Bundesliga's piped in sound makes for an interesting debate

As the German Bundesliga has returned to action as the first major soccer league for the past few weeks, something in the broadcast has sparked a debate among viewers. The Bundesliga is artificially adding recorded crowd noise to the broadcasts. The games are being played in front of empty stadiums, which means you could hear... Read more »

Breaking down NWSL's planned June 27 return

Breaking down NWSL's planned June 27 return
The sports world has been put on hold since mid-March, but optimism of returns for many professional leagues in America is growing. The first one to officially announce the dates of a return was the NWSL. The league announced a month-long tournament set to start on June 27 on Wednesday. The tournament, dubbed the NWSL... Read more »

Book review: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

Book review: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels
My book reviews have been limited to soccer on this blog, but I got through a video game book I loved so much that I had to write about it. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier is one of the more enjoyable reads* I’ve... Read more »
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Book review: Soccermatics

Book review: Soccermatics
There have been a number of soccer analytics books in recent years, trying to quantify various aspects of the sport. Soccermatics wasn’t originally one of the ones on my radar, but my dad got it for me as a gift. I enjoyed Soccernomics, which reads like the Moneyball of soccer. My dad gave me this... Read more »

Finding the right quarantine game

Finding the right quarantine game
Most everyone’s habits have shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic and people have turned to video games in big numbers as a result. Video game sales have been up since everyone is spending more time at home. It makes sense. People need ways to kill time and video games can be great time-sinkers. Last week, a... Read more »

Bundesliga is back and it's a strange sight

The German Bundesliga returned on Saturday and it was a welcome return, although it still served as a constant reminder of the new, altered world we now live in. Some sports leagues around the world have come back in some fashion already. Baseball in South Korea returned to some fanfare thanks to ESPN broadcasting some... Read more »
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Ghost of Tsushima looks like the samurai Assassin's Creed we never got

Ghost of Tsushima looks like the samurai Assassin's Creed we never got
A samurai Assassin’s Creed game is so obvious that it’s almost shocking Ubisoft hasn’t made it yet. It appears Sony has been, but under its own IP. Stealth, mixed with sword-based combat with some archery? That’s Assassin’s Creed’s wheelhouse. It’s also the wheelhouse of a samurai. Enter Ghost of Tsushima, which is set to come... Read more »

Book review: How Soccer Explains the World

With a title like How Soccer Explains the World, the book projects ambitions of grand scale storytelling. For the most part, author Franklin Foer lives up to the hype. The full title is an even more grandiose How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. A truer title might have been How the... Read more »

Book review: Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece

Major League Soccer is still a very young league in the general context of sports. It is trailing behind most major leagues around the world by 50-100 years of history, which is currently multiple times the length of its own existence. So when I told a friend I was reading “Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece: The... Read more »
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Book review: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

Plenty of weird, unexpected things happen to every team throughout the course of a season in any sport, and when an American author went to Italy to track a minor league soccer team from a small village that definitely held true. Joe McGinniss tells the story of Castel di Sangro Calcio, which managed to earn... Read more »