As someone who takes a lot of stats classes, I crunched the numbers, and I have lost a total of a fifth of all of the games of the Tartan Fantasy League. Ordinarily, I would try and mitigate this humiliating statistic by pointing out that Sports Editor Marika Yang has lost somewhere on the order of half of all of the games, but unfortunately I cannot even do that this week because I was bested by Yang herself. She showed me last week how to drop players and I got rid of my inactive players, so don’t anticipate me writing this column ever again. If nothing else, trying my hand at pretend-football has led me to be concerned for the health and wellbeing of real-life football players because at one point literally half of my team was taking a sick day. I suppose that’s rich, coming from someone who, as she is writing this, is extremely sore from an exercise class that was called, I kid you not, “Mild Cardio.” Anywho, on to what actually happened this week. This week … [Read more...] about Fantasy Football: Le’s futbol takes over as the league leader
By Kevin Lyttle Wires, American-Statesman Staff El futbol soccer de las grandes ligas (MLS) está más cerca que nunca de convertirse en realidad después de que el concejo municipal de Austin votara el miércoles 15 para llegar a un acuerdo con los dueños que construirán un estado cerca del Domain.Diez meses después de que Anthony Precourt anunciara su intención de mudarse a Austin, el concejo votó 7 a 4 para permitir que el grupo inversionista y operador de Columbus Crew SC financiara de su propio bolsillo un estadio por un valor de $200 millones en McKalla Place a cambio de un terreno propiedad del Municipio. “Creo en el poder de los deportes para unirnos”, dijo el alcalde Steve Adler al Austin American-Statesman. “Un equipo de las ligas mayores era la pieza que nos faltaba aquí. Uno no puede medir su impacto en dólares y centavos. El futbol soccer incluye a todos y puede ayudar a unificarnos. La falta de … [Read more...] about Concejo da ‘sí’ a estadio de futbol soccer de las grandes ligas MLS
| PRINT | EMAIL | PERMALINK Family, Futbol and Food Beyond the Plate brings us beyond the prejudice By Adam Wood The extended familyAdam WoodDonald Trump would have you believe that we live in a strange and scary place, filled with ominous “others” that constantly threaten us and our civilization. The near-dystopian world he envisions is an estranged and alien society that rejects connection, and love, and the fundamental worth of sharing our days and our lives with one another. It is a world where individuals insulate themselves from reality in a cocoon of cold hard cash, convinced that luxury is the apex of existence. It is a world that willfully blinds itself to the inherent qualities, the intrinsic humanity, of those around us. Real life is much more hopeful. These delusions of danger and division are incredibly fragile notions that in fact depend on isolation from our shared existence. They are ideas that can only exist in the paranoid minds of cynics who are … [Read more...] about Food for Thought: Family, Futbol and Food
By Ryan Kartje | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 16, 2018 at 10:11 am | UPDATED: June 16, 2018 at 10:11 am It’s far too early for Vladimir Putin, I think to myself, as I sip my morning coffee, watching in a drowsy mixture of horror and intrigue as the Russian president, known far and wide for his brutality, announces to the sporting world that his country and his heart are “open,” his face contorting into something resembling a human smile. It’s barely 7 a.m. Thursday, and already I’ve broken my strict “No Dictators Before Breakfast” rule – a rule that’s become particularly hard to follow as of late – but on this first day of the first America-less World Cup in my lifetime, I’m doing my best to keep an open mind. About soccer, that is. (I’m pretty decided on dictators.) For years, I’ve masqueraded as Guy Who Talks About One Day Becoming A Soccer Fan, feigning enough … [Read more...] about Kartje: How Iceland filled a World Cup void for this futbol fan
Here’s my Director’s Cut version of the column that will run in our World Cup special wraparound section, which you’ll want to buy soon at a newsstand — or if you’re lucky enough to be a subscriber, have delivered to your door: Wow, did I boot it. I was so wrong. Once, in a pondering mood, I pondered what would be the best life if you happened to be a great athlete. Which job? In which sport? In which city or country? Where would you have the most fun day-to-day? Where would you be treated like royalty, be worshipped the most, never having to buy a drink or a meal? Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was one of my top job choices. So was any position for the San Antonio Spurs. Other options included being a speed skater in the Netherlands or a rugby player in New Zealand. But after due consideration, I decided that the best gig on earth would have to be that of a pro soccer player in Brazil. Right? Brazil is the Disneyland of futbol. … [Read more...] about World Cup: Why I Wouldn’t Want To Be A Brazilian Futbol Player During The Next Month. (Or A Soccer Player From Brazil, Either).