Betting Odds On Footballers Heading to Manchester United
Betting Odds On Footballers Heading to Manchester United

Two things that I love about the Premier League are the transfer window and the rampant, unashamed culture of gambling on sports in England. In the United States, we have our trade deadlines for American sports, but they never quite reach the dizzying level of speculation that the transfer windows […]

3 Reasons Why I Feel Sorry For Major League Soccer
3 Reasons Why I Feel Sorry For Major League Soccer

I feel sorry for MLS. Sure, I think their business model is sort of wacky and elitist. Why can’t they just adopt promotion/relegation like the rest of the world? Why can’t they just have a single table with a balanced schedule? And salary caps? That’s almost contrary to the spirit […]

11 Ways Playing Soccer Changes The Way You View The Beautiful Game
11 Ways Playing Soccer Changes The Way You View The Beautiful Game

I didn’t play soccer as a child. I’m one of those American soccer fans who came to the sport as an adult. I wasn’t one of you.  I’m new(er) but found that I could inhale a LOT of soccer knowledge via wikipedia, satellite TV, live games, blogs, podcasts, etc. Pretty […]

What Do You Think Should Be Done to Stop Match-Fixing?
What Do You Think Should Be Done to Stop Match-Fixing?

Is it any surprise that match fixing occurs?  Every year countless billions are wagered on sports around the world.  In 2011, $3.2 billion was wagered on sports… in Nevada casinos alone!  Just online sports gambling in England, France, Italy and Spain equals about $15 billion.  Between legal and illegal (or […]

How a Mansfield Town Scarf Caused a Stir in a Man United Home
How a Mansfield Town Scarf Caused a Stir in a Man United Home

Given Oldham Athletic’s triumph over the mighty Liverpool FC this past weekend, this story needs to be told. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The highlight of the weekend was watching Mansfield Town (5th tier of English soccer, ~5K Twitter followers) valiantly lose […]

Why Do So Many Englishmen in America Not Follow Soccer?
Why Do So Many Englishmen in America Not Follow Soccer?

While soccer is growing in the United States, the fandom of an American soccer fan can still be a solitary experience.  Most people I interact with on a daily basis aren’t fans of the sport, much less enthusiastic fans who will want to chat about last weekend’s action or the […]