Friday, January 12, 2007

biggest news in the world

Some may not know I am far away from my office these days. but I wonder if people realize that the biggest news story in the world is the announcement that David Beckham is going to be playing soccer for the LA Galaxy.

Yes, for those who may not realize it, there is indeed major league soccer in the US.

Just to be clear, I didnt say it's the biggest sports story in the world... for days it has been the single biggest news story period. Wars, disasters, famines.... it does not matter. Above the fold, top of the broadcast type of news on every media outlet for days on end. It really is quite amazing.

Does this mean we will be able to catch him playing against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Unfortunately Pele quit his post-career career in the US before the Pittsburgh Spirit came into existance.


Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I loved watching the Pittsburgh Spirit. Indoor soccer had a much different look and feel than the typical, outdoor version. (Do they play indoor soccer in Europe, or was that purely an American variation?)

Jeffrey Toobin had a good essay in the New Yorker last year about why he thinks soccer will never be big here. (I'm not a huge fan myself.) It's sort of a viscous circle: the best American athletes don't play soccer, so the game isn't as good as in Europe, and since the game isn't as good, the best athletes don't play.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

wasn't the big difference that the side boards were inbounds. You could use essentially as an extra player? or was that indoor football? That is a vague memory.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I seem to recall there being significantly fewer players as well. But you are correct in that the boards were inbounds.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 4:16:00 PM  
Blogger fester said...

Chris --- The Riverhounds are not playing during the 2007 season in order to get their finances back into shape --- which is odd, as everytime that I went down to Falconi Field, there was a pretty good crowd (2,200-3,000) individuals who were drinking a good deal of beer.

As far as indoor, it is an international phenonaman, although the US version of on field mayham tends to be somewhat rare. Instead the dominant variety of indoor soccer is futsul which is 4v4 no contact and an absolutely amazing and beautiful game to watch.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

ha. shows what I know. I suspect some people may even think the Pittsburgh Xplosion is a soccer team.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 4:38:00 PM  

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