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Friday, April 28, 2006

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.


Blogger DF said...

Nice summary. Some really funny stuff here.

On a related note, I don't get why so many USMNT fans hate on Landon. He's our best player and he carried us on his back through much of WCQ. We should be thanking our various deities of choice that he exists, not bitching about trivial crap that makes no difference.

10:52 PM, April 28, 2006

Blogger mirarchi said...

I agree with you -- people are nuts to hate Donovan the way they do. I think fans can be legitimately disappointed by some aspects of Donovan -- his decision not to grit it out and try to win a starting spot at Leverkusen, and his tendency to disappear for long stretches.

I think most fans believe Donovan has even greater potential that he hasn't tapped yet, and get frustrated when they see him coasting in MLS and against CONCACAF minnows in WCQ. If Donovan eventually gets to Europe and breaks in with a top-flight club, I think he could become the first American player to truly be a superstar in international club play.

I'm actually a bit nervous about how Donovan will perform in the upcoming WC. Back in 2002, Donovan had the audacity of youth and had everything to prove. I worry that he's not as hungry this time around, and doesn't feel like he has as much to prove. I hope I'm wrong, though, and that Donovan does even better in this WC than in '02.

Anyway, there's a nice video clip up on the Fox Sports World web site showing an interview with Donovan, who is later joined by Drew Carey. Full credit to Carey, who has become a die-hard soccer fan and supporter of the USMNT. The guy became an instant hero to me when I read how he bought everyone in the Sam's Army section a round of beers during one of the WC qualifiers (I can't remember which one).

10:00 AM, April 29, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't understand why soo many people hate him he is sooo amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! i met him a few days ago and he is really sweet!

1:20 AM, August 11, 2008

Blogger Knicks said...

Awesome find man! I added the bit about him taking propecia to my post on him! http://baldingisbeautiful.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/landon-donovan/

3:42 AM, June 26, 2010


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