Screw You David Beckham

On July 21, 2007 the MLS got its highest ratings of all time.  422,000 people tuned in to see if the great David Beckham was worth all the hype.  He was babying a sore leg and the debut was nothing spectacular.  I am guessing that out of those 422,000 people 400,000 of them could not have told you what was off sides or who won the previous Euro cup.  Needless to say there was hype about soccer which carried over to the end of summer when the US all stars played Chelsea and broke another viewing record 947,000 viewers.

The United States as we all know is not known for its soccer.  We had a brief fluke when we made it to the quarter finals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup.  Other than that there has not been that much excitement for the USofA and soccer. Soccer to Americans is like Basketball to Europeans.  The better players are on the other side of the pond and it is a second rate sport.  The biggest publicity each of them get is from EA sports and the video game lines.

Growing up I played my fair share of soccer and tried to follow it as much as possible.  I never cared for the MLS but would look up the European results.  More recently ESPN has been broadcasting soccer on their various networks and it is slowly becoming more popular.  Key word slowly.

There are two major reasons why soccer will never catch on like the big three (football, baseball, and basketball).  European soccer is a very impressive and entertaining sport.  The only time it is ever on television is in the middle of the day.  That means it will not catch on with the youth of the nation because they are at school.  Only the die hards will try and watch the games.  The second reason is there are no commercials.  That is one of the sole biggest reasons the NBA, MLB, and NFL make money.  A simple little thing called advertising.  A name on the jersey and bill boards around the pitch (soccer field for you non footballers) can only go so far.

Back to Becks.  Senior Beckham’s main purpose and goal was to help bring attention to American soccer and help Americans see the sport as the rest of the world does.  He is on the downside of his career and in the US he could get great money and still be competitive.  Do you remember when Jordan came back to play for the Wizards?  It was hard to watch because we knew how great the greatest was and he could not do what he did any more.

David’s stay in Los Angeles was anything but brilliant.  He suffered injury and his age was a factor.  He did not live up to the legends that drifted across the pond and was a step slower then we all expected.

This past year Becks got a chance to jump back over to Europe and did not hesitate.  The LA Galaxy loaned Beckham to AC Milan for several months.  After much debate Becks is coming back over to the states some time around June.  What does this mean for American soccer?  We are going to see a tired and worn out Beckahm once again.  When he comes back, don’t waste your money to watch him.

So here is my screw you to Beckham.  Me and the other thousand or so soccer fans in the United States were stoked to hear that you were coming over to play in the United States.  You said you were going to do everything you could to make soccer a big deal in the states.  You could not have asked for a better introduction or publicity.  Hell KG was at the first game that you played in.  The crowd was lined with stars and celebs.  It was a grand event.

You had all of us in the palm of your hand.  You had a mediocre season at best and we still respected and loved you.  The second you got on that plane for Italy our respect left as well.  I would understand letting you go if you were dominating the MLS but you were not.  When we heard that you wanted to stay in Italy well screw you.  Now that you are coming back no one cares.  You are only a movie title to us.  Who cares if she can bend it like Beckham.

Happy trails Mr. Beckham, you are dead to me just like you are dead to everyone in England as well.  Why don’t you go get a tattoo of that on your back and smoke it…….(if that makes sense)-

The real face of American Soccer

The real face of American Soccer (chillin overseas)


6 Responses to “Screw You David Beckham”

  1. 1 Sunjay
    March 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Listen up Kaliphornya, stop whining about your own league and get used to the realities that is European football. Your naivete is endearing but expresses your ignorance about the business side of the sport. No other set-up is as demanding or back-stabbing as football…heck, one moment Andriy Shevschenko is the toast of Europe, the next he’s warming the bench behind guys like Salomon Kalou.

    Of course if Beckham was going to get a better deal he’d leave LA. Donovan left too, in case you’re not aware of it, why aren’t you complaining about that as well? Because he was too babyish to leave before? If a team doesn’t perform, and LA by all means did not, obviously guys were going to jump ship.

    Here’s a better idea, how about you stop trying to defend your sickly little league and move on to more serious football? As a fellow American who is now living in Europe, I can tell you that football is much easier and more fun to watch in pubs in the afternoon or evening, and not sitting in your bed at 7 AM…just some word to the wise bro

  2. 2 kaliphornya
    March 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I love it Sunjay. I completely agree with you. American soccer is little league but as an American would you not love to see it turn into something like European football, the real deal? That is why I get mad at Becks. He has done more for soccer in this country than anyone has yet it was a half ass attempt. Imagine if he put his all into it? I am one of those few people over here who believe that soccer could be huge but it would take a lot. In regards to Donovan he was to soft in his first trip over to Europe. After a lot of international play and several world cups later he has seen the game over there and is now ready. I know I sound like I am complaining but I want to see soccer grow to the sport it is world wide.
    I have sat in my bed at 7 am and watched soccer and I have watched it in Bars, (during world cup at various Pubs) the atmosphere is great and I love it..Cheers back and forth beer and country pride. It cant get better. That is why I wrote this article, why does that spirit have to wait every four years? I want to see it every week. Thanks for the comments.

  3. 3 JumboBuc
    March 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “He is playing in the Champions League right now and will probably play significant minutes”

    AC Milan didn’t qualify for the Champions League this year. Plus, they’ve already been booted from the UEFA Cup.

    “The second you got on that plane for Italy our respect left as well” […] “The real face of American soccer”

    Landon Donovan also left this winter for Germany with hopes of making his deal permanent. The difference between him and Beckham is that AC Milan wanted Beckham to stay but Bayern Munich didn’t want to keep Donovan. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Donovan isn’t “the real face of American soccer” (especially since, unlike Beckham, Donovan is American), but it makes no sense to lose respect for Beckham “the second [he] got on that plane for Italy” but not lose respect for Donovan when he too left for Europe.

  4. 4 kaliphornya
    March 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    One more thing, in regards to Donovan leaving well it was not his goal to make American soccer better, he was trying to play with the best of the best. I cant fault him for doing that. He unlike Becks did not say he was here to stay in LA and make the league the best it could. That is all…..

  5. 5 Sunjay
    March 12, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Props to you for wanting the MLS to become a big league. I also hope it one day happens, but let’s face it man, bringing in big names to boost attendance ratings has been done and dusted. Heck, the NASL brought in not just glamour models but veritable GODS my friend…Pele, George Best, Cruijff, Eusebio, Bobby Moore, Beckenbauer, and Gerd “kleines dickes” Muller just to name a few, and it still shut up shop after all that! I mean come on, if those giants failed to convert our fellow Americans to the great game, surely Becks had no chance!

    No my friend, importing a few superstars just will not do. I don’t have a solution for getting Americans to embrace football/soccer, but if one exists it will surely need a complete change of culture. You’re absolutely right that soccer just doesn’t generate as much tv revenue as other sports; who knows, maybe it will just never catch on, period? But what’s wrong with that? Personally I liked very much sporting my massive collection of eBay purchased jerseys around campus while laughing at the blank stares I received when people would attempt to register the name on my back. Maybe it’s fun to be snobbish and enjoy your banter with a small cult following rather than having football stars develop into marketing phenomena.

    Remember that before there were preening Southern European prima-donnas tripping over themselves on the hallowed pitches of Old Trafford, Anfield and Highbury, there were men of grit and steel playing the game in the right way — hard nosed and with no anticipation of a multi-million pound transfer. In many cases, perhaps it should stay that way? Or perhaps I’m just a romantic sod.

    Anyways, if you’re ever around London hit me up and we’ll grab a pint and watch a match.

  6. March 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

    I understand your frustration about the whole situation, but you have got to think about the bigger picture.

    Maybe he shouldn’t have said “he was going to do everything he do to could to make soccer a big deal in the states.” but his personal career is at stake here. Do you know that he would have had 0% chance of making the 2010 world cup had he not jumped across the atlantic? That is the pinnacle of anyones career and you don’t wanna think about it. Of course he said he will be back. You don’t want him staying in LA and resenting management for preventing him from representing his country at this showpiece.

    Capello said that he has to be playing top flight football to be considered for selection. Is it his fault that the MLS is not up to that level yet? Surely not. And before you say he is just money hungry, remember he made a personal contribution to prolong his stay in Milan. That shows that he is and always Football First.

    Relax, he will be back. LA Galaxy needn’t boo him. If they wanna call him his own, they should support him and want whats best for him. Trust me, when he is back, he will be so grateful for the support given to him and repay you guys fully.

    Another thing: He has been through so much post 1998, so a few screw you’s are really nothing to him. Try getting Death threats or kidnap attempts first. Then judge the measure of this man.

    And Lastly,. At least I In south Africa may be given the opportunity to see this man who i supported for the past 12 years.

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