Thursday, October 20, 2005
On second thought...
What Freddy said to Steven Goff, I've now decided, was the best thing that could have happened to MLS.

I'm not going to discuss the ramifications of where Freddy might play or how it impacts the team's psyche, because many other people have handled that issue.

No, the reason I think this is important, not only in content but, more importantly, in timing, is that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Here we were, Tuesday afternoon, and MLS is rolling towards the playoffs with nothing less than an nanoblip on the public radar. Derek Rae wasn't on ESPN breaking down the matchup between the Gals and the Quakes, Wynalda wasn't doing in-depth-make-you-cry pieces with Donovan and how his return hasn't worked out how he liked and Tony Meola wasn't showing Terry Bradshaw how to eat an entire turducken in one sitting.

Ok, so that last part is a weird nightmare I had last night.

Point being, after Adu started talking, commentators came out left and right, some of them not particularly of the soccer persuasion, to make their opinion known on the matter. We had a front page mention on ESPN.com and BigSoccer lit up like a Chernobyl Christmas tree.

People were talking about soccer. Most of them were saying Freddy was stupid for what he was saying and when he was saying it, or complaining that MLS overhyped the lad and should be to blame for fans not seeing what they came to see, but, people were talking about MLS and how the playoffs start this weekend. You can't buy that kind of pub.

Not Joe over at We Call It Soccer even wondered if a full-blown scandal would help MLS get some pub. It might ... but probably only if it involves Freddy.

The way this thing went down probably won't make anyone who follows the Black and Red very happy, but it will make people pay attention to MLS, and, in the end, that's what Freddy was brought here to do.

7 Comments:

Blogger D said...

Yeah, um...

I'm not happy. But I'm a DCU over MLS person. So, ah well...

And yes, I would love to watch Bradshaw/Meola demolish a Turducken. That would be humor to rival the Alexi Lalas SportsCenter ad from 1994 (or was it 98?)

4:28 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Well, naturally you're not happy. But, in the long run, this is a lot like a shot when you're sick.

It hurts at first ... but it'll get better.

As a side note, I'll be in D.C. the weekend of the Conference Championships. Want to get together for a beer and watch the game?

5:44 PM  
Blogger scaryice said...

I agree with this post. It's good that it gets on PTI, as long as they don't bash the sport itself.

5:59 PM  
Blogger D said...

Dawg -

Love to grab a beer with ya. And I like the site redesign. It fits you better, somehow.

9:05 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Yeah, I've been meaning to do it for a while (I didn't like the rounded look of the default setup) and I kinda like it.

I'm still not sure how to get the first 'recent post' to appear like the rest of the recent posts but I'm not going to worry about it for now.

9:07 PM  
Blogger scaryice said...

The yellow links stand out.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Spanish Soccer Fan said...

Great site,love the redesign as well.

5:20 PM  

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