My theory is that Ali Curtis, as Mamadou Diallo’s teammate in 2001, took Petke’s “Crime of the Century” T-shirt to heart, and has fulfilled a vow of retribution on behalf of Diallo’s honor thirteen years in the making. This theory has yet to attract any adherents. – Dan Loney on a possible reason for Mike Petke’s firing.


Zawisza Bydgoszcz has had a remarkable run: up from the Polish third tier to the upper ranks of the Ekstraklasa, the Polish Cup and a spot in Europe only in the space of three seasons. Now, they are pinned to the bottom of the table and a near-sure candidate for relegation. What happened? Says Ryan Hubbard, you can blame hooliganism and infighting: Zawisza Bydgoszcz, Radosław Osuch and the rejection of success

U.S. forward Abby Wambach tells one from the time she and her now-wife, Sarah Huffman, were backstage in a VIP room in January 2013 before the World Player of the Year awards gala in Zurich, Switzerland. “[FIFA president] Sepp Blatter came into our little area, and he walked straight up to Sarah and thought she was [Brazilian star] Marta,” says Wambach.

“Marta!” Blatter said, hugging a bewildered Huffman, who doesn’t look much like Marta. “You are the best! The very best!”

“He had no idea who Marta was, and she’s won the award five times,” says Wambach. “For me, that’s just a slap in the face because it shows he doesn’t really care about the women’s game.” – From Grant Wahl’s Sports Illustrated story, “With Women’s World Cup on horizon, sexism remains part of FIFA culture.” From last September, but retweeted this morning.