April 2nd, 2008

Beck Talk: Lakers, Leno, Losing

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Sir Becks took himself to a Lakers game with a sweater-vested mate last Sunday. 

For those of you who still care about DB’s footie career, the LA Galaxy got stomped on by Colorado 4-nil.  We’re sure David is thrilled at his future career prospects.

MLS-experts out there, please fill us in on if you think the game was a one off and the team has hope this season. Our magic eight ball says all signs point to hell no.

David was a guest on Jay Leno yesterday looking hawt and telling the story of how he hooked up with Victoria for the 80th time.  Check out the clips here and here.  We nub.

Finally, David was in a social mood last night, heading to Nobu’s for dinner, Villa to watch Kid Rock do some karaoke. He ended his evening at Hyde nightclub.  Party on, Becks, there’s little else for you to do at the mo, love.

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29 Responses to “Beck Talk: Lakers, Leno, Losing”

  1. Erin says:

    Sorry, but I do have to disagree, Johnna.  And I’m not basing my MLS opinion on the Galaxy, as I’ve only in fact watched one of the Galaxy matches. I have been to a couple of Red Bulls matches here in NYC, and I’ve watched a number of the other MLS teams on Fox Soccer.  The level of the league is far far below anything else out there right now.  Completely understandably, as it is in it’s infancy.  And it does need supporting if it’s going to grow.  And I support it in word, but I just cannot support it in attendance because it’s just….not good.  Not that enjoyable to watch.  After watching Premier League, Champions League, La Liga, Serie A, etc…..I just can’t enjoy the MLS that much.  I know, I know, I know…I’m a footie snob. wink

  2. ljungberg lusty says:

    Did anyone notice that Becks is wearing the same shirt at the game that he wore to the Leno interview… tsk tsk. Has he learned nothing from Queen V?
    Also, that weird horizontal dent in the middle of his head is bothering me.

  3. klyn312 says:

    Elise you summed it up perfectly.. I just wrote a million word rant about the horridness that is LA media, but you put it so eloquently that I’m jut going to go with my standard..“yep, what she said” remark, lest I offend the entire world..
    It was a valiant attempt to raise awareness of the MLS but was force fed and waaaay over the top media hype. it’s a shame really.
    On other MLS news, tonight is the Fire’s home opener… we have a decent chance this year!

  4. goalkeeperette says:

    I’ve never been a big fan of David (or Vicky B for that matter), because to me he was always more a model and advertising icon than an actual “footballer” (is it just me, or are there other people out there who agree that his skills were always totally overestimated?). His move to LA Galaxy was the final push to drop him off my sympathy-radars… It’s so out of question that his (and her) ONLY reason to agree to that offer was money money money and the American Glam Way Of Life. You don’t sign with Galaxy because you love to play good football. What a pathetic farce.

    Random: they look like a cute gay couple in the pic above, tee hee!  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue wink" style="border:0;" />

  5. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    So I know that LA Galaxy are pants, but how does Becks look in these games? Can you see that he is a class above them or does he seem to go down to their level?

  6. Pusscat says:

    Ameobi like! I LOVE I’m on Setanta! “keep doing it on me”

    I watched the game and it was painful. LA played like rubbish. It’s very hard watching a man who played for top clubs now playing for this god-awful side. Yes there’s the money (not that he needed any more) but constantly losing and playing with people not your equal has to be depressing. It’s sad really.

  7. michelle TN says:

    I was fortunately up for that Jay Leno interview.  It was hilarious when Leno asked Beckham if he laid around his home just as he does in his latest Armani ads!

  8. Elise says:

    Oh, I *haven’t* seen those, LQ.  I’ll have to look for them. I really am that way about Chelsea though. There aren’t too many posts or topics or real life conversations, for that matter, that I *couldn’t* somehow make all about Chelsea or John or Frank!  I think it’s simply that that’s what’s on my mind constantly!  I haven’t decided whether that’s truly sad or not.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />

    Whenever I think of the Setanta Sports thing, I hear Jose saying ‘Breaking news: I’m fabulous!‘ LOL No matter how many times I see it, it’s still funny! God I miss The Special One.

  9. louisquatorze says:

    Yeah, those are the ones. I’m just thinking of the Newcastle fan that turns every conversation back to Newcastle…just a bit of light teasing. :D

    The LA Galaxy management definitely screwed this up. A 32-year-old Beckham isn’t going to win the league on his own, he was never that sort of player. They needed to have a decent team around him, and still don’t have one.

  10. Elise says:

    LQ- do you mean the Jose ones?  I do watch those and I love them, but (and perhaps I’m a bit thick) I’m not getting your reference. 

    The most troubling thing about the Galaxy fiasco is that David’s move was meant to lift the game in the US to the kind of recognition/appreciation it has in the rest of the world (at least I’m assuming this was the plan), and so they made
    David the face of ‘soccer’ in America.  And so the non-footie people tuned in to watch, if only to see what all the hype was about, and saw how dire the Galaxy are and are probably watching the NFL again secure in their belief about what constitutes real ‘football’.  And David will end up taking the blame for it, or at least suffering the bad press for it.  His shoulders must be wider and more powerful than I thought if he’s willing to keep carrying that burden, even with the millions of dollars they’ve thrown at him.

  11. FootballerChick43 says:

    On the MLS match.. yes, it was crap. I watched it and honestly, it was terrible.

    But seriously, I think the Galaxy might be able to pull together and get a spot or two off the bottom this year. I mean, I think Landon Donovan’s still pissed that he’s not the biggest player in America anymore. On the captaincy, I think Donovan had enough common sense to realize that would have happened eventually. I mean, we’re Americans but we’re not completely retarded.

    I’ve said before that I lovee David Beckham, and I do. But it was probably the worst match I’ve ever seen him play but honestly, the DC United match was even worse than this one.

  12. louisquatorze says:

    The problem is that the Galaxy spent what they had on Beckham, keeping Landon Donovan for some reason, and Carlos Ruiz, and felt like that was enough to have a team out of. Even if Landon wasn’t useless most of the time they would still need the rest of a team around them, and they don’t. Also, the Galaxy’s pre-season consisted entirely of glamour friendlies instead of training. I did watch the game (I’m from Denver originally, although I don’t live there any more, and I want to watch Bouna Coundoul as much as possible before he gets snapped up by some European side) and honestly, getting done 4-0 by the Colorado Rapids is absolutely embarrassing. Although the Rapids do tend to start strong most seasons before fading away quickly after.

    Also, Elise, do you watch those “I’m on Setanta Sports” clips? Reminds me a bit of Dave… <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  13. Bella says:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ml4idD-QCm8
    Since memory lane is significantly more fun than the Home Depot Center (at the moment), here’s a clip from The Real David Beckham, a circa 2000 docu. It includes a cute golf bit with the guy Becks is whispering to above, Dave Gardner, and a hilarious few minutes in the end at Gary Neville’s house with Becks cooking. TOO cute. Dave G and Gary are Becks’ his oldest and dearest. ManU trainees together, Gardner’s footy career didn’t go far, but he and Becks remained buddies with lots of pics of them watching sports things over the years.

  14. natalie says:

    wow is it just me or is david turning into micheal schofield with all those tattoos

  15. LoveLamps says:

    It’s American soccer people – don’t expect anything but mediocrity!  At least they will look good while losing miserably!

  16. Bella says:

    Oh dear, I had a premature moment and left my worries on this matter in an ENDLESS note to TammyV in the Maldini Matter comments. I said sigh a lot. Painful painful painful and I don’t know if they have ANY raw material to make things better. Even if they had kept the keeper that saved their asses so many times last season…might not be that embarrassing.

    Only hope is that the League wakes up, realizes the chance they are missing (as they only care about money) and get inspired to change enough rules around to make this team better. That one game got more publicity than the whole league has gotten in its cumulative history, coming three days after Becks’ 100th cap. Lot of people around the world took one look at a youtube clip, saw the MLS as crap and now don’t give a crap. I wouldn’t mind that if it didn’t impact on the joy and happiness of our boy.

    CAPTAIN NOTE: Previous Captain, Landon Donovan offered Becks the armband when he arrived. Landon, a U.S. international probably had a good enough suspicion that Becks would be the only one on the pitch who knew where the ball, and his teammates, should be at any given moment.

  17. Marissa says:

    Becks supporters, don’t keep your hopes up. I know it may be way too early into a season to judge, but based on the fact that Ruiz is out for 4-6 weeks and Landycakes doesn’t show up for club games, they’re probably at the bottom again. They’re performance was atrocious. If they go down to the Rapids 4-0, they’ll have no hope against some of the better sides in the league.

  18. Elise says:

    Kickette, I think your magic 8 ball is being straight with you. I didn’t watch the match with Colorado.  Truthfully I just didn’t care that much, but aside from that who could bear to watch David Beckham in a side that bad?  And to see him hang his head on the pitch because he knows it (I saw that on the ‘highlights’).  It’s been worse than watching Newcastle for the last 6 months.  Okay, maybe not worse, but at least Newcastle is turning it around.  Did anyone see the match with Tottenham?  Oh my God.  It was so hard to believe that was the same team from a month ago.  Down to a man, they seemed to have found some belief and remembered they could be quite good if they tried.  Martins and Butt were especially good, but I think I could single out at least half the team and say the same thing.  I have, for some time now, considered adopting Newcastle as something like my ‘second’ team.  After my joy at their 4-1 win the other day, I think it’s official.  Does anyone else have a ‘second team’?  TFO- do you think of Sunderland that way?

  19. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I love Becks, like really really love him!! Maybe even more than Xabi, well OK not that much, but still lots. Hovever I don’t know anything about MLS, but from what I’ve heard LA Galaxy suck!! And when he does interviews I just feel a little uncomfortable, get back to what you do best Becks and break out those tiny pants again!!

    And that poor mere mortal man next to him in the picture, only emphasises Becks hotness!!

  20. nicky xxx says:

    good point blair (about the jeans)and can someone tell my the heck becks is the captain wen he has not even been there for a full season? lemmie guess just coz hes golden balls? Some poor LA galaxy player has probably been waitng 4 the armband then whhooooooooooosssh some english bloke sweeps in during the transfer window and all his hopes and dreams are blown away……

  21. tammyv says:

    I will be able to form a better opinion Thursday night after I see the home opener, but I have a feeling…SUCK MAJOR BUM will be the assessment

  22. Blair says:

    The Galaxy has been predicted (from multiple sources) to be in the bottom of the league… again. Not good news for captain Becks.

    But can I just point out that the jeans he was wearing at the Lakers game hugged him in ALL the right places.

    http://legacyeditorial.gettyimages.com/source/sea…

  23. Jillian says:

    The Galaxy is probably going to be a trainwreck. If Becks/Landon/Ruiz (once healthy) can get something going, they’ll score, but they’re not going to score more than their defense is going to give up, since they traded away their competent defenders (and Joe Cannon who basically was their defense last year) and now they have aged, overpaid veterans and fresh-out-of college rookies.

  24. Johnna says:

    MLS doesn’t suck. The Galaxy sure do, but don’t base all your opinions on one crappy team being forced down the world’s throat. David did himself a disservice picking the Galaxy as his team, especially as they haven’t been good since about 2002.

    But don’t in any way say the whole league sucks. There is talent there and we are moving a step forward. And maybe if we had a little support from the locals, it would be alot better. If you want to see soccer here in the States becoming bigger and better (and maybe one day rivaling EPL or La Liga) then go out and support your local team. If you don’t have an MLS team, then fine one that you like for reasons other than Becks. Some of these guys don’t make over $20,000 yet they are out there playing for a real reason. They aren’t John Terry and 100,000 pound a week, plus endorsements. They play for the love of the game and they could use a little support instead of slagging them off.

    The Galaxy are a joke. They pay 3 people on that team more than the collective salaries of the rest of the team. Such a travesty.

  25. Rusty says:

    My local MLS team, for MLS, doesn’t actually suck. But quite frankly none of my local teams suck, except for the college teams, which I’m glad suck.

    And I have to go buy tickets to see Becks. Grr.

  26. Erin says:

    Poor David.  I don’t think he quite knew what he was getting into when he came to America.  MLS is BAD.  It’s just very, very bad.  I’ve been to a Galaxy game and some Red Bulls games, just to try to be supportive of football in the US, but….they’re awful.  They’re just awful.  I think the last match I went to ended 6-5 or something equally woeful.  The level of the league as a whole is just low.  Even at is age, in the end stages of his career, David has too much class for MLS.  It’s only going to hurt his career.  The only thing left for him at this point is playing for England, and even that will be harder for him to break into, given that he’s playing in MLS now.

  27. The Fourth Official says:

    I so don’t care.

    As you all know, in the alternate universe in which I dwell, David Beckham continues to patrol Old Trafford, giving breathtaking substitute performances, crowned by match-winning free kicks to the acclaim of all.  And Victoria is a fat hausfrau in Bristol, married to an alcoholic lorry driver, and singing bitter, sad karaoke at the corner bar on Thursday girls’ nights.

  28. Gina says:

    MrsXA, even a newbie like me can tell that Becks way outclasses anything else on the pitch. Except for Abel Xavier, they don’t seem to know where they’re supposed to be at any given time.

    It’s actually physically painful at times to watch.  Some beautiful crosses and set pieces, and there’s nobody in a Galaxy shirt within 10 feet of the ball.

    But the good news is that Ruud Gullit and Becks should be able to bring out whatever potential this team has. But it looks like another losing season while they work it out??

    my security word is *reading88* Go Royals!

  29. Bella says:

    He still puts the ball wherever he wants it Mrs X, its what his target does with it that’s the problem.  He didn’t have quite the fire on Sat night but he still sent a bunch of gift-wrapped beauties that got tossed in the trash. Frustrating. They compained about the altitude, but they know where Denver is, why didn’t they just have Becks and Donovan meet them there straight from Europe on Thursday to save them a couple of extra time-zone changes and so the whole team could acclimate.