NCAA Women’s Soccer

Seriously, Are We Back to Deflategate?

Concussion

Always strange to us how we can connect dots to seemingly different, but connected sports stories on any given day. On this date (March 3, 2016), there is a movement afoot to eliminate the chop block (sort of a simultaneous high and low football block that can crush a career), along with the Ivy League wanting to eliminate tackling in practice, plus soccer legend Brandi Chastain volunteering to donate her brain to science for CTE research. The chop block is not without its share controversy, but it does highlight the […]

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Alex Morgan and the Nets We Weave

Alex Morgan

There can be little doubt that we are all living in an age of “outrage” and “hyper-outrage.” Everyone, it would appear is offended by most anything. This is no more obvious than in the world of sports where we must all keep to a fine line between “truth” and “what offends.” Sometimes the line gets so narrow so as to not be a line at all; it is just a tiny speck that can only be seen with an electron microscope. First, I will start with my favorite topic these […]

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Muscles Fade, Memories Don’t

Hope Solo Soccer

If anyone in the hierarchy of U.S. Soccer thought that Hope Solo’s domestic violence was going to quietly fade away, they seriously miscalculated. The team miscalculated as well. The case reared its ugly head the other day when new details emerged about the incident and how relatives of Solo sharply disagree with the spin that was put on the incident by Hope Solo and her handlers. I was not in the home that night; I don’t know what happened. It didn’t sound so good and in fact, it sounded like […]

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Please Retweet! The Gender Politics of Grass versus Plastic

Women's Soccer

True story: There’s a guy in the neighborhood who hates to mow his lawn. So a number of years ago, he put artificial turf in his front yard. Aside from the fact that it is green, in no way does it compare to grass. The ground is rock hard, and to touch it is like 60-grit sandpaper. So imagine playing soccer (football) on it. I am not talking about passing a soccer ball to your seven year old, I am talking about an intense World Cup game. Imagine sliding tackles […]

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Why the NFL had better (ethically) care about your 9 year old

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 At the risk of comparing apples to oranges or soccer balls to footballs, I will cite a few statistics and try to make an ethical point or two. According to statistics from U.S. Youth Soccer, in 1990 about 1.6 million kids registered for soccer; from 2010 to the present, about 3.0 million kids register annually for soccer. These aren’t the kids playing soccer, but the new ones who have registered. There are currently about 13 million kids playing soccer at all levels. Between 2010 and 2012, Pop Warner football saw […]

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Women’s Soccer Hazing Incident at University of New Mexico

Poor ethical behavior can occur most anywhere in sports; it is equal in its ability to invade any program, men’s or women’s, any sport and any division. Our contention is that poor ethical choices creep into a program when solid sports ethics training is absent. On August 20, 2014, a press conference was held at the University of New Mexico with vice president of athletics Paul Krebs and Women’s head soccer coach Kit Vela. Paul Krebs made the following statement: “We failed the young women of our soccer program who […]

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