This week on DUMMY, Danny Karbassiyoon, David Goldblatt, and George Quraishi discuss the opening weekend of the English Premier League: ways to watch and listen, pitch invasions, full-kit wankers, and three-man back lines. Guest Noah Davis chats with the panel about the joys of not being married to a club team, which he also writes about in the upcoming issue of Howler Magazine. Finally the panel holds its first office hours and helps a listener choose a team.
In this episode, we ask whether the old adage—it’s not what you know, it’s who you know—holds true in soccer. Do family connections really make life easier, or can it be a burden when you’re the offspring of a star striker? Paul Dalglish, son of legendary Liverpool striker Kenny, answers these questions and more. Robert Andrew Powell investigates what growing up in the game means for a new generation of US soccer players. And Alan Black gives us his own take on that most sacred of family bonding rituals—the trip to see your first match.
Note: Dalglish is now the head coach of the Austin Aztex.
This week on DUMMY, Danny Karbassiyoon, David Goldblatt, and George Quraishi discuss Landon Donovan’s upcoming retirement and try to pinpoint his place in American soccer lore. We talk about some of the bizarre headlines in European soccer over the past week, and take a look at our first action back on the field in the English club soccer season. We sit down with Yael Averbuch to discuss the possibility of artificial turf at next summer’s Women’s World Cup and the backlash surrounding that. Finally, we get a rant about Romelu Lukaku, and as always, we bring up our favorite things from the soccer world over the past week.
This week on DUMMY, Danny Karbassiyoon, George Quraishi, and special guest Graham Parker preview the MLS All-Star game and examine what makes a great “soccer town.” Michael Agovino gives us a skeptic’s take on summer friendlies and writer Kanishk Tharoor joins to discuss soccer in India and why star players like Robert Pires and David Trezeguet are coming out of retirement to play in the new league.
This week on DUMMY, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the recent signings of Frank Lampard and DaMarcus Beasley (and re-signings of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi) by MLS and what they mean for the league’s identity. Danny reports back from his weekend with Arsenal and its fans in New York City, and the panel discusses the profitable summer tours that currently have major European clubs shuttling across the country. DUMMY reporter Ryan Catanese talks with actor Gabriel Luna about his new soccer-themed spy show “Matador” on the El Rey Network, his training methods, and the importance of being a young, Latino hero on TV. Finally, the guys Tiki-Talka about bamboo shinguards and a series of 1980s Brazilian documentaries about the country’s player market.
This week on the World Cup Hangover Edition of Dummy, author and journalist Daniel Alarcon fills in for George to talk with Danny and David about their takeaways from the World Cup. We talk about some transfer news and Danny tells us what it’s like to hear you’re on the move. We discuss how recent world events affect the next World Cup, Russia 2018, and FIFA’s role in social and political conflicts. Teju Cole joins the show to tell us about his crowdsourced art project “The Time of the Game,” and talks about how Twitter ruled the World Cup. Finally, we reveal the winner of our latest contest with EA Sports to go play FIFA with Bayern Munich and the MLS All Stars in Portland.
In the this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down Germany’s astonishing extra-time win over Argentina, take a quick tour of the Maracanã with Alex Abnos, and award the Dummies, a selection of listener-nominated World Cup honors. Our resident curmudgeon Alan Black waxes poetic on the some of his not-so-favorite World Cup moments, and then we wrap it up with a few reflections on social media, VIPs and honey
In this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi sift through the aftermath of the semifinals and probe the effect of the 7–1 loss on Brazilian soccer, then talk about national soccer identities like jogo bonito, total football, and catenaccio, and discuss whether they’re still relevant. This tournament has seen a few dangerous head collisions and possible concussions, including Javier Mascherano’s scary injury and epic performance in the semifinal. Our roundtable discusses FIFA’s response to head injuries. We then talk with Matt Negrin, freelance journalist and founder of the website Away and Home, about his experience covering the only indigenous professional team in Brazil. Finally, we hear a submission from our call for World Cup poems.
On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk Dutch diving and gamesmanship as well as the rumors that a couple members of Team USA impressed European scouts. Alex Abnos sends in his dispatch from a bus station in Rio, a final look at the US team as they said goodbye to Brazil. Sean Jacobs, New School professor and founder of the blog Africa Is A Country, joins to talk about the behind-the-scenes conflicts faced by some of the African teams at this World Cup. Finally, the group discusses the fact that the crowds at World Cup stadiums have not been representative Brazil's typical soccer-watching demographics.
On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down Team USA’s loss to Belgium in the Round of 16, focusing on the epic performance of goalkeeper Tim Howard. Later, they’re joined by Dr. Emilio Bruna, an ecology professor at the University of Florida, to discuss how the Brazilian government is failing to meet the promises it made about protecting the environment as part of its World Cup bid. And Alan Black, Howler’s resident curmudgeon, sends in a lament for fans whose countries didn’t make it to Brazil this year.The podcast ends with Tiki Talka, in which the group discusses celebrations and curious trash talk. Note: This episode contains explicit language (blame Kyle Beckerman).