recommended sports sites/blogs
Grantland - Bill Simmons' baby, though the football journalism is not the site's strong point. Entertaining, original sports journalism is.
Soccerway - RSS news feed, but more importantly an impressive amount of well-updated info on perhaps every professional league worldwide.ESPN Soccernet - Has compiled, multi-year player stats.
Zonal Marking - Michael Cox's great site featuring tactical analysis of recently played matches and more.