This week’s “MLS Primetime Thursday: game on ESPN makes sure you feel depressed in today’s economy. The league’s two highest-paid players — the Galaxy’s David Beckham, and Chicago’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco — compare wallet sizes on the pitch at 6 p.m. Thursday.
It also marks the start of the series’ celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. So while JP Dellacamera, John Harkes and Allen Hopkins do the English-language commentary from something called Toyota Park in Bridgefield, Ill., ESPN Deportes will have Fernando Palomo and Giovanni Savarese call it in Espanol. Rob Stone and Julie Foudy will host pre-, halftime and post-game from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios.
So what does Hispanic Heritage Month mean? A lot of Latin music on the telecast. A special message to start the show from Blanco. A poll on ESPN’s Soccernet.com to determine the “Most influential Hispanic player in MLS history” (linked here).
And Beckham wearing a sombrero.
There is, by the way, a thing called a “sombrero galaxy” (linked here), a picture of which is above — that’s at the top of this posting, not down the right side — as seen through the Hubble Space Telescope.
Other than that, we won’t go Carl Sagan on you other than to speculate that, in any galaxy out there beyond the black hole, there must be some civilization that enjoys a good, spicy salsa.