Where's Ed Sullivan When Ya Need'm?
Teenage girls and rabid homosexters of these United States, your day has arrived: David Beckham has agreed to play for the L.A. Galaxy.
This is a great move for both parties, a real no-brainer, a total Schiavo. The benefactors of Major League Soccer need to stop deluding themselves into believing it's a viable league for American talent, which it's not, and this is the first step towards that realization. The MLS must drop any model centered around US talent and become a two-pronged feeder and taker system.
First, we recruit the best talent from Latin America that isn't good enough to sign with a European club, and then we train them and shop them, becoming a feeder league for this young Latin American talent to the now-intersted European clubs. That's a revenue generator, both in terms of transfer window money and getting even more Hispanic butts in seats, which at this point seems to be the only fanbase for soccer in the States. Getting Americans to the matches, well, that's where guys like Beckham come into the fray...
The MLS then needs to go Cosmos and get as many washed-up or past-their-prime European players like Becks to come over here and finish their careers in America. Beckham is a commodity in the MLS in every way (skill and marketability), but he's finished across the pond. The trick is to snatch up guys like Becks and Luis Figo and Ronaldo in two years and anyone else who doesn't quite have it any more, and line them up with the young Hispanics and handful of Americans not good enough to play elsewhere. That's a commercially viable league.
In my amateur opinion, today's news is the initial step towards this plan, and it's incredibly important to young US stars like Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson, who may finally get their shot overseas. The MLS cannot continue to hold back talented Americans from playing in Europe if it ever wants to see US Soccer compete on the world stage. Our international program won't be in the same class as the rest of the world until we let those guys go to Europe and get the real-time, fast-paced training they need to compete.
I know, nobody cares. But now Posh Spice will live in California, and that's cool. I, for one, welcome our new British overlords.
(For a somewhat differing opinion of this Becks issue, check out the second half of this point from the always on-point That's On Point.)
Slack Link of the Day: The television in my bedroom is somewhat broken, but not quite. It doesn't play sound out of the cable box, but I can watch DVDs with no issue. So every night for the last two weeks I've fallen asleep to a different movie from my collection -- last night it was Tommy Boy, which still manages to crack me up to no end.
What a coincidence, though, when our boy Fritz sent me a link to this article (with pics!) about a Moooose landing in the front seat of a car. I swear I've seen a lot of stuff in my life, but that...was...awesome. Sorry 'bout your car, man, that sucks.
Slack Video of the Day: My Liverpool guru over at The Red Cauldron posted this on Monday, but I forgot to get it up until now. Wanna see an aawesome middle-school slapfest from the world of professional soccer? Seriously, take every pussy fight you ever saw when you were 10 and multiply it by 100 because these guys are adults on national television. Fabiano v. Diogo, The Kickball Fight.
Slack Song of the Day: I threw in Rushmore the other night for the first time in at least a year, and it reminded me of how absolutely amazing that movie was and is. The acting, the script, the cinematography, the whole nine, just a perfect flick. And, of course, the soundtrack is incredible. In a nod to Wes & Co. this morning, here's the Faces' Ooh La La. And because I love the Faces' work, here's a bonus version of Bad 'n Ruin.