The Looming Threat of a Spanish Soccer Strike

For sports fans in the United States — who endured the NFL work stoppage over the summer, and are currently watching and waiting as the NBA and its players work toward a stalemate that could look suspiciously like the NHL’s season-long shutdown in 2004-05 — labor situations have taken on a curious pattern in recent years. It isn’t the players, the labor of this situation, which initiates a strike; instead, it is management,... Read More

NTSF 127: A Fresh Start for Spring…

So I finally followed through on a promise I’ve been making for some time. After several years of watching my hair slowly grow out from buzzed beginnings, blossoming outward like one of those Chia Heads before flopping earthward in a mane around my shoulders and down my back, I’ve done something altruistic for a change. For years my wife has suggested, given my ability to grow one prodigious head of hair, that I should donate the tresses... Read More

NTSF 110: New challenges on the horizon, the reality of health and sports and more…

The sports world is in another one of those moments in the year where everything begins to crunch together at once for fans in the United States. The NBA joined the NHL this week in starting its regular season. College football enters its stretch drive, while the NFL prepares for its second half of the season. Oh, and there’s that matter of a few more baseball games to be played in San Francisco and Arlington… But that is just the tip... Read More

NTSF 108: Uncrowded Commonwealth cause for concern, international competition galore and more…

By the time this goes up on the site, I’ll be somewhere en route to California to the Bioneers conference in San Rafael. The coffee company my wife’s family owns and operates needed a few extra bodies to man their trio of locations at the event, and so I was conscripted for active duty. It’s funny to think, living as relatively close as I do, but this will be the first time that I will have given northern California more than a... Read More

NTSF 107: Thoughts on losing versus failing, the Contador saga and more…

My voice is still hoarse five days after the fact. Saturday saw the eyes of the nation turn toward Eugene, and I had the pleasure of being amongst a crowd that numbered just under 60,000 to witness the Oregon Ducks take on Stanford in a matchup with more than just Pac-10 implications. Perched 14 rows up in section 9, I was treated to a free seat in prime location as the two top-ten powers waged battle. It was the sort of game in which fans hit every... Read More

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