With the soccer blogging world struggling for content today, I figure an early edition is in order.
– Few things bring the fun like a he-said/he-said, something happening over the little to-do over Red Bull’s coach Bruce Arena’s seemingly alleged call-out of Juan Pablo Angel after Saturday’s draw with New England. Soccer Source, an attendee at the post-match presser, provides the full-text of the quote, which, as he points out, is qualified out of “bitch-slap” territory. Then again, as things work with retaliation versus instigation (just ask Ricardo Clark), the “Arena bitch-slap” lives on: toward the end of Pat Walsh’s Goal.com write-up on The Bruce’s reputation-spraining stint with Red Bull, Walsh faults Arena for driving “a knife into the back of his unsuspecting MVP candidate.” I’m not really knocking Walsh, so much as marveling at the magical life-cycle of a media myth.
– I didn’t find much of interest in Don Garber’s Q & A session with Sports Illustrated’s Jonah Freedman; the man – that is Garber – is simply too slick to say anything interesting without timing it just so, never mind something shocking or offensive (I’m also guessing I’m the last man to have read the thing). At the same time, the Garber Years really have been something else – so much so that I predict the following: the future powers-that-be will rename the Alan I. Rothenburg Trophy for Garber. Oh yeah, I’m feeling saucy today.
– I’ll end (this post) with something of an itsy-bitsy cheap shot – though not one actually intended to insult. I don’t spend much time on Fox Soccer’s web-site; it just doesn’t it for me. I meandered over today, perhaps out of boredom, and finally read Keith Costigan’s 2007 playoff predictions. As noted above, I’m hardly belittling Costigan’s powers of prognostication – especially given how hard I’m struggling with my second-leg picks – but I do find something funny, say, in his expectations of a goal-fest between New England and Red Bull.
OK then….I’ll just keep biding time till Thursday…just like the rest of you.
Then again, I expect I’ll have my picks for the second leg posted by the end of today.