Fixing the curling calendar

What was the big curling event of the past weekend? Was it the third leg of the Curling World Cup? How about the provincial qualifiers for the Scotties and the Brier? Maybe the made-for-TV Skins Game? If you’re curling in Canada, the Scotties and the Brier take top priority. To explain this to an AmericanContinue reading “Fixing the curling calendar”

Review: “Last Days of Knight” is flawed but essential

Cross-posting at mostlymodernmedia.com  ESPN is gambling these days. The new “30 for 30” documentary, Last Days of Knight, gambles on three levels: It’s being shown exclusively on ESPN+, the company’s new pay service, a good way to draw attention to it but not the best way to get this film the wide audience that many previousContinue reading “Review: “Last Days of Knight” is flawed but essential”

Ultimate boycott for gender equity

Want to go a step farther than Title IX? How about this: Title 9 3/4. And a boycott by players — mostly male — until each team in your league either plays mixed-gender games or fields an equivalent women’s team? That’s the story I wrote for The Guardian today. And here it is: 'It doesn'tContinue reading “Ultimate boycott for gender equity”

U.S. men win curling gold — how it happened

If you’re a little tired of curling coverage that tries way too hard to explain the sport without telling you anything that’s actually happening on the ice, this post is for you. This is what happened. If you don’t know the terminology, figure it out. It’s not that hard. Also, my local curling club hasContinue reading “U.S. men win curling gold — how it happened”

UPDATED — USA in Pyeongchang: How bad is it?

Updates are in italic. Things have taken an upturn. We’re at the middle Sunday of the 2018 Olympics, and the USA has … 10 medals. The Netherlands have 13, perhaps an advantage of picking one sport and getting really, really good at it. They only have four athletes at the Olympics who aren’t speedskaters. CanadaContinue reading “UPDATED — USA in Pyeongchang: How bad is it?”

2018 Winter Olympics: A concise viewing guide with stars, medals and flags

Each day during the Olympics, I’ll be telling you what to watch and making a few predictions. You can also find my daily previews at Bleacher Report. Time difference and schedule/streaming options: The Pyeongchang schedule is … Eight hours ahead of a lot of Europe (Eurosport) Nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (BBC) 14 hours aheadContinue reading “2018 Winter Olympics: A concise viewing guide with stars, medals and flags”

On Twitter, advocacy, hostility and objectivity

My Dad was an intellectually rigorous man. He majored in philosophy, racing through college so he could lead a platoon in Korea, then returned from the war to get his doctorate in the emerging field of biochemistry. He remained in the Marine Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel, and was a stern but belovedContinue reading “On Twitter, advocacy, hostility and objectivity”

Upcoming coverage/career plans

Mid-major announcement to start with: Ranting Soccer Dad now has its own site. I’m not married to the design yet, but it should stabilize in the next few days. This site and podcast will be my top work priority for some time to come. I’m even planning a related book. Stay tuned. Ranting Soccer DadContinue reading “Upcoming coverage/career plans”

The best post-T&T pro-promotion/relegation argument

Predictably, Soccerocalypse has brought out the usual arguments from the promotion/relegation crowd: Youth development will be so much better! Players will be under constant pressure! If anyone could turn their attention away from Twitter long enough to read something longer than 280 characters at a time, they would have seen this addressed in the pro/relContinue reading “The best post-T&T pro-promotion/relegation argument”

Here’s what WON’T help U.S. Soccer

“That’s right, folks! Step right up and get your miracle elixir! Cures everything from chronic flatulence to an inability to qualify for the World Cup or Olympics from CONCACAF!” Doesn’t work that way. The problems have deeper roots. A dash of snake oil isn’t going to make the U.S. men’s team (or women’s, which hasContinue reading “Here’s what WON’T help U.S. Soccer”