You know, I think I was supposed to provide Bobby Boswell updates from the U.S. National Team Camp, but I forgot, and I can't find his phone number right now. Regardless, the ussoccer.commers have compensated for my laziness with their own blog, which includes two D.C. United items of note.
1) Bobby and Troy Perkins offer their book club selections. Troy chooses Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America," which, frankly is not what I would have expected. I pegged Troy as more of a non-fiction kind of guy. But I've read a bit of Philip Roth, and will be sure to discuss this with Troy upon his return to D.C.
(As an aside, I believe Troy was born in or near Columbus. I wonder if he's read "Goodbye, Columbus.")
Bobby, meanwhile, chooses "Bringing Down the House," about those M.I.T. kids who cheat Vegas out of gazillions of dollars through a complicated card-counting Blackjack scheme. I've read that book. I love Vegas. I love gambling. I love cheating. That book was terrible. Just awful. I mean, I don't have opinions on many things, but the writing in that book was about as subtle as a Bruce Arena press conference. Still, I sort of enjoyed it, and will be sure to discuss this with Bobby upon his return to D.C.
2) If you go to the main USSoccer.com page, you can watch a "Day with Jimmy Conrad" video over on the right-hand side. Bobby makes a brief appearance, doing the USA Today crossword puzzle and asking whether Chivas are really associated with goats.
And again I ask the question, if major sports entities continue making videos of their star players heckling golfers from hotel balconies and kissing their teammates goodnight, what the heck are the rest of us supposed to do?
3) Since I noted a few of Gil's college exploits earlier, here's a story about Bobby Boswell in college, when he played against D.C. United.
"It was an honor to get to play with players on this level," said FIU sophomore defender Bobby Boswell. "To be out there with the likes of Stoitchkov and Etcheverry was a great experience."
"One day," he continued, "I hope to join the Red and Black myself, and possibly to be photographed inside a House office building with a former United player dressed as Santa Claus."