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Ranking The “Team” In Team Sports

Originally posted to isportstimes.com on August 28, 2013

It’s a team game.

As clichés go, the one above is one of the most common ones you’ll here athletes and coaches say. Win or lose, everyone is always quick to point out that it’s a team game, one single person is not responsible for the win/loss, everyone played an important role, etc. Like any good sports cliché, there is a modicum of truth that gives rise to the cliché. Football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer; they are all by definition team sports. But not all team sports are created equally. Some team sports are more, um, “team” than others. That is, in some sports, a single player can have much more of an impact while other sports are designed to not allow one player to completely determine the outcome of a game or season. Read More…

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The Beautiful Game: How European Soccer Is Staking Its Claim As A Major Sport In America

Originally posted to isportstimes.com on August 23, 2013

Although the NFL season has yet to hit full swing, last week was a big one in the sports world. Over the weekend, NBC Sports rolled out its coverage of the Barclays Premier League, showing matches all over their affiliate networks and through their online viewing app. Also this past weekend, Fox unveiled their overly self-hyped, ESPN-killer channel Fox Sports 1. In their first days as a full-fledged 24-hour sports channel, Fox Sports 1 came out of the gate with its Fox Soccer Daily show receiving a prime place at 4:00pm every weekday. These new soccer-centric cable offerings are the continuation of a process that has been gaining momentum at a glacier’s pace over the past 50 years. Read More…

Stranger in a Strange Land

Originally posted at isportstimes.com on August 16, 2013

I’ve had a very eventful 21 years as a sports fan. My first sports memories are this and this. I had the privilege of watching LeBron James seemingly shrink the court with his patented one-man fast breaks as well as the privilege of watching Brady Quinn check down again and again on third and long.

So they may not all be great memories, but I certainly have a lot of them. But even as football, basketball, and baseball have demanded an unhealthy portion of my time, I can’t help but feel like I haven’t quite experienced sports fandom to the fullest. Read More…

Wayne Rooney the Right Move at the Right Time for Chelsea

Originally posted at isportstimes.com on July 17, 2013

There are a lot of words that can describe the Roman Abromovich era at Chelsea, but patience has not typically been one of them. But patience is exactly what the newly reunited Abromovich-Jose Mourinho pairing has shown during this transfer window. Aside from the under-the-radar additions of Andre Schurrle and youngster Marco van Ginkel to the plethora of midfield options already on the squad, Chelsea has been relatively quiet during the close season. Despite the need for a top class forward to go along with all that midfield talent, Chelsea has sat back as prized forwards Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani signed for exorbitant fees with French adversaries Monaco and PSG respectively. Even dropping to the next tier of potentially available strikers, Chelsea has not been seriously connected to a move for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, or Christian Benteke. Read More…