What’s better than jogging?

Soccer is better exercise than jogging:

Now a new study led by Peter Klustrup offers us a new reason to play: Apparently if we don’t kill ourselves during the game, we actually get more exercise than spending an equivalent amount of time jogging:

Each period of exercise lasted about one hour and took place three times a week. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the body fat percentage in the soccer players dropped by 3.7 percent, compared to about 2 percent for the joggers.The soccer players also increased their muscle mass by almost 4.5 pounds, whereas the joggers didn’t have any significant change. Those who did no exercise registered little change in body fat and muscle mass.

It’s also more fun.

On the downside, you are more likely to get punched playing soccer. Especially if you are playing my team 🙁

Good Shot!

Hey! Who’s that taking a corner? Why, it’s me!

Me

Tom and Gina came along to watch us get our arses whuped on Sunday and took lots of pictures to preserve the arse-whuping for posterity (haha!geddit?).

Me Too

In future, I will only invite people to games where we have a chance of winning…which is why I didn’t invite anyone to the final of my indoor league tonight.

Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole! San Jose! San Jose!

Dear Soccer Silicon Valley member:

The San Jose Earthquakes will return in 2008!

MLS commissioner Don Garber will announce at Wednesday’s All-Star Game press luncheon that the league has accepted Lew Wolff’s proposal to have the Earthquakes play next season.

Pinch yourself–you’re not dreaming. Nine months from now, we will be watching the Earthquakes take the field.

Two games to go

We are the champions with two games to go. Ronaldo is Player of the Year…in case you were wondering…

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Man. Utd. 36 28 4 4 83 26 57 88
2 Chelsea 36 24 9 3 63 23 40 81
3 Liverpool 37 20 7 10 55 25 30 67
4 Arsenal 37 19 10 8 63 35 28 67

Sports writing as art

Well played, The Guardian.

He and Kaka are the sort of players who prompt comparisons with other forms of art. Music, most obviously. Ronaldo’s mode is allegro molto vivace, with a pronounced fondness for bursts of staccato phrasing via those quick-stepping feet, his unorthodoxy extending to the fearless introduction of techniques that others might unveil only in rehearsal, for the amusement of their colleagues. Kaka plays at a permanent andante cantabile, with a sweetly flowing grace, his devastating sprint a thing of seemingly unhurried beauty, his body swaying as one change of direction blends seamlessly into another.

My Hope-O-Meter was at close to zero for this game. It will droop even lower for the second leg but, if it is half as good as this one was, I’ll enjoy it immensely even if, as I fear, we don’t win.

London Marathon runners feel the heat in ‘brutal’ conditions

According to various news reports,

Sweltering heat made the London Marathon an even bigger test of endurance today as a record number of runners took part.

Runners reported “nightmare” conditions as ambulance staff said they dealt with a higher than usual number of patients.

The BBC reports that the unseasonably hot weather in England caused one death and thousands of heat-related maladies during the London Marathon.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who was running his eighth marathon, said the conditions were “extraordinary”.

He said: “It was like running in a desert today. I stopped to help one guy. It was quite bad. They were dropping like flies.”

There were a record number of casualties as

Temperatures hit just below 21C at midday, almost equalling the 1996 record, and rose slightly higher later in the day.

Are those people crazy? 21C ! That’s very nearly 70F !!

My wife tells me that she won’t ever let me play football in hot weather again but, fortunately, it never gets that hot in Morgan Hill.

Come on you Reds!

GOAL! Man Utd 6 – 0 Roma (Carrick 60) If you’re not watching this live, you simply must watch the highlights. It’s like a goal of the month competition. When nobody made even a token effort to close down Carrick, he stepped forward and guided a gorgeous shot into the top corner. Doni didn’t even bother to move, except for to turn around and slowly bend down to pick the ball out of the net.