Talking Points: Possible black hole for Galaxy
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
First, the Los Angeles Galaxy loses former Chief Operating Officer Chris McGowan to the Northwest as he left the franchise last month to become the Portland Trail Blazers' new president and CEO.
Now the MLS team will say goodbye to Becks.
On Monday, international soccer star David Beckham announced that he will leave the Galaxy next month after the team plays in the MLS Cup. The Beckham experience lasted six years in L.A., and initially boosted popularity for the franchise as well as the league.
But with both McGowan, who in his first month of running the team increased the season-ticket base by 1,000, and Beckham gone -- how will the Galaxy fill seats now?
With the news out of Minneapolis that former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy will be shut down for at least a month after another knee surgery, this should remind Blazers fans how fortunate they've been this early season on the injury front.
The team's core players have remained relatively healthy and played in all 10 games.
So, we suggest the oft hard-luck franchise display one of those signs seen in factories, as their's would read:
"It's been 222 days since the last accident on this site."
The setback happened last season when it was announced on April 12 that LaMarcus Aldridge would have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.
Another sign could hang inside the Rose Garden:
"It hasn't been long enough since the last Jail Blazer mishap."
On the same day when ESPN's Grantland published a web story that paints Memphis Grizzles power forward Zach Randolph as a beloved figured despite his troubled past -- his days in Portland provide Exhibit A -- the NBA also fined him $25,000 for confronting Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins in the locker room area.
On Nov. 14, both players were ejected near the end of the Thunder-Grizzles game and according to reports from The Oklahoman, police investigated an alleged incident between the two after their disqualifications.