Man, did he look pretty ill

Just a quick note. I don't know if it has really sunk in yet, what with Kaka taking up the headlines, but gosh, did David Beckham stink up northern Italy Saturday, or what?

I know it's cheap and amateurish to judge on just one game, so that's exactly what I'm going to do. But there was the greatest free-kick taker in the world, one of the best in the history of the world - and Fiorentina sets up a one-man wall. And Beckham sends it sailing off out of play like a 1996 Cle Kooiman clearance.

Oh, right, I forgot. He's training. He's gonna get in shape. The whole world wrote him off in his last year at Real Madrid, but both Madrid and England recalled him.

Sure they did. And Beckham was great. Then he got hurt. Then hurt again. And that was over a year ago.

Fortunately, players get fewer injuries as they get older, and heal more quickly.

Yes, he wants the England cap record, and yes, he wants to go to another World Cup. I would refer Mr. Beckham to the treatise by Mr. Jagger and Mr. Richard on the subject of what you want, vis a vis always getting it.