Friday, August 11, 2006

Becks Out

Personally I'm very disappointed, and confused - but I DO know that many English fans have a love-hate relationship with Becks. Some call him overrated, some say he chokes during the big matches, still others are not yet able to forgive him for missing a penalty shot in Euro 2004. But he's also one of the most loved players, too. Strange, strange situation. Being from Toronto, and being a fan of the Maple Leafs, I am WELL AWARE of the pressures athletes face from the media - ESPECIALLY in Toronto where the media is MERCILESS. In a way, this may be the best thing for Becks. In another way, if I were him I'd be PISSED. Apparently he handled it quite well, but I bet inside he was all 'WTF?!?!?' and pissed right off. Pfft, I'd be SO bitter, but I'm just like that.

I honestly believe far too much of the blame for England's lack of success in the big tournies is directed at Becks. His play at the World Cup earlier this summer was less than stellar, to say the least, but with very few exceptions the ENTIRE TEAM sucked ass, not just Becks. Whether he receives the majority of the blame because he (was) the captain, or because of his high profile off the pitch, well, I don't know. What I DO know is that while some of the criticism is warranted, most of it isn't. Anyway, I could go on & on about this, but why don't you read this article from BBC Sports instead - it's probably a tad more coherent, and less biased than anything I could write..........

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