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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. Opening Night in Brooklyn, Year 2

    Noah Davis

    If there was a Year 1 winner when the Nets moved to Brooklyn, it was the Modell's on Flatbush Avenue that sits across the street from the Barclays Center. What was formerly a rundown sporting goods store with little on the shelves transformed itself ...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  5. David Beckham's Retirement, and the Strangest Cultural Artifact H...

    Hua Hsu

    David Beckham's playing career drew to a close a couple weeks back when he captained Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 thumping of Brest. The evening ended with a teary-eyed, perfectly coiffed Beckham getting tossed into the air by his teammates. It was t...

    Blog | May 31, 2013
  6. About Last Night: Warriors Go Gentle Into That Good Night

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy doing hilarious takes to a nonexistent camera when your friends and associates said absurd things, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday: In a conclusion to a magnificently contested series that makes me wish to wax ...

    Blog | May 17, 2013
  7. 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
  8. The Ivory Coast, the Africa Cup of Nations, and Why You Don't Wan...

    Michael Bertin

    The man who once stopped a civil war was helpless to stop a ball. It wasn't just Didier Drogba. Everyone in an Ivory Coast shirt was helpless. Nigerian midfielder Sunday Mba's 78th-minute run from midfield ended with him running out of options. So...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  9. About Last Night: Phil Phlirts With History

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy setting all the clocks in your house back an hour as part of an ill-conceived "February Fools" prank, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. After missing birdie putts on the last two holes he played, Phil Mickelson ...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  10. Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open

    Brian Phillips

    Maria Sharapova, David Beckham, and the erotics of beautiful athletes.

    Story | Conversation | January 24, 2013
  11. 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
  12. Men in Blazers: United and Chelsea Fall Off the Pace, Beckham Say...

    Men in Blazers

    Over in England, Surprise Scoreline has wrestled all headlines away from lesser, more predictable characters. In yet another wild weekend in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez's Chelsea fell yet again, Manchester City relinquished points to United, and...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  13. 5 Reasons You Need to Watch MLS Cup This Weekend

    Andrew Lewellen

    What's my relationship status with MLS? It's complicated. I'd like to tell you that ever since I became a supporter of the league, when it kicked off in 1996, I've remained loyal to it. But I haven't. And many American soccer fans probably have a sim...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  14. Grantland Network: Men in Blazers

    Men in Blazers

    With fortuitous timing, the announcement of David Beckham's retirement promises that all story lines for the upcoming MLS Cup final lead back to the Golden One. Regardless of the ominous brand building, Beckham will be missed on these shores. But jus...

    Blog | November 21, 2012
  15. How Bruce Arena Rebuilt the Galaxy

    Andrew Lewellen

    Sunday night, the L.A. Galaxy gathered in the cold rain on a stage on Century Link Field, amid a chorus of boos from the remaining Seattle Sounders fans, waiting to receive the trophy as the MLS Western Conference champions. They had just beaten the ...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  16. About Last Night: Niners Ride Colin's Hot Hand

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers trounced the Bears 32-7. "Not bad ... for an intellectual," sne...

    Blog | November 20, 2012