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The matrix has us: our new toy

A few weeks ago, our ancient behemoth of a television died a horrible, sudden death. It literally blew up when the internal tube exploded. I'm actually surprised it didn't happen sooner. The TV was easily 12 years old. It was given to me free by a former coworker, so at least we got a good 18 months use out of it.   And good riddance; I was tired of lugging that old TV around. It weighed at least 50 pounds.

It's been a long time since I've had to buy a television, and a LOT has changed in a few short years. So after careful and thorough research, we decided to pool our resources including some Christmas cash we received from Mrs. Crab's mom (thanks, Big Sal!) and went all out. We bought a Philips 26" LCD HDTV flat-screen.  Isn't she a beaut? She weighs all of 10 pounds and about 4 inches thick.  And we got a great deal to boot, thanks to all the after-Christmas sales on Amazon.co.uk!

I'll admit I wanted a 43" screen but I thought that would be a little overkill in our little flat!  This television is HDTV, but unfortunately, there are no networks transmitting in HDTV yet.  Now if I could just convince Mrs. Crab to let me buy a Playstation 3 with Blu-Ray HD DVD player and a mid-sized surround sound system, this setup would be perfect! 

Bend it Like Beckham

Captny15201111523beckham_galaxy_soccer_n_1   So the big news today is that English soccer star David Beckham is leaving Real Madrid and has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  This is HUGE news, not just in London or just the sports world, but internationally. David Beckham leaving Europe would be like Madonna moving to London. Oh wait, bad example...

The Beckhams are a brand. They are one of the most powerful, wealthiest couples on Earth. This move has major implications for business and entertainment industries as well as sports.  The Beckhams are internationally-recognized around the world. Recognized everywhere, that is, except the United States. 

Perhaps that's why they picked LA:  David can finish out his career playing a little footie; Victoria "somebody feed me please" Beckham can continue her shopaholic lifestyle on Rodeo Drive hanging out with her new best friend Katie Holmes; and both celebs can enjoy a life of relative obscurity in the United States where soccer is still seen as a little girls sport. 

I know, I know. The critics will say that soccer is becoming more and more popular in the United States. Sure that's true. They've also been saying that for 20 years. But who is going to the MLS games? Ever been to a DC United game? About 75% of the fans in the stands are Latinos and other immigrants who come from countries where soccer is already popular. You won't find many NASCAR, MLB, NBA, NHL or NFL fans who are also die-hard soccer nuts. 

Let's face it: Soccer has never been, and will never be, a mega-popular sport in the United States.

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