Thursday, July 19, 2007

Just For Kicks

This week saw the arrival of Beckham and his wife Posh Spice in California. There has been a lot of media coverage of this event, and Beckham is being touted as the savior of soccer in the United States.

Let's settle that argument now: Regardless of what the rest of the world thinks about the sport, Americans find soccer.... Boring. Sorry, but that's the truth. Even the success of the Women's soccer team back in the '90's--featuring hot chicks running around in shorts--didn't turn the public's opinion of soccer around. The league eventually went bankrupt.

Yeah, yeah, I know that the rest of the world considers soccer to be the most exciting sport in the known universe. But the rest of the world has also periodically been conquered by Japan and Germany, so so much for the rest of the world's credibility.

Beckham is somehow expected to change that? I think not. Most Americans don't know who he is. That won't change unless he does something like climb into the stands and beat up a heckler, takes up steroids, kills his wife, or starts a dogfighting ring.

And if we start deporting all the illegal aliens, that will eliminate the few fans soccer does have in the United States. Beckham's going to feel kind of silly playing in an empty stadium.

And what's the deal with his Spice Girl wife? There was a special on NBC earlier this week intended to introduce her to America, and it bombed in the ratings. Again, not surprising, since no one knows who she is. In fact, it's kind of a Catch-22 for her: No one watched her show because no one knows who she is, which is why she did the show in the first place.

Posh needs to adopt some of the traits that we Americans love in our native celebrities: Climb in & out of limos while not wearing underwear, go out clubbing till 4 A.M., get a DUI, and check into a rehab clinic for a month. Hell, even if she doesn't have a drinking problem, she should pretend to have one. And maybe bribe a judge into making her wear an ankle bracelet.

Oh, and dump that stupid soccer player husband.

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