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Swamps of Jersey

Dulles Toll Road. Beltway. I-95. Jersey Turnpike. Meadowlands -- what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday? Before I depart, a few not-so-deep thoughts:

*Did Tommy Smyth really say on BSPN (in case you missed it on the Insider the other day, ESPN has changed its change to become the Beckham Soccer Programming Network) that people will be asking each other where they were when Becks made his debut? Was he being sarcastic? Did I miss the context?

This was not Neil Armstrong taking a giant leap for mankind. Considering Beckham's meager minutes and few touches, I'd say it was more like former U.S. defender Desmond Armstrong making a giant back pass for mankind or former DCUer Stephen Armstrong scoring a giant goal for mankind in Charleston's Open Cup upset of Houston.

*Did Dave O'Brien really say that Michael Essien was part of the Ghana side that eliminated the United States in the second round of the World Cup? So Bruce Arena got the Americans though group play, after all. Someone tell Sunil.....

Please tell me if I heard these things incorrectly.

I could only tolerate bits and pieces of BSPN's fawning and cheerleading last night, but am curious to know what you thought of the presentation and broadcast. For me, the HD broadcast was very nice to watch and the HDC setting seemed electric. The fact that BSPN is putting a serious commitment into soccer should also be encouraging to all supporters of the game in this country.

Meantime.....

Young Freddy might be out of here sooner than we thought. Some insight into the situation in today's SLC Tribune.

Things are happening in Cleveland -- yes, Cleveland -- thanks in part to Drew Carey and a stadium plan.

I will rejoin you from Giants Stadium an hour or two before kickoff -- traffic permitting -- with the lineup and some notes.

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2007; 8:54 AM ET
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