SportsMyriad’s Sochi plans

Overwhelmed by Olympic coverage? Looking for one place that will give you the basic who, what and how (where and when are pretty much assumed — February in Sochi) of the 2014 Winter Games? That’s what we’re going to do here. And I do mean “we” for real this time. I’ve got a handful of people joining me to give short, sweet recaps of every Olympic medal event and many of the preliminary events. I still have a couple of openings in the schedule. If you’re a journalism student looking for a little bit of experience writing the concise copy … Continue reading SportsMyriad’s Sochi plans

College sports 2020: A plausible fantasy

Jan. 6, 2020 … Alabama defeated Montana 35-34 tonight to win its third straight NCAA football championship. The Crimson Tide’s experience in big games proved to be the difference against Montana, which made the NCAA playoffs for the first time after winning the Western Football League championship. But the Grizzlies earned plenty of respect for the second-year WFL with their performance. The WFL was founded in 2017 after the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences stopped organizing football competition. The championship pairing showed how much has changed since Northwestern University football players won the right to organize as a labor group … Continue reading College sports 2020: A plausible fantasy

MLS history books: The next generation

When I wrote Long-Range Goals, I said the following: “If this is the only MLS book on a bookstore shelf in 2011, that’s disappointing.” Not sure about your local bookstore, but mine doesn’t even stock Long-Range Goals. The “soccer” section is usually a collection of dubious books on European stars, a few how-to-coach books ranging from mildly helpful to dangerously flimsy, and possibly something on Mia Hamm. Of course, I don’t venture into bookstores that often because (A) I’ve embraced my Kindle and (B) the front displays are always best-selling political punditry written with neither any discernible effort or concern for anyone … Continue reading MLS history books: The next generation

Single-Digit Soccer: Dissension in the ranks

A few sessions at the NSCAA convention made a couple of things clear to me: 1. Not everyone’s buying into the U.S. Soccer curriculum. 2. Not everyone’s buying into the Development Academy. Tackling the second point first: A session on the Development Academy and high school soccer, which have been separated for all eternity by the U.S. Soccer powers that be, turned into a gripe session about the Academy. One of the gripers is Steve Nichols (no, not Steve Nicol), a Baltimore coach who ditched the successful Baltimore Bays to form a new club called Baltimore Celtic, which is heavily … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: Dissension in the ranks

2014 medal projections: Can USA break record?

In 2010, U.S. athletes won a record 37 medals. And with so many new events on the agenda, including red, white and blue-bred action sports, the USA should be primed to do even better in Sochi, right? And yet the SportsMyriad medal projections have the USA coming up just short with 36 medals, while Norway breaks the record with 38. Infostrada holds Norway to 36 but drops the USA down to 30. That’s not exactly a down year for the USA, but what’s going on? Take a look, and we’ll see if there’s any way to reach the high 30s … LIKELY … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Can USA break record?

NWSL notebook: Time for German efficiency?

Apologies for writing about last week’s NWSL panel at the NSCAA convention nearly a week after it happened, but it’s tough to get any work done when the local schools decline to open and give your kids some place to go during the day. In any case — the big issues have been covered. First: The coaches say it’s difficult for them to compete salary-wise with Champions League teams. That doesn’t apply to the players in the allocation pool, but it would apply to anyone on the outside. Players who pass up higher pay to come over here are doing … Continue reading NWSL notebook: Time for German efficiency?

2014 medal projections: Weekend update

No major changes to the medal projections this week, but we still have some news that’ll shake up the lists of contenders. Changes are in italic. Alpine skiing: Good news for the U.S. men’s combined hopes — Ted Ligety won a supercombined, and Bode Miller added a few slalom points (his first World Cup points in slalom since 2011) to a fifth-place downhill run. Ligety is projected for silver; add Miller to consideration. France’s Alexis Pinturault won the men’s slalom and was second to Ligety in supercombined, also boosting his status as combined favorite. Switzerland’s Patrick Keung won the downhill — the … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Weekend update