World Cup Mania: Figuring Out FIFA, Soccer & Tax

We are in full World Cup mode at my house. My kids are huge soccer fans (you may know this if you’re a regular reader) and they’ve been counting down to the first game (Brazil beat Croatia) for months. They’ve made posters and charts and insisted on buying souvenirs, including a stuffed version of the Fuleco, the armadillo who serves as the current World Cup mascot. And predictably, they have peppered me with questions, mostly about FIFA since the initials appear on everything from Fuleco to the game balls. What is it? Who runs it? And their favorite question: who …

What If Congressional Elections Were Run Like The NFL Draft?

Over the past few days, like many of you, I’ve been glued to the NFL draft board (Forbes’ Darren Heitner had great coverage here). It was exciting to see who was picked first (Houston took Jadeveon Clowney); who bit on Johnny Manziel (sorry, Cleveland) and where Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in league history would go (St. Louis took him 249th). Interest in the draft has been, as ESPN commentator Mel Kiper, Jr., explained, “through the roof” which is great for the NFL. But wouldn’t it be cool if we had the same level of …