Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Tuesday Ten: Freddy Adu vs. Panama, a Shakespearean Drama

We continue to welcome some great new contributors on the Free Beer Movement site. In collaboration with the quality soccer site, "The Other 87 Minutes" we present the "Tuesday Ten" (and sometimes the "Tuesday XI") a thoughtful list on a variety of topics in the world of soccer.

What is this new site we're exposing you too? We'll let them explain:

The Other 87 seeks to provide something that’s not instant analysis or eve of matchday previews. Think of us as the good bits of your favorite soccer coverage: the profiles that examine what makes a certain player tick, the historical background that sheds some light on how the sport has evolved to the present day, the silly features that are more than just tacking names on a list, but considering and explaining why each one deserves to be there.
O87 wants to be a home for soccer writing that makes you think, but that also treats the game as just that, a game. The greatest game, the one we obsess over and fixate on, to the point where we can’t read that gas costs 3.43 a gallon without thinking of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winning team. But a game nonetheless.
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. The best players – the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards – will have the ball maybe four minutes. Lesser players – defenders – probably two minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball…. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” –Johann Cruyff
We present.... the "Tuesday Ten". Today's edition uses Twitter reaction to from around the American soccer Inter-Net-Blogo-Sphere from Freddy Adu's resurrection last Wednesday against Panama in the Gold Cup Semi-Finals.

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Act I: Introduction of the hero

@JPatarino And here he comes. Freddy Adu makes his #USMNT first appearance since 2009. Bob Bradley = desperate. #USA

@edsbs 52 year old teenager Freddy Adu in for #USMNT. #EnsureInTheHouse
Act II: Rising action

@racheldulitz Freddy Adu is about to be the first person tonight to trend on twitter with multiple question marks & exclamation points following his name.

@joshklingler I remember when Scottie Pippen once said Freddy Adu was better than Pele

Act III: Climax

@SoccerByIves WHAT A PASS from Freddy Adu to find Donovan, and Donovan hits the perfect pass to Dempsey. 1-0 USA. Welcome back FreddyAdu

@matchpricks I am unapologetically thrilled that Freddy Adu sprung that attack with a truly fantastic, crossfield, 50-yard pass.
Act IV: Falling action

@joshklingler If Freddy Adu put on about 200 pounds, Kenan Thompson could play him in the movie

@FisolaNYDN In a related story Berman of the Post reports that the Knicks are "targeting" but not "eyeing" Freddy Adu with the 17th pick.

Act V: Resolution, Denoument

@MLS_Insider So was the Freddy Adu comeback special better than Elvis' in '68?

 The match changed when Freddy Adu entered. There, I said it. #usmnt


[Tweeted while Adu was on the sidelines waiting to be subbed in] @darrenrovell In April '07, I called Freddy Adu a failure. My critics slammed me saying it was "too early." Four years later, is it still "too early?" Yes, Darren. It is still too early.

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