I've never played soccer, I'm not a dedicated fan and I'm strictly a layman in my understanding of the game. However, Tim Howard's performance against Belgium ranks as one of the greatest solo feats I've ever witnessed in team sports, alongside Kellen Winslow's classic effort in the
One need not be a musician to appreciate Sills or Pavarotti; one need not paint to be moved by Klee or Matisse; and one need not play soccer to know Howard's incredible game is arguably one of the finest performances ever produced on soccer's grandest stage.
Tim Howard. No dancing, no chest bumping or thumping, no taunting. Just an incredible athlete putting on an incredible performance. How refreshing.
Paying homage to Tim Howard, couldn't FIFA have bent the rules a little and allowed the U.S. to advance to meet Argentina based on goal-saving differential?
Mark J. Featherstone
The saddest words of mice and men,
They should have played L. Donovan.
I understand that soccer is popular all over the world, and that the
Look at it this way: In how many World Cups can the U.S. claim they were better than Spain, Italy, England, Portugal and Ghana? One: 2014. Well done, guys.
Perhaps if there were a few rules changes, more Americans would be attracted to soccer. Awarding Mexico's opponent a penalty kick for tripping a guy who was no threat to score is like sentencing someone to hang for walking out of a store without paying for a package of gum.
Now back to some real football: college and NFL.
Let me present a short summary, with comments, of the letters in last Saturday's Times:
1. The World Cup has united the U.S. (uh, yeah, right).
2. A hockey fan said soccer stinks; a soccer fan said hockey stinks (OK, I think they're both right).
"You can observe a lot by just watching." —Yogi Berra.
Thank you, and good morning.
In the market
Kobe's selfish contract drains the
Gary H. Miller
To absent friends
At the end of last baseball season, if you told me Jack Bauer would be back on television but the Dodgers wouldn't, I would not have believed it.
There is one man who can easily break the stalemate over Dodgers broadcasts between Time Warner Cable and the other cable providers. All it would take is Vin Scully casually mentioning that, since over 70% of L.A. cannot hear him, he is thinking about retiring at the end of the season. The public relations disaster of being blamed for the loss of the most loved man in all of Southern California would quickly bring all of the parties to their senses.
Note to Time Warner Cable:
I enjoy getting up in the morning and reading about the Dodgers in the Los Angeles Times.
So three Bruins were taken in the first round of the
Ducks' fans need to curb their enthusiasm. No trade, draft pick or player development can compensate for their lack of a Darryl Sutter.
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