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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Short stuff: AFL, Leo Messi on cover of Time, Floyd Mayweather is the straw that stirs the drink

Those who wish to join the second season of the Ateneo Football League, click on the link for the registration form. The rules and regulations are here as well. 

Barcelona is 10 points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. Pep Guardiola probably wishes that his side played Los Blancos every week. Or that every week is a Champions League game considering they also beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1. 

FIFA is asking the Argentina Football Association to explain their thoughts about renaming their premier league to one inspired the General Belgrano, a cruiser sunk during the 1982 Falklands War with Great Britain. FIFA rules prohibit the game from being used for any political message whatsoever.  Maybe if they want to use the Belgrano's name, maybe they can use it as a 21st century version of Space Cruiser Yamato. 

Speaking of Argentines, Carloz Tevez is ready to play football once more after going AWOL on Manchester City. Tevez said that he felt disrespected when the Citizens' manager Roberto Mancini used a harsh tone on him when telling him to warm up. What a brat! Does that remind you of the time when Argentina defender Nicolas Burdisso chided Leo Messi during one game by saying, "Get your Sh*t together, brat!" 

And Lionel Messi appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Only, that's not quite true for all. He did appear on the cover for Asia, Europe, and Africa but not North America. Boo! Whoever the editor was who decided not to put King Leo on the cover probably calls the sport "soccer".

Floyd Mayweather belittled Jeremy Lin's 15-minutes of fame. He's just a little right about it. A little. But he didn't have to sound like an ass when saying it. For starters, Lin went undrafted and was cut from a pair of clubs before being given a chance (after two other guards failed). Then he's from Harvard. When was the last time you heard of a Harvard grad who was unemployed? Sure he's from San Francisco but he is of Taiwanese descent. That is huge to Asians and Asian-Americans. And fourth, he plays in New York where the media will look for a feel good story for the Knicks that have been adrift since Patrick Ewing departed from Madison Square Garden. Hey, Floyd! You really have to be the straw that stirs the drink, huh?

On another note, I can't wait to see how Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire adjust to Linsanity.

Landon Donovan is seeking a permanent move to Everton. Hmm. You don't think David Beckham will be upset because one-third of the Los Angeles Galaxy's Big Three (the third being striker Robbie Keane) will not be returning and he re-upped for a two-year deal?

Alex Morgan is in the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition!

And vote for your starting XI for the current United Football League season here and win some cool UFL shirts! Gotta email your choices and decide on who really deserves it as opposed to a popularity contest.

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