25 April 2006

Dueling Headlines

Currently over at MLSNET/NEWS...

Eskandarian fined by Disciplinary Committee
Eskandarian named Player of the Week

Now, yes, it is a bit hypocritical for MLS to both be hyping The Spit Take with an image in the Goal of the Week voting and also be disciplining him. And before everyone starts moaning about the fine, if we're going to be honest here (and I'm fairly honest with everyone) we know that Esky deserved at least something. This $250 fine is a slap on the wrist. Which is fine. Pay it, and if you want, slip Esky a twenty the next time you see him in the Safeway. In my mind, MLSNet has basically admitted that this is a fairly harmless moment, but still put the word out that they don't want things to escalate. Well handled.


At 26 April, 2006 00:21, Anonymous Addija said...

Hey man, just to let everyone one Know tomorrow (7:30 UK time thats like 2:30 in New York) will be the chammpions league semi final between AC Milan & Barcelona, now for those of you who don't follow European Football (Soccer) these two are two of the best teams in the world (if Barcelona isn't already considered the best in the world). Anyway it is a very important game, and with milan 1-0 down from the first tie with all to play for, both teams are expected to go at it all guns blazing. and lets not forget Two of the worlds best players are playing tomorrow that is Ronaldinho (no. 1 check out his video at www.nike.com/nikesoccer/) and Samuel Eto'o (no. 3)..


At 26 April, 2006 08:19, Blogger J Fitty said...

MLS is a bunch of hypocrites on this one! First, they applaud the celebration by making the goal (not a good goal) a goal of the week nominee, with the celebration in the video, and the picture being Esky swigging the Red Bull.
Now, they fine him. And what do you know...go to the goal of the week nominees now...the picture has changed, and the now the video miraculously does not have the celebration included. Just the goal that Perkins could have finished (nothing against Perkins).
I will say Esky should be fined, but the way MLS applauded the celebration in the first place, and then backstroked more than Mark Spitz just pi$$es me off.
Anyone have Garber's email address?

At 26 April, 2006 09:14, Blogger D said...

J Fitty: Meh, I really can't get too upset about this. MLS had to fine him, but the disciplinary side of MLS and their PR side need not talk to each other. The fact that the PR side changed the photo after the fine announcement is kind of funny. It's almost an admission that all of MLS finds this funny, but the squares on the disciplinary committee said it ain't okay by them. It's really amusing from a corporate standpoint. I just can't get angry about it.

At 26 April, 2006 09:26, Blogger rwhgeek said...

FYI - MLS removed Esky's celebration from the goal of the week video. So all that is left is a decent (certainly not great)goal.

My vote went for Facundo not only is it a great goal but I like saying Facundo.

At 26 April, 2006 09:29, Blogger J Fitty said...

Good point D. Just peeves me a bit. MLS just needed to make up their mind and communicate more internally. As long as DCU keeps winning, itz all good!

At 26 April, 2006 22:58, Blogger Crew Fan said...

Despite the fact that I do find the fining/applauding a bit contradictory, I'm at least grateful that MLS handled this situation better than the mess they made out of the whole Nowak comment.

At 27 April, 2006 09:01, Blogger D said...

CrewFan --
A very, very good point. MLS had to do at least something, but they didn't go overboard. Credit where credit is due.


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