"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, October 24th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | > | >>

The World Cup is the real Super Bowl of ftbol


Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Every four years the countries of the world get together to see which nation has the best soccer team. They call it the World Cup. Brazil won in 1994 and again in 2002. France won it in 1998. This year, Brazil is picked to lead the pack, but I have my money on the Netherlands, although host Germany is playing well.

Unlike the Olympics, which every four years measures individual and team competition in a range of sports, the World Cup is all about soccer, or, what the rest of the world calls, football (ftbol). It involves 11 men playing against 11 other men and each team trying to put the ball in the other teams goal. The team with the most goals wins.

Football is the major sport in most countries of the world, and the World Cup gives developing countries the chance to play David against Goliath developed nations. Ecuador beating Poland last week 2-nil and Ghana winning over the U.S. 2-1 will be remembered in both countries for years.

Soccer is a relatively new sport to the United States. The first time I played soccer was in 1978 with a bunch of 10 to 13 year old boys on a grassy patch of hill near the village of Horabau, on the island of Guadalcanal, where I served in the Peace Corps. The soccer pitch had been scraped raw in the middle by the constant play of bare feet kicking a round little ball up and down the field trying to place it between two sticks planted vertically in the ground.

The universal appeal of soccer is that it is a poor mans sport - a spot of ground, an inexpensive round ball, and a hand full of eager kids and you have yourself a pick-up game. The rules are pretty similar to ice hockey.

The Horabau field was situated on a knoll overlooking the Pacific: to the north was Iron Bottom Sound, the site of five naval battles between the US and Japan during World War II; to the south was a grassy plain that ascended toward triple canopy jungle and the mountains. We would play about five in the afternoon, when the baked earth was starting to cool and the wind off the ocean made the heat tolerable.

I was a decent enough athlete in my youth, a capable player in baseball and basketball, but soccer tested untapped skills. You can only use your feet, knees, chest or head to strike the ball; no using hands, no catching the ball, no one arm tosses to a teammate. And that is the reason I played with the little kids - I .....
[Read the Rest]

Necessity is the argument of tyrants

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King: and there ought to be no other.  Thomas Paine     This Congress has been missing ..... 
[Read the Rest]

We all need to pay our fair share for services

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I am writing in response to Rushford Village Clerk, Judy Grahams letter in the Tri-County Record last week and to articles in the Fillmore County Journal regarding the tri-city (City and Village of Rushford and Peterson) meetings.    ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The War on Queers

Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesnt it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this ..... 
[Read the Rest]

In search of the historical Jesus

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In his commentary, The Da Vinci Code and the Deity of Christ, Mike Hopper attempts to prove that Jesus was divine, contrary to what Dan Brown implies in his book. However, Mr. Hopper fails to make his case.  First of all, ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Da Vinci Code and the Deity of Christ

Fri, May 26th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Da Vinci Codefact or fiction? Since 2003, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 40 million copies, and a motion picture recently debuted. Lets consider what the Da Vinci Code book presents in light of historical facts.

According ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Revenge: a cost benefit analysis

Fri, May 19th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Last Saturday I watched the movie Munich, Steven Spielbergs beautifully crafted drama about the massacre of Jewish athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. On Sunday, I kept the DVD an extra day and watched the movie again with my son, a history buf ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The elephant in the room

Fri, May 12th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I graduated from New Ulm Public High School way back sometime in the last century. New Ulm is a town of about 15,000 in south central Minnesota, surrounded by many small towns, most of them without their own schools by the time I graduated.
[Read the Rest]

Bondhus: DNR has a strong bias toward closing fish farm

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

(The following letter was sent to the Fillmore County Board for their April 25, 2006 meeting).

I understand the Fillmore County Commissioners will be deciding whether or not to be the RGU (regulating governmental unit) on the EA ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | > | >>