No LiveBlob, folks. Sorry. Just think of it this way: We’re saving up the mojo for the ones that really matter.
So what is going on today? Well, this is the Audi Cup. Winning this, plus a couple of Euros will get you a wee latte at Starbucks. We’re part of a four-team rotation with Internacional Porto Alegre, Bayern “Ribery is worth THIS MUCH” Munich and AC “Buyers’ Regret” Milan.
The real question is, do we care?
YOU BET! For so many reasons.
Players such as Jonathan Dos Santos and Jonathan Soriano and Jonathan Winters* get to prove their worth to Guardiola. We rolled into Germany with 25 players, including a big, giant passel of B-Teamers. And in the “This one’s for the brothas who ain’t here” program, that roster does NOT include: Messi, Mascherano, Milito, Alves, Adriano, Sanchez.
So who IS here?
Goalkeepers: Valdés, Pinto and Masip
Defenders: Puyol, Muniesa, Piqué, Balliu, Rosell, Maxwell, Fontàs, Abidal
Midfielders: Busquets, Keita, Riverola, Thiago, Iniesta, Carmona, Xavi, Dos Santos
Forwards: Cuenca, Soriano, Afellay, Jeffren, Pedro, Villa
If that doesn’t add up to 25, shoot me. I’m a journalist.
I don’t expect much time for the big boys, because we care more about the track day where our players get new Audis, than the Audi Cup, which is mostly an opportunity for players to make a name for themselves, or not get injured.
Is it going to be fun? You bet, because it’s on real, actual TV, one of the 47 ESPNs here in the ‘States, at 11 a.m. CT.
So comment away, and have fun.
*Jonathan Winters doesn’t have a chance in hell of making the squad.