That's right it's my birthday, so it's on. I just ate a buffalo steak (as in bison, not beef covered in buffalo sauce...although that is something to try) and I am so full that I feel like rupturing all over my keyboard. So I'll try and pack this end before this gets messy since I don't think those little air-canisters that you use to get the dust out from between the keys has the power to push out bison-chunks.
According to the oddly-titled website Gambling911.com (doesn't that sound like it should be a help-site, not an enabler-site) Becks move to LA should bring an increase in MLS wagering. It's something I've never thought too much about, but I wonder if Vegas would take odds on last night's Columbus v. New England match? Speaking of that match, even with free tickets, $1 sausages, and all-you-can-drink beer Crew Stadium still wasn't packed.
If Thursday night is going to be the showcase match on ESPN it really might help attendance, and viewing numbers to have the games a little later because the current time slot is ridiculous. I'm not sure who they think will be watching at 7pm Eastern…no one is home from work yet in Philly, let alone in Denver. Maybe they are going after middle-schoolers and pensioners as they are the only people I know of who are just chilling at 6pm on a weekday.
In other news, it looks like San Jose is the new Salt Lake City. It seems that potential Earthquakes 3.0 owner Lew Wolff & SJSU officials couldn't come to an agreement. Sucks for San Josers, and the league actually, if they can't find an alternate plan. It's sucks for me because I will have to alter my "Expansion Fantasy 3"…the three cities that I'd like to see get us to the 16-teams-by-2010 league that Don Garber wants. It was San Jose, Philly, and a team in NYC (Queens or Brooklyn). If they can't get it done in the bay I'm going Philly, a team in NYC (Queens, or Brooklyn), and....I don't know actually.
All of the other cities that I get hard for are USL 1 towns & could have negative repercussions to other teams/cities if they were to make the jump to MLS. For instance I love the idea of Vancouver or Portland, but if one of those teams makes like George & Weezie and moves on up where does that leave Seattle? Those 3 clubs are so Isolated from the rest of USL 1 that they rely somewhat on the close proximity of each other to make their operations financially viable.
I'm also down for Montreal (who just broke ground on a new 17,000 capacity SSS), but with their current government-owned, non-profit model I'm not sure the community money pool of MLS is for them. And as far as the perennial also ran Rochester goes you've heard the reasons why not more often than you've heard Rob Stone scream orgasmicly, painfully over the air. Did you hear him scream "Oh my, TAYLOR!!!" during last night's match? Shit was creepy and borderline sexually aggressive. Taylor, I think he likes you. It that kind of way.