Lalas: I tell my players, 'Don't bore me'

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by pbsharp, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. pbsharp

    pbsharp Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Troy, MI
    This should make for some good discussion.

    "ESPNsoccernet: Some would go so far, Alexi, as to say that you're more concerned with self-promotion than promoting the club or the league.

    AL: That might be a fair criticism, but part of my job is bringing as much attention to the team as possible, and I'm going to use every asset I have. Unlike other GMs, I'm in the unique position of being able to generate interest because of my playing background. If that's what it takes to get more butts in seats, then I'm gonna do it. "

    "ESPNsoccernet: You were always known as a showman, on and off the field. Who in MLS right now brings that type of excitement to the league? Is MLS lacking in that department?

    AL: Hell yeah, it's lacking. For the most part, we've created a generation of players who are unwilling or unable to show any personality. At times it's mind-numbing. Somebody do something. Grow some Valderrama hair! Date a supermodel! Clint Dempsey isn't everyone's poster boy just 'cause he scored in the World Cup. He made a rap video and plays with that attitude he's got. It's great. Like it or not, controversy, rumor and speculation are good for the game, and we don't have enough of it. So, like I tell my players: Don't bore me. Have an opinion. Make me and everyone else interested in who you are as a player and person. Make an impression. "

  2. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Sporting Kansas City
    He makes some very good points. His job is get the Galaxy in the news. It would be better if the news was about the team and not about him, but he's got to start somewhere.

    It'll be interesting to watch RSL this season. All those microphones in the dressing room will slowly shift from Adu to Cunningham as the media realize that Jeff will say just about anything.
  3. monster

    monster Member

    Oct 19, 1999
    Hanover, PA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Fans: I Tell My GMs "Don't Be Douchebags."

    Yeah, he's got some points, but I wish he'd shut his piehole for a bit. The act is getting tired. His job is to help the Galaxy win. The PR guy's job is to get the team in the news.
  4. myshap

    myshap Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Columbus Crew
    I don't think there's a journalist that regularly covers MLS that doesn't know Jeff is good for a quote.
  5. Chowda

    Chowda Member

    Sep 13, 2004
    Rhode Island
    New England Revolution
  6. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The bolded portion is the key. Right now, there simply aren't that many journalist covering MLS games except for this small specialized group. Hopefully with ESPN beginning to produce some of these games this year, everyday sportsfans will be able to turn on Sportscenter and actually hear some of these guys comments after the game.
  7. Simon Birch

    Simon Birch New Member

    Aug 4, 2003
    With McOwen's Monkey
    is alexi that dumb or is there genius? here we are, january, and how many months till the start of the season and we're talking about him? maybe that question on self-promotion is spot-on afterall.
  8. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001

    I don't know that there's a soccer fan in America who's met who doesn't know that.

    He had some fun stuff to say when I met him in Hartford after the USA - TnT match.
  9. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Zone 14
    Columbus Crew
    Alexi sure is a douchebag. But he is right about more than a few things. the league does need characters, and villains. And the more Alexi talks the more attention he brings, love or hate. I hope he keeps it up.
  10. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    At MLS Cup he stopped by the supporter's meet and greet to try to get some votes for the 2007 MVP award. :D
  11. Chowda

    Chowda Member

    Sep 13, 2004
    Rhode Island
    New England Revolution
    We may be talking about him, but is anyone else?

    When Lalas went on Steven A Smith, he joked about how it's a big change for him to be wearing a suit and having to shave regularly. The host gave him a "who the ******** are you" look and told him he had no idea what he was talking about.

    That was also when Garber left Alexi hanging and he had to explain that MLS will become a world power because top players will be attracted to it's business model.
  12. golazo68

    golazo68 Member+

    United States
    May 21, 2004
    Yeah, I'm sure the reporters have committed to memory as well Adu's comment about Jeff getting '30 goals this year' w/Adu pulling the strings.

    Good job hanging yourself kid, before you even get there...
  13. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Steven A Smith is more of a clown then Lalas could ever hope to be.
  14. the Next Level

    Mar 18, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Jeff said that. Not Freddy.

    What a fan.
  15. Sempuukyaku

    Sempuukyaku Member+

    Apr 30, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  16. Geneva

    Geneva LA for Life

    Feb 5, 2003
    Southern Cal
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The guy is just funny. What interviewer wouldn't love this stuff? - - - >

    "ESPNsoccernet: Alexi, you may not know this, but MetroFanatic -- a site dedicated to all things Red Bull/MetroStars -- selected you as bum of the year based on your tenure with the team as general manager. How warranted is this selection?

    AL: It's amazing just how eager folks are to let you know when someone has ripped you a new one. I was indeed informed of the honor bestowed upon me. I just hope they spelled my name right.

    ESPNsoccernet: Finally Alexi, make a prediction for the next coach of the national team or whether Bradley gets the job permanently.

    AL: I think it'll be a man. Although personally I would go in a different direction."
  17. wolfp10

    wolfp10 Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    If Beckham is interested in playing for LA, I dearly hope someone high up in AEG is handling the deal, and not Lalas. How can anyone take him seriously?
  18. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was about to say that. Beat me to it. But more than just a clown, Steven A. Smith is an ass clown.
  19. mattie g

    mattie g Member

    Nov 12, 1999
    Northern VA
    And who the **** is Steven A. Smith?
  20. FC Uptown

    FC Uptown New Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    I believe I read long ago that the top AEG Sports Executive responsible for all their teams has been handling the Beckham relationship all along going back to before they opened the Beckham camps in LA several years ago.
    Lalas has very little part in any potential negotiations from what i understand.
  21. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Sporting Kansas City
    Part of ESPN's conversion into the televized equivalent of sports radio - where attitude, sound bites, and smackdowns replace analysis, discussion, and humor.

    It's really a shame. Steven A. Smith used to be an articulate, smart analysts, but somewhere he found out that if he played the "too smart for school"/"all up in here attitude"/"style over substance" buffoon he'd make a whole lot more money.

    Sports television has always been somewhat dumb, but somehow it seems to keep finding ways to keep getting dumber and dumber.
  22. Matt D

    Matt D Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    new orleans
    The interviewer (Kristian Dyer) comes across very amateurish.

    I found myself thinking that a 16 year old won a contest to interview a celebrity and chose Alexi Lalas, and then got that posted on
  23. wcharriscpa

    wcharriscpa Member

    Dec 26, 2000
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The stuff of which quality GMs are made, yes?
  24. CLEATS

    CLEATS New Member

    May 2, 2005
    So where the ******** is the PR guy?Any clue.
  25. CLEATS

    CLEATS New Member

    May 2, 2005
    I agree.The league has gotten a lot of mileage out of guys like Lalas,Arena and Wynalda.We need more like them not less.

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