Oh, to have been at the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer tryouts on Saturday; what a glorious display of talent that must have been. They're calling it the Beckham Effect, in which 800 hopefuls from as far away as Japan and Australia showed up for a "chance" to play alongside David Beckham this coming MLS season. The results must have been pretty hilarious (Rodney Dangerfield's team in Ladybugs comes to mind).
"I mean, some of the beer guts that we see and guys who after 10 minutes are huffing and puffing, that's embarrassing to the Galaxy, it's embarrassing to the game and ultimately it's embarrassing to them. So we weed those folks out pretty quickly and concentrate on the ones that have shown up here with a respect for what it takes to get to this level."
What was really needed was some televised American Idol-style mocking of the really bad players. We would have watched that.
We can't wait for the Galaxy's hooligan tryouts.
Galaxy Feel Beckham Effect In Search For New Stars [Guardian Unlimited]