The World Cup is too big for some ‘Mericans

Recently, Ann Coulter, and other right wing bloggers wrote articles criticizing the World Cup of Soccer. On the face of it, it is a very stupid thing to criticize, but in the blogger’s world, everything is about criticism, and getting links to your articles, so I shall play along. From Facebook, to Google plus, and Twitter, cranks have been taking time to criticize a sport that grips the world, but they apparently can’t stand. I don’t understand. There is much in this world that I don’t like, but I don’t…

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Why I Referee Soccer

Brian Hartwell - Soccer Referee

This subject is a little off the subject of most of this blog, but I often wish to write about my experiences as a soccer referee. This short piece explains some the of things I have learned on the soccer pitch. The book I most want to write would be titled along the lines of “How Refereeing Soccer Made Me a Better Leader”. Unlike star players or coaches, the referee is a most unlikely hero, unnoticed and invisible to most spectators until a mistake is made. Yet, like leaders of…

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