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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.


  1. Nice piece Liam. I suspect some of the change in viewing habits is occurring due to globalization and people moving everywhere and trying new things. For example, soccer – the global game – couldn’t get any more global could it? I mean we watch EPL when most of us haven’t even been to Liverpool etc I also think baseball will bounce back, especially as football finds more challenges with concussions.

    • You know, JP, I keep waiting for football’s popularity to take a hit due to ongoing concerns about concussions, but, even in terms of kids playing the game, the numbers just keep going up. I think in the long run you’re right, football’s popularity will peak and begin to wane, I just don’t know how long that’s going to take.

  2. fellas if heading is banned, that would be a good as far as im concerned. no more ‘aerial game’.
    ill try and find the link later the aerial bombardment game ‘lump it up to the big man’ was invented by one of hte sheffield uk footie clubs in the 19th century. apparently much to the amusement of the other teams.
    i wish they had banned heading then. then footie would be a game centered on:

    1. the lost art of close control ball dribbling(like messi does, ronaldo is more of a surger) – really, every team in the english top tier, and also in international football had at least one mesmorising closecontrol ball dribbler until the early 90s

    2. the barca style american-footie type of pass-n-move plays – again i saw more of this until the early 90s.

    so banning heading would reintroduce those more beautiful, more skillful, more thoughtful, more entrancing elements back into the game. and banish the long ball bombardment tactic(which does actually work if the player receiving the ball actually had the ability to trap, control and pass the ball – which they frequently dont, and theyre on at least $80,000 a week lolol).
    and banish the ‘winger running to the goalline with the ball, and crossing it hoppppefully into the box for a headed goal’

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