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Ann Coulter vs Soccer

Moral-adj: of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior

"Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay."

That is a direct quote from Ann Coulter's recent article that was posted on her website. At first when I started reading this article, I figured it must be some sort of joke. Almost like something a person would read on The Onion. After some research,I discovered it was in fact a true article written by Ms. Coulter herself. Normally I would write this off as satire of sort, but considering the source, that was not an option. Perhaps she is just doing what she always does and that is spouting off at the mouth. If she's looking for a reaction, she certainly got it.

Defending soccer was not on my list of things to do today, but sometimes when the issue of moral decay is brought to the forefront something must be said. Due to the beauty of the internet in which all people have opinions, hundreds of …

A Short Play

Last week I was able to spend a few days up in McCall at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. The conference is put on by the id Theater company out of New York and runs for two weeks. Now, if I had it my way, I would have been able to spend the full two weeks up there because good stuff is going on. Alas, with a work schedule interfering (for the first week) and monetary/lodging considerations, I was only able to spend part of two days up there. Fingers are crossed for possibly spending the entire two weeks (or even just longer than a few days) in the future.

I went up to attend a workshop simply called INSTAPLAY. I did not contact anyone up there to get more information, but simply went to McCall because the workshop was open to the public for free. I like free so of course I went. I didn't know what this workshop would entail and I certainly hoped it would be worth my time. As it turns it out, it most certainly was. Not only do I feel I came out of the workshop lea…

World Cup from the Couch

As we wrap up the first round of group games, it is time to take a moment and reflect on what we have learned the first week of the 2014 World Cup.

I have watched roughly eleven of the games so far and boy have I been impressed. We have had everything from a lot of passing, a bit of goalkeeping, and a lot of crying--er, I mean, hard fouls. People thought Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers flopped a lot but those people should start watching soccer if they want to see true flopping. The world class soccer players have flopping down to a science. Every little push, slide tackle, and jostle turns into the pain that ended all pain. I'd say that soccer referees have the hardest officiating job in the world. Not only do they have to do as much running as the players, they basically have to decided every minute whether a true foul has occurred or the player has simply taken a dive. My hats off to the referees.

1.) Let's start with a little man from France with the name Ben…