Way up at the other end of the planet, the Round of 16 for the Women's World Cup is set, eh? All times are Eastern Daylight:
Rafael van der Vaart. He always seemed like a funny dude. And he was a damn good player, too. Nick Ames takes a closer look at the Dutch star now that he's moved to Seville. Nick claims he is a shirt-out kind of player born into the wrong generation. A solid assessment.
Graham Parker's wondering (as are we) if U.S. Soccer will dare make an example of Clint Dempsey? Well, will you, U.S. Soccer? Hmmmm? I mean, he ripped up the ref's notebook, for fuck's sake! We've never seen that move before. Could he be (gasp!) suspended for the Gold Cup?
Here's a question: Are the World Cup and Olympics too expensive for their own good?