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, May 22, 2008

A blast from the past

Nike's "Diablo" TVC is one of my all-time favorite commercials. It also made me an even bigger fan. In case ya'll don't know who the dudes are:

There's Jorge Campos that great goal keeper from Mexico who was also a great goal scorer. During games when he wasn't the net minder, he'd play striker. Even as goalie, he'd take free kicks and penalties for his team Pumas and Atlante (his club at the time of this commercial) in the Mexican league and with the national team. He never wanted to play outside Mexico despite overtures from English and Italian clubs. This dude inspired Jose Luis Chilavert (voted World Keeper of the Year three times), that Paraguayan great who played in France with Strasbourg.

Also in the commercial was another early favorite, Patrick Kluivert who was then with Ajax Amsterdam, Arsenal's Ian Wright (the dude head butted in the commercial), Fiorentina's Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa, AC Milan's central defender Paolo Maldini (who says, "Maybe they're family") and his teammate Edgar Davids, Barcelona's Luis Figo (the guy who gets shoved onto the pitch), Ronaldo was with PSV Eindhoven, and Leeds United's Tomas Brolin. Wait, am forgetting someone... King Eric. Eric Cantona ("Au revoir") of Manchester United. The first real French superstar in the English Premier League.

Enjoy this as I did when I first saw it ages ago.

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