Perhaps the eight-year ban handed down to Sepp Blatter is a blessing in disguise for the disgraced FIFA president. Before the suspension, he actually had to work day in and day out, taking bribes, assigning tournaments to the highest bidders, and whatnot. But now he doesn't have anything to do, and he's still receiving compensation from FIFA. Reuters reports Blatter will continue to be paid until soccer's governing body picks a new president.
What does 'doing an Arsenal' really mean, and can Arsenal avoid doing it? [SBN]
Arsenal sits atop the Premier League more than halfway through the season. That means fans of the North London club are terrified of having their hearts broken in new and interesting ways.
FC Dallas now have a 'ragingbonner' and MLS is loving it [SBN]
The highlight of MLS SuperDraft Rounds 3 and 4 was FC Dallas' selection of Colin Bonner, who has a ... colorful Instagram handle.
With the fourth pick in the third round of the @MLS #SuperDraft, FC Dallas selects F Colin Bonner from UNC-W. pic.twitter.com/XoBGzXvfxk— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) January 19, 2016
Feilhaber slams Klinsmann over USMNT selection [Goal]
Benny Feilhaber says Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't recall the best players available to the USMNT squad. Incidentally, Feilhaber hasn't made a USMNT appearance since February 2014.
NYCFC's Andrea Pirlo says level of play in MLS is 'higher than I thought' [ESPNFC]
"It's a beautiful kind of soccer," Pirlo said. "It's fast. Technical not so much yet, but maybe with the arrival of European coaches it will improve in that regard.
"And then I like also the passion of the fans, the fact that they love the sport, they love being at the stadium. Win or lose they're happy and that's the most important value of a sport."
Manchester City, Arsenal get Dude Perfect trick-shot treatment [SI]
These guys are pretty good.
What's happening in The A?
Winners of two straight, the Hawks will try to make it three in a row Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Maybe Paul Millsap will find extra motivation after he was left off the 2016 USA Basketball roster.
The Braves are in the Yeonis Cespedes market, but it seems unlikely the outfielder will sign with Atlanta. Before he signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, the Bravos also considered a reunion with Justin Upton.
Julio Jones is the lone Falcon to make the Pro Football Writers of America's All-NFL team.