Category Archives: Sports

Numbers Game

Of the eight million student athletes who play high school sports, about 480,000 will compete in college–a whopping six percent. An even tinier portion of those student athletes will compete in a sport professionally. Parents go nuts at youth sporting … Continue reading

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Most Painful Super Bowl Ad

Last night’s Super Bowl was just what the NFL needed: an exciting, well-played game, largely devoid of controversy, full of compelling drama. The ads, however, were duds. The Alexa commercial was clever. The NFL’s house ads with Eli Manning and … Continue reading

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Football and Other Loves

I planned this week to have students think about whether or not they believed in the necessity of “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” in education. I’m somewhat of a skeptic on the matter, and found myself applauding a recent letter … Continue reading

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Mississippi Cliches

The Netflix documentary series Last Chance U offers a behind-the-scenes look at the players, coaches, and staff members at the most successful junior college football team in Mississippi, the East Mississippi Lions. The show sugar coats nothing: players’ troubled pasts, … Continue reading

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Help me help myself

It’s February. The second semester is in full swing. So I must be worried about all things academic, right? Not quite. The spring soccer season has also started, and if I have to hear the same pump music my kids … Continue reading

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Now it’s time to PUMP my kids up

Yes, practices have started for fall soccer: it’s time to get suggestions from students regarding the music they think will get my kids’ adrenal medulla working overtime while they ride in the minivan to the soccer fields. ‘Cause hey, it’s … Continue reading

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Football’s almost here. . .and I’m not ready

Some people look forward to the beginning of the school year because it means that football is on the way. I’m not one of those people. Read this and you’ll understand why.

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It’s that time of year again! D3 Soccer!

It isn’t enough to be able to find the right soccer balls, two pairs of cleats and shin guards, and this year’s uniforms. That would be waaaaayyyy too easy. My sons also expect–demand?!–a compilation of (more or less) kid-friendly pump … Continue reading

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Save me from the Teenage Dream

It’s that time of year again, sports fans: the rec season starts up for my kids next week. For the last couple of years, our family has recorded a cd of music intended to pump up the boys during the … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Jürgen Klinsmann

Dear Herr Klinsmann, Wie gehts! Congratulations on being named the Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Every soccer fan in America wants your style and enthusiasm to improve the team. We have waited a long time to see … Continue reading

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