Verléin Mc Kiernan

132 Flips | 2 Magazines | 1 Follower | @lokidokixo | Passionate about sport - football and hockey. Supporter of multiple teams, no shame. Especially interested in longform journalism - give my magazines "The Beautiful Game" and "Blades & Glory" a look for quality longform articles in football and hockey respectively.

Connor McDavid’s Time

The puck comes in fast, bouncing high and crooked, twisting up into the air. Near center ice, Connor McDavid bats it down with a quick thwack. It lands softly at the toe of his skates.<p>Two defensemen rush toward him, like the rink has suddenly tilted on its axis. McDavid takes off too. He's skating …

Silence in the favela

As part of its cleanup for the World Cup, in 2008 the Brazilian government began a police crackdown to sweep criminals out of the urban slums known as "favelas." The government has boasted of its success in bringing down crime, but the patrolling squads have made life in the favelas’ crowded …

The Istanbul Derby

Keep following this way, and into the claustrophobic Euro-sized elevator to the roof of this insane Agatha Christie movie set of a hotel. This elevator is slow, so it will take a minute, so more details while we wait for the view you're going to get up here. The first time the two teams played in …

Three Little Words:

Too Many Men<p>An epic playoff series 35 years ago turned on a single penalty that forever altered hockey’s most enduring rivalry<p>↓<p>A<p>lthough separated by …

The only one

It may not be an accident. His father loved defense as well. A 1992 second-round pick, Popeye averaged 7.0 points and 4.4 defensive rebounds per game, and was often on the floor as a defensive substitution late in games. The son may not have followed his father’s sport, but he certainly adopted an …

The Man in the Ice

EVEN THE LANDSCAPE HAS CHANGED in the meantime. Not the biggest things--Saskatoon still rises out of the flats, and a green river still runs through it, and the prairie sky still swallows up the land in the same big hopeful blue. But since Duncan MacPherson went away, the leaves have turned color …

School Of Fight: Learning To Brawl With The Hockey Goons Of Tomorrow

<i>In which our writer goes to the notorious hockey fight camp for kids, takes a teenager's punch to the kidneys, and winds up finding the bruised soul</i> …

Director’s Cut: ‘The Making of a Goon,’ by Johnette Howard

An annotated version of a classic story from The National<p>Johnette Howard was 28 years old and a sportswriter with the <i>Detroit Free Press</i> in the summer …

P.K. Subban and hockey's problematic relationship with players of color

Rather than talking about P.K. Subban's double overtime Game 1 winner, or the electrifying hour and a half of playoff hockey that preceded it, the …

THE KISS | Vault

You must remember this: Amid the chaos of the rioting after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, a young couple, captured in a moment of intimacy. Here …

Where did the hockey millions go?

FORTUNE — It was a lawsuit with all the elements tabloids love: Sex. Money. Star athletes. Betrayal. Fraud.<p>Sure enough, when 19 current and former …

How a rogue p.r. man in Buffalo shook up sports.

<b>By Alan Siegel</b><p>Sheer boredom -- and nothing else -- sparked the prank.<p>It was the spring of 1974, and the National Hockey League was facing a serious …

While The World Watched

At the same time Argentina hosted the 1978 World Cup, the nation's dictators were waging their "Dirty War" of repression, kidnappings and torture. As …

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Didier Drogba: Ivory Coast star commands respect through country | Vault

Didier Drogba can close his eyes and recall the smell<p>of the earth during the rainy season in Ivory Coast, the peaty tang that filled the air during …

Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer

As the World Cup opens, a tale about winning dirty: How a swindling suburban soccer dad pocketed millions as he helped make the sport in the U.S a booming success.<p>In the middle of 1989, suburban soccer dad Chuck Blazer had just lost his job, had no income, and was struggling with debt.<p>But he did …

With His Eye on the World Cup, a German Coach Overhauls Team USA

Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston is one of the strangest places to play in international soccer. The track that surrounds the field is pristine, but the pitch is marked with patches of bare dirt. There is a scoreboard, but it has no clock.<p>The U.S. national team came here to face Jamaica last …

When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

A journey into the world of Italy's racist soccer thugs.<p>VERONA, Italy -- Right up until he started quoting Hitler and dropping N-bombs, my new friend …

America's Most Important Soccer Player Conquers The Old World

<i>Originally published in</i> Howler Magazine, <i>whose latest issue is a celebration of U.S. soccer's centennial</i>. <i>Follow the magazine on Twitter, …

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Home Is Where the Hockey Is

Families who welcome promising young players from far and wide. Quirky hockey communities born in the heartland. Is this teenage hockey heaven? Nah, …

Ice Hockey

So Chill

Thousands of diehards braving the snow. Two Original Six teams under the Ann Arbor lights. The Big House divided. This year's Winter Classic was …

No Place Like Home

Visiting Ilya Kovalchuk in Russia<p>It was pretty bittersweet to see Ilya Kovalchuk so elated. But there he was on YouTube, singing and smiling, even …

Kane and Toews face off

<b>THE POWER-PLAY</b> partnership of Blackhawks cornerstones Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has already yielded two Stanley Cup championships and a Conn …

How the U.S. hockey team was named

Editor's note: For the past four months, Scott Burnside was one of only two writers in the country who had unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to …

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