Off the Crossbar: The power of loyalty

Earlier this week, amidst speculation that he would be leaving his Kentucky Wildcat program for the Bruins of UCLA, coach John Calipari signed a deal to keep him in Lexington for the entirety of his coaching career. In 2010, he took over the struggling but big-name Kentucky program that was without a Final Four appearance […]

On The Spot: Europe needs reforms, stat

I think my Dad might actually enjoy this, but I’ll grudgingly support Liverpool in this year’s Champions League final. Yes, those Reds fans will probably be obnoxious on Facebook should their team lift the trophy on May 26, but at least I can continue to hope their top division title drought continues. Because the fact […]

Outside of the Boot: What has happened to Barcelona?

One month ago, Barcelona were atop La Liga, nine points clear of second place Atletico Madrid and in the quarter finals of the Champions League after defeating Arsenal 5-1 on aggregate. It had been 39 games since they had lost in any competition. In their previous 20 league games, they had won 19. In their […]

Outside of the Boot: The return of the Champions League

The Champions League is back. For the next two weeks, soccer fans everywhere will be treated to showdowns between Europe’s best. On Tuesday, Barcelona looked to continue their quest to become the first repeat champion since 1989 when they hosted Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinal. The game started with Barcelona dominant, but a […]

On the Spot: Why the world is thankful for Johan Cruyff

“In a way, I’m probably immortal.” In the 14th minute of the Netherlands-France friendly on Friday, the world stopped to pay tribute to a maverick. Johan Cruyff was perhaps the most famous player to have ever donned the No. 14 shirt, at a time when most players in the first team wore the standard 1 through […]

Outside of the Boot: Zlatan the Great, where next?

During his time at Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic once famously compared himself to a Ferrari. While it was in reference to his lack of playing time, the two certainly have commonalities. Powerful yet graceful. Stylish and precise. But after scoring his 100th league goal for PSG over the weekend, perhaps a more pertinent comparison is fine […]