I could talk about the blustering cold in DeKalb today, which has led to a Winter Weather Advisory – solely based on blowing snow. At one point driving home tonight, the wall of snow resembled a white out. You couldn’t see anything — not even headlights 100 yards away.
Or I could talk about going down to the arena floor before our men’s basketball game tonight and calling our radio man Bill Baker, a veteran of 34 years, “Disco Inferno” as the song blared over the sound system. After a booming chuckle, he responded, “if I start dancing, just slap me upside the head.” I told him “Death Before Disco.”
Instead, I’ll take this time to congratulate Portland Timbers outside back Michael Harrington and Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee on their inclusion in the upcoming World Cup camp this month. Both are very deserving players and have earned the right to train in Brazil for a possible chance at making the roster for the upcoming tournament.
Harrington was a solid outside back for the Timbers this season, who played a key role in pushing the Portland attack forward from his defensive position — something the US Men’s National Team is in need of. Why not take a chance? Though Harrington did not score a goal and only had one assist last season in 37 appearances, his ability to create scoring opportunities was not unnoticed by the USMNT.
Magee, a Chicago native, was simply unstoppable at times for the Fire this season. At one point last summer, he accounted for at least a goal in seven-straight games after his move from LA Galaxy. Magee was traded for Robbie Rogers, who admitted he was gay earlier in the year in retirement and said he wanted to play soccer again, but only for his hometown Galaxy. Magee was snubbed from friendly competition after the Major League Soccer season and admitted his shock to the press from his exclusion, but this may be his one moment to earn his first ever cap with national team. As they say in March Madness — One Shining Moment.
Long story short, congratulations Mike squared.