D.C. United has lost the plot

This is the first year I’ve been a Northern Virginia resident and attended no D.C. United games. It wasn’t anything personal — there’s no reason for me to be in the pressbox any more, and the Spirit and youth soccer took up so much of my time that I had little left over. But I would’ve gone to the season finale if not for a conflict. I did attend an open practice for area youth coaches, and I was impressed with Ben Olsen. He had a good sense of humor about his situation, and he gave engaging explanations of what … Continue reading D.C. United has lost the plot

2014 medal projections: Biathlon

Updated Jan. 14; minor updates Jan. 21 and Feb. 5 Will the USA finally break through? How many more targets will Ole Einar Bjoerndalen hit? Will Americans finally watch one of the most dramatic sports in the Games? Here we go … INDIVIDUAL (the least telegenic one, in which they race the clock and add 1 minutes for every missed shot) Men (20k) Gold: Martin Fourcade (France) Silver: Dominik Landertinger (Austria) Bronze: Emil Hegle Svendsen (Norway) Also considered: Andreas Birnbacher (Germany), Tim Burke (USA), Bjorn Ferry (Sweden), Jakob Fak (Slovenia), Simon Fourcade (France), Fredrik Lindstrom (Sweden), Ondrej Moravec (Czech Republic), World Cup 2013-14 top 8 (so far, … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Biathlon

2014 medal projections: Alpine skiing

Updated Jan. 14 and Feb. 4 Lindsey Vonn is hurt. Tina Maze (Slovenia) dominated last year but hasn’t been as strong this year. Here we go … DOWNHILL Men Gold: Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) Silver: Erik Guay (Canada) Bronze: Dominik Paris (Italy) Also considered: Patrick Küng (Switzerland), Klaus Kröll (Austria), Bode Miller (USA), Christof Innerhofer (Italy), Adrien Theaux (France). Removed Hannes Reichelt (Austria), diagnosed with back injury just after a big win. World Cup 2013-14 top 8 (so far): Svindal, Reichelt, Küng, Guay, Theaux, Miller, Johan Clarey (France), Max Franz (Austria) World Cup 2012-13 top 8: Svindal, Kroell, Paris, Innerhofer, Reichelt, Guay, Theaux, Georg Streitberger (Austria) … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Alpine skiing

A few questions and answers on ‘Enduring Spirit’

Stumbled into a few questions and comments on Enduring Spirit and figured I’d answer them here. Feel free to ask more — I’m easy to find. Also, check out my Q&A from earlier in the week with Caitlin Murray. Will the book be available on (Nook, Apple, PDF, print, stone tablets)? The Nook edition is up now. It’s on its way to the iBookstore and Kobo. I may look into Google Play as well. If I do anything in print, it’ll be a limited-edition thing. I could see trying to combine it with more photos so that it would have added value … Continue reading A few questions and answers on ‘Enduring Spirit’

‘ENDURING SPIRIT’ IS OUT

The book is only at Amazon for now. But you don’t need a Kindle to read it! Amazon offers apps for every platform you might possibly have — tablets, phones, laptops. Over the next few weeks, I will be working to make it available on other ebook platforms. I declined Amazon’s exclusivity offer, which includes a couple of incentives, so that I would reserve the rights to publish it elsewhere. I might do a print version at some point, but it would be a limited run. If you have any thoughts on what might make a print version worthwhile, let me know. The good … Continue reading ‘ENDURING SPIRIT’ IS OUT

Are all scholastic sports a waste of time?

That’s the question raised in this pointed essay from The Atlantic: The Case Against High-School Sports and a follow-up from CollegeSportsScholarships.com. The examples cited are extreme. The Atlantic found schools that managed to fund its football teams while the science labs rotted. The University of Oregon’s students apparently slipped academically as the football team got better. That’s not good. But it’s one school — not a huge sample size. That said, these are legitimate questions that fly in the face of some sacred cows. We’ve been programmed to think athletes (particularly female athletes in Title IX arguments) are more likely to … Continue reading Are all scholastic sports a waste of time?

‘Enduring Spirit’ excerpt: Game 1 prep

The book is still on pace to be released Oct. 15, though after yesterday’s malware and erotica incidents, it might be Kindle-only for the first few days. I will still release it on other formats. Today’s excerpt includes part of the entries for two days as the Spirit prepared for its first game at Boston. (Yes, I saw the feedback from people who wanted something more soccer-related. Enjoy.) Wednesday, April 10 Warm weather had finally arrived at the SoccerPlex. And still Chantel Jones was wearing long sleeves, not wanting to scrape up her arms on the sand lurking beneath Field … Continue reading ‘Enduring Spirit’ excerpt: Game 1 prep