Move Over Cricket, Here’s to Bad Sportsmanship in Soccer
Move Over Cricket, Here’s to Bad Sportsmanship in Soccer

John Terry comes roaring in from the pavilion end and bowls a full-toss at the batsman’s head.  Wow, that was a bit mischievous, someone tell him the wicket is on the ground. Deep into the heart of the Barclays Premier League off-season, I’m seeking solace in cricket, particularly the Ashes […]

It’s Time to Give Racial Witch-Hunts the Red Card in English Football
It’s Time to Give Racial Witch-Hunts the Red Card in English Football

Mark Clattenburg will referee Chelsea against Swansea this Sunday. Despite Clattenburg’s magnanimous efforts to put the recent racial accusations against him to bed, we can learn some lessons, lest another hapless victim falls foul to indiscriminate accusations of racism. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s John Terry are two high-profile players […]

It’s Time to Abolish Mandatory Handshakes at Soccer Matches
It’s Time to Abolish Mandatory Handshakes at Soccer Matches

Mandatory player handshakes at soccer games should be abolished. Voluntary player handshakes should be encouraged. It’s nice that soccer stadia are more family oriented. As a youngster I braved the terraces to watch Crystal Palace play Millwall at Selhurst Park, fearing I might get my head kicked in by notoriously […]

How to Solve the Issue of Too Many London Teams in the Premier League
How to Solve the Issue of Too Many London Teams in the Premier League

I’ve spent too much of my 25 years in the States trying to convince Americans that there’s more to England than the great city of London. However, it’s quite likely there’ll be 6 London-based teams in the EPL next season. I’m presuming QPR don’t get relegated — which is unlikely […]

Escaping the Boredom of Cricket to Immerse Myself in the Premier League
Escaping the Boredom of Cricket to Immerse Myself in the Premier League

Salvation is here! The English football season is back. I’ve been trying to fill the summer void by taking to cricket but it’s been challenging. In the text commentary for the previous Test match against India, for example, several cricket fans fretted about being “dragged kicking and screaming” to soporific […]

Reasons for England Football Fans to be Cheerful
Reasons for England Football Fans to be Cheerful

Supposedly, the Three Lions on England football shirts represent pride, passion and courage. Clearly, it’s time for a kit redesign. Even as England’s footballing lions shriveled into meek kittens in the World Cup cauldron it may be finally sinking in that England are ordinary. They’re capable of qualifying for major […]

2010 World Cup Fever: A Warning to Businesses Everywhere
2010 World Cup Fever: A Warning to Businesses Everywhere

The World Cup has stopped wars, launched dictators and broken hearts. The month-long quadrennial soccer extravaganza can also reduce a nation’s GDP: neither over-zealous victory parties nor wallowing in defeatism do much for worker productivity. World Cup 2010 begins in South Africa on June 11. Human Resource departments at employers […]

World Cup 2010: Roy Hodgson Gives England A Timely Lesson
World Cup 2010: Roy Hodgson Gives England A Timely Lesson

Just in time for the World Cup, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson showed England how to lose with dignity. That’s important because with history as the guide England will flatter to deceive in making the knockout stages, only to be humiliated in a penalty kick shootout. With the World Cup in […]

Why Premier League TV Commentators Should Be Licensed
Why Premier League TV Commentators Should Be Licensed

At the end of a productive week you shuffle off to your living room for some deserved rest. You plonk yourself down on the comfy couch, arrange a smorgasbord of snacks on the table and tune in to the game of the week. Everything is aligned for an ideal Sunday […]