Historical Disputes Between Opponents in the 2022 World Cup’s Round of 16 (Part II)

Part I here One of the great things about sports is that it allows countries to compete against each other without resorting to annoying things like killing and maiming. (Well, usually.) The quadrennial World Cup is the highest profile example of the soccer pitch becoming a proxy battlefield to help exercise old demons. Today, the 2022 World… Continue reading Historical Disputes Between Opponents in the 2022 World Cup’s Round of 16 (Part II)

Historical Disputes Between Opponents in the 2022 World Cup’s Round of 16 (Part I)

(Author's note: today is PPFA's 500th post! Thanks for reading a few along the way. Among them was a World Cup "Round of 16" post four years ago. Here's another.) One of the great things about sports is that it allows countries to compete against each other without resorting to annoying things like killing and… Continue reading Historical Disputes Between Opponents in the 2022 World Cup’s Round of 16 (Part I)

A Piece of History Between Each of the Countries Paired in the World Cup’s Round of 16

One of the great things about sports is that it allows countries to compete against each other without resorting to annoying things like killing and maiming. (Well, usually.) Olympics aside, the quadrennial World Cup is the most high profile example of the soccer pitch becoming a proxy battlefield, psychologically if not practically, to help exercise old… Continue reading A Piece of History Between Each of the Countries Paired in the World Cup’s Round of 16

Presidential Politics in 1908 and 1948

"Does one of them really have to win?" -America, on the 2016 election "One of them has to win... right?" -America, on the 2016 World Series Let's embrace a distraction, shall we? While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give us an autumn event to remember, America only has one Fall Classic. Tonight, the World Series… Continue reading Presidential Politics in 1908 and 1948