Chat with Landycakes
I just read this transcript of Landon Donovan's recent ESPN chat that has some really funny stuff in it. First, there's this question:
Adam (San Francisco): "Landon Donovan"... are you a porn star?
Landon Donovan: (5:13 PM ET ) Sweet. Maybe that could be my profession after soccer.
Although I'd never really thought of it before, the name "Landon Donovan" really does sound fit for a porn star. This got me to thinking that "Clint Mathis" could also be a porn star's name. Clint Mathis, Landon Donovan, Dirk Diggler...
Then there's this brilliant question:
John (SF): Isn't "Galaxy" a pretty pansy name? You might as well be called the Unicorns.
Landon Donovan: (5:20 PM ET ) I like Unicorns better. I had nothing to do with that. But it makes sense .. Hollywood .. stars .. Galaxy .. people recognize it.
Again, I'd never realized it until I read the question, but "Galaxy" really is a pansy name. And now that I think of it, "Wizards" is also quite a pansy name.
You've got to love this question:
Joe (LA): Whats your favorite nickname? LD, Landycakes, or Lanny?
Landon Donovan: (5:25 PM ET ) I perfer primadonna.
I always chuckle to myself when I hear people refer to Donovan as Landycakes. I'm a huge Donovan fan -- I think he's easily the most talented player on our team and he has been great for us when it's mattered most. But he has just enough prissiness to make the Landycakes nickname a fitting moniker. I'm glad Lanny has enough of a sense of humor to laugh at the question.
Donovan's response to this question strains credibility:
adam (oax, Mex): beer or wine?
Landon Donovan: (5:28 PM ET ) I've developed from beer to wine. I used to pound as much beer as I could in the offseason (dark beer) but I think I'm more of a wine drinker now.
I had to laugh when I read Donovan's response. The guy is just too fit for that statement to have any credibility -- Donovan has always been one of the two fittest guys on the national team (along with Hejduk). There's no way he could maintain that fitness level and spend his offseason pounding as much beer as he could.
The only point in the chat where Landycakes starts to get a bit techy is when asked about his receding hairline:
Balding (Reno, NV): How concerned are you about losing your hairline- Zidane got away with it, do you think you can?
Landon Donovan: (5:34 PM ET ) I'm going to all measures to keep it. I use a product to keep what I have so it doesn't get worse. Look man, if it gives people something to make fun of me for, that's fine. It is what it is.
Clearly the question touched a nerve. I admire Donovan, though, for being so willing to admit that he's going to all measures to keep his hair, including acknowledging his use of a product. It is really remarkable how bald the guy was, even at the tender age of 17. At a certain point in the not too distant future, I think he's going to have to shave his head and go with the Zidane look -- otherwise he's just going to look too funny.
In any case, the chat was a fun read, and props to Donovan, or whoever it was who selected the questions, for allowing the irrereverant ones to be asked.