Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (90-81)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (90-81)

In more than 50 years of Rolling Stone, the magazine has raised its hand as the first authority in rock music. This authority, that was granted by… no one, really… has led to scathing reviews of such albums as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks,’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ 

These horrible takes, the needless feuds between owner Jann Wenner and the bands he wishes he was a part of, and the magazine’s struggle to stay in the current of pop culture, has granted Rolling Stone an awkwardly tenuous relationship with its readers. Regardless of this division, the magazine remains determined to proclaim the greatest 500 songs, artists, and albums. Did they contribute to these artistic endeavors? No. Must they rank them as though God tasked them to do so as a divine mission? Yes. 

The following series of articles will dissect Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Albums” rankings. I could have broken down the “Top 500,” but I think I’d be too depressed to continue after seeing Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ – an album that is widely regarded as the greatest hip-hop album of all time – in position 402. Adding insult to insanity, Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ at least made it further than the disgraceful selections of Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ in 493rd place and Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ in 479th. 

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The MLS is Finally Becoming A Selling League, An Evolution Critical to Its Future Success

The MLS is Finally Becoming A Selling League, An Evolution Critical to Its Future Success

By the end of the January transfer window, Major League Soccer had sold $45 Million worth of players to foreign leagues. While that same amount in Europe may only be good for a Bundesliga striker, the $45 million profit is a seismic shift for a league that has been in existence for barely 25 years. At last, Major League Soccer seems to be embracing the model of a “selling league.” Becoming a “selling league” represents a significant step forward for a league that has too frequently been concerned with recruiting cover athletes from FIFA 10 and placing them in LA Galaxy jerseys.

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Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (100-91)

Everything Wrong with the Rolling Stone Top 100 Albums List (100-91)

In more than 50 years of Rolling Stone, the magazine has raised its hand as the first authority in rock music. This authority, that was granted by… no one, really… has led to scathing reviews of such albums as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks,’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ 

These horrible takes, the needless feuds between owner Jann Wenner and the bands he wishes he was a part of, and the magazine’s struggle to stay in the current of pop culture, has granted Rolling Stone an awkwardly tenuous relationship with its readers. Regardless of this division, the magazine remains determined to proclaim the greatest 500 songs, artists, and albums. Did they contribute to these artistic endeavors? No. Must they rank them as though God tasked them to do so as a divine mission? Yes. 

The following series of articles will dissect Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100 Albums” rankings. I could have broken down the “Top 500,” but I think I’d be too depressed to continue after seeing Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ – an album that is widely regarded as the greatest hip-hop album of all time – in position 402. Adding insult to insanity, Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ at least made it further than the disgraceful selections of Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ in 493rd place and Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain’ in 479th. 

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Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

Premier League Predictions - Matchweek 34

By far the biggest match of the weekend, Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in what is set to be their biggest remaining test in the Premier League season. In recent years, Chelsea’s bus pulling into Anfield has been the most dreaded sight for Liverpool supporters. Chelsea’s most famous victory against the Reds came seasons ago when Demba Ba stole the ball off of a slipping Steven Gerrard to score in front of the Kop and sink the knife deep into the heart of Liverpool’s title charge. Earlier this season, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1, coming from behind thanks to Emerson Palmieri’s first Chelsea goal and Eden Hazard’s stunning solo run, perhaps his best of the season. 

This Sunday, however, Liverpool know what is at stake and will make sure they do not let Chelsea ruin their title hopes for a second time. Liverpool will be taking the pitch minutes after the Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace match at Selhurst Park. So, fate will play a massive role in the fixture as Liverpool will either be fighting to take back the top spot or to boost their lead to beyond the reach of Guardiola’s City. 

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Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s Most Valuable Player

Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s Most Valuable Player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League. On his day, the 28-year-old Belgian reaches a level of football that places him firmly within reach of Messi and Ronaldo and directly beside Neymar. Last night, Eden Hazard proved this fact yet again with one of the most stunning individual goals witnessed in the history of the Premier League. Though this goal may not even feature in the top five goals of his Chelsea career, the finish was a statement by Hazard. His second goal that secured all of the points for Chelsea and raised his goal tally to 16 served as a perfect finale to his jaw-dropping performance.

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How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

In the past decade, Major League Soccer has sunk plenty of cash into various attempts to increase youth development. In that same period, however, American starlets have begun to populate the landscape of International Football. Christian Pulisic at Dortmund and now Chelsea, Weston Mckennie at Schalke, and Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen highlight a few of the budding American players that will lead the next generation of the national team. Now, contrast their reasons for traveling abroad to expand their development with the MLS’s pitch for them to spend their younger years in their home country. Overseas, such players can play a high level of football in a league that offers wealthy contracts, greater recognition, and established means of producing talent. In the MLS, these same players have their contracts restricted by a salary cap, receive equal if not fewer minutes due to the demanding travel and compact schedule, and are separated from the clubs of their dreams by an entire ocean. What promising talent would evaluate both options and choose to stay at home? That’s right, no one. 

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Greatest XI from the Greatest X

Greatest XI from the Greatest X

A few weeks ago, I typed the final words into the last article of a ten-week series on the greatest teams in football history. A few players in the pantheon of world football, however, would not have found their teams on my list. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, R9’s Brazil, and Maradonna’s Argentina all missed out on the top ten, meaning that the legacy of their individual brilliance did not feature in any of the ten articles. Following suit, this article will not mention any of their names beyond this paragraph. This article is dedicated to those brilliant ten teams - teams formed by the intelligence of their managers and their skill throughout each position on the field.

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Following Italy's Most Recent Outbreak of Racism, Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs" is More Relevant Than Ever

Following Italy's Most Recent Outbreak of Racism, Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs" is More Relevant Than Ever

Thirty years later, Bill Buford’s investigative and immersive look at tribalism, nationalism, and racism in European football is more relevant than ever. Among the Thugs delivers a series of shockingly familiar images of football from the late ‘80s. Currently, with global football at its most accessible, widely followed, and publicly broadcasted, one would expect the primal tendencies of football to have evolved as well. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Tuesday, when Cagliari supporters heaved bottles and chanted gorilla noises as Juventus striker Moise Kean, the disappointing reality of European football was revealed – again. Kean, the 19-year old Italian of Ivorian descent, the future of Italian football, and the starlet of Juventus’ next generation, became the bullseye for many Cagliari fans. To them, his race preceded his talents as the reasons for their own clubs defeat to Juventus. What makes this incident so jarring is that Kean is by no means the first footballer to encounter such forces this season. Kean’s case, however, remains significant in that the racism that has reared its head yet again throughout European football has sunk its teeth into Italy.

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The Life and Times of Mauro Icardi

The Life and Times of Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi is the Kanye West of European football: brimming with talent that is always shadowed by overwhelming controversy. Recently, the Argentinian striker, Inter Milan’s top goalscorer, has not played for his club in nearly two months. On February 13th, the club stripped Icardi of his captaincy. Icardi lost the title following a dispute over his contract and his refusal to participate in the club’s Europa League match against Rapid Vienna. The latest development in Icardi’s deteriorating relationship with the club he has played for since the age of twenty, however, comes directly from the Inter Milan supporters. After six prolific years of goal scoring, the fans of the Nerazzurri have had enough of his off-the-field antics. Now, they want him out.

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What Will the MLS Look Like Come 2026?

What Will the MLS Look Like Come 2026?

After securing their bid for the 2026 World Cup, the United States – along with Mexico and Canada – celebrated their future as hosts of the world’s most significant sporting event. Hosting the 2026 World Cup will allow the United States to continue its rapid development of eager and avid supporters of the world’s game. By placing so much attention on bringing the outside world of football into the United States with the World Cup, the role the MLS plays in establishing football within its own country is magnified. In recent years, Major League Soccer has made prolific strides towards becoming a respected and beloved league within the country. Though it may never reach the upper echelon of American sports with Football, Basketball, Baseball, and even Hockey, the MLS has found some sort of a niche right below such established pastimes. So, when World Cup 2026 kicks off in roughly seven years, what will the United States domestic league look like. Will US-based football fans still prefer the premier league? Will the MLS be a selling league or a buying one? Most importantly, will the MLS stake out a position in world football similar to their place within the United States – not yet at the level of the bigger, more established leagues, but napping at their heels with increased quality of football and footballers?

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 32

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 32

Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool, though they have played one more game than title-contenders City, have a two-point cushion at the top of the table. Tottenham, on the other hand, has a loose grip on third place. Their lead is only a single point with Man United and Chelsea at their heels. Arsenal, however, seems hell-bent on taking back supremacy against their north London rivals. Neither team can survive any dropped points. Liverpool dominated the reverse fixture at Wembley in September, winning 2-1 and their recent performances suggest a similar result this Sunday. Liverpool has dropped points only twice in fifteen games in the Premier League and, at Anfield, have been scoring goals in droves. Tottenham, however, has seemed to collapse after getting their starters back – yes that’s actually how it went, and no, no one seems to understand why. Liverpool will continue their clinical home form and come away with all three points this weekend.

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Can the MLS Become World Football’s Petri Dish or Does it Even Want To?

Can the MLS Become World Football’s Petri Dish or Does it Even Want To?

The MLS needs a home. Desperately. Not a headquarters in some coastal city or a stadium for an expansion club but rather a niche in which supporters of football around the globe respect and appreciate Major League Soccer. Housed in a country with a third of a billion people, the MLS will have little trouble filling stadiums and enthusing its domestic fans. Because of its relatively recent emergence as a professional league, the MLS’s expansion has extended the league’s fandom to cities with little professional athletic representation and outlets like Salt Lake City, Columbus, San Jose, and, most recently, Nashville. Tapping into such mid-sized markets allows these teams to plant deep roots in their communities and flourish into vibrant beacons of soccer across the continental United States and Canada.

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Football Manager Offers What Other Video Games Do Not: Real Life

Football Manager Offers What Other Video Games Do Not: Real Life

In the past four years, I’ve spent too much time playing Football Manager. The time I should have spent studying or socializing has instead been directed into the 13x7 screen of my laptop. See, Football Manager is more than a video game or an e-sports company. Football Manager is a cult, and I am a zealous follower. 

I was urged to write this article after attempting to explain to a group of ignorant, American video game players that Football Manager soars far above Fortnite, Counter-Strike,  or Origin’s new Fortnite rip-off, Apex Legends. For full disclosure, I must admit, I’ve never really played any of these games. However, I don’t need to. I have Football Manager – and, for the foreseeable future – I’m set. Here are three reasons why Football Manager is the greatest sports video game since gaming was created to give pathetic, unathletic fans an outlet for their stifled dreams of professional athletic greatness. 

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Does Anyone Know Who The Hell Mike Trout Is?

Does Anyone Know Who The Hell Mike Trout Is?

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Los Angeles Angels were closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout. This reported contract would be the largest such deal not just in baseball history, but in the history of professional sports. For the century and a half that professional sports have dominated popular culture as the most constantly exciting and refreshing source of entertainment available, no person has made as much money as the center-fielder for the Angels is about to make. And, to be honest, it’s a bargain. Mike Trout has the potential to end his career as the best baseball player in the history of the sport, even if, at age 27, he has played only three playoff games. 

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Ten: Ajax (1965-1973)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Ten: Ajax (1965-1973)

In the history of football, great sides have been defined by a series of factors. Tactics, style, and legacy combine to create legendary squads. Great players lifting European Cups and World Cups, coaches riding the shoulders of their disciples, and shirtless players with tears of victory running down their faces, these are the hallmarks of greatness. Throughout this series of articles, such images have adorned articles on the great national teams such as France and Spain, as well as the greatest club teams throughout the decades like Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Barcelona. To crown one team as the greatest, however, you must attempt to find a combination of the qualities that establish greatness. Not only must the team have been successful on paper, but they must also have created a style of play that, though imitated, has never been repeated. In all of the leagues in Europe, throughout every national team in the world, only one side can raise its hand, confident that it checks every box. That team was Ajax Amsterdam, 1965-1973. 

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Each Case for the Top Four Race

Each Case for the Top Four Race

Currently, the race for Champions League Football in the Premier League resembles one of those twisted and creepy advertisements that occur between innings at baseball games in which different sausage brands, sodas, or baseball helmets race across the jumbotron. One competitor takes a resounding lead before they trip, allowing the following racers to overtake them. Ultimately, the race ends in a photo-finish in which neither the strongest or weakest wins. Instead, the surprising third place sausage or Coke can storms to victory as the clock winds down. It’s a rather pathetic analogy, but I challenge anyone to find a more fitting parallel to the hellish madness of the top 4 race.

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Nine: Brazil (1970)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Nine: Brazil (1970)

The Brazilian National Team of 1970 is the greatest international football team in the history of the game. In any facet of play, they dominated. They had a front five of the best footballers to ever step on the pitch. They had a midfield and defense that had as much skill on the ball as any players that would come after them. And they had a nation of millions of fans who loved – who lived – every single dribble, pass, and shot right beside them. Combining these historical elements, Brazil became one of those rare teams whose legacy was recognized while they were still playing. 

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Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 30

Premier League Predictions: Matchweek 30

Saturday, March 9th

Brighton 1-2 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace kick off the weekend at Selhurst Park, hoping to continue the good form that has seen them lose only one of their last eight matches in all competitions and win three of their previous four. The Eagles’ most recent victory came against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend when they put three goals past Sean Dyche’s men. Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha found the scoresheet, proving their potential to become the most potent strike force in the wasteland of mid-table.

Brighton has not fared as well lately, picking up just a single point from their last six matches away from their home stadium. A trip to South London, therefore, presents a daunting task for the Seagulls.

Crystal Palace will gain confidence from Brighton’s abysmal record on the road. This advantage coupled with their recent performances that have exuded confidence and technicality suggests a Palace victory. Their match, however, will not be a stroll in the park as Brighton have scored in each of their last six away games and will inevitably continue scoring at Selhurst Park, a ground that has been uncharacteristically favorable to opposing sides this season.

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Ajax Just Drove the Final Stake into the Heart of Real Madrid, Bringing Peace And Happiness to the World of Football

Ajax Just Drove the Final Stake into the Heart of Real Madrid, Bringing Peace And Happiness to the World of Football

Ajax just completed a double resurrection – something Jesus couldn’t even pull off. Their first resurrection comes in the form of an extensive process of returning to the apex of European football – a realm they dominated in the early ‘70s and mid-‘90s. By putting their faith back into the very thing that set them on top of the world twice in their history, their youth, Ajax has put together a squad worthy of Europe’s highest tier. Their second resurrection came just last night as they beat Real Madrid 4-1 – yes FOUR TO ONE – at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain’s capital. No, their comeback doesn’t compare with Barca’s 6-1 thriller against PSG from a couple season’s ago, but it’s just as important and possibly even more satisfying.

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Eight: AC Milan (1988-1994)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Eight: AC Milan (1988-1994)

Associazione Calcio Milan – a name synonymous with the greatest trophies, the greatest players, and, after four years from 1988-1991, the greatest football ever played. 

Today, AC Milan is a symbol of greatness in the beautiful game. Having won eighteen Serie A Championships, seven Supercoppa Italia’s, and 5 Coppa Italia’s AC Milan stand astride Juventus as arguably the most excellent team in the history of Italian Football. In Europe, however, AC Milan sits at the head of the table. Having won the second most European Championships and Champions Leagues – seven – few teams dare to put themselves in the same sentence as the Rossoneri. 

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