Knockout Time

Written by: Michael De Luca My, oh my: Hello knockout stage, it’s nice to see you. The real juice of the tournament is upon us and the group-stage play has left us all with quite a bit to chew over. Some squads will be looking toward the next round optimistically, while others might be lamenting … More Knockout Time

Don’t miss any Euro Cup action with Tailgate Talk

Written by: Michael DeLuca First thing’s first: Congratulations Leicester City on putting the finishing touches to one of the most incredible and uplifting sports stories of all time. Doing it the hard way, the Foxes kicked down the door of order in English football by squashing all that conventional wisdom has to offer on the … More Don’t miss any Euro Cup action with Tailgate Talk

The Pain & Pride of Realistic Expectations

The degree of sports fandom varies across different fan-types. Not dissimilar to any other major form of mass entertainment (ex. concerts, theatre, art festivals etc.), sport is consumed in a variety of different manners. This is largely thanks to the radically different approaches one adopts toward a particular team, athlete, sport (as a whole) or … More The Pain & Pride of Realistic Expectations

Would America Accept a Multi-Competition Format?

Written By: Michael Deluca Among the many differences in style, there is one interesting divide in the approach to professional sports between North America and the rest of the world that has long intrigued me. In particular, this differentiation exists between professional soccer and “the Big 4” North American leagues. At this point, I’ll forgive … More Would America Accept a Multi-Competition Format?