Category Archives: Sports

FA Cup 2019

Enjoying the FA Cup weekend in England and Wales. While the concept of professional sports without playoffs is alien to US fans, the Cup competitions and champions leagues more than make up for it.  Swansea, the team I follow, won. … Continue reading

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Of Mascots, Sports, Symbols, and History

A facebook friend who, I believe, is not a Holy Cross alum, commented on the decision of that university to distance itself from the Crusades via its mascots and sports identifier: We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful. I … Continue reading

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Inmates

I see that football owner has now apologized for a second time that “inmate” comment. A few more-or-less related comments: I don’t know that Mr McNair engaged in a malaprop (prison and asylum don’t quite sound the same) as much … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day

As a culture, we have some missteps when it comes to observances like Memorial Day. To be sure, I don’t think I get it 100% right. I do perceive the difference between today and Veteran’s Day. I’m aware of its … Continue reading

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Newest Swan

The current longest serving Premier League manager speaking of his newest counterpart: He’s not a beginner, he has traveled a lot and has accumulated experience in the United States. He has been in Egypt, France (recently) and is now in … Continue reading

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Athletes in Protest

When an American story spins out of control, sometimes I find it useful to read an alternate perspective, one from outside the US. In the protests and reactions to Colin Kaepernick sitting for the patriotic prelude to his athletic contest, … Continue reading

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EPL 2016-17

My alarm will be set to wake early to watch pre-game tomorrow and catch the first two matches of the new English Premier League season. I’ve been pouring most of my sports attention the last few years into soccer, so this weekend … Continue reading

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English Football Thoughts

With Leicester’s win today, I added the last nine contests of last season for a 38-match total of 24 wins and 82 points. That seems to be something of a consistency that suggests the other contenders this season have a … Continue reading

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Swansea Start FA Cup Run

Swans go to Oxford this weekend. The match is actually on tv at 4am local time. A perfect spot to catch my team before I head to church for 8am Mass. Except for the hideous early morning hour. From a … Continue reading

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Premier League Midpoint

Swansea seems to have found the shutoff valve for opposing goals these past three matches. The team’s number one problem is how to score. I trace that problem back to this time last year when they sold their striker Wilfried … Continue reading

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Swansea Sinks Further

It was an interesting weekend of English football. The punchless Swans have dropped into the relegation zone. Management blamed pink-slipped Garry Monk, but I trace the problem back to January when they sold off their star striker for cash. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Swans A-Swimming

I haven’t posted on English football and Swansea, not because of a lack of interest. Or really, that the team has been floundering. If someone had told me in July that the Swans would be just one run below Chelsea … Continue reading

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Guns in Fun

There are some people who have yet to master appropriate interpersonal relationships. I don’t know if Father Kevin Carter is one of them. Rocco whispered this link to people who are defending the man for pointing a musket at a … Continue reading

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Weekend Football

I think David is the only one who follows these posts on football. I’ve been struggling with the Swans for a whole month. Manager Garry Monk was pleased with the effort in yesterday’s 2-2 result, but I think two of … Continue reading

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This Side of the Atlantic … I Wish

Friend and frequent commentator David sent me this image earlier this week. After getting the first goal of this week’s round of the Capital One Cup … and winning easily … they get the young miss’s favorite at home. In … Continue reading

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