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Ep 23: Team Values

So we decided to be fair, and give some credit to the New York Times for writing a much better article about soccer than the last one.  Not that it was a very high bar.  We then had a chat about Megan Rapinoe and her decision to join a hands-on football player in sitting out the national anthem.  Also, we took some time to talk about that pillar of soccer journalism, Forbes, and their yearly valuation of MLS teams.  And did Don Garber sneak a bombshell in that article?  Here we go, it’s Episode 23!

This one’s gonna take some links.

We’ll start with the very good article by the New York Times on Jordan Morris:

Then there’s an article about Megan Rapinoe, including the full statement by the Washington Spirit:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2016/09/07/nwsl-national-anthem-prevent-megan-rapinoe-protest/89983278/

Here’s the fascinating piece by ESPN on the history of the Star Spangled Banner and sporting events:

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/6957582/the-history-national-anthem-sports-espn-magazine

And finally, the money.  Here’s the article by Forbes on MLS team values (Oh!  I just got that!):

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2016/09/07/major-league-soccers-most-valuable-teams-2016-new-york-orlando-thrive-in-first-seasons/#2d482eed266a

2 Comments

  1. Rise of the Guardians and the owl movie are two different films. Rise of the Guardians is the one with Cossack Santa, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, and ice animation that makes Frozen hide it’s face in shame. It’s kind of weird, but the art stype is quite painterly so if you’re into that and/or Chris Pine, you should give it a watch.

    I haven’t even touched Legend of the Guardians yet, lol

    • Also as a side note, the combination of Francis Scott Key’s poem and the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven had been ‘traditional’ in the US for decades by 1918, and was officially a Navy thing since the 1880s. Naming it as the super duper official National Anthem was just one of those feel-good bits of legislation that you introduce for brownie points. (A more extreme example, the red disc on a white field was not made the ‘official’ design of the Japanese flag until 1999; it had been the de facto flag since 1870, until someone basically noticed that they’d never made it official, and they decided that WWII was far enough in the past that they could do something patriotic.)

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