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Three-card Californication

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Last night I listened to my very first regular season MLS game via the radio - which was occurring upon my home pitch daftly nicknamed ‘Der Clink, nee Century Link Field, as the Seattle sounders FC were hosting those pesky defending Major League Soccer champions - the dreaded LA Galaxy.

And since I didn’t tune-in for the pre-game, I have NO idea why Los Angeles had decided to go with a makeshift roster of wholesale changes - as I’ve still not made my way to “SeaLink” field to see the Galaxy, nor do I know why the league’s crown prince David Beckham wasn’t on the pitch…

Thus, the Sounders basically dominated the entire match, playing the majority of the first half on LA’s end of the field, with repeated saves by the teams new Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, (having not played in nearly six-years) before Sounders FC newcomer Eddie Johnson finally headed a shot into the back of the net, giving Seattle a one-nil (1-0) lead at Halftime.

Then Sounders FC Star Forward Freddy Montero shot what apparently was the goal of the year when he blasted a 35-yard cannon shot past a completely flat-footed Gaudette to give the “Rave Green” a two-nil advantage; as lead announcer Ross Fletcher described the shot as a Lightning bolt, with new Colour Commentator Casey Kellar gushing how it’d be making plenty of Highlight reels over the coming next weeks…

As Seattle would finally claim its first home win against Los Angeles in front of nearly 40,000 adoring fans with a 2-0 Shut-out; Seattle’s first “W” over the Galaxy since 2009 in Los Angeles and snapping a six-game losing streak.

And after listening to part of the post game wrap-up along with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, I turned my attention to the daily news and thus was shocked by the newswire report I first read from the Indianapolis Star about Junior Seau’s death. As apparently the 43-year old ex-NFL player, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection had shot himself in the chest, with the 13-year San Diego Chargers Linebacker’s body having been discovered by his girlfriend upon her return from working out.

As it seems somewhat strange that the last time I was hearing anything about Seau was back when the Versus cable channel, now NBC Sports Network - home of NHL Hockey was trying to pump-up his Sports Jobs with Junior Seau show, including a half-hour episode where Junior worked as an honorary Pit crewmember with the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team, (TCGR) on Scott Dixon’s car I believe.

As apparently Junior had a very good lifestyle in his retirement - living in a beachfront house in Oceanside, CA, as obviously we’ll never know the reasons why Seau felt compelled to do this, or why does anybody commit suicide?

As a friend just pointed out, perhaps it had something to do with the just concluded National Football League Draft reminding him he was out of football forever…

Then for a Nightcap I read a story from the Seattle Times - off of the AP wire noting how ironically on the very day that Seau died, and the Galaxy were losing in Seattle - down in LaLa-land, the new brave faces of the Los Angeles Dodgers were promising returning the storied MLB Franchise back to its rightful place of glory as baseball contender’s in an introductory press briefing in Dodgers stadium. With Magic Johnson, Mark Walter and Stan Kasten all promising such euphoria from a stage perched upon Center field as they donned the storied LA white uni’s and blue caps signaling the teams third ownership change since 1998.

As ex-Lakers great Ervin “Magic” Johnson is the new face of the Dodgers while Walter and Kasten actually run the business - as the new owners shelled-out $2.0-billion to buy the troubled Franchise from past owner Fred McCourt, who was involved in a messy divorce, as his past wife Jamie was demanding that half of the Dodgers were hers…

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