On Villains and Awesomeness
Villains are great for any league and this week offered a buffet of folks to hate. All of those people above were villains to somebody this week. And it was awesome. Except for referee Jair Maruffo, who was certainly not awesome since he ejected my team's best player on the field Saturday night (Dave van den Bergh) and coach (Juan Carlos Osorio) during his remarkably poor performance. For this he's officially villainous in my eyes.
While Adrian Serioux's dangerous tackle on Davis Beckham was in no way awesome, his uncalled for comment of "Welcome, baby, welcome" was just as much of an asshole thing to do as the tackle that proceeded it. Which if you are a villain-for-a-day is awesome. But not to be outdone, Becks had to get in his face in an equally dramatic way --so dramatic in fact that video of it is posted on the front page of Perez Hilton today (which is the kind of press you can't buy)-- and give the Texas crowd a big old "shhhh" following his assist on on LA's 5th goal. As the "boos" rained down on him, I wonder if he was aware that he and Serioux had just pulled off the rare "villain reach-around"?
And then of course there was Schellotto's, um performance, up in Toronto. I was of the mindset that the whole Trillium Cup thing was just a pointless attempt to manufacture a rivalry, but with Guille's Carlos Ruiz-like escapades I think that real groundwork has been laid for a beef-filled border war between the two sides; the villain as fire starter.
Did I miss anyone? Was there anyone else that should be damned/praised this week? Drop it in the comment below.