Wow! I did not know this...
Great stuff from the Onion. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.
"Fundamentally, what they sought in the New World was freedom to practice any sport they wished," historian and author Bruce Wright said. "The Pilgrims thought people should not be forced to conform to one single game, especially one in which the hands went unused.""We must keep in mind what these radical Puritans believed about idle hands," Wright added.
Jimmy Conrad's "Perfect World"
...Speaking of funny stuff, Jimmy Conrad has Part 2 of his future vision for MLS. The dude is pretty hilarious.
Players v MLS: It's getting serious
... And speaking of MLS, here's a very good run down of the issues at stack in the Collective Bargaining negotiations between the players and MLS. A work stoppage would be disastrous to the US soccer. Between this and the USL v NASL, there is s a lot to wring you hands over in the next few weeks. Maybe Boots will have to save the day on this one too.
USMNT World Cup Tix Available to General Public
US Soccer has opened its allotment of tickets to the 2010 World Cup for sale to the general public. Those who want to order tickets for USMNT games will need to submit pre-application data to US Soccer by Jan. 11, 2010
Referees: Those Without Ego Need Not Apply
MLS referees have not had the best reputation. Angelo Bratsis is trying to change that. The former FIFA referee and current MLS referee instructor gave a very interesting interview about what it takes to be successful in the thankless task, including something I was surprised to read: a healthy dose of ego.