The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
The Far Corner
On the possibilities of sportswriting, as reflected in one of my favorite soccer books.
Catching Up with the Barclays Premier League
Reviewing the goings-on in the league over the Christmas holidays, and why Fabio Capello is the opposite of a fan.
Portrait of Jermain Defoe
Is he the hero who proves his point? The quiet disappointment? The man who comes close but never quite seizes the day?
Meet Bertie Bee
Remembering the most lopsided streaker-mascot throwdown in the history of organized sport.
Last but not least, January 2008 saw what may be my favorite moment in the history of Run of Play…
Read More: Inelegant Repurposing
by Brian Phillips · January 9, 2009