Landon Donovan debate - we are having the wrong conversation

Everyone has opinions about Landon Donovan: he’s the greatest US soccer player in history; he should have been included in the US World Cup team etc.  The debate about Landon Donovan, however, serves to highlight an interesting fact about US soccer: the US has yet to produce a male world class player.  Let’s be clear, by a world class player I mean someone that could be included in a discussion of the top 10 players in the world for any given year.  Let’s stretch the boundaries here and I would argue that the US has not produced a male player that would get included in the top 50 players in the world in a given year.  This shortcoming in turn is a reflection of the average quality of the top echelon of US players and what we can expect the USMNT to achieve.  (The underlying assumption here is that there is a strong correlation between a country’s top quality players and the odds of that crop of players producing a world class player.)  To be competitive at with the elite soccer countries of the world you need at least one if not two world class players.  And that is the real issue that should concern US soccer – US soccer needs world class players to realize world class results.

My first 14K peak (by car).  Pikes Peak.  Amazing road - don’t know how they race it.  But I think I could bike it.  Definitely felt the thin air though.

Sounders - 40 years.  This video is awesome!  So much Seattle.

“An Ohio man has become infected with misinformation about the Ebola virus through casual contact with cable news, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed.”
Man Infected with Ebola Misinformation Through Casual Contact With Cable News - The New Yorker
Mr. Klugian is believed to have been exposed to cable news for no more than ten minutes, but long enough to become infected,” a spokesman for the C.D.C. said. (via studioartist)

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Amazon TV series Transparent is seriously very good. And the sound track is awesome. Never heard of Bettye Swann but she has an amazing voice.

15 minutes of craziness.  Football (and all other professional sports) leagues really are the domain of dinosaurs.  And yes it appears racism does still exist.  Wow.

dead-or-disbanded:

Gloria Jones - Tainted Love

Via Wikipedia: American artist Gloria Jones recorded the original version of “Tainted Love”, which was written and produced by Ed Cobb. It was the B-side to the 1965 single “My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home”,[4] which was a commercial flop, failing to chart in either the US or the UK. Before Jones recorded the song, Cobb had offered it to The Standells, which he managed and produced, but they rejected it.

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Colorado photos by Eli