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Here Is How A Soccer Penalty Kick Should Be Lined Up—A Penalty Kick Is A Good Solution To Righting A Wrong

I don’t follow soccer, but I attended a Houston Dynamo soccer game a few months back and took this picture of a penalty shot taking place.

I looked at this picture again a few days ago and noticed that it was likely a good picture of how a penalty shot should be lined up.

All the players are in position and the kicker is making the kick at the goaltender.

Here are facts about how to execute—and defend against–penalty kicks from Science of Soccer Online.

It is regretful that minor infractions in life such as bad driving or general everyday rudeness can’t be dealt with something as simple and neat as a penalty kick to make things right.

October 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Yet Another Sports Stadium In Houston—Thank You Taxpayers

Great news!—Houston is getting yet another stadium.

In case you did not feel that facilities built over the last decade for the baseball Astros, football Texans, and basketball Rockets were enough, now we will have a new stadium for the soccer Dynamo.

The pictures at the top and bottom of this post come from the Facebook page of Houston City Councilmember Stephen Costello.

In the center of the photo above is Mayor Annise Parker. She is wearing orange. Three people to the left is Houston U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

I’m not certain who the other folks are. I suppose I could study the picture and maybe guess. But the bottom line is that they are the interchangeable municipal luminaries who back big-ticket projects in Houston year-after-year while rarely–if ever– mentioning that we have a 60% child poverty rate in Houston.

(Above–Some things never change. Painting is “Thumbs Down.” It is an 1872 work of Jean-Leon Gerome.)

The Dynamo stadium uses less public money than have the recent sports complexes in Houston. Though the city paid $15.5 million to buy the land where the stadium will be located, and the Dynamo will get sales tax “rebates” amounting to $3 million over the next 30 years. The City of Houston and Harris County have also committed $10 million each in taxpayer dollars towards the facility.

Taxpayer funds will be used even as we plead poor on services for the poor, education, honoring pension commitments, and keeping up our roads.

Claims of the economic benefits of stadiums are greatly exaggerated.

The sign below says “This your stadium.”


February 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments