This league will be No. 1 in 10 years, maybe 5,” said commissioner of the North American Soccer League, Phil Woosnam in 1977. “In five years, the Soccer Bowl will be as big as the Super Bowl.”
- For a huge Major League Soccer fan like me, this article titled “American Soccer Ready to Strut” from the Palm Beach Post, August 30, 1977, was kind of interesting and kind of sad.
- If there were a Hall of Fame of introspective Baseball-themed Blogs, Cardboard Gods would be among the inner-circle pantheon. In this post inspired by Major League Baseball’s last left-handed catcher, Mike Squires, writer Josh Wilker imagines a baseball game played with rules similar to volleyball whereby each player has to rotate to a new position each inning. Don’t miss it.
- I’ve linked to the Cosmic Baseball Association before, but thanks to a post over at Strat-o-Matic Gamer Forum 2 (on Delphi Forums), I came across a great article about Jack Kerouac and his tabletop baseball gamethat he designed at age 11 and played into adulthood. In college I was a huge Kerouac fan, and I’ll never forget the delight and ecstasy I felt when I discovered we had this experience and obsession in common.
One note to the author, however: in the article the author says he has “no doubt that Kerouac was a Red Sox fan,” but he’s wrong. Kerouac was a Boston (and later Milwaukee) Braves fan. I wish I could remember where I read that, but I remember he was particularly fond of Joe Adcock in the 50’s.
- Interesting factoid: we all knew that David Freese had a great Postseason, culminating in his World Series MVP award. The kid will eat for free in St. Louis for the rest of his life. But did you know that his performance in Game 6 was the single greatest postseason performance in Major League Baseball history (according to the Win Probability Added metric)? I found that interesting.
- The funniest baseball/blogging comic of all time: Halos Heaven Presents “Moneyblog”