Monday, November 28, 2005
George Best - RIP
Pele called George Best 'the best soccer player in the world!' Probably the most gracious compliment by the world's most recognized athlete.
For those unfamiliar with the world's beautiful game, George Best was the Joe Namath of International Soccer - flamboyant, outspoken, chic magnet, ultimate party-boy in a time of cultural and personal excess - and that says a lot!
One of the best descriptions I heard was a commentary in a match in the 70s...'Score by Charlton (Bobby), but setup by this genius, George Best, who turned on the most glittering magic. You don't blame the goalkeeper, you congratulate the goal scorers.'
RIP George Best - the Beautiful Game has lost a legend.
"I spent all my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
I didn't know the guy (soccer's not a real game, dammit) but I sure like the humor..
That said, I'm flat amazed at the foot skill of pro soccer players, the way they can dribble and especially some of the passes. I just think the game moves too slow and there is not enough scoring to make it exciting enough to draw the older grizzled sports viewers.
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