The NWSL and Nashville’s (tempered) enthusiasm

Last week, The Tennessean’s Sandy Mazza reported that the Nashville…

Chancellors, symbols, and traditions

Last week, my colleague Chris Ivey wrote an exceptional column…

Other than arguments over kits, why do we watch soccer?

Over the holiday break, an old friend wrote to wish…

Can real fans skip the final?

I had a number of conversations the week prior to…

Who do you pull for now?

So, here we are, wishing Nashville SC should be playing…

Soccer and suicide

Early this week, I was giving my final lecture in…

An FC by any other name

Last week, when New England revealed its new logo, part…

What if they are playing for the draw?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading histories of…

Being a fan at the 20 mile marker

If you have ever run a marathon, you can attest…

The referee: our psychic safety valve

Like nearly everyone, two of my favorite soccer poets have…

Three things on my mind

I’m tired of waiting for my colleague Davey Shepherd to…

The Battle of the Backline: Olympic games and head shavings

Of the many aspects of soccer culture that do not…

Soccer: It’s always been ours

If we are shaped by our history – and we…

Lessons from the NASL

In Simon Critchley’s What We Think About When We Think…

The cleanse before the game

The tailgate before the game. It’s not just for soccer, I…

The Nashville homegrown player pathway

A few years back, I was interviewing Nashville SC General…

Revisiting the Backline

Sometimes it’s useful to retrace one’s steps to discover what…

Club or country?

Particular conversations in the soccer community are cyclical.  And one…

The rise of the Tartan Terrors

While claiming an “international fanbase” may be (a bit) too…

Turning a corner

For my money, we’ve turned a proverbial corner. And much, much…

Thoughts on rituals through cheese rolls

Last weekend, I was watching the Netflix series, “We are…

Finding ourselves in Moses

Those who have not lived in Nashville for a long…

Rehashing by three

Three matters on my mind this week (also, three things…

Nashville SC stadium update: June 2021

Living in Wedgewood Houston, I daily watch the Nashville SC…