It is past time to abolish FIFA. It is like a gangrenous limb that requires amputation before the infection spreads and the beautiful game becomes decayed beyond all possible recognition. Soccer is worth saving. FIFA needs to take its ball and go home. Throw FIFA Out of the Game – NYTimes.com David Zirin counts the …

Michael Sam Is Drafted By The St. Louis Rams

This is powerful: Michael Sam, the openly gay defensive end from the University of Missouri, gets the call that he is chosen by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft. This is a video of him receiving the life-changing (and league changing) call:  //www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/nW-_fFdkegs I love how his boyfriend is right by his side. The …

Quasi Religious Fandom

I’m still trying to make sense of the Penn State student riot in favor of Joe Paterno. Ignorance certainly plays a big part.  But reading a couple of online forums etc. during today’s Bundesliga games, another thought came up. People believe in their team less critical than in God. Love their club more devoted than …

It also helps me in considering how we build our identities around entities that are given the power of violence–whether actual (armed forces, police etc.) or simulated (football.) Joe Paterno and the Nation-State – Ta-Nehisi Coates – Entertainment – The Atlantic Interesting point. I think there is a lot of truth of that – especially …

Gomez to Gay Players: “Come Out!”

In an interview published today, FC Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez encouraged gay soccer players to come out of the closet, stating that it is no longer a “taboo” to be gay. This could be seen as a statement of support from one of the most famous current professional soccer players in the Bundesliga. However, …