Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Why Are These Men Happy?













Their globe-trotting days are over for now. For Adriano, it's a return to his roots (after a stint with Inter Milan). For Ronaldo (from Inter's San Siro co-habitant AC Milan) -- the more heralded of the two -- it's an opportunity to wear THE SACRED MANTLE OF THE SCARLET AND BLACK. Just like Aldair, Bebeto, Brito, Casagrande, Denílson, Dida, Edílson, Edinho, Evaristo, Gérson, Gilmar Rinaldi, Jorginho, Júnior, Leonardo, Leandro, Romário, Sócrates, Zizinho, Zagallo and Zico who all wore the colors of the Mengao. Even Garrincha and Pelé did too for a time before they betrayed the faithful.

Flamengo is about a Brazilian football player's ambition and even an obsession. Never mind the World Cup but as long as it is the Campeonato Brasiliero Serie A then the world is all right.

And now, AC Milan has allowed the five-time Brazilian national champions to negotiate with striker Ronaldo over a possible move. It's about an enormous desire to change the course of his life.

TWO DAYS AFTER I POSTED THIS, ADRIANO WAS LOANED OUT INSTEAD TO BRASILIAN CLUB SAO PAOLO.

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