David Rudin

In Memoriam: @MerrittPaulson

The owner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns announced this week that he was leaving Twitter. If you’re not sure what to make of that, you’re not alone. This is not an obituary for Merritt Paulson’s Twitter — in no small part because I fully expect the Portland Timbers and Thorns owner to have …

Why on earth is Messi wearing Thom Browne?

Lionel Messi wore a silly suit as part of a silly branding play last week. That is not an obviously newsworthy development. Messi has never been particularly fashionable, and recent history suggests no branding play is beneath a football club. If Messi started wearing turquoise suits because a petro-state or Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor offered …

Energized…or Paralyzed, by David Rudin

Day 18 During the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer each day sharing thoughts on the day’s action. Today, David Rudin considers the reality that someone’s actually going to win this thing.   I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point between Russia’s elimination of Spain and the final death rattle …