Shannon Stacey

I say football, you say football

You know it’s going to be a good day when it’s 7:30 am and your internal blood pressure monitoring voice is suggesting a return to bed. It’s pretty jacked up this morning, and it’s all due to football (the American kind) and football (everybody else’s kind).

First, David Beckham. WTF is that? The guy comes over to play for the LA Galaxy in return for the GNP of a small country. Seriously, with such a ludicrous amount of money, they could buy all the hungry kids in this country each a Fenway Frank. Instead they import a guy who chokes like Peyton Manning at first and goal.

I get the plan. Americans don’t give a flying :censor: about soccer. So they’ll trot a celebrity out onto the field, and Posh will hang out with Mrs. Cruise and Paris will take in a game and since the tabloids will be filled with them we’ll all think “Like…OMG…soccer must be, like, so cool!” and fill the stands.

Not gonna happen. We don’t want to sit that long to witness a 0-0 tie. Or to celebrate a whopping 1-0 blowout. Seriously. Sure, we watch hockey. But hockey is played by brawny bad-asses carrying big :censor: sticks. If hockey was played by skinny guys in silk shorts, we wouldn’t watch that either.

The only result will be people like A-Rod and Papi and Romo whining “Why does HE get to make that much?” and the caps will get hiked and a guy will have to mortgage his house to take his kid to a ballgame.

Then, on the radio this morning, I hear the last regular season NFL game—rumored to be the Miami Dolphins vs. New York Giants—is going to be played in London next season.

Can I get a :wtf:?

What’s wrong with this picture?

1 — Even we don’t bother finding the remote to put on a Dolphins/Giants game. Please.

2 — With postseason positioning in the crosshairs, they’re going to ship two teams to London? Even if they give them each a bye before, that’s messed up. If they really feel a need to do this, they should sell tickets with teams TBA, and send two teams already knocked out of the playoffs. Sure, they probably won’t be great teams, but it’s okay to send them anyway because…

3 — They don’t give a flying :censor: about American football in England.


11 comments to “I say football, you say football”

  1. Sharon
      · January 17th, 2007 at 9:48 am · Link


    OMG Im wheezing but have to say right on sister!

  2. Melani Blazer
      · January 17th, 2007 at 10:33 am · Link

    That’s messed up.:lmao:
    This line killed me…and I’d say a better analogy would have been freezing up like VANDERJAGT facing the game tying/winning kick rather than Peyton. You just said that to ruffle me feathers, didn’t ya? :whip:

    I say send the Giants and Dolphins to London and put Beckham in as QB. :nod:

  3. Shiloh Walker
      · January 17th, 2007 at 12:24 pm · Link

    well, since i’m not into sports period, i don’t care if they send a soccer player here or a QB there. :wink:

    only sports i enjoy are the ones i can do myself, like taekwondo or karate. even those, i won’t watch on tv. only fun is if i’m doing it.

  4. Shannon
      · January 17th, 2007 at 12:29 pm · Link

    :rofl:, Sharon!

    You just said that to ruffle me feathers, didn’t ya?

    Would I do that? :noevil:

    But…but…Shiloh, that would require me to put my iced coffee down! :baby:

  5. SandyO
      · January 17th, 2007 at 1:11 pm · Link

    I agree totally about the difference between hockey and soccer. David Beckham can’t hold a candle to Brendan Shanahan.

  6. Karen Scott
      · January 17th, 2007 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Well me and the hubby are in line to get a ticket to see both games, when the schedule is released. There will be lots of people, (and I mean thousands) who will actually go and watch whatever team comes across.

    We went to the European bowl last year in Germany, and it was a sell-out, but then again, as far as I’m concerned, we Europeans (I use that term loosely in application to myself) are far more embracing of other sports than a lot of Americans.

    I still remember the rubbish build up of the World Cup when it was held on American shores in 1994. *Shudder*

    As far as the money that’s being paid to Becks, somebody obviously feels that he’s worth it.

  7. marky p
      · January 17th, 2007 at 7:52 pm · Link

    This country is all :censor:up. professional athletes and actors are paid money almost all of us could never fathom. yet teachers and other mind shaping professions are condemned to a life of scraping by. you wouldn’t catch me watching a david Beckham, alex rodriguez, lebron james, tiger woods, pete sampras, paul kariya, or any other of these overpaid :censor:jackoffs. I also wouldn’t suddenly start attending these events because some POS paris hilton made it look cool. if paris hilton came to my house for the simple life show, i’d have her pick up all the dog shit in the front yard. by the way patriots will win 24-14 on sunday—–go pats you crazy :censor:b–asteds

  8. Jean
      · January 17th, 2007 at 8:51 pm · Link

    “1 — Even we don’t bother finding the remote to put on a Dolphins/Giants game. Please.”

    There’s the key — it’s the only chance someone might watch that game, and the UK won’t know what they’re not seeing. Neither team will be in the playoffs, so they have a built-in bye. They can take their families and begin post-season vacations right there and take the kiddies to “Mind the Gap,” find a bullet train to Paris, and take in the Tubes and the Eiffel Tower. Everybody wins.

  9. Erin the Innocent
      · January 18th, 2007 at 12:22 am · Link


    I agree. It’s obscene, the amount of money they’ve offered him.

  10. Lori
      · January 18th, 2007 at 1:22 am · Link

    professional athletes and actors are paid money almost all of us could never fathom. yet teachers and other mind shaping professions are condemned to a life of scraping by

    As the wife of a teacher – thanks Marky P. The rest is a bit, ermmm, outspoken, but …

    As the mother of the next Alex P Keaton, who can’t decide whether to make his fortune from pro football or the business world, I sure wish they wouldn’t pay these 20 year olds the equivalent of the GNP of a small country – so in agreement with you, Shannon!

  11. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · January 19th, 2007 at 3:53 pm · Link

    I agree that it’s a backwards system.

    But people pay money to those who make money. Economics has nothing to do with fairness, unfortunately.

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