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If I invite David Beckham over to the house to watch the paint dry on the walls, will that make it more exciting (The Americanization of David Beckham, July 16)? I don't think so. Soccer in the United States was boring before David Beckham, and it will be boring with David Beckham.
Every few years we go through something like this. That Hamm woman was going to make us a soccer nation. Some U.S. team winning some games or other a few years ago was going to do it. Now Beckham is going to change our lives. Please. Neither I nor any sports fan I know would walk to the window if they were playing the world series of soccer in our front yard. I'm not demeaning the game; I'm just ignoring it. Please let me do so in peace.
Beckham's coming to America has about as much to do with making the U.S. public care about the Los Angeles Galaxy as his manager Simon Fuller's American Idol has to do with discovering musical talent. Beckham and Fuller are carpetbaggers, here only to make as much money as they can.
After all the work put in by MLS and Galaxy officials to lure David Beckham to America and elevate soccer to the near-religious status it enjoys in so many other countries, Grant Wahl's story may have derailed the entire grand plan by identifying Tom Cruise as the first convert.
Roger and Venus
Roger Federer's fifth Wimbledon championship in a row and Venus Williams's win as a 23rd seed (Venus Almighty, July 16) were amazing accomplishments. I was disappointed neither player was your main cover subject. They deserve the red-carpet treatment given to Beckham.
On the Side of Angels
At times too much of the baseball world's attention seems focused on the East Coast. Being a longtime Angels fan, I've had fun watching the organization begin to receive its due (Party's Just Getting Started, July 16). I have enjoyed seeing our stadium increasingly populated by knowledgeable baseball fans, but I have been even more pleased to see more Angels red in the stands when my team is playing in cities across the country.