy

The COVID pandemic blew up a lot of communities. Across Europe in particular, the tradition of gathering to watch your local soccer (football) team play once or twice a week savaged towns and family traditions alike. Games still happened, but in quiet stadiums on a television. And, if your team wins the league and there’s … Continue reading Why A Dutch Soccer Club Melted Their Championship Trophy

How To Take Control Of A Story: Liverpool’s Asterisk Edition

The English Premier League (soccer) season took a 100-day break due to the pandemic. Liverpool, who were on track to claim their first title in 30 years, were nervous going into the gap. It wasn’t clear if the league would return, and the talk started to revolve around if this year’s winner would forever have … Continue reading How To Take Control Of A Story: Liverpool’s Asterisk Edition

Staying Optimistic (COVID-19/USWNT Edition)

I was with 26,499 other people to watch the US Women’s National Soccer Team last night. There were extra announcements to be aware of the current health risks. There were hand sanitizing stations everywhere. And, there were a lot of people, families, and workers enjoying a March evening match. There are headlines. There are real … Continue reading Staying Optimistic (COVID-19/USWNT Edition)

The Power Of Personalized Motivation And How Marta “Got On The Bus” To Soccer Greatness

The Players Tribune has a running feature called “Letters to My Younger Self.” In each edition, they have a world-class athlete write a letter to their past-self, offering advice and guidance from the present. Asking successful people “what do you know now that you wish you knew then” is a trope at this point, but the … Continue reading The Power Of Personalized Motivation And How Marta “Got On The Bus” To Soccer Greatness

How The US Women’s Team Got So Tough

Anson Dorrance is the University of North Carolina Women’s soccer coach who has helped develop many of the US National Team’s best players over the past several decades. He’s gotten more (well-deserved) attention in this World Cup cycle than he seems to have gotten in the past. One topic that regularly comes up is the mental … Continue reading How The US Women’s Team Got So Tough