Posts from ‘August, 2012’

Thank you Anonymous

A reader review of The World is a Ball on the Barnes & Noble site gave it Five Stars and simply said, “I love this book.”
(The author does not know Anonymous and has had no contact.)… Continue reading

Ola! Where’s my La Liga?


Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match against Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid August 19, 2012.(SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS)

Outrage in Canada. The more channels, the less choice – Soccer from Spain disappears… Continue reading

James Lawton: Rooney must re-invent himself to avoid final cut from Fergie

Rooney: Already old rubbish..? James Lawton weighs in

How the CBC ruined my vacation

U.S. Olympic women’s soccer player Hope Solo attends a training session during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eltham College in London. (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS)

Back in the paper. And at ya: How Hope Solo & the CBC Ruined My Vacation. Plus advice for sad case Ezra Levant… Continue reading

A Great Feast of Light makes a competitive List of Best Irish Books

Delighted – or as they say in Dublin, “delirah” – to see my book A Great Feast of Light is 66th out of 213 books on a Best Irish Books list on Goodreads. Considering the works James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and Roddy Doyle (no relation) and other big-time writers are on the same list…… Continue reading

The Mad, Mad Controversy About Canada’s Loss to the U.S. at The Olymics

I’ve spent a good deal of Tuesday talking to radio stations about Canada 3 USA 4 (in extra time) at the Olympics. Most of the questions asked of me are legit. (I’ve declined to do TV interviews. On this subject, television is formidably stupid.) Was the referee biased? Why is there no video replay in soccer? Why is FIFA investigating? Is this why soccer has never taken off in North America? I try to explain that, really, the game was heartbreaker but nobody in the whole wide world of soccer is going to change the rules because some Canadians feel an injustice was done.

Always I try to keep in mind my own words. The end of The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer… Continue reading

Italy’s Serie A Clubs are sinking

In achievement, in money, in all areas. Superb, clear analysis from Bobby McMahon in the online Forbes… Continue reading

Toronto FC Thrash CD Aguila 5-1 in CCL

Toronto FC forward Reggie Lambe (19) scores past CD Aguila goalie Benji Villalobos. (Photo: CP/Nathan Denette)

Well done the lads!

Toronna FC achieve 5-1 win over Club Deportivo Aguila in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League… Continue reading