6.30.2009

SI's Excerpt from The Beckham Experiment

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I may or may not post anything else today; the ocean is down the street from me and is shcokingly warm for June so I may make a move toward open water this afternoon. But if this is the last post of the day I am fine, fine, fine with that because it's a good post. Or at least it links to something good.

SI.com has a sneak peak at G.Q.O.G. Grant Wahl's upcoming feel good hit of the summer, The Beckham Experiment. The timing is amazing as it comes out two days before his MLS return versus RBNY at Giants Stadium (pre-ordrer it now from Amazon). Judging by this 3-page excerpt some people that I like are going to HATE this book as it may make them or their organization look a little less than awesome. But some other people I know are going to LOVE this book because it lifts the shroud on Brand Beckham and in the process gives us one of the most intimate looks at MLS, it's players and it's biggest star that we are likely to see.

Again, it's only a snippet of the 304 page saga but if this is any indication Landon Donovan is going to benefit the most from this release (well I'm sure Grant will make a little coin but that's not where I was going). I think a lot of people's opinion of him will change after reading this. I can't wait...I wish it was out today so I could read it in my beach chair.

Which reminds me, I've got an ocean that needs my attention. I'm out.

18 comments:

Robert Janusz said...

I read the excerpt, and it actually hurt my opinion of Donovan quite a bit. I've never minded him, and really got to like him in the confed cup, but he comes off as a whiny cry-baby.

He says a couple times that he's going to confront Beckham, but then completely wusses out, or does it via the highly confrontational method of TEXT MESSAGE. Obviously he had a lot to deal with with Beckham, but c'mon dude. Man up.

Bella said...

Wow, that will certainly ensure peace and love in the Galaxy dressing room this summer -- can't wait to see how Donovan and Beckham play together now. Actually I really wish LA had sold Beckham to Milan so that I wouldn't have to see that but...it seems like team management just never listens to me.

I've liked Wahl's articles, but can ALL of this be true? Sad.

UnionCityBlue said...

I'm waiting for THE RED BULL EXPERIMENT - How the World's Most Famous Energy Drink Trid to Conquer American Soccer.

Teddie Boy Eddie said...

Interesting, Robert, I had the exact opposite reaction. I actually admire Donovan more. Nobody dared criticize Beckham or his commitment, even though it's been obviously clear that he has no respect for MLS or the Galaxy. At least Landon has the balls to do that.

I don't care too much about Beckham or the Galaxy, But what bothers me is how foolish this makes MLS look and the possible damage it can do to the league's credibility.

UnionCityBlue said...

What credibility Eddie ?

Anonymous said...

Im waiting for "The Chivas USA Experiment: How Sergio Vergara tried to Mexicanize the MLS only to fall flat on his face and look like a ridiculous bufoon in the process"

ELAC

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but after reading this Donovan sounds like a whiney little b****, "oh beckham didn't pay for my meals" "beckham didn't call team meetings" "oh beckham didn't support me enough" "beckham took my arm band". I've played many different sports at multiple levels and never have I expected to have a teammate pay for my meals, call team meetings (and I'm a female so obviously there's drama). Captains arm bands get taken away and given to other players all of the time. I also find it funny that he's crying about Beckham playing out of position when he even says that Beckham was more technically gifted than any player he's ever played against. Added in there the texting part is a punk out for Donovan to do, if I was Beckham I'd respond the same way because his teammates did need to get better not have a touchy feely team meeting.

Anonymous said...

Oh and I missed with my previous comments, why would Beckham say anything while the Coach is calling Donovan out on his play? It's NO players business to talk back to a coach when they are giving instructions. If Beckham had than it would have been that he was underminding the coach. Added in there Donovan calls himself the best player on the team!?!?! How deluded is Landon thinking he is the best player when Beckham is much more technically and tactically gifted than Donovan?

Nick said...

Donovan is great. He tries to be diplomatic, He sticks up for his team.

Beckham is a jerk who only cares about his pretty boy self.

Bravo, Landon.

Anonymous said...

Spot on for Donovan. He never, ever, ever talks trash about a teammate, so for him to open his mouth like this...as well as Chris Klein.

Beckham did something really bad: he didn't care about his team and he quit on them. He gets the backlash that he deserves.

Anonymous said...

Landon is spot on. The team went downhill quickly upon his arrival and there are many people to blame.

Bella said...

I did find the playing out of position complaint questionable as Beckham was also roundly criticized for "hanging out on the right" and not doing anything when his team was in trouble, or for not tracking back to defend enough.

A lot of people blamed Gullit for making him stick there when the rest of the team couldn't get the ball to him once the opposition realized what an easy fix it was to shut down service by isolating him out there.

I'm not a coach, but there are certainly two sides to that argument. And it didn't take either Donovan or Wahl to tell how frustrated Beckham (and Donovan) looked, whatever else in the book is or is not true.

On another note, I agree with the commenter/player above who talked about what goes on in dressing rooms. I particularly doubt that anyone who was brought up in Alex Ferguson's dressing room got into the habit of questioning the manager--ever, let alone in front of another player.

Whatever the details, it all sounds like a nasty business, with big money--way bigger than Beckham's pay packet--as usual at the root.

Mayer said...

i hope landon knew what he was doing when he opened up for this tell-all book being released right as beckham returns.

Anonymous said...

Landon Donovan is American soccer, is MLS and is a captain. Beckham has proven to be a typical Euro who took this league lightly and treated it players the same way.

We need more Schelottos and Blancos who do get paid a lot but play with more passion and prode for their game than David ever has while he played here.

- Chicago fan

soccer goals said...

The book looks like a good read.

Starting11 said...

Landon Donovan is doing the impossible and turning me into a fan of his.
http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2009/07/donovan-and-beckham-turf-war-sets-up.html

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