Monthly Archives: March 2013

Klinsmann Would Have To Be A Fool

Landon Donovan’s return to LA Galaxy has me thinking …

1. If the two-time MLS champions can win games without him (not to mention Becks and even Keane) then he left the team at the right time. Galaxy’s 2-0-1 record and advancement into the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals attest to that.

2. If this is indeed his last year at Galaxy — his four-year contract expires after this season — then it becomes obvious why he didn’t retire: the opportunity to cement his legacy as the best player in U.S. history with a third consecutive domestic title.

3. If he’s rested and engaged mentally then Jurgen Klinsmann would have to be a fool not to pencil in a new No. 10 0n the right side. The USMNT is scoring too few, and Graham Zusi is nice, but c’mon. The World Cup is next year (already!) and the team’s top play-maker is healthy.

4. Anyone who says he abandoned either club or country is off their nut and/or a rabid fan of El Tri, and taking cheap shots out of spite. Or… or… secretly missing their favorite player.

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UCLA Should Finally Hire Kareem

Looks like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s non-stop yearning to be UCLA’s basketball coach could finally be quenched.

And why not?

Abdul-Jabbar is one of the game’s all-time greats, and represents a link to legendary coach John Wooden, whom he played for from 1966-’69.

And isn’t that what every Bruins fan is yearning for? A return to the good ol’ days?

Kareem represents that, and then he brings his own postmodern twist.

Seriously, what’s a three-year contract to a guy who might be the right guy? Cause the last guy sure wasn’t the right guy, not after about Year 3 of his contract.

Abdul-Jabbar does have a spotty coaching history — personal coach to Michael Olowokandi — and a perhaps even more spotty personal history — cannabis, anyone? — but someone inside the halls at UCLA should make the right choice this time, and give its greatest living alum the job.

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