Mike's Best Guess

Mike's Best Guess
Cullman, Alabama, United States
December 31
I cover high school sports for a newspaper in North Alabama, but I secretly want to write about soccer from my living room all day. Life is a compromise sometimes.


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JUNE 13, 2011 1:50PM

I'm from Alabama, and I used to be illegal

Actually, I can't prove that.

So, to my employer, please consider firing me now. To law enforcement, please check my papers. To my high school, please rescind my diploma. And to anyone who wants to give me a ride, just don't.

See, here's the thing. At some point in the past,… Read full post »

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JUNE 4, 2011 7:46PM

Kneejerk reactions: USA-Spain

That was embarrassing.

It was only a friendly, but then again the United States’ performance Saturday against Spain was only slightly better than disastrous. Spain led 3-0 at halftime, and in truth, it should have been worse. It was like a bad episode of Pros vs. Joes, except… Read full post »
MAY 28, 2011 5:12PM

The best team ever? Old news

So Barcelona is the best team ever. Except if you’re an American, because if you’re an American, Manchester United is the best team ever — and who’s this Messi guy anyway?

No need to answer that, because here’s the thing: Before Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 5:15PM

Ronaldo retires. No, not that one.

As soon as people here in America find out I’m a soccer fan, they always want to know the same two things.

Is soccer ever going to catch on in America?


How ’bout that Ronaldo guy? Isn’t he something?

My answer to the first one is always ‘no’Read full post »

By now, you've heard the story of Cameron Newton.

Save for a starring role in a real-life sci-fi B-movie involving a time-and-space-sucking vacuum, you know all about Newton and the allegations he's facing, even though he lives and attends college in a remote, rural town on the plains of east-centra… Read full post »

The first weekend of the English Premier League is over, so even though there's one more match to play tomorrow, it’s high time for some knee-jerk reactions.

What do the weekend's nine matches tell us about the season? Well, in a word, everything — if you’re prepared to be reaction… Read full post »

I'm late to the party on this, and not just because it's my first foray into politics on this site. By now you've surely seen and/or heard (hopefully heard if nothing else) the outburst of Rep. Anthony Weiner (Democrat, New York) today on the House floor.

If not, here's a link.… Read full post »

The most lasting image from Wednesday night's "All-Star" game between MLS and Manchester United in Houston?

Well, besides the are-you-kidding-me-dude-this-trophy-is-really-f$@!ng-heavy look on Ryan Giggs' face after Rob Stone asked him yet another stupid question during the preposterous post-game cer… Read full post »

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JULY 22, 2010 2:39PM

Selling the Soccer Jesus: What to do with Donovan?

Right around the time Landon Donovan scored The Most Important Goal in US History last month in South Africa, most of us figured we'd just seen the end of The (American) Soccer Jesus' career with the Los Angeles Galaxy. It all made sense: It was perhaps the goal of the World… Read full post »

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JULY 15, 2010 10:57AM

Mon Dieu! Henry in America? Oui, s'il vous plait

So Thierry Henry is coming to America, which probably means we’ll be seeing replays of La Main de Dieu at the end of SportsCenter from now until La Fin de Siécle.

Maybe that’s fair, but if you’re a footy fan here in America, you’ve probably already forgivenRead full post »

It’s been about four hours now since Saint Iker hoisted the Holy Grail of soccer into the air in Johannesburg, and I can still only think about one thing.

I am so damn jealous.

Not jealous of Iker (though he is a lucky… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2010 11:29AM

Five World Cup gripes

Tomorrow night will mark the end of the 19th World Cup. While it’s been a memorable month, it hasn’t always been butterflies and rainbows. In fact, sometimes it’s sounded like bumblebees and botched whistles. With that in mind, here are my Top-Five World Cup Gripes.

1. The vuvuzeRead full post »

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JULY 7, 2010 5:22PM

Spain = The new Germany (Or Boring, Boring Arsenal)

Quick: Somebody reset the Doomsday Clock. Alexi Lalas has, for the first time in his life, surely, said something about a real-live soccer match that was (grinding teeth) absolutely, positively correct.

I can feel the sky falling at this very moment.

But credit where… Read full post »

So, I guess we all should have seen this coming, right?

Three-hundred-fifty-odd years after becoming the first Europeans to settle the southern tip of Africa, the Dutch are the first Europeans to step foot in a World Cup final in South Africa after sending home the super-scrappers from… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2010 9:37PM

Finding the World Cup Tao

Sitting at the end of a gigantic wooden bench, watching a group of sunburned, vacationing Germans go ape-shit for the fourth time in under two hours’ time, I suddenly remembered my Lao Tzu this morning in the middle of an authentic German beer garden along the Redneck Riviera.… Read full post »

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JUNE 30, 2010 4:18PM

World Cup: Ranking the final eight

The World Cup is down to eight teams, which means it’s getting down to the best of the best from now on. In under two weeks’ time, we’ll have crowned a new world champion from one of the eight. It’s a group that contains four former champions (Brazil, Argentina, Germany and… Read full post »

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JUNE 27, 2010 5:08PM

The future of US Soccer: A six-step process

Twenty-four hours after the fact, fans and players are still sifting through the wreckage that was the United States’ 2-1 loss to Ghana in the Round of 16 at the World Cup. But while the post-mortems are still being written and the second-guessing has only just begun, now is also a… Read full post »

Hold up, just a second. This isn’t right. No, this isn’t the way it supposed to end at all.

Who is this Asamoah Gyan dude, and what has he done with our Hollywood ending? Even now, Landon Donovan is galloping through the midfield, armor glistening in the stadium… Read full post »

Benny Feilhaber comes on for Robbie Findley to start the second half. Feilhaber moves into the midfield and Dempsey moves to striker. As the announcers are saying, this is a good move, but what they’re not saying it that this is a move that shouldn’t have waited until halftime. The US… Read full post »

Pregame: It’s a heady day for soccer in America. The US team is playing in the second round of the World Cup on ABC. People are gathering in crowds across to country to watch with their fellow soccer-loving Americans. Commercials and even ABC itself are capitalizing on soccer-mania by offering… Read full post »
JUNE 25, 2010 5:11PM

World Cup: Wrapping up Group H

Heading into the final round of matches, Group H promised one of the more intriguing finishes in group play at this World Cup. There was the very real possibility that three teams could finish with six points, with tournament favorite Spain facing an early exit if it was one of the… Read full post »

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JUNE 25, 2010 12:29PM

World Cup: Wrapping up Group G

So much for O Grupo de Morte.

When the World Cup draw came out six months ago, Group G earned the title of The Group of Death — or, in its much cooler Portuguese form, O Grupo de Morte. Brazil, Portugal and Cote d’Ivoire, who were tipped as… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2010 4:58PM

World Cup: Wrapping up Group E

With Group E finishing play on Thursday, the Round of 16 is three-quarters complete. On the final match-day, The Netherlands finished off a clean sweep by beating Cameroon 2-1. The Dutch finish top of the group with nine points, a feat matched only by Argentina so far. Japan finishes second with… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2010 2:59PM

World Cup: Wrapping up Group F

Arrivederci, Azzurri!

Or, to use an ‘Ugly American’ expression, good riddance.

Three matches into the 2010 World Cup, the beautiful, artistic, cultured Italians are out, and I really can’t be more excited. And if you’re a fan of good soccer, you should be… Read full post »

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JUNE 23, 2010 6:24PM

World Cup: Wrapping up Group D

It really doesn’t get much better than this. That might sound cliché, but the results of the final Group D matches on Wednesday have made for two extremely interesting matches in the Round of 16. As expected, Germany beat Ghana 1-0 to clinch first place in the group and set up… Read full post »