Landon Donovan Takes Manhattan Pt. 4

Having broken the game down to every possible demographic outside of eskimos and leather fetishists, Landon is now sharing his World Cup experience with the rich man. And is it just me or is it kind of weird that LD & soccer are getting this much attention? Don't get me wrong, it's great and I love it but it's not like they won or even progressed further than they have in the past. Oh well, it beats seeing an American Idol or the usual talk show guests so I'll take it.


Anonymous said...

It's terrible that the guy has to ask him what team he plays for. If you're going to do an interview, at least take 30 seconds to find out the basics, like how old he is and what team he plays for. Seriously..

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it is kind of weird. Cool and somewhat affirming in a way I guess, but still weird.

Me Here said...

Many of the things that perplex the casual soccer viewer are understandable. I get it when they don't grasp the offside rule, or question the timekeeping, or wonder why there are ties, etc.

But what I have never understood is why the nature of the World Cup and pro soccer is so confusing to them. I can't count the number of times somebody has asked me stuff like whether David Beckham would be playing for the USA. Yesterday we had Regis asking if Landon had previously played for a different country, and here we have this dude wondering whether Landon will "keep playing professional soccer."

Is it really that complicated? People understand the nature of the Olympics. They understand when a bunch of NBA players assemble as "Team USA." So why is World Cup soccer so befuddling to them?

Me Here said...

Also: While I love this week's media attention, I have to say it's kind of weird how many of these people seem to think this is all new for Landon. They're acting as if he was some anonymous amateur athlete who is suddenly getting his first big taste of the limelight.

IT'S THE BIGGEST SPORT IN THE WORLD. It's his third World Cup. He was participating in bigger press conferences at age 20 than most NFL players encounter in their lifetimes. He's been playing regularly in stadiums with tens of thousands of people for nearly a decade.

Whether or not you follow the sport, it doesn't take a genius to understand its international scope (and to understand that "fame" doesn't start and stop at America's borders).