This, friends, is a hot hot hot weekend for local sports fans. In several parts.
1) The Washington Freedom? The defending and future champions of the WUSA, or whatever the women's pro soccer league will be called when it comes back? Well, in addition to crushing W-League teams, they'll be spending this Saturday from 11 a.m. till noon bagging groceries at the Kentlands Whole Foods, which, through separated by a few years, basically makes us co-workers. (I used to work at Whole Foods.) We've all known for years that pro soccer would have to rise up organically in this country, and this is a fine start. Anyhow, one reason for the stunt, from the press release:
* Despite featuring some of the best soccer players in the country, the Freedom has no professional league to play in currently, and the players need to earn money wherever they can (a pro league will be back in 2008 and the Freedom will be a part of it)
Whole Foods must be paying better than they used to. Freedom players, here's a word to the wise; you might not be WFM team members yet, but you should demand the team member discount during your lunch break. Better yet, just stock up on free samples. The Parrano is real popular.
2) Denver Broncos DB Curome Cox is in town, hosting a celebrity weekend with his NFL friends. You might have heard about the free skills clinic Saturday at Wakefield High in Arlington. But please, don't forget about the basketball game, tonight at Wakefield, or the celebrity party, tomorrow night in Crystal City. Invited NFL players include Kris Jenkins, Warrick Holdman, Roman Oben, Domonique Foxworth, Madieu Williams and a bunch of other guys.
4) Since the weekend technically already started, it's worth noting that yesterday, I think, an ESPN crew was in Calvert County to film a youth baseball team that won some sort of "most enthusiastic youth team in the country" prize --sponsored by KFC, which is teaching us that enthusiasm and high blood pressure are not mutually exclusive-- and will be featured during Little League World Series coverage this summer. I can't believe ESPN is teaching children that enthusiasm is as important as cold hard wins. This is why jobs are leaving this country for India.