Jim Rome talks to a Soccer Writer?
July 21, 2009 3 Comments
This morning as I perused my daily haunts and came across an interesting article in the soccer section of Sports Illustrated. The piece was written by Greg Lalas:
Lalas’ thesis is that maybe, just maybe interest in the beautiful game might just be picking up here in these United States. He lays out reasons which by all accounts seem legit.
However, there is one indicator which might trump any of the good ones Mr. Lalas lays out. Jim Rome is actually going to legitimately talk soccer on his show today. He’s talking to Grant Wahl who wrote the controversial book, The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America.
I know that Rome has flip-flopped on other sports (i.e. NASCAR and horse racing), but he’s on record as vowing never to capitulate to soccer. In fact, his recalcitrancy drew the ire of former Team USA player Eric Wynalda who had some unkind words for Rome back in 2007.
We’ll see how this goes, I’m assuming Wahl is familiar with Rome’s loathing for soccer.
Here’s one of Rome’s rants against fake injuries in soccer, which as a fan of fútbol, I strongly object to as well:
Update: This is how the interview ended
Wahl: Nice talking soccer with you Jim
Rome: Thanks Grant, let’s not make it a habit