David Beckham lacks gangsta rap cred

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

We saw this linked on Deadspin a little while ago, and we’re still completely puzzled about a lot of things:

1) Why was rapper The Game asked about David Beckham?

2) What does rapper The Game have against Becks?

3) How does David Beckham feel about The Game’s mic skills?

RandBall: Your soccer news leader

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Abdus Ibrahim, a 15-year-old who lived in Minnesota for three years and played for Richfield High School, was chosen No. 14 overall in today’s MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. Ibrahim has been training and playing with the U-17 National Team in Florida for about a year. Ibrahim is originally from Oromia, a region in Ethiopia.

You had me at Laettner in a soccer scarf

Monday, January 8th, 2007

That’s right: Ex-Timberwolf Christian Laettner is part of a group that paid $33 million for the D.C. United MLS franchise. Several on-line articles mentioned Mr. Laettner, but only one had a picture of him in a soccer scarf. So naturally, that’s the one we’re linking to.

Thursday edition: Wha’ happened?

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Minnesota men’s hoops teams show a pulse: Mark Blount had 28, KG had 27 and the Wolves got a key rebound late by Trenton Hassell to defeat the Spurs in OT and even their record at 15-15; the Gophers men, meanwhile, defeated Purdue in their Big Ten home opener. It is possible to love basketball here again, even if for just one night.

Notre Dame exposed … again: We’re not about to pound the Irish for the wrong reasons (i.e. petty, personal ones) because there are plenty of chances to rip them for the right reasons. The Irish’s best win this year is, what, Penn State? A squeaker over UCLA? They played Michigan, USC and LSU and lost by a combined 73 points. The Sugar Bowl loss to LSU was a clear mismatch, and they’ve now lost nine consecutive bowl games. Over-rated (clap-clap, clap-clap-clap).

La Velle E. Neal III has a soccer problem: Our Twins beat writer absolutely loves soccer, and e-mailed this story about D.C. United getting close to signing Ruy, a Brazilian, to RandBall at an hour we’re not at liberty to discuss. Go to bed, La Velle. Who knows what blockbuster move the Twins have in store today.