May 21, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT
Well, I guess the last course of “Didier Drogba at Chelsea” hasn’t been served after all. It’s a little like deciding on desert, I suppose. Maybe…but maybe not. “We’ll let you know in a minute, Garçon.”
The word fell earlier today that Drogba was out at Stamford Bridge, for sure. Then, the very same outlet threw up a piece that knocked down its previous piece.
In all honesty, we should have been skeptical all along, since reports in the original piece quoted reports from another piece, which were in a different language, no less. The original ESPN Soccernet account of today’s unfolding events quoted a France Football account of today’s unfolding events. See? Fairly unstable.
So, stay tuned.
Bottom line for me? Selfishly, I don’t want to see the guy in China, as speculation has centered. Yes, he’s 34, and I’m usually the party pooper, buzz-kill machine reminding everyone that MLS is no retirement community. It’s a physical league with taxing travel demands, surely no place for men who safely stash their “give-a-care” before departure from European ports.
That said, Drogba works in “physical” the way Van Gogh worked in oils, the way Kellogg works in cereal, the way … well, you get the point. He does “physical.”
Should some MLS side sign him up for a three- or four-year hitch? Nah.
But if he can be had for a two-year deal? I’d take that in a second. A striker who knows how to manufacture big moments when they truly matter? A guy who could spot in through the long season, but potentially carry you through the playoffs the way he just carried Chelsea’s Champions League campaign? A guy who is a hot name right now, who could actually move the attendance needle a little?
Yep. Give me that guy.
Sep 1, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT
“Today two powers were brought together, the hand of God and that of the Pope,” Maradona joked. No, really. That’s what he said.
Sep 1, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 7:26 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT
If Andre Villas-Boas thought Emmanuel Adebayor was hard to handle, wait til he gets a load of this American character.
Sep 1, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT
Alderweireld arrives on loan, as Mane deal agreed.
Sep 1, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT
Negredo leaves City, heads back to Spain to play for Valencia.
Sep 1, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
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Sep 1, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT
Hull busy on Deadline Day as Ramirez joins on loan, plus Ben Arfa.
Sep 1, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT
In the words of NHL commentator Rick Jeanneret, roll the highlight reel for Ibra, Cavani and PSG, and the lowlight reel for one poor keeper.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT
Not a huge risk for Arsenal, but certainly a good bit of business for United. Could Welbeck become the next Daniel Sturridge?
Sep 1, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT
Jermain Defoe, Danny Welbeck and Hatem Ben Arfa all make one last run through the rumor mill as the deadline draws near.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT
McArthur and Fryers arrive at Selhurst Park.
Sep 1, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT
The Dutch international rejoins his World Cup boss for four seasons at “the biggest club in the world.”
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