Jim Rome talks to a Soccer Writer?

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:

U.S. team, an improved MLS fuel growing buzz for sport in America

You might have heard of Greg’s Brother, Alexi, Lalas

This is what many Mexicans think Jesus looked like

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 fĂștbol, 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

Hahahaha

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Chris Baker “Outs” Magic Johnson

Chris Baker, former local radio talk show host, has finally made a national name for himself. Just not in the way he might have envisioned (at least one hopes so).

He and current co-host Langdon Perry of Minneapolis’s KTLK are convinced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson faked being infected with HIV for the purpose of garnering the all-important sympathy vote.

According to this, the actual exchange went like this:

Baker: You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?
Perry: I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS.
Baker: Yeah, me too.

The exchange betrays a certain modicum of ignorance for Johnson, back in ’91, announced he was infected with HIV and did not manifest any of the symptoms of AIDS (a syndrome). To this date I don’t think Earv has manifested the symptoms associated with AIDS.

Having listened to Baker here in H-town in the past, this exchange doesn’t surprise me, except for the immensely personal angle of this attack on Magic.

Barring omniscience on their part, Baker and Perry’s comments can be nothing but an insanely ill-conceived, not to mention, tasteless gag.

I wonder what the junior Senator from NY thinks of Baker’s “revelation”? I have some idea what she would think of Baker’s politics and views of her and her husband…