"New England Revolution: Miracle of the MLS"

Did you enjoy my post yesterday? I sure did.

Of course, the one I actually wrote was much, much longer, but in my rush to get out the door to a golf outing I evidently lost most of it.

Or maybe dark knight just decided to steal it. I dunno.

The good news is that I really lit up the back nine. I was unconscious.

The bad news is that I was sure that was the post that would push me over the top with the Pulitzer committee, as well as win me the "Hero of Canada" medal and nail down a cushy job with CONCACAF.

My ticket to easy street - lost in some sort of electronic black hole someplace, never to see the light of day.

And I understand that Marshall Mathers is absolutely devastated.

Anyway:

I simply cannot do justice to THIS ARTICLE FROM INDIA ("Merinews: Power to the People") about the New England Revolution. You'll just have to read it yourself. Trust me - it's well worth it.

All I can really add is that I know that I speak for all of us when I say that I do hope that the Revs can put aside their main mission - "avenging" the Patriot's Super Bowl loss - long enough to remember that "there's an Olympics to win"

Wonderful stuff.

Meanwhile, a real shocker out of Chicago where it was announced that former US National team star Brian McBride has decided to come back to the US and has agreed to a deal with the Fire!

Who in the world saw this coming? Why, you could have knocked me down with a feather! My gosh, talk about a bolt out of the blue!

Seriously, now that this soap opera is finally over, the only question remaining is whether the guy was worth what Chicago paid.

This is the sort of guy a top-tier team shells out for when they think they just need a little nudge to get them a championship. It's not, conversely, the kind of deal a struggling team normally makes in an effort to turn themselves into a contender.

Personally, I think Frank Klopas believes the Fire has the horses to go all the way and McBride will put them into MLS Cup, and if he's right (or even a little right) then the draft choice he handed over isn't going to be worth much anyway.

So to them it boils down to Barrett-for-McB more or less even up, and that's probably a shot worth taking. Mr. White won't be around forever, so if you want him to win you a Cup then you've got to roll the dice.

Teams turn down transfer offers every da of the week and for all sorts of different reasons.

Sometimes the player involved is just as happy he's not going anyplace and sometimes he's a little PO'd not to finally be getting the hell out of Dodge.

However that may be, in a case like that of Dallas FC Frankenberry Lookalike Kenny Cooper, he can't be terribly happy today.

He stood to make as much as $800,000 a year according to some sources, and the fact that DFC is willing to sweeten his check considerably from the $80k he's pulling down now isn't likely to make up the difference.

Every professional athlete knows that he has a very finite window of years in which to make the big money, and the worst thing you can do to a a guy is stand between him and the money he and his wife plan on living off of when they're 60.

If Cooper can put it all behind him and soldier on without rancor, then he's a better man than 99% of his fellows.