Soccer Simile

In most of my classes on literature, I teach my students to recognize, analyze, and even make use of figures of speech, literary devices that involve unusual uses of language in order to create deeper meanings. Figures of speech are typically divided into two...

Hamartia at the World Cup

For the second World Cup in a row, Ghana eliminates the USA 2-1. At least this time there was nothing to dispute about Ghana’s second goal. Hamartia is one of the most famous concepts from Aristotle’s Poetics, and it’s translated as “the tragic...

World Cup Bits and Pieces

I’ve been enjoying listening to the partisan commentary on ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup. Former footballers Shaun Bartlett (South Africa), Ruud Gullit (Netherlands), Jürgen Klinsmann, (Germany),  Alexei Lalas (USA), and Steve McManaman (England) offer...

Riveting

My friend Dick complains that he finds it to sustain interest in soccer games because there is so little scoring, but i think that sometimes it’s precisely the lack of scoring that makes soccer “the beautiful game.” Goals like the one that Landon...

Not so EASY

Do you suppose the English tabloid The Sun now regrets this piece, which was entitled “Best English Group since the Beatles” — referring to the World Cup soccer team? After looking at the Three Lions’ opponents in the group stage —...

Jabulani

The word jabulani means to “celebrate” or “rejoice” in the the Bantu language isiZulu, which is one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, spoken by 25% of its popuation. “Jabulani” is sometimes used as a...