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hobgoblin
I was just wondering how many of you Americans either know who David Beckham is, and if you do how many of you are remotely interested in him?

He leaves European football, and runs off to play for a (no offence intended) 2nd rate football team such as LA Galaxy, then whines when he isn't picked for the English national team. If he'd concentrated more on his football talent when he was at Real Madrid, and less time poncing around as a wannabe model and fashion icon, then they would have played him more often. But he wasn't happy with not being picked at Real Madrid, so he accepts mega-bucks to play for a team in a nation that has no interest in football (aka soccer). Then he whines when he's not picked for the England team. If he wants to play top rank football, then he shouldn't waste his time on fashion shoots and developing his own personal image 'brand'.

Wanker!

Provenance
Who?
G&C
QUOTE(Provenance @ Feb 22 2008, 03:03 PM) *
Who?
Head_prosthesis
He means Posh Spice's hubby.

There's way more attention paid to Victoria and her
relationship with the Cruises than anything David's done.
thegreenimp
Who?

Is he in the closet with The Ooze™ too?
Pataphysician
I saw "Bend It Like Beckham", which I liked alot, but didn't know who Beckham was before that.
hobgoblin
QUOTE(Head_prosthesis @ Feb 22 2008, 11:15 PM) *

There's way more attention paid to Victoria and her
relationship with the Cruises than anything David's done.


She is the driving force behind him.

Of the pair of them, at least he had a talent that was deserving of great respect, he was genuinely one of the best football players Europe has seen for many years. She on the other hand was once a member of a manufactured girl band that couldn't sing.

Sadly, she has dragged him down this vacuous, fashion, celebrity route when he should have been training on the football pitch. I'm sure her attraction to the empty glamour of Hollywood was the major factor in him throwing his football career away and moving to LA Galaxy.

I remember seeing a TV show over here, where different 'celebrities' went on trips to raise attention of the plight of different peoples in the third world. While most of the 'celebrities' involved seemed genuinely moved and concerned about the plight of the people they met and got physically involved in the lives of these people, Victoria seemed more concerned about being caught on camera pushing her own luggage (Oh the shame of it!) through Heathrow airport, or worried about getting a bit of dirt on her clothes from the conditions the people were living in, than she was about the plight of the people concerned. She really came across as a self-centred, vacuous bimbo.

So he has made no impact at all in America. Sadly that's no surprise, since the USA has no real interest in soccer.

The reason Beckham came to mind was the sad news that another English footballing great, Paul Gascoigne has recently been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. While Paul Gascoigne may have fucked himself up totally with booze & coke, and may be half round the bend, at least he was a proper footballer through and through, and not a wannabe catwalk model and style icon.
Head_prosthesis
We're home to many many soccer moms.
But I guess that's where it ends.

I'm not much interested in sports. But when I
was single and living in Michigan I did watch and
enjoy hockey. Especially the Canadian teams. That
is when Canada used to have teams.



Donnie Darko
I love baseball.

Soccer/Football is awesome to watch, but tough to follow in the US due to it almost never being on TV unless you have some special pay package and then the matches are usually on while you're at work due to the time difference.

Victoria Beckham is too shallow and vain even for Los Angeles, and that is a near impossible feat to achieve. I'm scared that one day her and Paris Hilton will meet and cause a rift in the space time continuum which will allow brain eating monsters from the 26th dimension into our world.

David Beckham was a master, can't believe the guy couldn't find anyone better than that plastic waste of space of a wife he has. He seems like the kind of guy who could turn Jodie Foster heterosexual, but maybe he really is as dumb as a Dalmation.
bob_chong
Illegal aliens: watching sports Americans won't watch.
hobgoblin
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Feb 25 2008, 11:53 PM) *

Soccer/Football is awesome to watch, but tough to follow in the US due to it almost never being on TV unless you have some special pay package and then the matches are usually on while you're at work due to the time difference.
It's not called 'the beautiful game' for nothing.
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Feb 25 2008, 11:53 PM) *
David Beckham was a master, can't believe the guy couldn't find anyone better than that plastic waste of space of a wife he has. He seems like the kind of guy who could turn Jodie Foster heterosexual, but maybe he really is as dumb as a Dalmation.

He was a genius on the football pitch, but once he opens his mouth to speak you realise that he's not all that blessed with intellect (to put it mildly). His wife, on the other hand, may be very shallow, but is nowhere near as 'intellectually-challenged' as her husband. Nevertheless David Beckham has an amazing talent and he deserves much admiration and respect.

It's just a bloody shame that he has thrown away a footballing career in top flight European football, to go to play in a country where hardly anyone has any interest in football, and he probably did this because of his wife's attraction to the empty glamour of Hollywood.
louched liver
Or for money.
louched liver
As a lad in da Mitten-
Curling on CBC.
Head_prosthesis
Ah curling. Now there's a sport. LOVE IT!

Especially when the girls compete.
There's nothing like a young lady, crab walking
down the ice, bent over and screaming with a broom.
louched liver
Ha!
bob_chong
Curling! My wife's family used to live in Baltimore, and there is actually a fairly significant curling presence in the DC area. Unfortunately, they've all moved, so I never got to try it.

The bigger loss is duckpin bowling. I could play that xit every day.



Donnie Darko
Except for skateboarding, my sports are all thumbs on a PS3 controller. MLB 08 "The Show" is about to come out. The demo is friggin ridiculous, intricate control down to specific release points for each pitch, every player is an accurate model of the real life one, and you can even build your own farm team.
Absomphe
Yeah, five pin rocks, Bob!

I belonged to a league in Fort Erie, Ontario in the early 70s, and was nearly ejected when I brought a friend of mine to the lanes who had a predilection for throwing overhand fastballs at the pins.
bob_chong
I had to look up five pin, since duckpin is slightly different. But now that I've read up on it, they're pretty close, indeed. I would love to play that sometime.

I am into any odd regional games like those, or any throwback games of a certain sort. Tabletop shuffleboard is great. And pinball, of course, rulez.

Provenance
Geeze, I haven't heard of duckpin in a long time. I did try it a few times.
Selmac
It was popular in New Hampshire when I lived there (late eighties).
hobgoblin
My only sport, unless you count archery which isn't exactly physically challenging (or re-enactment sword fighting, which is too eccentric to be classed as a sport), is standing on the sidelines yelling at the school football team (since I have the pleasure, or otherwise, of being their 'manager'). We got beaten 5-2 on Wednesday evening when we were away to the current leading team in our league. Not even our great goalkeeper and 2 classy strikers could stop us getting thrashed. Ouch!!!
grey boy
I love football,
I can't wait until we get a real league here in the US.
Or the one we have grows up.
Beckham sucks,
he has one foot and can only score from set plays.
England is better without him.

~member Sams Army 1993
hobgoblin
QUOTE(grey boy @ Mar 1 2008, 07:18 AM) *

I love football,
Beckham sucks,
he has one foot and can only score from set plays.
England is better without him.


Don't you think that's a little harsh for someone who was captain of the English national team from 2000 to 2006 (he captained England 58 times, only 4 other players in history have been England captain for more games), someone who has had 94 caps as a player for England, someone who scored in 3 world cups etc.?

So he may not be the greatest tackler England has ever seen, and he may have a rubbish left foot, but who would you rather have taking your corners? Who would you rather have take your free, and score magnificent goals from places where other good players would have no chance of scoring from ? He has a unique talent in making a ball do exactly what he wants, and go exactly where he wants it to, when he kicks it. Nobody could bend the ball like Beckham.

Nowadays, fair enough, he is a bit slow off the mark and probably isn't quite good enough to make the England national team very often, but in his day he was a very special player.
grey boy
I just think he's over-rated, always have.
He's great from set plays but mediocre during the run of play.
He reminds of the DH in baseball,
a specialist at one aspect of the game.

My intense hatred of Man. Utd. could be clouding my judgement a bit.
grey boy
Though having said I hate Man. Utd.
I loved watching Eric Cantona play.
hobgoblin
QUOTE(grey boy @ Mar 3 2008, 05:06 PM) *

My intense hatred of Man. Utd. could be clouding my judgement a bit.

Hatred of Man United I fully understand.

Although West Brom and Birmingham City are deserving of more hatred, but then again I may be ever so slightly biased on this account.
hobgoblin
QUOTE(grey boy @ Mar 3 2008, 05:07 PM) *

Though having said I hate Man. Utd.
I loved watching Eric Cantona play.


Indeed, or watch him Kung-Fu kick a Crystal Palace supporter who insulted his mother. I sent him an e-mail of support when he did that.

Cantona was indeed a rare individual. Remember when he told a press conference, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think  sardines will be thrown into the sea." and then just sat there and said nothing else afterwards.

And as for ex-Man United players. What about George Best? He was nothing short of a legend.
Head_prosthesis
I know what you're doing with this thread, Hobby.
You're overcompensating for your soap opera
confession. It's ok.
hobgoblin
QUOTE(Head_prosthesis @ Mar 3 2008, 10:34 PM) *

I know what you're doing with this thread, Hobby.
You're overcompensating for your soap opera
confession. It's ok.


Damn! You've figured me out!
Head_prosthesis
I'll go further in saying that if you
were to admit your admiration of
Cap'n Jack Harkness' rugged beauty
and his sportingly galant charm that
you would not be alone.

He's the reason why men watch Torchwood.
Or any lifeform, for that matter.

DRX
QUOTE(hobgoblin @ Feb 22 2008, 06:02 PM) *

I was just wondering how many of you Americans either know who David Beckham is, and if you do how many of you are remotely interested in him?


American "soccer" is really not much fun to watch, but EURO football is. In as much as I like what Beckham has done to bring football to the US, soccer is no match for football.

What is most exciting now, is the news that Schweinsteiger is being considered for Manchester United.

That would be awesome. Bayern Munchen games are not shown on US television, but Man-U games are.

Steve
David Beckham's 8-foot tall crotch on Macy's in Union Square, San Francisco:
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Nymphadora
Ooh! Nice package.
Patlow
David B. is NOT a goal scorer. American fans who expected him to light it up are clueless. But who cares, who cares…
DRX
SCHWEINSTEIGER!
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Tibro
Spain cares.

Fucking losers.
absinthist
Give 'em time to sober up.
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