Soccer


Remembering the beginning of the Mack Clinic   Recently updated!

Over on MackBrady.com I have started a history on the clinic created in memory of our son Mack. New Year’s Eve was the 6th anniversary of Mack’s death (his Jahrzeit) and Sunday will be the 7th Annual Memorial Mack Brady Soccer Clinic. From the very beginning the Penn State Men’s Soccer program has been incredible […]


The 5th Annual Mack Brady Memorial Clinic

We are looking forward to seeing everyone soon for the 5th Annual Mack Brady Memorial Soccer Clinic. As always, tremendous thanks to Coach Bob Warming and the Penn State Men’s Soccer team! Feel free to share this image to promote the clinic! If you are in central PA we hope to see you on January […]


Third Annual Mack Brady Clinic

The Third Annual Mack Brady Clinic is in the books and it was a wonderful evening. Eighty-nine children 12 and under took part, the Penn State Men’s team and coaches made it possible, and the parents, of course, who are always there for their kids. Thank you all! Please head over to Mack’s site for […]


Peace at Christmas

First, yes, the video below is ultimately an advert by a UK grocery chain. That being said, it marks (and does so beautifully) a rare moment in history, an actual event of peace and humanity that intruded into the atrocities of the War to End All Wars. One hundred years ago, in the midst of that […]


Mark Wahlberg is Michael Ballack

If you are like the majority of the world you have been following the World Cup. The US played remarkably well this past week and has a tough battle with Portugal this Sunday. What has perhaps impressed me even more, however is ESPN/ABCs coverage of the WC. It really has been very good with some […]


I don’t think people should swear or cuss at other people. I don’t like “God” peppered into conversation nor the use of JC as an exclamation. But there can be real relief and value in private expulsion of expletives. The great Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo states it perfectly.

Swearing’s my release. It’s the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.1

Pirlo provides a prime example when reflecting on the loss against Istanbul.

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It’s a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom. You might hit upon an elegant phrase that stays with you and makes the journey that little bit less bitter. I’ve tried with Istanbul and haven’t managed to get beyond these words: for f***s sake.

 

Footie skills aside, we even look a bit alike:Pirlo_Brady

 
  1. http://babb.telegraph.co.uk/2014/06/37-reasons-why-andrea-pirlo-is-the-worlds-greatest-living-human-man/ []

The Keeper is a Lonely Position

The goalkeeper has a thankless position. Sure, occasionally, spectacularly they are the hero, stopping unlikely shots. Zac Macmath has stopped 3 PKs in the last two weeks. But then…. A forward can miss dozens of time, but “at least he is putting it on goal.” In their game this week, Arsenal had 7 shots, 4 […]


Sunday! Annual Mack Brady Youth Soccer Clinic

Next Sunday, January 12th Penn State Soccer will be putting on the Second Annual Mack Brady Youth Clinic for K-8 boys and girls. Players from the PSU men’s team will be present and it should be a great event. 4:30 in Holuba Hall at Penn State’s University Park Campus. FREE but donations for the Mack […]