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Drew Carey, David Letterman and Iraq

I know I said I wouldn't be back here until this evening, but I wanted to share a couple items: Drew Carey talking soccer with Letterman on the Late Show and the story of Iraq's improbable run to the Asian Cup final.

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 2:04 PM ET
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I had read on here that he was a big MLS fan, but that was great free publicity. Congratulations to Cary for landing Bob Barker's gig, but mad props for using the time to promote MLS as a good entertainment product.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | July 25, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What is he going to do if Cleveland ever lands an MLS franchise?

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 25, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Drew Carey is a SOCCER fan...not just MLS. He got into it wathcing the USMNT. He has traveled overseas, following the team and working as an amateur sports photographer (look closely and you will see he always has a camera with him at matches).

He has been talking lately of buying a franchise be based in Ohio. With his forthcoming Price is Right money, look out!

The guy is a relatively new fan, but rabid, committed and legitimately advocates for the game. Hats off to him!

Posted by: Erick | July 25, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Erick, there are many SOCCER fans in the US, but fewer MLS fans in the US. We all know Euro-snob fans who love Real Madrid, but won't watch MLS. The fact that he's advocating both the game and, more importantly, the domestic league is very nice.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow! MLS must have paid him a lot for that.
or perhaps he is just a great guy who wants a league he cares about to do well.
Ah, it warms my heart.
Though I think he went overboard with the violence thing. I wouldn't say that people are really hurt 90% of the time, but I get why he said that. But i wouldn't sell soccer as a violent sport.

Posted by: bribri | July 25, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice one, Goffhinho!

""I'm sure you will see many VIPs at RFK. Sort of like an average day at the Soccer Insider.""

Posted by: delantero | July 25, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"He has traveled overseas, following the team and working as an amateur sports photographer (look closely and you will see he always has a camera with him at matches)."

In fact, he did several hourlong specials from Germany for the Travel Channel last year. (Hmmm, does that make him a semipro sports photographer?)

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 25, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"I'm gay for him" Drew Carey, in reference to Beckham. Hilarious.


You need to invite Drew to a Soccer Insider/Live Chat!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I loved it! I think his take on violence might stem from an expectation, pre-conversion, that soccer wasn't a violent sport. Many people (no one here!) still do not seem to realize it's a contact sport.

Another occasional pop-culture soccer booster is Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show, who's from Scotland and who, by coincidence, had a role in The Drew Carey Show.

Posted by: soccer mama | July 25, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Just found this...

Carey in a 2005 interview describing how he got into soccer and how he wanted to be a sports photojournalist

Also, I stand corrected, he is not an amateur photog...he has sold his shots, so he is a PRO...

"Carey can sometimes be seen on the sidelines of U.S. National Team soccer games as a press photographer. His images are sold via wire services under the pseudonym Brooks Parkenridge. He was at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2006, for his television show Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures. His favorite soccer teams are the Scottish team Rangers and L.A. Galaxy."

Apparently, he also shoots boxing matches.

Gotta love this guy.

Posted by: Erick | July 25, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, about the Iraq story, bombers hit the celebrations today. CNN reporting at least 50 dead.

Posted by: US WNT fan | July 25, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

great PR by Carey. Telling commentary on the Crew that the Cleveland native chooses to support LA. Well, actually, its the Crew so maybe that is understandable. Does anyone outside of the Columbus city limits support that team?

Posted by: keithw | July 25, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Drew! His points are right on, and precisely the kind of insight skeptical folks need to hear. Except for the Gay for Beckham comment, I think Drew is the kind of guy a lot of mainstream sports fans can relate to. Drew's words are worth his weight in gold for MLS.

Go DC United! Beat Morelia!

Posted by: David | July 25, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Everybody who isn't from Cleveland hates Cleveland. Columbus hates Cleveland, Cleveland hates Columbus (except for OSU home games). makes sense to me that he roots for LA.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

People outside the Columbus city limits may support the Crew, but there is no way the club will make an impact as far away as Cleveland; the distance between the two cities is about the same as the distance between Washington and Philadelphia. And the differences are more than geographical: one is a Rust Belt city with a declining population; the other is a growing metropolis with more of a white-collar orientation, with a large proportion of people who were born elsewhere. In fact, Columbus (where I lived many years ago) is a bit like Washington. It is geographically in the Midwest, but culturally much less so, such as Washington is geographically, but not culturally, a part of the South.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 25, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Oops! That's "much as," not "such as."

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 25, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What makes Carey's chat so great is his rep as an "All-American sports fan." Letterman asks him questions about soccer that embody common knocks on the game (low scoring, etc.), and Carey answers in a persuasive, straight-up way that isn't defensive.

The more Drew Careys out there legitimizing MLS fandom in mainstream media, the more attention the league will get.

More baby steps.

Posted by: Mr. Fish | July 25, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Morelia's probably lineup for tonight

Muñoz en la portería en la defensa, Hugo Sánchez, Mauricio Romero, Horacio Cervantes y Diego Martínez en el medio campo, Wilson Tiago, Omar Trujillo, Gonzalo Choy y Wanderson, acompañados por Landín y Marcinho en la delantera

Posted by: johnny | July 25, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Here is the Q&A I did with Drew two years ago while sitting in a hotel lobby before the USA-MEX qualifier in Mex City:

Posted by: Goff | July 25, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Goffer, when are you going to get Drew Carey/ Goff tag-team chat???

Posted by: Dave | July 25, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Kind of off-topic but why did Eddie Johnson reject the Derby offer? Money? Personnel? Another club overseas is interested?

Posted by: J | July 25, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing something on the travel channel in the buildup to the world cup last year with Drew going to various football hotspots to catch big games and interview players and fans. The episode I saw was him in Madrid for the Madrid-Barca match. Highlights included waiting like 3 hours for a 90 second interview with Raul, and the bar that's been hosting supporters for 90 years or more (can't remember). But it was presented very well.

Posted by: Zero | July 25, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I have a feelng under Carey the famous 'Price is Right' end note of "Remember to spay and neuter..." will become "Go catch a game with two halfs"!

Posted by: Mike | July 25, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne was just on Wash Post Live on Comcast. He said that he spoke to "a player" in Argentina and made an offer, and a decision should be known in a couple of days. They asked if that player was Veron and Payne would not confirm that. He did say they were looking not for a "flashy player", but one with a "championship pedigree."

Forgive me if my quotes are slightly off, I'll let the Goffer do the official report.

Payne also said he "has no idea where that Washington Post article came from" on the Poplar Point problems.

Posted by: wmsiii | July 25, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Drew Carey will do as much for soccer as Beckham.

Posted by: soccer mama | July 25, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Love Drew Carey. Always have. Love that he promotes soccer every chance he gets. He's a terrific ambassador for the sport.

Though if I were famous, I would do the exact same thing. The more he promotes soccer, the more cool stuff he gets to be involved in. He is always doing things with the USMNT. Wish I were Miss USA or something and could just chill with the guys of the USMNT.

Posted by: Andrea | July 25, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

you americans need more people like drew who really knows what football is and not a blind dingbats who loughs cos they are discussing football (soccer) on a sports chat show.

Posted by: aussie | August 16, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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