• Adeus Pele -- my 17-year-old mentor
    Pele became, during the 1958 World Cup, probably the most important influence in the development of my soccer understanding.
  • Random thoughts after a great World Cup final
    Lionel Messi got his reward. I almost feel that the sport owed him that, for all the pleasure he has given us.
  • Departing friends
    The deaths of Grant Wahl and Alex Yannis have left me with a sadness, and a spell of that "this shouldn't be happening" feeling.