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  1. England’s Dreaming: How These Three Lions Recall the Spirit...

    Graham Parker

    During a break in the England-Italy match last weekend, there was a TV ad narrated by Gary Oldman. I was struck by how much he reminded me of the modern English footballer (not the first-time-on-a-world-stage ones - the ones they grow up to...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  2. Looking Back on Manchester United's Once-in-a-Lifetime Class of '...

    Graham Parker

    Ryan Giggs is gently juggling a football. He looks slight and pale, and is looking down intently at the ball through his floppy fringe. You'd think he was doing so shyly until you see how relaxed his shoulders are. Thousands of people are watching hi...

    Blog | December 03, 2013
  3. The Designated Player: A Fake Interview With Ray Hudson About the...

    Graham Parker

    The Designated Player has all the sweet hook-ups. So this week, when Twitter began rumbling that Orlando City were about to be confirmed as the 21st MLS club, entering the league in 2015, there was only one man he wanted to speak to. The DP swift...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  4. The Designated Player: The Damned Polite (Notes on MLS 'Access')

    Graham Parker

    "(The American) is always in the mood to move on ... He is devoured with a passion for movement, he cannot stay in one place; he must go and come, he must stretch his limbs and keep his muscles in play. When his feet are not in motion, his fingers mu...

    Blog | February 14, 2013
  5. The Designated Player: 2012 MLS Awards

    Graham Parker

    Sorry about that. I dropped my pen. It's been a funny few weeks with Hurricanes, snowstorms, Beckhams, and playoffs in my part of the world, not to mention the three days I spent in a darkened room as I processed the concept of Gerard Butler as a ...

    Blog | December 10, 2012
  6. The Designated Player: The Designated Playoffs

    Graham Parker

    Owing to a stupid clause inserted into the Designated Player's MLS contract while I was busy browsing real estate listings — mainly for penthouses without views of the shacks my Grantland teammates are kept in — I apparently have to "part...

    Blog | November 01, 2012
  7. The Designated Player: Alan Gordon Really Ties the Room Together

    Graham Parker

    Sometimes there's a man — I won't say a hero, 'cause what's a hero? — but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here. Sometimes there's a man who, well, he's the man for his time and place, he fits right in there —...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  8. The Designated Player: Behind the Lines With Nelson Rodriguez

    Graham Parker

    "Great question." I hear this phrase a few times in my interview with Nelson Rodriguez, the MLS executive vice president of competition, technical, and game operations ("anything that happens inside the white lines") in his office at MLS headquart...

    Blog | October 12, 2012