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In Praise of Defensive Football

It's called "the beautiful game," but soccer is at its best when it is seemingly the most boring.

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It Sort of Gets to Me

My son is in competition for an increasingly paltry prize. For something that never was a prize.

Step Three: Rationalize

In the field he could roll a cigarette, for the most part with one hand, in a gale force wind.

African Chant

When Peter One and Jess Sah Bi released Our Garden Needs Its Flowers in 1985, it was probably Ivory Coast’s first country album.