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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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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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US Open Cup Wins Highlight Another Hot Month for Virtual Lions: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18 (Part 6)

This is part six of an ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 18 to replay the 2017 MLS season to understand what went wrong for Orlando City. If you are interested, links to the [...]

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Article Review: Andrew Ross’ Neoliberal Critique of David Beckham and Major League Soccer

Ross, Andrew. “The Ballad of Becks and Posh.” American Quarterly 59, no. 4 (2007): 1215-223. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068486. Marking the arrival English superstar David Beckham [...]

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Flawless MLS Cup 2017 Conference Finals Predictions

Here we are with just three games between one of the final four clubs still competing in the MLS Cup Playoffs and history. While Toronto and Seattle may feel a little predetermined to make it to [...]

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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 [...]

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When Your “Wonderkid” Comes Out: Football Manager 2018 to Feature Gay Players

In my rush to read everything Football Manager related in the past few days I came across one new feature I wasn’t expecting. “Football Manager 2018 to Feature Gay Players.” [...]

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Opening Night: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18

Here is post #2 from the ongoing series recapping this technological autopsy of the Orlando City 2017 season by replaying it through Football Manager 2018. You can read about the beginnings here, [...]

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