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World Cup Champion Briana Scurry’s Interview with NPR on Race, Celebrity, and Soccer

Briana Scurry, the goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National team that won the 1999 World Cup, was recently interviewed by Oliva Christian for NPR’s sport’s program [...]

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Teaching Sports History: Masculinity and the Gilded Age

While reading Wilma J. Pesavento and Lisa C. Raymond’s article “Men Must Play; Men Will Play:’ Occupations of Pullman Athletes, 1880 to 1900” I was subsequently was also preparing lectures [...]

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Article Review: Soccer and Sport in a Company Town

Pesavento, Wilma J., and Lisa C. Raymond. “Men Must Play; Men Will Play:’ Occupations of Pullman Athletes, 1880 to 1900.” Journal of Sport History 12, no. 3 (1985): 233-51. [...]

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Spring Update

It has been awhile. It seems like writing for this blog has had to take a backseat to a lot of other obligations in the past few months. Fortunately, they are all great things, so I don’t [...]

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Were Sanford High School’s “Celery-Fed” the First Soccer Team in Central Florida?

There is a research question I wrote years ago now on the inside front cover of my research notebook, “Who kicked the first ball in anger?” This is shorthand for a question that has plagued me [...]

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Gallup Says Soccer is More Popular Than Ever: Does That Really Matter?

Earlier this month there was a Gallup poll released on the popularity of sports in America that made waves in the soccer community. The surface level takeaways were they American football and [...]

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Continuing to Confound Reality: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with Football Manager 18 (Part 7)

Welcome to Part Seven of this ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 2018 to replay the Orlando City 2017 Major League Soccer season. If you’d like to get caught up on past [...]

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How Much Do We Talk About Soccer?: Data Mining For Answers

In the process of any research project, large or small, it is important to ask questions about your topic. Who is talking about it already, what are they saying, and how much are they saying it? [...]

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Additions to the Archive: A Look at the Soccer Web for December 2017

Hello and Happy New Year! Hope 2018 is treating you and yours well so far. Here’s a quick review of some of what I’ve been reading on the soccer webs this past December.

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April is “Florida Hot” for the Lions: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18

After a shaky but successful pre-season and a hard-fought draw on opening night, virtual Orlando City tore into April. Well, mostly at least. As the month comes to an end the digital Lions find [...]