Sweden Afternath: A Star is Bjorn

Dear Sacha,

Do you mind if I call you Sacha? Thanks.

Sacha, what you need to do is get or hire somebody to videotape your passes. Especially the times when you make a bad pass. Then, you need to get or hire someone to show you what you're doing wrong on those passes, as opposed to what you're doing right on free kicks and goals and such.

It isn't like you're the worst passer on the national team. It's just that when you do make a bad pass, it has a horrible tendency to end up right at the feet of the enemy, starting a dangerous counter-attack. So while it's unfair that for whatever reason your mistakes stand out a little more, that just makes it more important for you to correct them.

And you certainly can correct them. Anyone who's seen any of your 35+ yard goals can believe that. You have much less to hone and refine than a lot of your teammates. Use this year to make the small adjustments that are standing between you and trophies and medals and big fat piles of money. Whether you make those adjustments in Carson or Glasgow or elsewhere is not relevant. South Africa a summer from now is relevant. You have seventeen months to correct one flaw. Use those months very, very wisely.

The ball does what you tell it to you, Sacha. The ball likes you. The ball wants to make you rich. The ball wants to make you famous. The ball wants you to be happy. Let the ball make you happy, Sacha.

Yours in fear and envy,
Dan

Speaking of guys what can control the ball - boy, that sure was a nice play from David Beckham against Bologna over the weekend. You can certainly see why speculation has redlined about UNMARKED HE WAS UNMARKED YEAH IT WAS A NICE GOAL BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD HE WAS UNMARKED ALONE IN THE PENALTY AREA LOOK AT THIS IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME THIS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A SIERRA MIST GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINEE AND YOU'RE SAYING BECKHAM SHOULD SPIT OUT TWO ENTIRE YEARS OF US-BASED ENDORSEMENT DEALS OVER THIS WHAT THE HELL MAN WHAT THE HELL.

Pardon me. I made the rookie mistake of blowing out my voice on Saturday - for the annual garbage Scandinavian friendly! I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, in other words.