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7 Goals

Elliot's soccer team lost today, 1-0.  Elliot played goalie in the first half and pitched a shut-out (he received a bunch of help from his defense who hardly ever let the ball get close enough for Elliot to touch it).

Finn's team won 8 to 5.  Finn played about half the game.  All 8 of his team's goals were scored when he was in the game.  All 5 the the opposing team's goals were scored when he was out of it.  Get this...Finn scored seven of his team's goals and had an assist on the other.  Lisa was getting embarrassed.

Are you ready for some MORE football?

An interesting Time mag article about two new professional football leagues that are about to launch in the US is here: link

The eight-team United Football League (UFL), brainchild of financier and former USFL minority owner Bill Hambrecht, will play games during the NFL season on Fridays, when the NFL, and most colleges, are idle. The league will have teams in large metropolitan areas that have no NFL franchises, places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and maybe even Mexico City or London.

The other upstart, the fledging All American Football League (AAFL), has a very different model. Funded by San Diego entrepreneur Marcus Katz, the AAFL will play in college football hotbeds on otherwise sleepy spring Saturdays, and feature alums from big-time schools like the University of Florida and University of Tennessee on its pro teams. Katz, who made his fortune in the student loan business, grew up an avid University of Georgia football fan, and he's trying to profit from the love fans have for former college players. Since there aren't enough NFL spots for all the talented University of Florida football players, the thinking goes, why not have some of them come to Gainesville, suit up in Gator blue, and play for the Florida AAFL team? They'd face off against teams from Tennessee and Alabama, just like the good old days.


Always Under Review

A couple weeks back the LA Times ran a story of the same title, an interesting and rare behind-the-scenes look at an NFL officiating crew as it prepared to work a game.  Sports nuts should give it a read.  The degree to which the officials' performance is scrutinized by the league is interesting...they're even graded on how "athletic and tidy" they look in uniform.


Athletes and Their Dogs

From an article titled "The Horrors of Dogfighting" in The Week:

Michael Vick is hardly the first athlete connected to dogfighting. In fact, in the macho culture of professional sports, fighting dogs are a status symbol and dogfighting is widely considered a harmless pastime, says sports psychologist Harry Edwards. When Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis learned that Vick faced charges for running a dogfighting operation, he said, "It's his property. It's his dogs. If that's what he wants to do, do it." In 2006, two fighting dogs owned by NFL linebacker Joey Porter escaped from his yard and mauled a neighbor's miniature pony to death. "The dog is going to be a reflection of the owner," Porter explained. "I don't too much care for a passive dog." One of former NBA player Latrell Sprewell's four pit bulls once attacked his 4-year-old daughter, tearing off one of her ears. Sprewell resisted having the dog euthanized. "Stuff happens," he said. That remark might seem callous, but it apparently reflects a mentality that attracts athletes to fighting dogs in the first place. "If you're looking to project a tough image," says Kelli Ferris, a veterinary science professor at North Carolina State, "a Pomeranian on a leash doesn't cut it-a snarling pit bull does."

I remember when Porter's dogs killed the pony, but I was too naive to realize that they were fighting dogs.



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