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Odds & Ends: Golden Balls Edition

David Beckham Miami Soccer Presser

  • Did we actually learn anything a David Beckham’s breathlessly anticipated press conference earlier this week?  As far as I can tell the only fact it contained was that he’d exercised his $25m option to get a franchise.  After that we heard how he “wanted” it to be in Miami, how he “hoped” to have the stadium located near the Miami Heat’s arena, etc..  Oh, wait, he said that the stadium would be privately funded, so that’s a point in his favor.  I’m not a Beckham hater (though I think he was overrated as a player), but there’s just something about this situation that doesn’t feel right- as though he’s not being encouraged by MLS without being given all of the details- we’ll see, I guess.
  • Here are just a few of the (non-intentionally humorous) names that people have suggested for Beckham’s franchise”  Armada (inexplicably the most popular), Tempest, South Beach FC, Internacional Miami, Miami Athletic, and Maritimo.  However bad these are (and they are) I’m sure the actually name will be worse.
  • Right next to Beckham during the news conference was MLS Commissioner Don Garber, which got me to thinking:  has there ever been a commissioner in a major American sport who could not be described as “oily” or “soulless?”  It took me a while, but I did come up with one:  Bart Giamatti, who was the commissioner of Major League Baseball for barely 5 months before his untimely death at the age of 51 in 1989.  He had a doctorate in literature, was a Yale professor, a president of Yale, and more importantly, and different from all of the other commissioners I could think of, he LOVED the game he was in charge of.  Sigh.
  • It’s been a pretty good preseason so far for the New England Revolution.  During their residency in Florida they played current Swedish champions Malmö FF to a 1-1 draw and defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2-1.  The most notable things to take place in these matches was coach Jay Heaps trying Andrew Farrell in the center of defense and midfielder Donnie Smith (another second year player) at left back.
  • USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he has not “closed the door” to players like Tim Ream, Brek Shea, and Oguchi Onyewu when it comes to making the roster for Brazil this summer.  Huh.  I’ll tell you what, Jurgen, I’ll go ahead and close that door for you- your welcome.
  • 77 year old Sepp Blatter is considering running for a fifth term as president of FIFA.  I guess if he’s still got enough money to pay off the people he needs to, who’s to say he shouldn’t give it another try?
  • I realize Swansea City aren’t too far ahead of the danger zone, but I fail to see how that was coach Michael Laudrup’s fault?
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3 comments on “Odds & Ends: Golden Balls Edition

  1. Sculptor?!?
    February 7, 2014

    Eep. If those are the ‘non-intentionally funny’ names, I’m not sure I want to see the ‘funny’ ones. Whatever it is, I’m sure we’ll have great fun mocking them, though I’m probably not even qualified to make mockery, seeing as how I don’t even root for any particular team (but I’m really good at rooting against teams…).

  2. Martinovich
    February 7, 2014

    Tim Ream….there is some disappointment. 3 years ago I really thought he’d make a difference.

    • weefuse
      February 7, 2014

      He is a regular starter for Bolton in the (bottom of the) Championship and that might just be his “level.” Unfortunately, that’s not good enough for the USMNT anymore. Gooch is also playing well since joining a slightly better Sheffield Wednesday, but his career has been on a severe coward spiral since he left Standard Liège.

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