On the Pitch with an American Novice: What’s in a Derby?

Conflict drives a plot forward. But we don’t use the term conflict in sports, we use rivalry. And they don’t use the term rivalry in soccer, they use derby. Although they may use a different name across the pond, the reasons are all the same. A bitter, often belligerent past, like that of the Yankees […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 9/1 – 9/7

This week I nominate the US Men’s soccer team who traveled to Cuba and defeated the home squad 1 nil in a World Cup qualifier. The United States has not played futbol on the island of Cuba for over 50 years. Who gets your POTW?

Notre Dame Post Game

Well … that’s not the game most of us expected from the Irish in the opener vs San Diego State. Sure, ND won 21-13, but the fact that SD St came within a whisker of going up by 13 points early in the 4th quarter was unnerving to say the least. Thoughts of last season’s […]

Frozen Pond Diary: Pre-Season Weekend

A Clipboard exclusive – we get an inside look at North American Junior hockey through the eyes of Mike Gionta. While playing for the Queen City Steam of the Central States Hockey League, Mike will share his weekly experiences with the Clipboard. He doesn’t mind being called the cousin of Brian or Stephen, but on […]