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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Suppose Bobby Valentine is Right?

It was very intriguing to read an article by Adam Wells for the Bleacher Report (September 25, 2015), entitled: “Bobby Valentine Says He Thinks PEDs Will Eventually Become Mainstream in Sports.” Stated Mr. Valentine: “This idea that because it’s a drug, and you’re taking it from the outside, that’s bad. But there’s a lot of really good drugs out there that we do take that make us feel better and perform better, and I think these PEDs that people talk about, that are performance-enhancers, will eventually get into the mainstream.” […]

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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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Who Gives a Rip about Good Choices?

A man whose opinions I greatly admire, was having a conversation with me over dinner just the other evening. “Chuck,” he said, “why should any decent professional athlete care about making good ethical choices? No matter what they do, they always make it back to the playing field.” I could have answered his statement with a “yes,” “no,” or even a “maybe.” Instead, let’s first talk about several news stories over the past few days. Yesterday in Palestine, Texas was Adrian Peterson Day. Residents held up banners saying things like: “We’ve […]

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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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Lady Ethics Must Also Be Blind: Yet Hope Solo Still Plays

Hope Solo

As I start this blog, I need to remind everyone of an inconvenient fact: domestic violence also includes households where women assault men. It happens; it is a fact of life and it is virtually, and almost always, under-reported due to the embarrassment and shame of the male being assaulted. Statistically, there is a wide swing in data, but some studies suggest it may be as high as 40 percent. Yes, I completely understand the terrible assaults and violence women endure. Again, and as preposterous as it sounds, many men […]

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