Time and Memory

Over the holiday I started digging through my mom’s old albums and boxes of photos. I found some pictures I didn’t know existed! Richard Feynman and the 19 year old me at my Caltech graduation: With my mom that morning — hung-over, but very happy! I think those are some crazy old school Ray Bans …

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Curbing the Athletic Arms Race

The New York Times covered the NCAA convention this past week discussing some of the turbulence around the organization and the big business of college sports. In Friday’s article by Ben Strauss, one of the suggestions thrown out by Prof. Andrew Zimbalist, economics professor at Smith College, was “to cap head coaches’ salaries at $500,000… …

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Talent Selection

How good is high school talent scouting for football? The star system used in college recruiting seems to have good validity in predicting an NFL career. SBNation: … The chance of a lesser-rated recruit being drafted in the first round is nowhere close to what it is for a blue-chipper. Consider this: While four- and …

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Football Writing Today with Jonathan Wilson

On December 5, Jonathan Wilson, journalist, author, and founding editor of The Blizzard, and the Football Scholars Forum convened for an online session devoted to independent fútbol writing in a digital age. Wilson fielded a range of questions from an international audience from five continents during a 90-minute conversation that blended English pragmatism and fútbol …

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Punk Football for the Working Class

We play therefore we are. That, in essence, is the sentiment that motivated a group of disaffected Red Devils’ fans opposed to Malcolm Glazer’s $1.5 billion takeover in 2003 of Manchester United to quit Old Trafford and form a new club: FC United of Manchester. Punk Football, a terrific and profoundly humanistic new documentary film, …

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International Conference Celebrates 150th anniversary of the English Football Association

150 years after Ebenezer Morley and alumni of several elite schools founded the Football Association at the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street, London, the Football 150 academic conference celebrates this historic anniversary. The gathering of soccerati takes place on 2-4 September at the National Football Museum in Manchester, UK. It is a joint project …

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Footballer of the Revolution: Mekhloufi and the FLN team

On April 13, 1958, in the midst of Algeria’s war of independence, ten Algerian professional players surreptitiously left France for Tunis. Among them was 21-year-old St. Etienne forward Rachid Mekhloufi, the central character in the second installment of the “Football Rebels” documentary on Al Jazeera. Through evocative interviews, archival footage, and on-camera visits to important …

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