Posts from ‘October, 2010’

Now in paperback

The updated paperback of The World Is A Ball is out this week Tuesday. Continue reading

Writers Festival with Bidini

The author is in Ottawa Monday & Tuesday. Ottawa Writers Festival event Tuesday noon with Dave O’Bidini of Home & Away fame. Continue reading

TWIAB Nominated for William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year

The World Is A Ball is longlisted for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. Continue reading

What is a “professional” football player?

In The World is a Ball somewhere there’s a rant about how, in England, being a “professional” football player means something vastly different from what it means in Italy. Or Spain. Or Germany.

Toronto’s M.L.S. Team Is Testing Patience of Its Fans

TORONTO — In a sports bar one recent night, the bartender was giving away collectible beer glasses bearing the Toronto F.C. logo and motto, “All for One.” For some, those words are hard to swallow right now.

These are desperate days in Toronto. Within a month, it seems, Toronto F.C. has gone from a beloved team to the focus of bitterness and anger. There is an interim coach and, at 8-13-7 before Saturday’s game, no possibility the team will make Major League Soccer’s playoffs. Ticket prices are rising. Some players have been invisible on the field, and others want more money. Continue reading

Good luck in Slovakia

Ireland moves on shakily after loss to Russia in Dublin. Backs to the wall, boys… Continue reading

Football writer wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Which is kind of like the World Cup in the writing racket. About our man Mario Vargas Llosa – “To assuage his lifelong passion for football he has written about the game for El País.” Continue reading

Coming Friday…

Euro 2012 Qualifying. Ireland vs Russia. In Dublin. Oh Lordy. Continue reading