FREE World Cup Tournament Brackets for Excel
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Posted by Paul on June 12, 2014 | Short Link

From The Ultimate World Cup Bracket


Ultimate Chart

Ultimate bracket

For a much simpler bracket, use this one from


exceltemplates bracket

Who are you guys picking? I have Brazil over Argentina 4-3 in one of the all time great matches. I think the USA will surprise many by making it to the Quarterfinals after beating Ghana & Portugal to get out of the Group, and then Belgium in the first stage of the knockout round.

I hope I’m right!

Tribute to Landon Donovan

Posted by Paul on June 11, 2014 | Short Link

Howler Magazine and artist Noah McMillan created this tribute to Major League Soccer and the USMNT’s All-Time Leading Scorer, Landon Donovan

On the eve of the 2014 World Cup, let us pause a moment to consider all that #10 has done for American Soccer this millennium.

Thank you, Landon Donovan. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

[gif courtesy of Howler Magazine, which happens to be the best Soccer magazine available in the USA, bar none]

Charlotte Hornets Baseball Club 1902 (feat. Moonlight Graham)
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Posted by Paul on June 9, 2014 | Short Link

If you don’t follow Official MLB Historian John Thorn (@thorn_john) on Twitter, you’re missing out. If you don’t use Twitter, you’re really missing out.

Thank you to Mr. Thorn for this awesome pdf of the July 19, 1902 edition of Sporting Life (“Devoted to Baseball, Trap Shooting and General Sport”). The Charlotte Hornets Baseball Club (including outfielder Archibald “Moonlight” Graham) is featured on the cover in honor of their 25 game Consecutive Win Streak.

That's Archibald "Moonlight" Graham in the upper left-hand corner of this 1902 edition of Sporting Life

That’s Archibald “Moonlight” Graham in the upper left-hand corner of this 1902 edition of Sporting Life

Photo of Baseball in 1800′s
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Posted by Paul on June 7, 2014 | Short Link

Soccer Blast: Attack Process Flow Chart

Posted by Paul on June 4, 2014 | Short Link

I have three games in my collection: History Maker Baseball, Second Season, and Soccer Blast. Generally, I’d say that game designer Keith Avallone’s instruction booklets might rank behind only Strat-O-Matic Baseball and/or APBA Baseball in terms of clarity of instructions, and functionality and design of the booklets themselves.

Soccer Blast is no exception, however, the attack process (which makes up a large portion of your actual gaming time) can be a bit confounding. To help put it all in order for myself, I drew up this handy-dandy flow chart. I hope it’s useful to you, too.

Originally I planned to include color copies of this flow chart as one of the freebies in the newsletter that is coming out on July 1st, but after reading some threads in the Delphi Forums where it seemed like more than a few others were struggling to get the game’s attack process down, too, I thought it would do more good to post the chart here. If you use this and some of the other downloads from the blog, I hope you’ll consider supporting the site by buying a copy of or a subscription to the newsletter.

Soccer Blast - Attack Process Flow Chart

CLICK HERE to download the flow chart in Excel format.

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