On Culture and Chemistry

I heard an interesting interview with Mariners Manager Scott Servais last week. He discussed some of the differences between this year's team and last year's, especially when it came to how the players acted in the dugout and clubhouse. Servais brought up a distinction I hadn't thought about before, the difference between Culture and Chemistry. …

Could the NBA Come to Seattle With Chinese Billionaire Owners?

An article on Forbes.com states, "...let’s look at the NBA, and the chances for Alibaba or another company to make a bid for a U.S. basketball team in the next few years. It’s hard to know which NBA clubs might be up for sale, though various websites say that a few could come into play if the right buyer emerges. Alibaba chief Jack Ma an…

“I Have Front Row Seats to Kobe’s Last Game And…”

Well, I didn't have seats to Kobe's last game, in the front row, right next to the Lakers bench. But this woman in the photo below did. What would you do with such a prime location for such a milestone game? I'd probably do one or more of the following: Watch intently Take photos Take video During commercial breaks, post to a social chann…

Guest Post – The Referee’s Perspective: Sometimes We Know What We Are Doing

Editor's Note: Garrett Galbreath is a high school basketball official in Washington State and a Board Member for the Snohomish County Basketball Officials. Since I am someone who has ALWAYS treated sports officials with the greatest of respect, and NEVER engaged in any kinds of disagreement with one rearding the idiocy of their calls, laziness on …

Imagining Presidential Candidates as League Commissioners

I don't know what made me think about this, but indulge me if you will. If you took the remaining Presidential candidates and put them in charge of the sports leagues, which ones would they run? Here's my proposal. 1) MLS Let's start with the easiest one first. Major League Soccer is by definition a socialist endeavor. The league revenues are s…

7 Fun Facts About the St Vincent and the Grenadines Soccer Team

The U.S. Men's National Team starts its World Cup Qualifying run vs St Vincent and the Grenadines tonight. Who the heck is the the St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer team? Well, here are some fun facts. 1) The island is here. 2) The country has 109,373 people. That is approximately 321,905,480 less people than there are in the U.S. For pers…

Did the MLS Playoff System Work, to the Detriment of the Sounders?

This may be a stretch.. but I think the MLS playoff structure did its job in the Sounders vs FC Dallas series. - The Sounders had to field the best 11 they had for the last game of the season vs RSL, to ensure they made the playoffs. - By finishing 4th, they then had to play again that Wednesday in a winner take all match vs LA Galaxy, so they…

Why do we split young soccer players by gender?

Saturday morning, shortly after my friend Trevor and I had completely our lap around Greenback - at a blistering pace I might add - you could find us relaxing on the deck of our favorite coffee shop, Forza. There, we had the perfect view as parents and 5-8 year olds invaded the soccer fields and set up for their matches. The games started and we…

Saving Greece and Soccer at the Same Time

In case anyone wonders, this is a completely facetious comment. I don't honestly believe this is a good idea... But in a make believe world, here's how you could save Greece and International Soccer at the same time. Qatar buys Greece. Think about it. It's win-win-win-win. Win 1: Qatar gets the recognition it desires. Qatar has a ton of m…