Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Holding the Galaxy by the Goldenballs

It hasn't even been two years since David Beckham moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy and now there's word he's moving on loan to AC Milan for the remainder of the footballing season. When you think about such as move, it's really because he's trying to get on Fabio Capello's good side by staying in shape (nothing wrong with that) and playing for the England coach's former club (nothing wrong with that either).

The surprise here is that the Galaxy and its GM/coach Bruce Arena have no clue what's going on. There has been no official statement from the club which begs the question, "Where did this come from?"

Obviously it's from Beckham's camp. The former England captain isn't the revolutionary he thought he could be unlike Pele who even when he moved to the NASL at a later age, had a more significant impact on the New York Cosmos, the league, and world football. Goldenballs is obviously testing the club. If the Galaxy let him go even on loan and Becks has an effect on the Rossoneri's campaign in the Serie A and Champions League then that might precipitate a move back to Europe. Losing Becks means that the MLS isn't worth squat and benching him like Capello did in their final season at Real Madrid means that the ignorant and twisted media will spin the situation into his favor.

If I were the Galaxy, I'd ask for someone in return (say, Kaka but that is wishful thinking) . They should get someone who will have a more well-rounded impact on the pitch. Becks is no doubt good but he plays better when he has other superstar players who can pick up those crosses of his or can cover up his mistakes. But him as a franchise player? Well, the Galaxy aren't good enough, right?

Should LA get another player from AC Milan -- maybe not on loan -- in return then after the season, I'd trade him to Real Madrid for Raul.

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