Sports From the Cosmos to the Galaxy
posted by July 11 at 9:08 AMon
The question that has yet to be answered is whether Beckham’s presence will have a shooting star’s bright but quickly fading arc, as Pele’s did in the 1970s in the ultimately bankrupt North American Soccer League. Or will Beckham’s charisma provide sustaining momentum until the next soccer superstar arrives, the way Magic Johnson and Larry Bird reinvigorated the NBA in the 1980s and prepared the way for Michael Jordan’s ascendancy?
But America does not need soccer; what it needs is a better form of baseball (cricket) and a better form of football (rugby). In other words, it needs a sport for real gentlemen and a sport for real men.