So it's time to confess something - I am not an impartial journalist.
For many, this would be no surprise to hear, but while you might assume I
have certain biases, you will probably be wrong in that assumption. What I
mean when I say I am not an impartial journalist is that I care deeply
about this sport and... Read More
Francisco Pestrana will make it three straight matches he officiates for
the USA this coming Friday, and if I were USA Rugby’s CEO Nigel Melville, I
would ask for a different man to carry the whistle.
Despite my own
personal promise not to harp on the ref going into Saturday’s game between
the Eagles and Ireland, I found it impossible to avoid. This was mostly
because everyone... Read More
It keeps happening – someone issues a press release or matriculates a rumor
of a professional league or tournament starting, and that rumor snowballs.
Inevitably, the network of American rugby blogs picks up on it and gives it
credence, at least in the eyes of some rugby fans. And, as is the rule,
that competition never gets off the ground.
The latest of these rumors, a game to... Read More
USA Rugby, observers say, should concentrate on getting income from events
rather than depending on the IRB or membership dues, and Saturday’s
20,000-fan attendance from the USA v. Ireland game was a step in that
Nigel Melville, USA Rugby’s CEO, said the attendance at the game was
gratifying, and should produce a nice payday for the organization. He
wouldn’t say how... Read More
Alex Magleby is stepping down as USA 7s coach, and the reasons he outlined
both on NBC and with RUGBYMag.com explain the move.
Speculations that he is dissatisfied with the direction of the team, or is
unsure how the team can get better are unfounded. As Magleby told
RUGBYMag.com, “We’re not only going to qualify for the Olympics; we’re
going to win gold.”
Optimistic words,... Read More
Ahead of the Ireland test, I look at the starting lineup selections and
what they mean, both for this game and on a broader scale.
No surprises here. Eric Fry and Shawn Pittman are making their
fifth-straight start together. Barring a healthy Mike MacDonald sometime
down the line, Fry and Pittman seem entrenched at prop.
Chris Biller has been the No. 1 selection... Read More
With the US military under heavy criticism for how women in the Service are
treated, revelations that the team circulated emails containing off-color
jokes, comments about the relative attractiveness of female cadets, and
other comments that would be considered demeaning to women offered the Army
the opportunity to make a statement.
The Army rugby players were certainly not smart to... Read More
Head Coach Mike Tolkin tested a bunch of players against Glendale, several
out of position. He was using the game to see how players would do in the
system and under pressure. Several didn't do so well. OK, lesson learned.
But the Eagles that will play Ireland will be seasoned players, for the
most part.... Read More
The hooter sounded for full time in the pool match between Cal and Temple
in Saturday’s action at the Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park; Cal,
up 50-0, could easily have booted the ball into touch and gone into the
locker room, but instead they went for another try, and succeeded amid a
hail of boos from Temple fans.
Since then, commenters on RUGBYMag.com and readers... Read More
Certainly they should expect better weather, and that will help them. But
they also have a lot of work to do in the coming days to polish their
offensive teamwork. Little things, like passing so a player runs onto the
ball, or making a pass before your clock is cleaned, need to be nailed down.
In addition, that pesky 8-9 move off the back of the scrum, which ended with
a dropped ball twice, needs... Read More