Quick Spirit-Sky Blue thoughts

I went to the SoccerPlex today with one question: “Is Sky Blue for real?” I left with many more questions: Why did the two Sky Blue players whose combined age is 74 cover more ground than the rest of the team? Yes, we know running is Christie Rampone’s thing, but Tasha Kai was left isolated and trying to press the entire Spirit team for much of the game. After an hour, she started coming over the sideline for water. She may have drawn a foul by simply falling down out of exhaustion. She said, in good humor after the game, … Continue reading Quick Spirit-Sky Blue thoughts

Fun with the Team USA roster

Athletes older than I am: 5. (Two shooting, three equestrian) Born in Georgia: 6. (Two Atlanta swimmers, two Atlanta track and field athletes, one Augusta track and field athletes, one Gainesville weightlifter) Born in North Carolina: 3. (javelin thrower Sean Furey from Greenville, soccer player Morgan Brian from Kinston, swimmer Kathleen Baker from Winston-Salem) Born in Northern Virginia: 3. (soccer player Ali Krieger from Alexandria, heptathlete Kendell Williams from Arlington, rower Matt Miller from Fairfax) “Hometown” in Georgia: 14. (Four Atlanta, two Fayetteville, one each from Alpharetta, Columbus, Eatonton, Gainesville, Greensboro, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Sea Island) “Hometown” in North Carolina: 4. … Continue reading Fun with the Team USA roster

Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory

Soccer leagues are proliferating like milkweed in the mid-Atlantic. Are they meeting unserved needs, or just getting in each other’s way? To find out, Beau Dure asked 102 local coaches, technical directors and club administrators a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions. Source: Dure: Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory — Soccer Wire Continue reading Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory

Olympic coverage at Bleacher Report

I’ve returned to Bleacher Report to help out with Rio coverage, with three pieces so far … Preview slideshow of the top events to watch at the track and field trials. When will the next generation of men’s 100m sprinters arrive? Top storylines to follow from now to the start of the Games. I was also happy to see the last thing I wrote for B/R in 2012 is still valid: 10 Bridesmaids from London Who Will Medal in Rio. A quick check shows nine of the 10 are indeed in contention. Continue reading Olympic coverage at Bleacher Report

2016 Tour de France meta-preview: Get off my lawn!

The first few days of the Tour are really about funny previews, the scenery and the dark art of peloton survival: The latter is important, because massive sprinter Peter Sagan thinks all these noobs are ruining things (VeloNews): Now in the group everybody is riding like they don’t care about their life — it’s unbelievable! … Before there was respect. When someone did something stupid, everybody throws their [water] bottle on him or beats him with [tire] pumps. But VeloNews has already prepped us for these quotes with a handy cliche translator: There’s no respect in the peloton — I’m not as young … Continue reading 2016 Tour de France meta-preview: Get off my lawn!