Posts Tagged 'football'

From Villains to Heroes

Aston Villa Acorns Children's Hospice Strip

Last year I wrote a celebration of then European champions Barcelona, who eschewed perhaps more than 50 million euros in revenue to ink a shirt-logo deal with UNICEF, rather than with a commercial interest. It looks as if other football clubs are following suit.

In a press conference today in Birmingham, English Premiership side Aston Villa announced that next season, its strip will carry the emblem of Acorn Children’s Hospice, an institution providing year-round respite care, end-of-life care, and bereavement services across the West Midlands region in which Aston Villa is based.

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Football in Parc Du Sceaux

Tenzing and Rafael Playing Footbal in Parc de Sceaux

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T-‘N-T is Dy-No-Mite!

Tahoe Truckee High School Varsity Letter

When is the last time you went to a high school football game? For my sister Betsy, and my practically-sisters Anne and Beatie Thys, you’d have to go back thirty years.

Until last night, that is, when the team from our alma mater, Tahoe Truckee High School, visited the snooty, affluent, suburban mirage of Piedmont, nestled in the hills above Oakland, where we now live. The four of us sat in the visitors’ section of the immaculate Piedmont High School stadium to watch the Truckee Wolverines beat the Piedmont Highlanders 15 -7.

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Blasts from the Past

... because the idiocy of manliness is an evergreen topic.

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... because Canada and the US will celebrate their Thanksgiving holidays and, regrettably and preventably, not 1-cook-in-10 will serve a decent turkey.

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... because everyday is Mother's Day.

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... because the American Dream seems but a distant memory, given the country's dominant ethos of small-mindedness.

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... to remind us that not every mix of Tibetans and Western spiritual seekers has to be nauseating.

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... to celebrate the new edition of Infinite Vision published in India.

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... reprised because military strategy seems more cruel and less effective than ever -- and certainly there is a better way.

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... because cars are ruining Pondicherry, where I live. How badly are they fucking up your Indian town?

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... reprinted because more-and-more people seem want to understand the gift economy. (Yeah!)

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