Sports by Brooks found this candid Eric Wynalda interview conducted by Christian Franek of the soccer blog Fulham USA, and it's pretty sweet. For the soccer fans out there, the entire interview is worth a read for Wynalda's passion for and criticism of US Soccer, but for the sake of brevity I'll skip to the highlight, in which Wynalda — arguably the best striker in American history — makes a brief but memorable tangent while discussing ESPN's power to promote soccer.
"You will never get a guy, in me, who is more of a believer in the American player. Jim Rome can suck my dick! And he should be very afraid, because I’m the kind of guy, if I get too many drinks in me, I will club his ass."
And I would love, love, LOVE to see this. Athletes beating the shit out of media windbags — especially meathead pot-stirrers like Jim Rome — simply doesn't happen often enough. It would be a great way to toughen up soccer's image, plus Jim Rome gets busted in his goateed mug. Win-win.
And Wynalda might just be the asshole crazy enough to do it. Right after he metaphorically disemboweled Bruce Arena during last year's World Cup, he went into a Bristol back alley and disemboweled a hobo, "just to keep things balanced." I mean, I hope he did. I fucking hate homeless people. No, I can't spare some change. The quarters are for laundry, and the pennies are wishes. Dimes and nickels I keep because you smell bad.