On Diving: Soccer’s Integrity Is at Stake

September 18, 2009

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“Cesar R. Torres is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is also president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport.” (NYT)


The Rise, Fall and Rise of Clydebank FC

September 18, 2009

“As a footballing metropolis, Glasgow and its environs more or less have it all. There is Celtic, Rangers, Partick Thistle, Hampden Park and Hamilton Crescent, where the first ever international match was played. Not far away are clubs like Motherwell, St.Mirren and Hamilton Academical. Glasgow has had its European champions, its fan tragedies, glories and financial disasters and, as we’ll look at today, clubs who have come, gone and returned again — such as Clydebank FC.” (Pitch Invasion)


John Cameron on Training 1908

September 18, 2009

“I’m extremely excited to find that the book written by the man who to me most epitomizes the history of British football is available free online. John Cameron was a Scot who began his career playing for the great amateur side Queens Park. He went on to star for Everton, then won the FA Cup with Spurs in front of 114,000 people at Crystal Palace. He coached in Germany before World War One and was interned at the Ruhleben camp in Berlin alongside, amongst others, Steve Bloomer.” (More Than Mind Games)


Scandalized Chelsea retakes No. 1

September 18, 2009

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“We now return you to your regularly scheduled Rankings. Sorry for the near month-long lapse, but it’s been a busy few weeks of international play. What we’re left with here is a funny window of time early in the season in which some of the power clubs are taking their time to warm up, while other teams are making early shots across the bow of their respective leagues. That’s why you’ll find, for instance, Manchester City up high this week, yet Arsenal and Liverpool — both winners in their Champions League openers — are missing due to some dodgy league results. In the meantime, we’ve got a couple of clubs on here that aren’t at the summit of their leagues, but sometimes, you’ve just got a feeling. As usual, give me an earful here, and enjoy this week’s rundown.” (SI)


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September 18, 2009

“Life without a home computer isn’t as bad as you might think. Life, does in fact, move on without minute-by-minute status updates, viral videos and Yahoo! top news. Thankfully, while Dell computers and customer support are lacking, at least they sent a technician to my home to replace my faulty motherboard and processor within a couple days of its failure.” (Thats On Point)


The Worst Transfers

September 18, 2009

“Our list of some of the worst transfers in football (you may also find some of these in our list of the best and the most bizarre transfers)… ” (MidfieldDynamo)