s skippy the bush kangaroo: No, Giorgio!*

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Monday, April 02, 2012

No, Giorgio!*

Forget Thierry Henry, or even David Beckham: stars whose best days are behind them, though still mobile enough and competitive enough that your kids will say, "I saw him play."

For football in America, the first of those was Pele. But it was Giorgio Chinaglia who made the Cosmos exciting. While Giorgio was doing this:

Pele was deciding to do this.

Taking nothing away from the IOC's Athlete of the Century, the first attempt at a professional football league in the United States would be remembered more in the manner of the USFL than as "Once in a Lifetime."

*Title reference. The complete Village Voice review at year-end was "No, Pavarotti."

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