1. Across the Pond—Loving the Lower Leagues

    Across the Pond is a series that offers this Yank's take on major events in sports from Europe and the rest of the world. For the last installment, click here...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 319 reads 8 comments

  2. Across the Pond: Predicting the Champions League Final

    Across the Pond is a series that offers this Yank's take on major events in sports from Europe and the rest of the world. For the last installment, click here...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 432 reads 52 comments

  3. MLS Power Rankings Week Nine: Same Old, Same Old

    We're nine weeks into the 2009 MLS season, almost a third of the way through. That gives us a large enough sample size to make a fairly accurate judgment as to the relative strength of each club in the league...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 68 reads 0 comments

  4. MLS Power Rankings Week Eight—Winless No More

    This week's rankings don't feature a ton of dramatic changes...until you get to the bottom half of the table. New York grabbed a huge victory, and Columbus finally got themselves into the win column, a mere eight matches into the season...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 58 reads 0 comments

  5. Across the Pond: The Arsenal "Crisis"

    Across the Pond is a series that offers this Yank's take on major events in sports from Europe and the rest of the world. For the last installment, click here. Football fans are a fickle bunch...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 1,152 reads 28 comments

  6. Tennis With Mom: A Mother's Day Tribute

    Sometimes I like to think that I came into this world with a baseball mitt already on my hand.My dad grew up just outside of Kansas City, and used to fall asleep listening to radio broadcasts of Royals games...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 195 reads 7 comments

  7. Across The Pond: Champions League Semifinals

    Across the Pond is a series that offers this Yank's take on major events in sports from Europe and the rest of the world. For the last installment, click here. Justice is blind, or so the saying goes...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 637 reads 21 comments

  8. Across the Pond: Premiership Surprises

    Across the Pond is a series that offers this Yank's take on major events in sports from Europe and the rest of the world. For the last installment, click here...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 154 reads 6 comments

  9. MLS Power Rankings—Week Seven

    The power rankings have been...remarkably unstable, to put it simply. Outside of Chivas, Chicago and Seattle, most teams are just struggling to put together a consistent run of good form, and even those three have suffered hiccups early on...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 253 reads 4 comments

  10. An Indictment of the American Soccer Fan

    "The rest of the world loves soccer. Surely we must be missing something. Uh, isn't that what the Russians told us about communism? There's a good reason why you don't care about soccer—it's ...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 366 reads 54 comments

  11. Does Anybody Care About David Beckham Anymore?

    It finally seems that all of the rampant David Beckham talk that dominated headlines leading up to the 2009 MLS season has died down. Every rational MLS fan has accepted that Becks most likely won't be in the States beyond 2009, and we've moved on...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 434 reads 13 comments

  12. MLS Power Rankings Week Six: The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

    There was plenty of drama to enjoy if you found yourself watching an MLS match this weekend. The Chicago Fire netted a late equalizer against Columbus Crew, Kasey Keller continued his ...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 391 reads 2 comments

  13. MLS Power Rankings Week Five: The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth

    And then there were two. After the latest weekend of action, the number of winless teams in MLS has been cut in half, from four to two. New York and Dallas finally tasted victory in their fifth game of the season...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 124 reads 0 comments

  14. Predicting the MLS Transfer Market

    During the 2009 season, more MLS stars will be playing for a transfer abroad than ever before. As the league's profile has risen, players have been snapped up by bigger teams...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 331 reads 4 comments

  15. MLS on ESPN: A Love/Hate Relationship

    MLS probably wouldn't exist today if not for the far-reaching influence of ESPN. Even the most bitter fan can't deny the positive influence that the Worldwide Leader has had on the Beautiful Game here in the States...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 491 reads 1 comments

  16. Liverpool v. Chelsea: A Minute-By-Minute Report

    Preview: Chelsea come into this match with the knowledge that even a 2-0 loss at the hands of their rivals will see them through to the semifinals...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 1,312 reads 8 comments

  17. MLS Power Rankings Week Four: Red Cards Ruin the Weekend

    What do Seattle, Chivas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Houston, and New York all have in common? They all had at least one player sent off this weekend...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 127 reads 2 comments

  18. Columbus Crew Continue To Struggle, Stats Tell the Story

    Columbus is now five games into their 2009 campaign and are still winless in their quest to defend the MLS Cup. Not only have they avoided taking home maximum points in 2009, they have looked positively anemic in doing so...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 33 reads 0 comments

  19. Seattle MLS: Revitalizing the Soccer Landscape

    Before this season began, the focus of the American footballing community was not on the latest addition to MLS, Seattle Sounders FC...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 256 reads 0 comments

  20. US Rises to 15th in the Latest FIFA Rankings...What's Next?

    Don't look now, but the US National Team is on the rise. On the strength of some excellent performances during World Cup qualification, the United States has risen to 15th in the latest FIFA rankings table...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about 5 years ago 128 reads 14 comments

  21. Michigan State Falls Short In Bid For Third National Title

    It was supposed to have a fairytale ending. All of the elements were in place. An underdog Michigan State team was playing in more than just a basketball game. They were playing to erase the struggles of an injury-plagued season...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about over 5 years ago 51 reads 0 comments

  22. MLS Power Rankings Week Three: Panic In Columbus

    It's time for fans in Columbus to hit the panic button as the defending MLS Cup champions are still searching for their first win of 2009...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about over 5 years ago 164 reads 7 comments

  23. Michigan State Wins Again, Digger Phelps Continues To Look Like a Fool

    How long can one bitter old man hold a grudge? Seriously Digger, when are you going to realize that 1979 was 30 years ago? You continue to let your anger at being beaten by Magic and Special K cloud your judgment...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about over 5 years ago 2,872 reads 15 comments

  24. MLS Power Rankings Week Two: Seattle Stays Strong

    Question: Who is the only team in MLS yet to allow a goal in 2009? Answer: Seattle Sounders FC, who, after posting their second straight shutout, find themselves atop the league table...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about over 5 years ago 489 reads 0 comments

  25. Spartans-Cardinals: Michigan State Dominates Louisville En Route to Final Four

    In this world, there are two indisputable truths: Never bet against a Sicilian when death is on the line, and never bet against a Tom Izzo-coached team in March...

    Joe G Written by Joe G about over 5 years ago 360 reads 8 comments