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Interesting Reads for the week

Why U.S. Soccer’s Michael Bradley Is America’s Best Player (GQ) — A neat look at a young, talented player who has been moderately overshadowed by the likes of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.

I’ve been going a little overboard about soccer lately, but when the World Cup comes around, it’s exciting, and everywhere. Here Mental Floss takes a look at Soccer’s Long History as America’s Sport of the Future.

Dogfish Head always does some innovative things, this time going with an ancient Nordic recipe. Inc. sat down with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione to chat about the brewery, read the story here.

I’ve had a lot of photographer friends over the year, so when the Chicago Sun-Times laid off a bunch of photographers off, I was bummed. Poynter took a look at where the 28 photographers are now, a year later.

Distilling giant Diageo is planning to spend $115 million on a new plant in Kentucky, according to Esquire. That’s a big whiskey plant. Esquire calls the company the “Willy Wonka of Whiskey.”

I love listening to NPR, and Michigan Public Radio’s Jack Lessenberry makes me smile for some reason. In this essay, he tells how new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was impressive at the Mackinac conference.

More soccer, but this one is definitely worth the read. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Brazil‘s Active Forest Cup, a soccer league between the remote forest villages of the Amazon.

Meanwhile, Ottawa County received a shipment of goats to combat invasive species of plants. Read about it here in MLive.

 

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