April 15th, 2008
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Link: How Much Longer Can Beckham Take This?
So many good points here… I guess it will always remain a mystery to us on the outside <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />
Whatever Becks was thinking it involved his wife.
Cause if he really wanted something different, why not try the Mexican, Argentinan,or Brazilian league.
And why go to L.A.?
Why not N.Y.?
Why not D.C. or Chicago?
The whole family has an ulterior motive, for being in L.A. and it’s not for soccer.
I like your run down Kimothie. It was perfect to a t with a few extra things I’ve been thinking about lately. It’s been a long time since Becks and his wife or kids could have gone to a basketball game in almost any other country than the U.S. and certainly not in city in which he played. Sure they get paps here but not the life-threatening number that they get elsewhere.
All these bike rides, whole family outings, whatever…much as they profit off of and probably thrive on attention (and don’t whine about it out of the other sides of their mouths) it has to be nice to do some things that they’ve NEVER been able to do before. Remember that they found out they were expecting Brooklyn during the ‘98 World Cup. Either because of death threats and kidnapping attempts or then with the crowds added, they really have lived in a “bubble” since they started out together.
I have joked that this is the first time Becks doesn’t have to fear for his life if his team is doing badly. But missing the passion for the sport in the U.S. also means avoiding that side too (probably not a preferred trade, but maybe an interesting change for a family guy).
The last thing in terms of family life is that even though I still maintain that Becks is more at risk of losing money signing for the Galaxy than making more, Mrs B’s doing quite well thankyou now that she doesn’t have to keep her business on the QT lest it appear to “conflict with his career” (and possibly because they’re a bit more secure about the kids’ safety). Her energy and ambition is part of what attracted him in the first place and he certainly seems to enjoy her success.
Ok, now that his personal life is sorted <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" /> , if his squad could just be brought up to a more competitive level, this might not be so painful for his footy fans!
I’ve been a low-grade Becks fan for almost 10 years, and I will honestly say that you can have him, Bella. I had more fun dealing with him when I could deal with him from afar. Now he’s across the country and is in all my media. Yuck.
I finally commandeered Michael Ballack, and with his learning English, we’re getting along fine. I can speak a little German, but his language skills are strangely better than mine.
keyword: wife88. It’s trying to tell me something.
I’m watching a rerun of the Portsmouth – Newcastle game, and they were just singing the triumphal march from “Aida.“
Thanks for the support girls! lose that girl, Hargreaves is a brilliant choice, he’s adorable—SO earnest, as well as when happy—and he seems like the nicest person ever. And he plays his ass off (if we’re referencing football at all again).
Next time he comes up I hope you will give us a more detailed review of your vitalizing techniques. As a group I am sure we are nothing if not eager to further our educations.
CRAP Emily, I forgot the listening part! Of course Becks is waiting desperately to pour his heart out to me, although don’t we take it for granted that we read his mind? Maybe he’ll just want to tell me how cute the boys were this morning…after the last shower-off when he’s all chipper and delighted and I’m ready to send him home to my fantasy of his happy family (NO ONE argue with me) .
p.s. BETTY thank you so much for the on the spot report! Imagine, Toronto with more water and people complaining about Becks not being booked for a flagrant foul! Can you come back whenever you go again? We’ll look for your updates in whatever random post comes up after a match.
I was at that match. Sideline seats near midfield, fifth row, cute white hat and burnt red flesh. It was hot as hell out there. Like someone else mentioned, that face he’s making is heatstroke, not frustration.
I think the problem was scheduling a NOON TIME game in 100 degree heat. Ten minutes into the game Becks was calling for water bottles to be put out on the sidelines for his guys. At one point during the first half Becks got into it with the ref because the ENTIRE Toronto team had run off to the bench to get water and were taking their sweet ass time to get back on the field.
LA dominated the match but couldn’t score… on the few occasions Toronto got the ball, they put it in and that’s why we lost. (Our keeper was painfully slow.)
Becks and Donovan weren’t in sync for quite a few of the passes and that sucks but they have been doing better. I think they should have made subs earlier in the match since it was so hot and it was obvious that people were losing steam. But, yeah, good match overall.
Mea culpa, Bella. You’re right about Becks and RM. I was shooting from the hip without doing my research first. And you’re also right about him being beautiful and needing a very personal trainer to soothe his aches and listen to his frustrations. You go on… <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />
I don’t feel sorry for Becks as he’s rich and lovely, even with the aggro facial hair.
That said, there are a few comments over at my beloved Pies, and a few allusions here and elsewhere that he planned to suddenly turn around the MLS, and stop the craptastic play that has been going on now for well on 15 years.
…he never said that. In fact, in all interviews- he’s said the opposite. That it takes time, money, and experience to turn the MLS into a watchable, lucrative, skilled league. He’s said that one man isn’t going to do it.
Last year he may have been astonished to see up close the awful level of play from our country’s top league, prompting him to offer that fantastic soundbite, “I haven’t played in a game like that since I was like…9 years old.“ But he did know what he was getting into, and wanted go about his paid work whilst living the life he wanted.
It was sad to watch the match this afternoon, and it’s frustrating for any athlete to play with people who are obviously inept- but he came to LA because he didn’t like the other options, and he did like the big bags of money and the chance to live in a place with great weather where he and his wife could live the lives they believe “normal people” live (in LA they’re just rich common folk, not paparazzi darlings).
So how long can he take it? For as long as the sponsorship deals continue. He just needs to invest in some great moisturizer to keep his face looking nice, and he’ll continue to be minted and spend time with his bubbas and VickieB.
Bella, go for it!
I’m probably one of the very few here—heck, maybe I AM alone – but Becks just isn’t my cuppa. Maybe a few years back….but I’ve never really fancied him at all.
All my hot water bottles, massage oils and creative nursing techniques are reserved for my hottie, Owen Hargreaves. I couldn’t even imagine anyone else.
Enjoy yourself as you begin this very long and tedious process. So very self-less of you too!
Finally back to the issue at hand. Pay attention girls, BECKS IS HOT AND FRUSTRATED! (TammyV obviously on the pitch he needs to pull himself together and get on with it…but once off…). Sigh. What happened to all the gifted sponge bathers of last week?
Have we no heart girls? Does the man not at LEAST deserve to have every sweat drenched inch of steaming flesh swabbed and anointed, each tight and burning muscle attentively restored to the full vigor intended by nature? Not even a cooling hand on his brow (forEVER)?
What has become of us when we forgo the(COMPLETELY selfless of course) basic milk of human kindness, with the slightest on pitch distraction? I will be the first to say that I am ashamed. And I volunteer to atone by handling this hard and sweat soaked challenge all by myself. A HUGE project.
Hey Emily, as a Torontonian myself, I’m really pleased that we have a MLS side. Our fans are the best in the league. It’s still early days but I fear that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment who own the team, will balk at spending any cash to import better players because the stadium is always sold out and the fans are so rabid. If no one showed up, they’d be forced to buy improved players in order to rake in the cash they so feverishly covet.
It’s like the Raptors…they sucked, no one showed up and they went out and bought major players. While with the Leafs, the arena is sold old for decades with a waiting list of years for season tickets so they feel that they don’t have to bring in stellar talent because the fans still come to the games and the money keeps rolling in.
BTW – I am guilty as anyone. I’m a Leafs season ticket holder and regardless of how low they fall, I’ll never give up my season seats. I am part of the problem.
I was going to get less serious, but I just wanted to point out to Emily that Becks was not injured when he made his decision, he wasn’t injured until almost two months later. At the time he was forced into a decision by the RM president, he was one of the few players Capello was finally keeping in the squad at the time, saying that he needed him because he “stabilized the team” (I remember this because I was so surprised after the way Capello treated him in the beginning of the season).
I have to add that TFO, you are really scaring me with your comment about Keano’s rumoured interest in my Giggs!!!! I’ve always liked Roy, and I do hope that Sunderland manages to avoid relegation this season, but there’s no way I’m going to allow him to steal away my Giggsy! (I think Ferg is on my side on this one. He will fight tooth and nail to hang on to Ryan ‘cause he loves him so!) He can’t leave…. HE CAN’T!!!!! HE CAN’T!!!!!! Oh God, I’m starting to work myself into a panic attack now….
A little Beckshistory (beware of length! sorry).
1) Most of the money he’s making for this gig is coming from endorsement deals he brought with him (income which may be at risk if his team keeps sucking?). His salary is less than what he would have made in Europe from either the two Italian teams or several Premiership teams that made offers. He didn’t come to the U.S. for the money.
2) I’m going to go out on a line and say that I don’t think Posh does make their decisions. Whatever pants she wears, and however much of their business she runs, I think he by far has the power in the relationship. She’s incredibly insecure and anyone who doesn’t know how stubborn/focused/obstinate/whatevs he is, hasn’t been paying attention. Think of one time he has diverged from his career path for anyone and think of how many times she has for him/the kids, hmmm…
3) with the political backstabbing at Madrid, especially last season, he had to make a quick decision when they gave him a contract ultimatum. He’s always said he could never play for another English team than ManU. He said he was tempted to the last minute by AC Milan but in the end was ready for something completely different. I agree, I don’t think he realized quite what he was getting himself into, more because his team is so bad compared to the rest of the league he’s playing in, than because of the league itself. I believe it that he saw MLS players as extremely fit (true) and improving (true in general) and envisioned himself having fun playing for another 5 years guaranteed, while being a mentor for younger players (a role he already played in club and NT) and a spokesperson for the sport he obviously loves so much.
I watched him at Real Madrid and was miserable about his decision to leave top flight play. But he’s always given everything he’s got to his game and his fans, and I wish him luck.
Okay, first off, I have to say that while Toronto FC is NOT a good football club (proven by their last-place finish in last season’s MLS table), the best thing about TFC is how popular they’ve been with the Canadian fans in only one complete season. Lots of people on the other side of The Pond probably don’t realise that there are tons of Canadians who love and follow footy religiously. Before last year, though, there hadn’t been a Canadian team that we could support (and our national team doesn’t count ‘cause they’re totally crap). That doesn’t mean that Canadian fans would ever stop supporting their European clubs, but the arrival of a “higher calibre” football club was welcomed with open arms by Toronto. No Canadian who knows their football could claim that TFC is a good side, but they’re still young. No, the calibre isn’t nearly as high as EPL football, so that’s why many North American players get their start in England and on the Continent where there is the interest in developing young talent.
That being said, I have zero sympathy for Becks. He was dazzled by the gigantic paycheque that LA dangled before his eyes (read: Victoria’s cheque book), and he signed on with the Galaxy while he was still injured and riding the pine in Madrid. Once the deal was made, he started his little comeback, but it was too late. Becks was great in the ‘90s, but his reputation has been overhyped in the past 5 or so years. He’s past it. LA was crap before he got there, and is still crap now that he’s arrived. No one man can make a crap team fantastic all on his own. Becks took the money and ran, and I don’t think he’s good enough to return to EPL. If he did, it would have to be with a small, struggling team, and I highly doubt that Becks would come crawling back with his tail between his legs. That would be admitting failure, and I don’t think his ego or his lifestyle could adjust to that.
That was not frustration…that was heatstroke.
It was literally 97 (37.1-C) degrees in the shade and well over 100 (37.7-C) in the sun. It was about 25-degrees warmer then it should be for this time of the year. fvbrg
I fully expected Becks to boot ala WC ‘06. He was completely unconditioned for it. He stopped running about the 80th minute. That is why he took the long range shot on goal, no running legs left.
Is his team good? No…should he shut the hell up and deal? yes
Ahhahaha that’s what he gets for joining the crapiest team in MLS. No amount of star players and big time coaches are going to help the fact that you have to have more than 3 players to play the game. Landon, Diving!Ruiz, and Becks can’t win every game for them.
I hate to say it but it can be PAINFUL to watch Toronto FC from my comfy couch…I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to play against them.
I don’t feel sorry for him either. He made the choice to hop across the pond to play there. Okay, Posh probably had much influence on his decision but if he didn’t really want to go, he could have stayed in Europe. He’s raking in tons of money for this gig and he had to know going in that the quality of the game in North America wasn’t anywhere near the heights of Europe.
I honestly feel Becks pain. I mean, I know he knew what he was getting into when he moved to the US, but I don’t think he realized just how BAD it was. I mean, yeah, he makes millions, but no amount of money can cover ones reputation damage.
Can’t see him coming back to England, he will just keep slumming it out for this pants team till his knee/hip/back gives out. Then he’ll retire into his perfectly fitted little Armani pants and sip apple martinis on the beach <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />
I like that idea TFO. I never really understood why Becks moved Stateside in the first place to play for such a crap team. He’d earn back a lot of respect if he moved back to the PL. Playing regular football and maybe getting a shout for the NT again.
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Becks – when he shaves his head & does the bald/tattooed thing i love him, when he grows his hair & puts his shirt on i hate him!!
but i do think hes wasting what playin time hes got left at Galaxy.
I thought id read somewhere that he has a clause in his contract that says he can buy the club when he retires though, which if its true could explain his decision to go there!
I don’t feel the least bit sorry for David. The gazillions of dollars he’s making should soothe his wounded pride somewhat, I suspect.
I think Keano should approach him and see if he’d like to come and play for Sunderland. Why not? There’s rumours that Roy is making a play for Giggsy. Why not David? He could finish his career in England where he belongs, in a class footballing organization that is extremely well funded and is on the way up in the league.
Oh boy, do I have something to say on this topic.
However, it’ll have to wait since I’m short on time.
How much longer can the Kickette staff take those backlit shorts?
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