Brexit Is As Logical As Breathing

You are at home, the entire family, perhaps enjoying a television program. Then someone walks into your home (you are Not Allowed to have locks on your doors), grabs the remote control and changes the channel, and before you can say WTF!, they inform you that someone in France, Belgium or Finland has decided they have the right to do so.

This is somewhat like how it feels to be in the EU, as described to me by some  UK citizens (in private, for fear of being labeled a racists if expressing their feelings publicly) while I recently visited there for an extended amount of time. It was my second extended visited, this time it was the Northeast near Newcastle, previously it was the Midlands near Nottingham. I would advise anyone to visit either location to experience the Real UK. I enjoyed my stay both times immensely.

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The UK is truly an awesome country and culture, this is a place were the majority of all police officers Do Not Carry Guns,  can you be more civilized  than that in today’s world?
Why does everyone seem to be under the impression that the majority of UK citizens are “confused” because they would prefer to be an independent country, free to govern, police, and decide whom has a right to work and live within it’s own borders?

This perplexes me.

Also the notion that United Kingdom will somehow collapse into some apocalyptic catastrophe, just because it leaves the EU is other nonsense!

This “logic” reminds me of the comedian Andy Woodhull description of how his  wife beats him at arguments; “she just denies she is doing the thing that I was mad about ”

It would seem that the majority of UK citizens whom wish the leave the EU shall Never be allowed. They are in-effect being treated like little children. They gave an honest answer, and now the “adults” (paid politicians), will convince them that they were to ignorant to understand the question.

They want to force Another vote, feeling confident that after almost 3 years of unnecessary political delay tactics that they have successfully emotionally terrorized enough UK citizens to now “win” a second referendum.

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After a recent extended visit to Switzerland, I am convinced now more than ever that living without being a member of the EU is more than possible, it is Logical. There people of many different heritages co-existed in harmony, with All respecting and assimilating within the Swiss culture. I seriously doubt that this would be achieved it forced upon the citizens

Hopefully the citizens of the UK will be allowed to leave the EU, as the Majority of them expressed their desire to do so with their democratic rights. By holding on to their own currency, they have always expressed a desire to remain independent. With it’s greatest ally being the USA, I have no doubt that their future shall be as Great as their past. Paid Politicians’ true influence over the citizen’s lives should have a limit, and That Limit Being Defined Is The True Meaning Of Brexit.

Coach Mike Sholars Believes American Football Should Only Be Played Spring Til Autumn.


I get it.

Back in the 1800s when what we now know as American football (or simply football to Americans), was played primarily by university students, starting the seasons in September was a logical choice. Particularly  when seasons were 6-7 games long at that time.

But now let us fast forward to the present 21st century, where the sport of American football is now a worldwide phenomena. Now you can see local teams compete for National Championships form Toronto to Tel Aviv, from Los Angeles to Lagos, from Boston to Beijing, China from New York to Newcastle upon Tyne, England from Seattle to Stockholm, Sweden from Houston to Hamburg, Germany from Cincinnati  to Cairo, Egypt from Pittsburg to Prague, Czech Republic and I could go on and on and on…  

Now as a former European pro player and current coach in over 10 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa I quickly noticed a big difference in the season scheduling outside of North America.  The leagues here begin there seasons in spring, and end in summer or the very first weeks of autumn. This is a very logical choice, as not only is it better for players (If the weather is to hot, you always have a night game option), but it attracts more fans if you are trying to expand your fan base.  

Playing and coaching in the freezing snow, or supporting your team in the freezing snow has always been romanticize, but as a former pro player and head coach in counties like Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (places where even with the season beginning in spring, you do not always escape the snow), it is not as romantic as portrayed Brrr. 

What about school summer break? 

I would prepose that in the USA (where University football is a Muti Billion dollar business) we treat all high school and university players like any other kids their age with a summer job: If they play for the schools while classes are not in session, they should receive a monetary compensation just like any of their classmates would if they worked during the summer break. And this should not effect their amateur status. 

Incidentally this schedule would also allow incoming university freshmen an entire half year to assimilate into university life, which should make for a better educational experience for both university and High school players alike. 

  • The season could have a two week pause in July for family vacation

And of course with a more enjoyable environment to view the games the fan base will expand even further … and trust me,  the interest is here. 


(Coach Sholars teaching American football fundamentals to children in the Czech Republic in December 2017) 

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-Coach Mike Sholars                                                                                                                            

Nordians team improving with Coach Mike Sholars

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Teplice – Long gone are the days when a couple of guys in the Castle Gardens throwing “cone” more or less for fun. How much Nordians moved mainly in the 2017 season? One of the major changes was the transition from “octal” to “jedenáctkovou” form of soccer. This heavy challenge necessitated the strengthening and expansion squad, which also helped hosting the Most players.


Nordians improve with coach Mike Sholars

Nordians improve with coach Mike Sholars


Another major change was the reinforcement of the team of the prestigious American coach Mike Sholars, who joined the team at the start of the season, and the team that passes its many years of experience in senior football.

“We also changed the organization and preparation of home games, because we want our fans football matches and especially enjoyed good fun. At the same time we try to make understand the rules of the sport and to better orient the action on the pitch, “said Jan Růžička, a board member Nordians.

Bar in the preparation of the team picked up especially in the final match, the Iron Bowl, where 400 fans in the back showed a balanced battle with Trinec. Unfortunately, the pace did not last, and she was finally lost 28:14. “On a clear underdog but it was hilarious game and everyone to know that next season must reckon with us,” said Jan Růžička.

The greatest reward for team Team Nordians in season 2017 progress from 4th to 3rd league.

Nordians but this was well beyond the field. Together with the women’s team Hilders participated in several charity events, such as cleaning his Czech, blood will flow, cooperation with shelters etc. And important was the work with children and youth, which prepared the fun of a “Fanzone” in several cultural and sporting events.

Now begin preparations for the 2018 season, which will Nordians next challenge in September and thus opens up the possibility for all who would like to join the team and fought with him in the upcoming season of 2018.

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Football in Iceland: From the Desert To the Midnight Sun


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Mike Sholars is on quite a journey. He has taken his coaching skills from Northern Africa and its desert climate and burning heat to a spot near the Arctic Circle where volcanoes are active, glaciers cover more than 10% of the land and at this time of year the sun never sets.

Talk about going from one extreme to the other.

Sholars, named coach of the year in Egypt earlier this year where he coached the MSA Tigers to a turnaround season, has landed in Iceland to help Einherjar, the only American football organization on this island nation of 300,000 people, develop the game.

What a contrast. From the desert to the midnight sun.

Sholars is a veteran of international coaching with stints in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Egypt.

Iceland originally came calling in 2013 when Daði Guðmundsson reached out to Sholars to ask him to join the Einherjar Facebook page. However, when Bergbör Phillip Pálsson asked him about helping out in Iceland in 2013, Sholars was not able to accommodate due to coaching commitments elsewhere.

Nevertheless, this spring he found the time to make the trip to Rekyavik, paying his own way, to find out what it is like to coach under the midnight sun. Keep in mind that Iceland is on the 66th parallel, right on the Arctic Circle, roughly the same latitude as northern Alaska. So the midnight sun is a reality here.

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Posing after a midnight practice in Iceland: Hávar Helgi Helgason, Victor Ingi Guðbjörnsson, Axel Göethe, Jón Örn Haraldsson, Mikael Uni Karlsson Brune, Bergþór Phillip Pálsson, Þorvaldur S. Kristjánsson, Ómar Al Lahham, Coach Mike Sholars, Nikulás Snær, Sævar Hlíðkvíst, Anton Kárason, Ásþór Bjarni Guðmundsson, Ábel Maróti, Viðar Gautinbsp;

When he arrived, Sholars was surprised at the development of the game on this island nation:

“Although this is a young program, they have already developed with a talented 6’4″ quarterback who starts in Norway’s second division and a wide receiver playing in Germany.”

In fact, the team, which has basically been practicing for the past few years, invited a division 2 club from Norway to play a game in Rekyavik earlier this year. The Icelandic team soundly beat the Åsane Seahawks although there was a mitigating factor. The starting quarterback for the Seahawks also happened to be Bergbör Phillip Pálsson, the young Icelandic quarterback who switched teams for the game.


For the past three weeks Sholars has been working with the team. Although saying team is a bit of a stretch. There is only Einherjar and these players are limited to scrimmaging among themselves. They are looking for games though with feelers out to clubs in Italy and Switzerland. There have been no takers yet but they are hopeful.

It has been a struggle but the organization is forging ahead undaunted.

One of the organizers of the club is Brynjar Bjornsson:

“It has been really hard getting equipment but we work with what we got and always work hard, and those of us who are going all in we just buy our equipment and order what we need from sport websites

 We have a big youth program of players under 18 that’s about 40 and our seniors players over 18 are about 30 and we are getting bigger by the minute”
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 It is clear that Sholars has made an impact on these players and although he is likely headed back to Germany to coach, he will stay in constant contact with Einherjar to help them when they need it.
In the meantime, although the desert beckons, Sholars will continue his worldwide trek, helping develop the game wherever he can.
As for Einherjar, they can take hope from their national soccer team who shocked the world by beating England in the European championships. Great things can come from small beginnings.
Roger Kelly

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.

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Football in Iceland: From the Desert To the Midnight Sun



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