Donovan shouldn’t have to return to MLS, not yet at least

Imagine being a Lakers fan and wanting to see Kobe Bryant leave.

Yet that is exactly how Los Angeles Galaxy fans should currently feel about Landon Donovan, who just this past weekend returned to LA from English Premier League team Everton on a tremendously successful three-month loan where he impressed in what were three of the best months of his career.

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Guest: Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

What especially struck me about Lowell Cohn’s visit to our class was his ability to keep sports in perspective. Getting angry over a coach thanking God for a victory when wars are being fought and not being starstruck in interviews make me quite impressed with Cohn’s demeanor. Maybe its his New York accent, but he seemed assertive and agressive, yet in a soothing manner. I absolutely loved it when he said, “Who do I care more about: me or Barry Bonds?” Another striking statement he made was referring to his “Doorway Theory,” which is the opinion that one never truly knows another unless he or she has been to the other’s house. I don’t know about physically entering someone’s house, but it really does take a while to get to know someone, and when you put into perspective the fact that so many of us, as the general public, think we “know” an athlete or a celebrity when the truth is actually quite far from that. People like Tiger Woods  tend to surprise and subsequently disappoint us, but who are we to say that we actually knew who they were before such a scandal comes out? Even Tiger’s own wife had no idea what was going on!

Ultimately, Cohn was a breadth of fresh air, as he doen’t hold athletes to unrealistic expectations and doesn’t put anyone up on a pedestal. People really shouldn’t demonstrate the “look” of admiration towards Cohn because he gets to meet some famous athletes, but instead look up towards family members and those that fight for our safety.

Guest: Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Matt Maiocco, also founder of the Instant 49ers blog, brought an incredible amount of advise and expertise when visiting our class. It is always fantastic to get the chance to speak with someone who spends so much time with one team and seems to inherently know pretty much everything about them.

One thing I especially found striking is his connection with the general public. I suppose that is probably one of the true benefits of the advent of the whole world of blogging; a writer has a real connection with his audience, so much so that he is essentially a fan. I got the sense that Maiocco is the quintessential fan of the 49ers and connects with his readers to such a great extent that he can properly be grouped in the same category as all of his fanatical readers. The clincher to this realization for me was when he talked of following Michael Crabtree to the hotel where his 49ers deal was struck, something any fanatical person would do if he knew the correct location. And to top it off, Maiocco received the tip from one of his own readers, a fan. To me, this was just an amazing example of blogging at its finest: a real relationship with the fans whom you are writing for.

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Despite loss, Men’s Lacrosse on road to success

As the clock wound down, a fierce comeback effort from the Gaels’ men’s lacrosse team was quelled by a combination of Santa Cruz’s staunch defense, questionable officiating decisions, and the lack of time to generate a comeback. The crowd watched as Saint Mary’s head coach Colin Knightly could only keep to himself near the center of a mud-drenched field for a few moments as the team walked off the field in defeat. After trailing 9-4 at the half, the Gaels scored four consecutive goals and were constantly pressuring the Banana Slugs’ defense, but ended up falling just short, losing 10-9 to their archrivals last Saturday.
The matchup has a bit of history, as the two sides met in last year’s WCLL Division II championship in a game remarkably similar to Saturday’s encounter, with the Gaels coming back only to end up losing by a single goal in overtime, 12-11, something that the Gaels definitely haven’t forgotten.

“Last year’s game was really similar to this. We got down at some times, it was a battle back and forth, and we talked before the game about not necessarily revenge but about having that little spit in our mouth and coming back almost twelve months later,” Knightly said. “The only good thing is that we’re going to have the opportunity to do it again, hopefully in the championship and on a turf, all-weather field.”

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