our view from the sidelines

Holiday Season

Welcome back y’all.  It’s been 10 long months, but holiday season has finally returned.  No dummy, not Easter or Passover or even spring – the NBA Playoffs!  I’m talking 40 games in 40 nights...

Our Last Heroes

This past summer, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was unceremoniously sold to NYC FC, and then surprisingly loaned out to the new MLS franchise’s parent club, Manchester City. Lampard wore Chelsea blue for 13 years,...

The World Cup: A Moment In Time

The World Cup ended on Sunday with Germany the deserving champion.  Mario Götze’s game-winning goal was a stunning exclamation point to a riveting month of football.  Just as Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal in 2010 ensured...

The Beautiful Game

I watched the World Cup Final at a movie theater in Oakland with two good friends from college. We watched in Spanish, with a group largely supporting Argentina. I know it’s a cliché to...