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How to watch the World Cup without the U.S.

The Red, White, and World Cup Blues

Without the United States, without the red-white-and-blue face-paint, without the bond of shared experience, you might be thinking the World Cup won’t be much fun to watch this year. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth.

First, though, I should say that I hear your disappointment about the US Men’s National team, because missing the tournament is worsened by the team itself causing this. There’s no selection committee to blame, just one of the worst performances in the squad’s history on a warm October night against Trinidad and Tobago. But now you have two options: Pout and leave the TV off or embrace one of the world’s greatest sporting events and allow yourself the chance to realize maybe, just maybe, it’s OK the US didn’t make it.

Soccer’s quadrennial crown jewel kicks off in Russia on Thursday with the hosts playing Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. Eastern. While you might not have much invested in either of those two teams, it will feature our first look at how Vladimir Putin’s government will stage this tournament at a time when the global community’s relationship with the country seem more fraught than ever.

The intrigue on the field might be even thicker, with all-time greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing with their legacies on the line, with Egyptian megastar Mohamed Salah poised to break out, with the question swirling about who can take down the mighty Germans and with so many more […]


Tom vs Time S1:E6 – The End Game

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots returned to their historic eighth Super Bowl, only to face a last-second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Follow Tom on his wild ride through the playoffs – and watch as he deals with the emotional fallout from losing a tough game on the biggest stage.


Tom vs Time S1:E5 – The Spiritual Game

For Tom Brady, football is more than a game – it’s a spiritual vocation. Football is what gives his life purpose. But the clock is ticking, Tom’s children are growing up fast, and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, is losing patience with Tom’s all-consuming devotion to his sport. Time is all we have – and Tom is painfully aware of it. How much longer can he keep playing the sport he loves?


Tom vs Time S1:E4 – The Emotional Game

Two things matter more than anything to Tom Brady: football and family. Chapter IV explores the push-pull between Tom’s supreme dedication to his sport, and his deep devotion for his children. Tom takes his eldest son on a whirlwind tour of China during the off-season, even while he struggles to find a healthy balance during the all-consuming football season.


Tom vs Time S1:E3 – The Social Game

Tom Brady may be the greatest football player of all time, but football is a team sport. As Tom puts it, he’s nothing without the guys around him. So, Tom takes some of his closest teammates to Yellowstone for a brotherhood bonding experience aka “Gladiator Camp.” But even on vacation, the training never stops.


Tom vs Time S1:E2 – The Mental Game

For Tom Brady, football is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. This episode puts us inside Tom’s head, revealing just how cerebral football really is for him. Despite all of Tom’s preparation, the Patriots narrowly lose their fourth game, bringing their record to 2-2. But Tom also has a young family at home that wants his attention win or lose. He has no time to wallow in failure both for his family’s sake – and because there is another game just a week away.


Tom vs Time S1:E1 – The Physical Game

Coming off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is already looking ahead to next season. This premiere episode offers an intimate look inside Tom’s unique, well honed training process – and his drive for perfection – heading into the 2017 NFL season.


Religion of Sports S2:E6 – Gods of War

In New Zealand, every boy dreams of joining national rugby team the All Blacks, a team that strives to embrace Maori culture. For young Maori student Pou Sorensen, making the team would be an achievement of both personal and cultural significance.


Religion of Sports S2:E5 – Follow That Line

Race Across America is an ultra-cycling event that runs the length of the U.S., clocking in at a little over 3000 miles. Sarah Cooper, a 45-year-old mother of four from Iowa and an ultra-cycling phenomenon, sets out to finish the race in under 10 days.


Religion of Sports S2:E4 – Disciples

In 1984, Peter Westbrook became the first US fencer in generations to win an Olympic fencing medal. Thirty years later, his foundation has created a lineage of Olympians, including Daryl Homer, a student who left the foundation to find himself.

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