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SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

At the start of every NBA season, we are treated to an array of rookies and second-year players poised for a breakout season. The same holds true in soccer, where youth players are a hot commodity for any team, from both tactical and marketing perspectives. In both sports, the best[Read More…]

by October 27, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
GOODMAN | Parity or Mediocrity: The NFL’s Atypical Autumn

GOODMAN | Parity or Mediocrity: The NFL’s Atypical Autumn

With the NFL’s Week 7 slate of games finished, the oft-beleaguered Philadelphia Eagles hold the league’s best record. Given that the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, perhaps this season really is atypical. In all seriousness, though, we have arrived near the season’s midway point almost completely unsure of[Read More…]

by October 25, 2017 1 comment Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

Since our last column, we have had the pleasure of seeing Bruce Arena resign as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, as well as learning that several candidates may run for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation come February. The current president, Sunil Gulati, is largely[Read More…]

by October 20, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
MCCOY | Rejuvenated Peterson May Save Arizona

MCCOY | Rejuvenated Peterson May Save Arizona

When the Arizona Cardinals sent a conditional sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints last week in exchange for Adrian Peterson, reactions around the NFL were measured. Though Peterson is one of the best running backs of all time, age seems to have caught up with him this year. He[Read More…]

by October 19, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | US Men’s Soccer: A National Embarrassment

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | US Men’s Soccer: A National Embarrassment

The U.S. men’s national team is an embarrassment. Failing to qualify for the World Cup is one thing; failing to do so because the team failed to draw against Trinidad and Tobago — a country that has only qualified for the World Cup once in its history — is a[Read More…]

RAMLOW | Franchises Should Focus on Long-Term Improvements

RAMLOW | Franchises Should Focus on Long-Term Improvements

In 1912, a young man named Omar Bradley played on the same football team as another young man named Dwight Eisenhower at the U.S. Military Academy. Both were superb athletes, and both went on to become generals and American war heroes in World War II. Brad and Ike’s class at[Read More…]

by October 13, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
GOODMAN | Safety Overrides NFL Thrill

GOODMAN | Safety Overrides NFL Thrill

When my friend and I watched a rather lopsided National Football League contest between the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, we made two observations. First, most kickoffs seemed to result in touchbacks, dead-ball scenarios where the kick clears the end zone or the returner decides to take[Read More…]

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer Needs All-Star Game

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer Needs All-Star Game

In a game filled with larger than life superstars — Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar — there is somehow no official all-star game across Europe’s five major leagues. Messi and Ronaldo are arguably two of the best five players ever, and while they play each other at least twice a[Read More…]

by October 6, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
MCCOY | Buffalo’s Cultural Revolution

MCCOY | Buffalo’s Cultural Revolution

When the NFL season kicked off four weeks ago, few predicted that the Buffalo Bills would be leading the AFC East in October. The Bills, who have a storied history and a passionate fanbase, have struggled to compete in the AFC East in recent years. In fact, they have not[Read More…]

by October 5, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Man City Typifies Dominance

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Man City Typifies Dominance

Twenty-four is a recognizable number. There are 24 carats in pure gold; 24 hours in a day; and there have been 24 goals scored in the month of September by Manchester City. In six games, Man City has tallied an average of four goals per contest en route to winning[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns