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Thoughts on England-France

MIKE CUMMINGS: Heading into international week, the England-France friendly looked more like a matchup of European soccer’s Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Moreso than any other European nations, England and France embarrassed themselves at the World Cup, and in the intervening four months have looked at times varyingly adrift and obsolete. After Wednesday, when Tweedledum beat Tweedledee 2-1 at Wembley, it’s looking like England is more alone than ever in its fairy-tale notion of traditional soccer supremacy. That is to say, Tweedledum wised up while Tweedledee continued to twiddle its thumbs.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Certainly, the positives France can take from this match bode well for their rebuilding, while England received little solace beyond the precocious Carroll. But we’ve learned something else: it was far from a rash move when Blanc suspended his entire team against Norway earlier this year. Continue reading

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World Cup: Week Two Thoughts

HOWARD MEGDAL: Obviously, I’m still focused on Wednesday at 10:00 AM EST when the United States will be fighting for its life against Algeria. It is hard not to be confident going in, even though the Americans have given us…

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World Cup Weekend Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL (6/11, 6:10 PM): So the two first-day ties are being treated as equally shocking, but I don’t see them as remotely so. South Africa is the far bigger surprise here.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/13, 10:00 PM): There are few things that I respect more in life, let alone sports, than when someone immediately takes ownership of a mistake under the big lights.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/15 – 7:30 PM): Hard to not imagine what the rest of the world is saying: the boorish Americans are sounding off about the lack of scoring thus far. To be fair, it’s extremely difficult to score on this type of stage; each nation is fielding the crème-de-la-crème in terms of not just midfielders, but defenders as well.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/16 – 1:30 PM): Switzerland’s win over heavily-favored Spain is already considered the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the biggest in recent memory. Yet, to call it scintillating would be an equally enormous stretch. Continue reading

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WBC: Highlighting Baseball’s Best/Putting Baseball’s Best at Risk

The WBC can make baseball a truly global game.

STEPHON JOHNSON: As the World Baseball Classic attempts to make our pastime truly global, MLB organizations’ reluctance to send players stunts the sport’s growth.

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Baseball,…

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