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2009 World Series Preview: My Dream/My Nightmare

Sports is elation and pain, jubilation and sadness. For Steve's Word's editors, the 2009 World Series match up makes this even more true than usual. In a rare dual column, Tim and Matt expound on their feelings heading into the Fall Classic.

Letter from the Editors: Just Who the Hell is Steve Anyway?

Welcome to the new and improved Steve's Word, we're so glad you found your way here. In this introduction to the new site, we finally answer the question that's been on everyone's mind since Day 1.

Jobs We’re Gay For

soccer_cap.jpgWelcome to another installment in our "gay for" series.  We've covered the men we love (twice) and the response from the other side, as well as giving some love to select politicos who made us swoon during the height of last summer's election insanity.  In this edition, we bring you some professions, real or imagined, that fill our dreams with the wondrous flights of fancy of what our lives might be like had they taken a completely different path.  Please to enjoy the jobs we're gay for.

Tim - Soccer Historian/Sociologist

How rad would my life be if I it consisted of hanging out on the campus of some elite university, studying the developing history of soccer in the United States, teaching undergrads, and having Summers off to go watch football all over the globe? We are in the midst of an accelerated cultural revolution when it comes to the World's game and I've got my finger on the pulse. I'm so horny for this job that I've even read the only book written on the topic, Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism, I subscribe to several soccer-related twitter feeds, and I actually enjoy playing the game. This makes me probably the biggest soccer nerd you've ever met. The other weekend, I went to go see Chelsea vs AC Milan in Baltimore. Other than the game, my favorite part of the trip was seeing tons of little boys in Chelsea and AC Milan jerseys. This got me quite fired up and not for the reason you're thinking. With the slow but steady legitimization of MLS, an expanded and more thorough US Soccer development strategy, and European leagues regularly on television, today's youth is into soccer. That's what excites me. The more young people who are genuine fans of the game ensures the growth of the game and quality of play here in the United States. Those cute little buggers in those darling little jerseys were merely signifiers of this.

The Re-Up: Dumped Via Email

e_dumped_doritoEditor's note: Originally posted January 30th, 2006, there's something incredibly quaint about this column now.  Gosh, the time when certain human interations were excluded from the internet seems like forever ago.  In a time when technology and socializing have not only merged but are also speeding forward at a similar rate, we're already starting to see facebook status updates that lead to broken hearts and it's really only a matter of a few months before the kiss off is delivered in 140 characters and the hash tag "#u been dumped."  With that in mind, let's all recall a simpler time, when the question of whether you could e-dump without being an asshole was a real head-scratcher.

Have we finally reached the point in society where it is OK to break up with someone over email? I say, Hell Yes! If you knew me personally you’d say, “Hey Tim, my experiences with you lead me to believe you are a passive-aggressive coward, afraid of confrontation, and ultimately a fucking asshole. This is why you support the email break-up.” I would reply, “You may be right, but I still think it’s ok to break up with someone via email under certain conditions.” These certain conditions are such; you met on the internet, you are ending a short-term-long-distance relationship, or either you or the person you are dating graduated high school in or after the year 2001.

Chatcast: Running on Runs

gchatEditor's note: What follows is an entirely true and unabridged online conversation between Steve's Word editor in chief Tim Spellman (Me) and contributor Ryan Kennedy.  It remains in its original form, grammatical errors and all.  We invite you to experience a little peak at what goes on in our offices, a glimpse of our own creative process.  Enjoy the ride.

2:09 PM me: yo yo2:10 PM Ryan: I just came probably the closest I have to crapping my pants in adult hood2:11 PM me: literally?are you on the can now?

All Your Base Belong to Obama

lincHappy New President, Everyone! We'd like to cap off Inauguration Week by sharing a little bit of our experience in D.C. with all of you. We got down there Saturday and celebrated straight through Tuesday night. The trip had a lot of ups and downs, mostly ups, and certainly a ton of walking and standing around. It's not that our time in our nation's capital is beyond words, it's just that it would take too many words and we'd rather just show you our pictures from the extended weekend. Hope you enjoy. And just try at least once a day to remember that Barack Obama is our new President and I guarantee you'll feel better. I know I do.

Sasha Fierce and the Trivialization of Marriage

sashafierce.jpgAt a time when millions of Americans are fighting for their right to marriage, the makers of popular culture continue to trivialize the institution.

Resolutions (You Keep to Yourself)

timessquare.gifWelcome to 2009.  We all make promises at the start of a new year, some that we speak openly about and some that we keep to ourselves.  This is a collection of the latter, because you deserve to know the truth.  Be prepared for a little darkness, some heart-wrenching tales of self-improvement, and another journey to the depths of Nate's soul in this column that we can proudly say all of Steve's Word's contributors managed to pull together to collectively write (except for one).  Please to enjoy our resolutions.

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