The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

Jack Grealish has used his international soccer stardom admirably. He regularly gives time and money as an advocate for cerebral palsy.  Before the World Cup, he met with an 11-year-old named Finaly living with the condition. Finlay asked Grealish if he’d celebrate a goal for him someday.  Grealish, who has only scored once in the … Continue reading The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

Soccer, in America, was a game for immigrants, played by immigrants. So it was no surprise the 1950 US Men’s National Team was mostly first and second-generation Americans. It’s also not surprising that they had no “true” professional experience playing in the states, where quasi-local amateur leagues were the most competitive option. And yet, this … Continue reading The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

How Do You Cut People From The Lineup (World Cup Roster Edition)

Leaders have to be able to deliver bad news.  Gregg Berhalter, who just announced the final roster for the 2022 World Cup, got to tell 25 players the glorious news.  And, he got to break 15 other players' hearts.  Here are his tips on cutting people from lineups and preserving your relationship as the leader: … Continue reading How Do You Cut People From The Lineup (World Cup Roster Edition)

Podcast Of The Week: Alex Morgan – Still Winning

If you haven’t been following the Men in Blazers spinoff, “The Women’s Game,” it’s an excellent podcast about… the women’s game (aka, women’s soccer).  American god Alex Morgan gives one of the best interviews yet. If you don’t follow the sport, she’s been at the top since 2011, and continues to be - at the … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Alex Morgan – Still Winning

Podcast Of The Week: Matt Turner On Going From Internet Screw-Up To National Team Player

I already linked to this story earlier this week, but do give this American States United podcast a listen. What Matt Turner overcame by being a late starter to his sport, then a disgraced player, and now an international star - this is about hard work people. His story is truly inspired. I love this … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Matt Turner On Going From Internet Screw-Up To National Team Player

Podcast Of The Week: Rebecca Lowe – American Soccer Commentator Extraordinaire

The Press Box is one of my favorite podcast feeds to browse for conversations like this.  Bryan Curtis sat with Rebecca Lowe, English Premier League commentator extraordinaire, to talk about how she learned to balance talking to hardcore fans and brand new fans alike in NBC’s American coverage of the top English league.  She talks … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rebecca Lowe – American Soccer Commentator Extraordinaire

Soccer Star Lucy Bronze’s Letter To Herself

I’m endlessly fascinated by how people at the top of their game keep going.  Lucy Bronze is an English Women’s Soccer legend, and she shared this letter she wrote to herself before England’s dramatic win against Spain in the 2022 Euros.  It’s full of reminders about how she uses the hardest parts of life for … Continue reading Soccer Star Lucy Bronze’s Letter To Herself

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