Arjun Balaraman is a Sports Columnist at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in Quantitative Economics. He can be reached at

Off the Crossbar: Ferguson, Wenger and replacing legends

What a whirlwind three months it has been for Quique Sanchez Flores. After being reappointed as Watford boss in September, the Spaniard was fired just 81 days into his second spell, following Liverpool’s  2–1 loss to Southampton last weekend. It was a cruel decision by the club, which is now looking for its third manager […]

Off the Crossbar: Club affairs in the England camp

After last weekend’s hotly contested heavyweight bout between Liverpool and Manchester City, players from both sides made their way back to their home countries for international duty. Tempers flared in the match, called by some an early-season title-decider and reached a boiling point when Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and City’s Raheem Sterling enjoyed a little shoving […]

Off the Crossbar: Is the title race over?

In the most anticipated match of the season, the Premier League’s elite met on Sunday for their first encounter of the year. Liverpool stood unbeaten at the top of the table with 10 wins and just one draw in their first 11 games, while Manchester City trailed six points behind. The matchup was eerily similar […]

Off the Crossbar: The dying art of the central midfielder

One of the most prominent trends in sports broadcasting has been the introduction of ex-players as pundits. Former stars, like Charles Barkley and Shaq on TNT or Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on Sky Sports, often offer valuable insights regarding the intricacies of the game and usually do a good job of capturing the player’s […]

Off the Crossbar: Chelsea, Pulisic and the value of competition

Ever since Christian Pulisic broke into the first team at Borussia Dortmund in 2016 as a bright-eyed teenager, he has been hailed as American soccer’s savior. After thriving in the German Bundesliga for two full seasons as a 19- and 20-year-old, Pulisic moved to Chelsea over the summer for $73 million, making him by far […]

Off the Crossbar: Not so far off

With Liverpool establishing itself as one of the top clubs in the world following its Champions League title last season and Manchester United in disarray, it is hard not to compare the current situation to the 1990s. Liverpool, then, was the winningest club in England, with 18 titles to its name. It would have sounded […]

Off the Crossbar: Nurturing young talent

Just as baseball uses the minor leagues and basketball uses the G-League to develop their young players, all professional club sides in Europe have reserve and youth teams which they use to develop players through their academy system. But while basketball instated a pre-draft age limit, there are no such restrictions in soccer that prevent […]

Off the Crossbar: Time for change for Spurs

After the club’s most successful season in the Premier League era, where they finished third in the league and reached the final of the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur is in turmoil this season. The Spurs followed up a humbling 7–2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich with a dismal display in their 3–0 away defeat […]

Off the Crossbar: Winning isn’t always pretty

With all of his successes over the last two seasons, it’s easy to forget some of the criticism that Pep Guardiola faced during the Spaniard’s first season in charge in England. In almost his first move, Guardiola opted to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to replace one of City’s fan favorites — and longest-tenured player […]

Off the Crossbar: Waning Competition

For much of the last two decades, English sides have largely been overshadowed by their neighbors in European tournaments. While clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich dominated the continental scene, English soccer had one source of pride — the level of competitiveness of the domestic Premier League. Unlike in Spain (Barcelona and Real […]