January 15, 2007

MEN WATCH GUYS NAMED BRONCO:

Beckham's away win (Economist.com, 1/12/07)

DAVID BECKHAM gained the nickname "Goldenballs" as much for his earning power as for his footballing skills. Even if the latter may be in decline, the news this week that England's most famous footballer would join Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of Europe's domestic season confirmed that he has lost none of the former. He will leave Real Madrid, one of Europe's top clubs, in return for a five-year deal worth as much as $250m. The ex-captain of England is set to end his career with a team that is not even the best among the dozen clubs of America's top league, Major League Soccer (MLS). But salary, image rights and a share of the profits should see Mr Beckham rake in the sort of sums he has grown used to having in Europe.

What America stands to gain in return is less obvious. Association football--soccer--has always struggled for popularity in the United States. LA Galaxy and America's football authorities apparently believe that buying a 31-year-old megastar, albeit one near the end of his career, may somehow give a jolt to the game, encouraging the creation of similar audiences to those attracted by baseball, basketball and American football.

But Mr Beckham is unlikely to have a big impact.


His nickname siggests why he'll make no dent in the sports consciousness--his appeal is to women and (at least) metrosexuals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2007 9:37 AM
Comments

But would you prefer him over Sean Connery?

Posted by: ratbert at January 15, 2007 9:54 AM

Having sex with a soccer player would make you gay, by definition, even in jail.

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 10:25 AM

"Men watch guys named Bronco" -- and fantasize about being their jailhouse beyatch.

Aside: longtime ManUtd supporter and I can remember Beckham when he was a skinny 16 year old kid, but have never heard that nickname for him.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 15, 2007 10:38 AM

This is his way to semi-retire while he ramps up his Hollywood career as Claude Van Damne's ambiguous sidekick.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 15, 2007 11:15 AM

Goldenballs is inconsequential. His wife, however, is the spearhead of a fembot invasion that will wreak incalculable havoc on the nation.

http://www.hollywoodtuna.com/?p=2285

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 15, 2007 2:39 PM

What would OJ do with Melissa Etheridge in tweed?

Posted by: ratbert at January 15, 2007 3:32 PM

Hand her a guitar and tell her to sing for her supper.

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 3:43 PM
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