Executive Action

Rumors are interesting beings, particularly in the world of sports. Player movement rumors are fascinating. In most cases, the player's agent is the seed-planter as he tries to get a gauge of his client's Q-rating, that wonderful chart that measures likability. There is nothing like generating buzz, especially in a contract year. Coaching rumors are a little more complicated. And in Mexico, they are always loaded with hidden agendas.

Mexican footie coaches have to deal with the whispers after losing just one game. Lose two in a row, and the talking heads are already weighing the pros and cons of your future replacement. So I found it a little peculiar when I was driving to work this morning and everyone's favorite know-it-all, David Faitelson, was steadfast in his report on Raza Deportiva and futbol picante that not only had Javier Aguirre agreed to be the emergency stand-in in case the Tri suffered defeat, the President of the Republica Mexicana himself, Felipe Calderon, personally contacted Javier Aguirre and asked him to step in if needed.

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Faitelson even went on to say this morning that some FEMEXFUT officials were upset that Mexico had the nerve to actually beat the Ticos last Saturday,preventing them from installing their fireman. Sadly, that I do believe.

President Calderon is a footie fan. He was in attendance at the Azteca, and he receives the league winners on a regular basis. But I find it hard to believe that he would use his "influence" to bring in el Vasco. For one, has anyone noticed the fires the President already has on the stove? Why on earth would he even bother with the Tri coach? He should worry about more presidential issues - his ncaa bracket.

I'm not entirely convinced el Vasco would even come back. His return would mean that Mexico is not doing well. And, it's just a guess, but I gotta think Aguirre doesn't want that.

Of course, the best way to quash this rumor is for Mexico to win tomorrow night. I know El Vasco will be rooting for Mexico. I wish I could say the same for some the suits.