A D.C. United Christmas Part IV: Leftovers
1) When Talon, the DCU mascot, entered the third-floor caucus room during the Eleanor Holmes Norton Christmas Party for D.C. kids, someone by the microphone announced the arrival of "The Falcon."
2) Talon, by the way, was being played by a Caps season ticket holder. More synergy.
3) Bobby Boswell was asking about the Barra's trip to the Caps game. Turns out he's something of a hockey fan. More synergy. (Although shhhh; he likes the Lightning, whom the Caps will play in about 30 minutes.) And he claims his mom is a fair-weather fan. And he went to Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. And was disappointed at the fairly meager post-event celebration. In Canada, he was told, the party would have lasted a week. In Tampa, he said, it was dying down by about 12:30 a.m.
4) I was gonna ask Eleanor Holmes Norton about sports, but she was talking about the hardships faced by the hundreds of D.C. kids who were at the party, and how amazing it was that they were all smiling and laughing despite it all.
"Only children could be so resilient, coming here and forgetting all that," she said. "These kids need a whole month of nothing but joy."
So I benched my sports questions.
5) Deshaun, the star of Part III of this series, approached Bobby yet again later in the party to ask yet again why Freddy got traded.
"I don't know either," Bobby said. "That's the way the business works."
Then I attempted to bait Bobby into saying something provocative about shutting down Freddy one-on-one.
"I think our team, when we play good team defense, can pretty much stop anybody, to be PC for you," he said. "I know what you're doing."
6) The four DCU players who went on the goodwill Armed Forces tour to the Pacific (Mediate, Bobby, Jamil Walker and Devon McTavish) visited a spa-type place near Mount Fuji, where they put their feet in a pool containing thousands of fish that eat dead skin off human feet. At least, that's what they told me.
"Kind of like when you're at the pet store and you get the fish that suck the algae off the tank," Domenic said.
"Dude, it was the coolest thing ever," Bobby said.
7) [Ms. Boswell, you might not want to read this one. And by the way, I still owe you that newspaper article. I'll get it to you soon, I promise. And I know you think I write about the same few players too much, but there's probably a reason people like Bobby and Ben Olsen wind up at public events so frequently. You should have seen them with the kids. Ben was bouncing balloons off heads and talking about how "this is the most important thing we do." Bobby was addressing little boys as "Buddy" and little girls as "Sweetie." As usual, you'd have been proud.]
Anyhow, during his recent goodwill trip to Japan, Bobby was worried about approaching young women in public, since he heard that was frowned upon. So instead, to lighten the mood, he got two t-shirts, one black, one white. Both said "Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend," in Japanese. So everyone he walked past started laughing.
"Hilarious," Domenic Mediate said of the reactions.
"It was a big hit," Bobby said. "Everybody liked it."
December 19, 2006; 6:31 PM ET
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