Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vox Lox (11): Bye Bye Becks

I won't be watching football tonight. I'll be watching football. With apologies to Faith Hill and her skin-crawling-rhymes & common-denominator-gyrations, I, too, will be waiting all day for Sunday Night. Not for the Giants vs. Eagles, Amazing Race, or even Boardwalk Empire. I'm talking MLS Cup. Galaxy vs. Dynamo, with both franchises seeking their third league championship. Possibly just as important as the stakes is the realization that I'll be staring down David Beckham's last game in the United States. The Beckham brand far transcends the result of today's match, but for those of us who fawn over his midfield artistry and unheralded professionalism, it will be quite a kick in the groin to see him flee L.A. for France without having hoisted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy. I've enjoyed the hell out of the Galaxy this season, especially the healthy tension between their three superstars: Britain's Beckham, with his pinpoint passing and shot placement, America's Landon Donovan, armed with supreme skill, guts and imagination and Ireland's Robbie Keane, perhaps the purest goal scorer we've known since Maradonna. My bet is that Beckham plays big tonight, and I'm releasing my largest wager of the year on Los Angeles. As of late, I've been pissing away my early season NFL profits but the Galaxy is a mortal lock to win the Cup. It will be bittersweet bidding adieu to my man, David Robert Joseph Beckham. Of course, parting was always inevitable.

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Galaxy (-140) over Dynamo, 6 dimes
Cards (+9.5) over 49ers, 1 dime
Bengals (+7) over Pittspuke, 1 dime
Falcons (-6) over Titans, 1 dime

Last Week: 2-2 (-1 dime)
Season: 18-14-1 (+2 dimes)

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