The first full-fledged Ranting Soccer Dad podcast features the Soccer America journalist who has been covering, coaching and reffing youth soccer through its rapid changes in the past couple of decades. Advertisements Continue reading Podcast: Episode 1 with Mike Woitalla
The debut / trial run of the Ranting Soccer Dad podcast, explaining what this is all about. (In short: Youth soccer, branching out to related stuff such as soccer, other youth sports, parenting, coaching, stress management, etc.) Continue reading Podcast: Episode 0
Friday, July 21 6:10 a.m.: Water polo, men’s Worlds, USA-Russia, NBC Sports online 11:45 a.m.: Women’s Euro 2017, Sweden-Russia, ESPN3 2 p.m.: Track and field, Diamond League Monaco, NBCSN 2:30 p.m.: Women’s Euro 2017, Germany-Italy, ESPN3 11:30 p.m.: Australian rules football, Essendon-North Melbourne, FS2 Saturday, July 22 7:30 a.m.: Tour de France, time trial, NBCSN 11:45 a.m.: Women’s Euro 2017, Iceland-Switzerland, ESPN3 2:30 p.m.: Women’s Euro 2017, France-Austria, ESPN3 3:30 p.m.: NWSL, Chicago-Orlando, Lifetime 4 p.m.: MLS, Minnesota-NY Red Bulls, ESPN 6 p.m.: UFC Fight Night, Fox 10 p.m.: Gold Cup semifinal, USA-Costa Rica, FS1 Sunday, July 23 Ongoing: Golf, … Continue reading What I’m watching: July 21-31
Let’s play Soccer Optometrist. Better like this? Or better like this? That’s the result of my attempt to demonstrate something I’ve been investigating and analyzing for the past two months in a couple of stories — the opus on all … Continue reading The sprawling attempt to prevent travel soccer sprawl
A few of us have gotten the impression that referees in NWSL games are awarding tons of penalty kicks but not many yellow cards. Are we right? Sort of … So the PKs, aside from games involving Sky Blue, aren’t … Continue reading Are refs calling NWSL and MLS games differently?
Marta is here. Alex Morgan is back. Mallory Pugh is here. Estefania Banini is back. But the chemistry isn’t quite there. And neither is the service from midfield. Yes, the Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride each scored twice in a 2-2 draw before a crowd of 5,200 that filled the seats, the hill and the concession lines Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex. And yes, we had a couple of moments like this: Some jogo bonito at the Plex courtesy of @ORLPride's @alexmorgan13 and Marta. #WASvORL #NWSLonLIFETIME pic.twitter.com/BReISnXEnp — NWSL (@NWSL) July 8, 2017 (Incidentally, I have no idea how I’m … Continue reading Spirit, Pride still works in progress
My new youth soccer podcast, Ranting Soccer Dad, is now available through this site and … well … Podbean. I’ll work on getting it everywhere else. You can find it on the Podbean site or just check the Ranting Soccer … Continue reading Ranting Soccer Dad has debuted
SportsMyriad had a weird, wonderful seven-year run. The last year was a bit half-hearted, honestly — a hacker attack sapped my energy, and I’ve been retrenching, work-wise. I’ve migrated my posts and pages over here, essentially combining my two sites. Simplify. Zen. All that Eastern philosophy stuff but with an English-language keyboard. And I’ll still blog on occasion, but this site will feature work I’m doing here, there and everywhere. That includes a new podcast on youth soccer and related topics (general soccer, parenting, philosophy, migrating to Mars), and I’m quite excited about it. Follow, tune in, enjoy. Continue reading Meet the new site, not quite the old site
One thing I enjoy, perhaps more than I should, about my weird career path is the intersection of Olympic sports and MMA when it comes to the ever-entertaining world of drug testing. I did a lot of grunt work on the topic back in the day for USA TODAY, and I like finding a use for that otherwise useless knowledge: The BALCO timeline, where we learned athletes can be suspended for doping without failing a test. (This piece is cited in a surprising number of scholarly papers.) The Jerome Young case, a classic example of an athlete who had plausible … Continue reading On drug testing, MMA, the Diaz brothers, invasions of privacy, etc.
The driving distance from Providence Park to the Maryland SoccerPlex is 2,785 miles. Google Maps says I can do it in 41 hours. But is the relationship between the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit a rivalry? “For me, yeah,” … Continue reading Washington Spirit 1-0 Portland Thorns: Rivalry?