Impossible Score

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I was looking at scores on ESPN and saw this. Last time I checked it was impossible to score a single point in football. What is this? Soccer?

Thumbs Up

Utley won’t blame the game. He relished the violence, so he lives with the consequences. To blame football is to deny Utley control of his own life, and every success he’s had — from the moment he first stepped on the Silverdome field to the moment he uses his arms to vault himself into a Ford truck each morning — is a direct result of Utley’s belief that he controls his destiny. There is room to debate the morality of football, and there’s a time to consider our role in promoting barbarism as a form of entertainment. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe the thumbs-up isn’t about us at all. “That moment,” Utley said, “that was me making a promise to myself and to everyone else. That’s me saying I will not quit. I will not give up. I will be back.”

via Mike Utley and the origins of the thumbs-up for injured athletes

I was 11 years old, sitting in the upper deck of the Silverdome when Mike Utley was hurt. It was a chilling event to witness. Twenty years later I’m glad to come across a story about Utley, his attitude, and his drive to got back on his feet.

Backyard Goal Post

I noticed this goal post, made out of PVC pipes, in a backyard while out for a walk this afternoon. I pictured a group of kids playing football here after a fresh snow, which brought back memories of playing 10 Yard Gain when I was a kid.

Football or Soccer or Football? Who Cares!

As an American I’m sick of seeing this stupid image passed around every few months.

Here’s an image (source) of a player with his hands on the ball in soccer.

Throwing a soccer ball

Here’s an image (source) of a football being kicked.

Kicking a football

Soccer fans from around of the world, it’s time to get over it. In the United States, we call your version of football by the name soccer and it’s not going to change. Enjoy your sport, call it what you want, and move on.