George Quraishi

A note about Howler

Friends, I am writing today with sad but also good news. First, the sad news: I am leaving Howler. This is sad mostly just for me, because I’m finding it a little bit painful to step away from this thing that I built and that I love. And now the good news: Howler will continue …

What’s inside the Fall 2017 issue of Howler

Fields up to 200 yards long, a prohibition on forward passing, and, tragically for those of us who love a good howler, no goalkeepers—these are just some of the features of soccer’s original rules, the 14 laws of the game set down by Ebenezer Cobb Morley in 1863. What else would surprise us today? Goalposts were fixed eight feet …

My editor’s letter from the latest issue of Howler

Our Spring 2017 issue takes on pro/rel, an outlaw mascot, and the morality of Maradona’s Hand of God We spent Friday morning checking proofs and approving files, and the new issue will be shipping out in seven to eight business days. If the stories below sound interesting, you can snag a copy here. My dad grew …

A Fellow Professional

Decoding a decades-old photograph of my father by George Quraishi | photograph by Ed Clough As an action shot, it’s nothing special, just two men running toward the camera. Before them: a soccer ball. Behind them: a New York Yankees banner strung from the stadium’s iconic frieze. Beneath them: infield clay. The men carry equal weight, …

World Cup film series: 1986

“Hero” shows the myth of Maradona being made Diego Maradona shimmies and jukes. He drags the ball with him. The camera pans from his feet to his face, tracking him as he goes. Is he heading toward the goal or dribbling harmlessly across the field? I can’t tell, and neither can the English defenders he …

The Artful Diver

I love Luis Suárez despite your howls of rage. Diver? Don’t care. Cheat? Get over it. Racist? Disgusting, yes. Unforgivable even. Which is why admitting this makes me feel so guilty: I love him anyway. This essay was published in Howler issue 02. Hardly anyone held an opinion about Luis Suárez until the quarterfinals of the …