Vancouver was gripped by a mass of “Beckham” hysteria last night as arguably the world’s biggest soccer personality, David Beckham, breezed through town with his team the “L.A. Galaxy”.
You see Vancouver apparently has a soccer team of their own, known as the “Whitecaps”. How a soccer team even exists in a NHL/CFL crazy town like Vancouver is beyond me, but “to each his own” I guess.
In total, something like 48,172 punters (which I think says more about Beckham’s celebrity more than an indicator of the popularity of soccer in Vancouver) forked over around $40 or more each to show up at GM Place and watch Mr Beckham run around for 90 minutes.
And for what? A nil-nil draw. I can’t say I’m surprised. After having spoken to a number of people that were at the game, it appears that it was a totally uninspiring yawn of a spectacle. The Whitecaps were the only ones who even looked close to putting a digit on the scoreboard when they were awarded a penalty kick, which the elected kicker proceeded to flub and kick straight into the goalie’s chest. Nice one chump.
In fact it seems that the main event last night came in the form of none other than a male streaker who took to the field in the second half and stopped play for about 2 minutes before being taken down by a burly female security officer. Bravo!
In my mate Jordan’s own words, “I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that male frontal nudity was the highlight of the soccer match last night.”
Ahhh yes… what do they call it? “The Beautiful Game”? Yeah whatever…