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Madman Eric Wynalda said some very bad words about loudmouth Jim "I Hate Soccer" Rome during an interview/conversation/discussion.

Now he's had to apologize.

Here's the entire Wynalda blog interview transcript.

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2007; 1:41 PM ET
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How childish Waldo can be sometimes. He has such a big mouth...


Posted by: Dave | April 5, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Good times to be had at the ESPN employee picnic.

Posted by: I-270 Exit 1 | April 5, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Wynalda didnt go Jim Everret on Rome's ass.

Posted by: Vic | April 5, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly the interview was done while he was drunk. Unfortunately text cannot convey the likely slurred speach.

Posted by: James | April 5, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Jim Rome should just be glad he hasn't offended Dema yet....

Posted by: DWE4 | April 5, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

For once I can say I fully agree with a Wynalda comment, Jim "douchebag" Rome deserves a proper epl-style hooligan thrashing for his ignorance of the 'Beautiful game'

Posted by: wynalda gone wild | April 5, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's all PC now but Eric can and will kick Rome little non-athletic butt any day. Romes a punk pure and simple, is he still on TV? I long realized he had nothing to offer and stopped watching.

Posted by: tex | April 5, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

they should let the two duke it out on a pre-game show sometime.

Posted by: l st | April 5, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I just wish he didn't have to apologize.

Posted by: RK | April 5, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

JIM ROME SUCKS, and he is the worst thing for all American sports.

Posted by: DC United Fan | April 5, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

When will us soccer fans give up trying to "defend our honor" and just ignore media haters like rome and kornhieser. As soccer continues to grow these guys will look more n more foolish. As for wynalda, I give him a bit of a pass. Rome is attacking his profession. For most of us soccer is a hobby, albiet a passionate one.

Posted by: Matt Y | April 5, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

My Science, I thought that interview was just an "interview" posted as an April Fool's rules!

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 5, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

GO ERIC. I love that he stands up and puts it to the loudmouth Rome.

Posted by: 204 | April 5, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Rome's a jerk, Wynalda's an idiot. Throw in Kornhole and we have the Manny, Moe and Jack of ESPN.

Posted by: Chico | April 5, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I liked everything he said, but I was surprised it was written up verbatim like that. Bloggers (I can't believe I just typed that non-word) can forget what real journalism is sometimes.
I think he went overboard on his apology, but I understand how ESPN might have insisted on that.
No one should ever apologize to Jim Rome, he can't possibly have his feelings hurt :-) Waldo should have just said "I didn't mean Jim Rome specifically, but everyone who thinks like him in general, sorry to use Jim's name rather than explain the poor thinking his name is synonymous with"

Posted by: Lonnie | April 5, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This is great! With the apology, even more people will read his interview, which was pretty entertaining and held a lot of truth.

Posted by: GO WALDO! | April 5, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

did wynalda think he was just shooting the s**t with some dudes, or did he actually think he was giving an interview which would be published?

Posted by: pat | April 5, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Wynalda is only apologizing because the same soulless mass-markteted quasi-media hype machine that hires boo-yah blowhards like Romey dishes out both of their checks.

Posted by: d, dc | April 5, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that Eric calls Arena arrogant! Pot calling kettle what?

I thought the Nike ad featuring Rome's voice pretty much summed up what an idiot he is for not respecting soccer. But who cares, I don't listen or watch him.

Posted by: del | April 5, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Good thing I haven't published all those crass things Goff told me about the Pope, El Diablo and Mike Wilbon last week...

Posted by: fort totten | April 5, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Was Wynalda being arrogant? Yes. Was Wynalda speaking the truth? Probably. Was is freaking hilarious? Yes. This is Yorktown, VA, and we support Wynalda's opinion in his interview.

His only mistake was to apologize for it. Poor move. Stick by your guns. Show him what manhood is. Of course I am joking, but I want Wynalda to revenge the verbal lashings I had to put up with as a bartender. It was there that I had a corner of regulars that would bash soccer left and right because they knew I loved it. They maintained the whole time that all the players were girls and that their uniforms would consist of skirts and halter tops if the players union had its way. Ugh, I hated those nights. So I quit.

Go Waldo!! Kick him in the nards!

Posted by: Yorktown, VA | April 5, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Rome cried and asked for some sort of statement.

ESPN should settle this the ESPN way on live TV. Poker!

Posted by: Kim | April 5, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Was Jim Rome asked to apologize for being horrible and for bashing the sport Wynalda covers? Double standards are horrible.

Posted by: Mike | April 5, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So we can't talk anymore, Steve???

Posted by: Waldo | April 5, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Was Jim Rome asked to apologize for being horrible and for bashing the sport Wynalda covers? Double standards are horrible."

Damn good point Mike! Waldo is made to apologize to ONE man but Rome is free to disrespect an entire segment of passionaite fans not just in america but the entire world. Futbol is and has been a deeply intergral part of my life, so where is my apology Jim?

Posted by: accountability? | April 5, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, futbol is the most popular sport in Rome...your silence is awesome.

Posted by: Yorktown, VA | April 5, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

jim rome is allowed (alas) to make fun of soccer b/c its his job. wynalda is allowed to make fun of w/e he wants to but he can't attack another espn personality.

Posted by: jahs | April 5, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

With ESPN now having a vested interest in MLS, I wonder what their position is on one of their employees bashing the game they are paying to broadcast?

Posted by: Chico | April 5, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Good question Chico.
Would hog-tying Rome and lynching him during a tailgate in Lot 8 be taking it too far?

Posted by: AlecW81 | April 5, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the next time Wynalda and Arena are in a booth together. The irony is one thing, but the drunken logic was great: Arena is a great manager and he's arrogant and rubs people the wrong way.

All that said, I love Wynalda. He knows the game. He has an opinion (well, 10,000 opinions) and he brings interest and excitement when he's in the booth. His thoughts on Donovan are spot-on. Much better than hearing announcers get all fanboy about "Landon" every time he's putting in another lackluster showing.

Posted by: Shmoo | April 5, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

i think an effigy would be almost as good for the lycnhing....

Posted by: moses | April 5, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

So my question is this: how much do you Steve Goff, agree or disagree with what Eric said re: US Soccer Fed and MLS Mr. Abbott?

Posted by: rij | April 5, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is in a win-win situation. Rome has always been controversial and will continue to appeal to listeners who don't like soccer.

With the forced public apology, some people will tune in to MLS matches just to hear which foot Wyanlda will stick in his mouth.

Posted by: I-270 Exit 1 | April 5, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Good question Chico.
Would hog-tying Rome and lynching him during a tailgate in Lot 8 be taking it too far?

Posted by: AlecW81 | April 5, 2007 04:55 PM"

Nah, you don't need to do that. Just throw him in the Anacostia. He'd be scarred for life.....

Posted by: Winoman | April 5, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

i thought it was funny where he was talking about all the times his outspokeness got him fired from MLS, in the same interview that sounds like it almost got him fired from ESPN, given that apology

Posted by: pat | April 5, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Who ever said it, that the apology will cause even more people to learn about what Wynalda said, has got to be true.

I tried to get onto the forum linked to the apology on ESPN. Couldn't do it. The message said that the server couldn't handle the traffic.

Too bad an apology was required. I totally agree with the opinion of Rome that drove it. Although I don't think I'd let Rome that close to certain parts.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 5, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Come on Jim Rome is the Judge Judy of the sporting world. For Wynalda to even mention his name gives him way too much credit.

As more people start to follow MLS and soccer in general Rome will fade but until then why bother with him?

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 5, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Wynalda is abrasive and suffers from foot-in-mouth disease. To me that makes him the perfect commentator. You either love him or hate him (and I'm not saying which is true for me) but you will at least remember him and his comments for their content and not for his awkwardness in front of the camera. He never once tried to foist "shambolic" on us. Soccer is a hard sport to go to the well to find players to work the booth, especially to find a pretty-boy like Waldo. I just wish the apology had been as colorful as the insult.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | April 5, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

shouldn't you only have to apologize if what you say is untrue? Rome is a complete tool. He is on ESPN? Radio only or on TV as well? I gave up listening/watching him ages ago as he clearly has little idea what he was talking about and that was regarding NFL and MLB much less other sports.

Waldo should only apologize that he didn't give that interview to a large paper or TV network instead of

I've noted before and I'll note again, it's mostly people of a certain age group who consistently bash soccer (ie people older than 40 who didn't have youth leagues et. al. prior to the NASL explosion) and soon enough they will be gone from TV and radio and people who grew up appreciating the demands the sport puts on the human body will at least be there to respect the game even if it isn't their #1 fave.

Posted by: papa bear | April 5, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I just loved reading Waldo go nuts. One of the funniest, and often times most cogent, rants about the state of U.S. soccer I've seen in a long time.

As for Jim Rome, just put him on the pitch dressed in a Ronnie O'Brien kit and introduce him to Dema.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 5, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

That was a great interview. Wynalda may not be right on everything, but the passion was great. Rome, Kornheiser and the other ESPN ignoramuses should just shsut up about soccer.

Posted by: Mike | April 5, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Wynalda brought it strong. Jim Rome should be impressed, not offended. Romey will come around. He used to trash Nascar the same way he does soccer. Now he devotes a quarter of his program to it. As soon as soccer popularity passes him by, he'll jump on the bandwagon too. For the record, I suspect Kornheiser is a closet Champions Leauge fan, and I know that Wilbon is a fan of the game deep down...

Posted by: Nick | April 5, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I've given up listening to or watching Jim Rome and Tony Kornheiser. They both offer nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"Rome's a jerk, Wynalda's an idiot. Throw in Kornhole and we have the Manny, Moe and Jack of ESPN." Chico.

No, those guys were good businessmen. Obviously, Wynalda doesn't value his job. The only people who will care about this are soccer loonies and Jim Rome. EW might have an alcohol problem because his beer goggles clouded his judgment. Remember, don't drink and talk, all you kids at home.

Posted by: DocWoo | April 5, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Goff, but that was the most entertaining soccer blog entry I've ever read.

Posted by: bbarrie | April 5, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Eric. U.S. soccer needs more of your and Goff's passion for the sport!

Posted by: Marcool | April 5, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I just read the whole article....and I agreed with all of it.

Congrats to Eric for having the balls to speak out...he's frustrated, mad and we need that to truly move forward.

Too much of soccer in this country is political, not willing to think outside the box and challenge what we already have.

Very, very cool interview

Posted by: Matt Y | April 5, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I like Wynalda even more now. Jim Rome blamed soccer for racism on his show recently - to be more specific, when a high school soccer coach did some very racist, stupid things (like playing nazi anthems before a game) Rome implied that he did it because he was a soccer coach. That soccer was the problem.
Rome is the guy who should be fired - he's an idiot.

Posted by: Dave | April 6, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Great interview with Wynalda, just that the guy should have known to cut off the last 30 seconds. Any good editor would have shortened the leash. That's the real difference between a blogger and a journalist--editing is EVERYTHING.

Posted by: greg | April 6, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"... I know that Wilbon is a fan of the game deep down..."

You don't have to guess about this. Wilbon covered the Washington Diplomats of the NASL in the pre-Goff era, and acquitted himself quite well.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | April 6, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

As a Fulham fan and a regular on the Fulham USA site, I want to note the Wynalda knew it was an on-the-record interview. Here is a link to a longer discussion of the interview by one of the founders of the site, Tom Wille, aka Chicago Tom:

BTW, here's the plug for Fulham USA: if you are a Fulham fan or have interest in any of the Americans on the team, please feel free to stop by and browse the site.

Posted by: DaveNearDC | April 6, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Goff: "Hey Bruce, would you like to sit down over a beer and talk soccer?"

Arena: "&*^%#@(*!)&($&@#$#@|*&#&%* no."

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 6, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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