ELSEWHERE: Science, Sports, and the Spirit of Giving

Have you become jaundiced about the sports world?  Check out this story by Gwen Knapp about inventor Tim Jahnigen who invented a durably soccer specifically for low-income children in impoverished countries, where playing “football” is a simple joy sometimes denied such kids because the harsh environment tears up cheap material.  Knapp further elaborates on this story in an interview here. … [Read more...]

All Things Physical: Women's Soccer, Patriotism and Longing for More

A few days ago a heavy infusion of patriotism swept across the tweets and status updates of friends and people I follow. Apparently the USA did something extraordinary and I missed out on it. The Women’s World Cup was the event and the USA women’s soccer team served as our country’s representative. In short, the USA women came back from a 2-1 deficit to Brazil in dramatic fashion and then subsequently won the game in penalty kicks. The win advanced the USA into the next round of the Women’s World … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: "The Equalizer"

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. I coach a boys club soccer team--in fact one of the very best teams in the state of Alabama. Last weekend my boys team represented the state of Alabama in the Region III Presidents Cup--a tournament in which all the Division 2 State … [Read more...]

The Relativity of Soccer Strategy

Strategy or poor taste? Our Italian friends find a way to accomplish both. Be sure to note the relativisitic tone of the participants! Here are the real questions; First, did anyone injure a knee in the process? And second, can David Dunham really give us insight into the mentality of a sport that encourages this sort of thing? … [Read more...]