Because Alecko Eskandarian's trade from Toronto to Salt Lake created more questions than it answered, I had to confront him with some of these questions. In a perfect world, MLS fans might have wanted my questions to be about soccer, but remember: never allow let the perfect to become the enemy of the good. Or whatever.
This is a serious question for DCU fans: Comcast SportsyNet producer Adam Littlefield and I were thinking of traveling with supporters to a road game this summer. We were planning on choosing the next trip to Toronto, because the environment seemed swell, plus we figured Esky would be good for three or four blog posts. But, unless he gets traded a few more times between now and then, Esky doesn't figure to be on Toronto's roster by August. Is Toronto still our best road tripping bet? Columbus? North Jersey?
Anyhow, keep reading below for the e-mail interview.
1) What happens to the Esky blog now?
Haha good question! I have no idea! It started off as just something fun to do because I was bored in preseason, so I didn't really take it too seriously. But somehow there ended up being a lot of interested readers who sent in some funny questions and comments. Since the trade I've gotten a lot of e-mails and messages asking me to continue to do the blog so I don't know, we will see what happens.
[Kind of evasive. I wonder if ESPN.com is trying to buy his blog. He could compete with Hashmarks. Hashmarks is already bragging that NFL players are reading his blog; get some MLS players, and then I'll be impressed.]
2) Bobby Boswell says the score in the Battle of the Headgear is Josh Gros 1, Esky 0. Do you agree or disagree?
I completely disagree!!! For one, I scored. And it was Josh who kept me onside. Second, during the game I somehow knocked Josh's headgear off so that's gotta count as like two points right there. D.C. won the game so I guess he gets a point for that, but its' pretty fair to say my headgear is superior to Josh's... Haha I'm totally joking man, I love Josh and respect him a lot, I would take him on my team any day. We even joked about trading our headgear after the game, but after second thought we realized that would just be gross (no pun intended...).
[Frankly, he does have a point about his goal-scoring. Let's call it a draw.]
3) Bobby couldn't remember your top five breakfast cereals. You have to tell me.
Haha yeah, Bobby loves it that I still eat cereal like a little kid. I don't know about a top five but I have a top three. Raisin Bran, Honey Nut Cheerios, and my all-time favorite, Count Chocula. True story, my parents have had to mail me boxes of Count Chocula because I couldnt find them anywhere in D.C. I have been eating them since I was like 5 year old and convinced myself that it is the breakfast of champions.
[Count Chocula was surprisingly absent from your list of breakfast cereals. It is, truly, an awesome cereal. Brings me back to middle school]
4) Salt Lake City vs. Toronto: compare and contrast.
Wow, tough to do considering I just landed in Salt Lake City about two hours ago. I loved Toronto, it was a really cool city. It was way bigger than I thought. Best way to describe it is as a Euro version of NYC. Salt Lake seems cool so far, the people at the airport were friendly and I have never lived in an area quite like this so I have some exploring to do. I think it should be a fun experience and I'm looking forward to it.
[Hold up, who's actually writing this, Drew Rosenhaus?]
5) Now that you're in Salt Lake, are they all of a sudden gonna have the best fans in MLS?
Haha I see where this is going... I have gotten some crap about my comment saying that Toronto has the best fans in the league, because I always say that D.C. has the best fans in the league. To be honest with you, the way the quote was written wasn't how I said it. I'm not saying Steve Goff misquoted me or anything, it was just one of those things that came out wrong. What I meant to say is: D.C. fans for sure have a special place in my heart and their fans are amazing. In my short time in Toronto, their fans have been amazing and have all my respect. Which is better? It's impossible and pointless to compare because Toronto is a brand new franchise. All I know is that it's great for the game and I'm lucky to have been with two clubs with such amazing support.
[When in doubt, always, always, ALWAYS blame the media. Well played.]
6) What's the first thing you'll say to Freddy? Are you worried that his basketball skills will now be better than yours?
Freddy was actually the first person to call me after the trade. I think his exact words were, "I don't know whether you are excited or upset, but I don't care 'cause I am sooooo happy you are coming." And to be honest, it meant a lot to me that he picked up the phone to tell me that. It's never easy going to a new city so it will help to have him and Nicky there. As for his basketball skills, I don't think he wants to play with me anymore. Last time we played, he tried to drive on me and I gave him a bloody nose.
[Maybe we should take that road trip to Salt Lake.]