If soccer wants to thrive in U.S, hire the Suns star
Posted: Monday December 5, 2005 5:52PM; Updated: Monday December 5, 2005 5:54PM
Steve Nash shows off his soccer form.
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Quick hits from the sports world ...
Sure, soccer has struggled to make it big in America, but I have the answer: Steve Nash. We knew he loves the sport, but did you know he could do this?
This is one of the greatest video clips of the year. If MLS doesn't break the bank and sign this guy right now, or maybe trade Freddy Adu to the Suns, they're avoiding the answer. And imagine the PR they'd get if they got the NBA MVP to retire in his prime to play soccer. We might have to give Grant Wahl a sedative if this happens.
I guess we're supposed to be happy with the BCS this year, since Texas and USC will play each other in the Rose Bowl. But as a Georgia fan, I'm not really thrilled. We were five points (including a loss against Florida without our best offensive and defense players) from being undefeated. We soundly thumped LSU to win the SEC Championship. And we get to play West Virginia? Give us one of those overrated Big Ten teams, please.
As a devout Braves fan, I was upset to see the that Braves are losing Rafael Furcal, the only Braves player whose jersey I own (owned). Raffy was so much fun to see flying around the bases and displaying what must be the best infield arm in baseball. Then I read the article and discovered the Dodgers are paying Furcal $13 million a season. They realize he's a career .284 hitter, right? For that kind of money, the Braves can stock an entire farm team and get more production. Enjoy life in L.A., Raffy.
At the same time, I can't tell you how amusing and entertaining it is to watch the Braves' division rivals New York and Philadelphia outdo each other overpaying aging free agents and trading away all their prospects. The Mets, for instance, are about to getPaul Lo Duca, who hit six home runs last year, will be 34 years old next season and will be owed over $6 million.
While it's easy to single out the bad sports announcers, my vote for best football crew, pro or college, goes to CBS's Verne Lundquist and Todd Blackledge. Verne's a veteran and he sticks to calling the action, sprinkling in the occasional colorful story. (Although I love it when a big hit happens and Verne goes, "Hello!")
Meanwhile, Blackledge may be my favorite color commentator in all of sports. He's funny (he does the "Aflac!" duck sound effect during the weekly trivia question) and he knows a ton about the game. Still, my favorite thing about Blackledge is how he never says "um" or "uh." Ever. This man is a walking Strunk and White.