Alan Black talks about Kick the Balls: An Offensive Suburban Odyssey ($23.95). When Black was a child growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, soccer, or what he called “fitbaa,” was the be all and end all. His experience was not the little league, boys-of-summer stuff of modern America. For him, it was life and death. Now middle-aged and living in California, Alan finds himself coaching a team of eight-year-olds in his beloved sport—and nothing is going right.