St. Louis City SC adds to a trend in Major League Soccer's expansion branding

St. Louis’ expansion Major League Soccer team won’t play until 2023, but on Thursday they revealed their branding. The team will be known as St. Louis City SC, with red as a primary color and a crest featuring the St. Louis Arch. The logo has some nice touches, they get minor bonus points for going... Read more »

Transitioning to the all-digital video game future

Transitioning to the all-digital video game future
Sony unveiled several games and more information about its upcoming PlayStation 5 last week and there was a lot of information to dissect. However, regardless of hardware, new game announcements feel familiar. I’m excited about Horizon Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales among others, but getting excited by new game announcements and trailers is an... Read more »

Major League Soccer needs to rethink its MLS Is Back tournament

The Major League Soccer PR hype machine went into top gear with the announcement of its MLS Is Back tournament. The tournament represents the return of the league, thus the unimaginative name. We’ve seen soccer leagues around the world return over the past weeks. The German Bundesliga is nearing its conclusion while Spain, Italy and... Read more »
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Replaying The Last of Us in 2020

Replaying The Last of Us in 2020
The Last of Us is widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and is back in the spotlight with the sequel coming out in less than two weeks. What better time to revisit a game about a pandemic causing the decay and fall of all aspects of society than now? I... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »