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The Season of McTavish

Careful readers of this blog might remember that back in February or so, I suggested I might want to register, just to make sure no one else moved in on that turf. Devon McTavish being, at the time, a little-used but media-friendly D.C. United reserve. Needless to say, I was joking.

Watch my traffic soar after this post.

Well, the joke's over. Dude done blown up. It's possible that the last few months have been the most momentous in young McTavish's life. Let's review.

1) Devon McTavish has been nominated for Cosmo's Bachelor of the Year contest. Remember, this was the contest Bobby Boswell was involved with last year. Also remember, Alecko Eskandarian expressed the opinion back then that Devon McTavish was actually a better looking man than Bobby Boswell. So who knows where this might lead. Word out of United camp is that BB is mentoring DM on this bachelor thing.

2) With thanks from Steve Goff, we learn the baffling fact that in this D.C. United auction to benefit Virginia Tech, the Devon McTavish game-worn jersey has been bid higher than any other. That means higher than Ben Olsen, higher than Jaime Moreno, higher than Christian Gomez, higher than Bobby Boswell, higher than Troy Perkins, etc. The McTavish is at $660. I just can't figure this one out.

3) While I don't usually write about soccer, or whatever, it's probably worth noting that after entering this season with three career stars, McTavish started the past two games, although now he's battling a hip flexor problem. But we can probably assume we'll see a lot more of him than we did last year.

4) Most importantly, McTavish is a special guest for the 80th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which is taking place this week in his home town of Winchester. He's actually listed on the Celebrities page of the festival's Web site.

"It's not like I'm a celebrity, I think I'm just a local boy, so they're throwing me a bone," McTavish protested. "I don't really know why I'm coming."

So modest, too. Well, I'll tell you why you're going, Devon.

"Let's just say that Devon is our mega celebrity," said Kay Bolliger, past president of the festival and now a co- chair of the celebrities committee. "He's wonderful. He's admired in our community, and we are so proud of what he's accomplished. We are. He's so special to us."

See? That's why. McTavish told me he'd be at Friday's press conference, and then he would ride in the Firefighter's Parade on Friday evening. No word on whether he'll be stopping by the Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon. Anyhow, like any good Winchesterian, McTavish went to the festival every year until he went away to college, and was actually in an Apple Blossom Festival parade once before. Plus, his sister has been a Festival Princess.

"I mean, you don't miss it when you live in Winchester," he assured me. "I can't believe you've never heard of it before."

My bad. Anyhow, McTavish wasn't sure the complete list of celebrities, but he knew one or two names.

"The main guy, I think, is Wayne Newton," he told me. "He's a lot more famous than I am. He's got cameos in movies and everything."

True. The other celebrities include Terry Labonte, Bruce Smith, Kelley Washington, Ken Mease, Don Garlits, the 14th Lord of Fairfax, Miss Virginia, Janie Fricke, and, of course, Queen Shenandoah LXXX. The theme this year, as you've probably gathered, is "Virginia Blooms in History," what with the 80th anniversary of the festival, and the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding and all that. Which is why Kay Bolliger had no doubts about including a D.C. United up-and-comer in this Season of McTavish.

"Oh, he'll be wonderful," she promised. "We're recognizing people from Virginia who will be part of the history of Virginia. And so maybe we can call Devon historic."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2007; 10:47 AM ET
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According to , Mr. McTavish is driving up the price of Devon's jersey.

Now hopefully, we can get him (Mr, not Devon)to comment.

Posted by: Kim | May 3, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Re: "While I don't usually write about soccer, or whatever. . . "

When Gilbert Arenas fell hors de combat,
The Wizards' long spell had been broken--
Now DC United should be where it's at--
But of them not a word has been spoken!

Though they're winless in three (such a horrible stat!),
Don't they merit a post? Just a token?
Or is Bogfather Dan now so busy that
His Red and Black love affair's been forsaken?

Posted by: ouij | May 3, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

So now we find the innerworking problems within the organization... McTavish vs. Boswell catfight!!

Posted by: Chris | May 3, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This would be Mr. McTavish (not Devon),checking in to report that neither Mrs. McTavish nor I are running up the bid on his Virginia Tech Tribute jersey !! I can honestly say that I don't have any idea who is bidding on his jersey, but I am glad to see it, because it is going for a great cause- and whoever is doing it, I say "keep it up"

Posted by: Patrick Mc Tavish | May 3, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I would like to respond to Kim because the comment on was a quote from Devon..

Because right now Devon McTavish is in the lead and he is WAY too humble to talk trash. He keeps claiming "My dad is bidding against himself!"

Devon is obviously very humble and was obviously joking when saying that his dad was driving up the price. You can view who has bid on the jerseys by clicking on a link beside the Bid History.

I can tell you that I have been bidding on Devon's jersey because I intially thought that A). I would be able to get his jersey cheap and B). He's a local kid from Winchester,VA (I live in Stephens City,VA).

I'm glad that Devon's jersey is in the lead as the proceeds are going to a very good cause!

The cult of Devon McTavish grows!!

Posted by: Keenan | May 3, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

See for Devon's response!

Posted by: The Management | May 3, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Boswell, he's so dreamy!

Posted by: Blackaces | May 3, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

A (very short) ballad of Devon McTavish:

DC United their jerseys did sell,
And the bidding was ever so savage--
First Olsen's, then Jaime's, then Christian's as well,
And then last of all, least of all, did they compel
The Winchestrian, Devon McTavish.

The bidding wore on--what a story to tell!
And the prices were ever so lavish!
Who fetched the most? O, you could not fortell!
A player whose name rang nary a bell:
The Winchestrian, Devon McTavish!

Posted by: ouij | May 3, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap, ouij, those poems are AWESOME.

I guess you liked "forsaken" better than making it into "forgotten" or something to make the rhyme closer? :-)

Posted by: Josh | May 3, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Devo knows blossoms

Posted by: Dave | May 3, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

josh, I don't know. "forsaken" has the sense of "willfully abandoned" rather than merely "forgotten."

But my metrical skills are a bit off today. Better verses next time, I promise.

Posted by: ouij | May 3, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Having lived in Winchester, and having witnessed the Apple Blossom Festival -- you have no idea. The whole town just shuts down and goes crazy for these events.

Art Donovan (ex-Baltimore Colt and beer spokesman) was a "celebrity" one year when I lived there -- now that was funny. I was at a reception that he attended, and when they asked him if he wanted a drink, he said, "Yeah -- you got any Schlitz?" You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: John Handley | May 3, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

A Labonte Brother!!! He's hit the freakin BIG TIME!!!! At least it's the good one and not the evil bastage.........Grrrrrrrr

Posted by: DB | May 3, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Dan, DO NOT get me started on Bobby Labonte!! I have some United fans that'll back me up on that.

Bastage!! Wank SOB!!!!!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by: DB | May 3, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Is the BOG on vacation with the Wizards already?ha!

Posted by: WGDC- | May 4, 2007 1:58 AM | Report abuse

The Red and the Black were still winless in three--
(Not a singular point, not a win, not a draw)
When the doughty New Englanders came to DC,
To be witnessed by Eagles, and Barras, and me.

Now that dreaded statistic did stick in the craw
Of DC United's vociferous fans--
Whom the rest of the league should regard with great awe--
All other supporters are nothing but straw.

So the Red and the Black, for their suffering fans,
For the love of the game and the sake of their name
Did valiantly try to please those in the stands
Who cheered on their efforts with uprais`ed hands.

But New England struck first! O the pain! O the shame!
Tyler Twellman, the imp, flicked a shot-- it was saved!
But his comrade converted, one Dornan by name.
Would D.C. United again live in shame?

Five minutes would pass ere the debt was repaid
By Jaime Moreno, by breaking away
From New England's defense (O, how skillfully played!)
The penalty area did he then invade.

But Riley then came, who with nothing to say,
Fouled Moreno instead to send him to the spot--
So doughty New England's defensive array
Would have nothing at all now to do but to pray--

And now does Moreno line up for the shot;
And now does the goalie attempt to prepare;
And now does his foot strike the ball--now it's caught
By the back of the net! Now the score is a knot!

New England's Grenadian, with nary a care
Nor with visible mercy, cut Ben Olsen down--
With Joseph sent off, could United now dare
To hope for a win in their RFK lair?

To hope proved too much-- though they were a man down,
New England relied on the crossbar and posts:
DC took its shots, the posts did rebound
While the Red and the Black the goal did surround.

New England, in sum, took a point from their hosts.
United, still winless, did salvage a draw.
And the refs? Those incompetents, less worthy than goats,
Will live to be cursed in many a toast.

Posted by: ouij | May 4, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

ouij, amazing stuff. Go post it on Soccer Insider and see what other poets you can get to join you.

Posted by: G-Unit | May 4, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! Mr. McTavish. Welcome, sir. I'll add you to the informal list of celebrities and celebrity relatives that have commented.

(The list is heavy with relatives of United players.)

Posted by: Kim | May 4, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

well said Mr. McTavish!! I personally feel that Devon's jersey is worth way more than the price currently bid.

Posted by: Jill Watson | May 4, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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