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i was never a huge fan of ny cosmos striker giorgio chinaglia but was sad to hear that he died of a heart attack today.

he was a prolific goal scorer but i didnt appreciate his style of play. i guess when you are 10yo players strike your fancy or they dont. maybe it was his self-serving "italian" demeanor but more likely he lacked the flair of the brazilians or the industry of the dutch and german players.

but i did attend his soccer academy when i was in sixth grade and somewhere have a picture he took with all the campers. that was his sole interaction with us, coptered in, sat for photos and off he went.

and off he goes....
- dave 4-01-2012 6:30 pm [link] [add a comment]

- dave 3-27-2012 9:00 pm [link] [3 comments]

"There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."

Don't forget pool.
- mark 3-27-2012 12:48 am [link] [6 comments]

double oop
- dave 3-25-2012 3:08 pm [link] [add a comment]

goal of the day
- dave 3-24-2012 8:17 pm [link] [add a comment]


in the age of brand management athletes generally try to shy away from anything that can be deemed controversial although in the age of twitter and tmz the mask slips more readily either by accident or design. so its a nice surprise to see the miami heat players step up collectively to make a statement by way of this group photo about that teenager recently shot in florida for being black.
- dave 3-23-2012 9:46 pm [link] [1 comment]

id like to note this page is open to all posters. however, i reserve the right to decide what constitutes a sport. im looking at you, anglers! not really, i just see life through a fish-eye lens.
- dave 3-23-2012 8:12 pm [link] [add a comment]

fwiw, this was written by baseball stats guru, bill james:

"That's the thing about regulating conduct; there is always some conduct that doesn't get policed. When baseball effectively prohibited its players from defending their good names with physical threats and small weapons, this in essence required the players to put up with verbal abuse from fat, pimply guys whom they could have very easily beaten the grits out of. People say things in public all the time now for which, if you had said them 40 years ago, somebody would have kicked your ass. We've regulated the ass-kicking, so the rudeness is out of control, and we wind up with Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh doing political commentary that falls in the same general class as drunken, shirtless bellowing."

- dave 3-23-2012 8:08 pm [link] [1 comment]

There's no gentle way to put this, so I'll just say it: I think everyone who watched this unfold believed that they had just seen a player die. Muamba had had a heart attack, was the (correct, as it turned out) assumption. On Twitter, in forums, and I imagine in a thousand conversations, there was optimism, but it was mostly of the hoping-against-hope variety. Something to cling to when you know that no one's supposed to die on a sports field.

- dave 3-22-2012 10:40 pm [link] [3 comments]

- dave 3-22-2012 10:39 pm [link] [2 comments]