Here are the highlights of last night’s game between the Vancouver Whitecaps and David Beckham. Oh, I mean the LA whatsits. Whoever he plays for.
- The streaker who managed a whole lap of the field before he got taken down.
- The guy who had the guts to propose to his girlfriend in front of 48,000 people (she said yes. Well, she kissed him a lot so that’s what I’m assuming.)
- The crowd laughing and then taking over during O Canada when it became clear that the singer did not have a very firm grasp of the words.
- Some guy in a Beckham replica shirt getting taken out by 3 security guards when he tried to approach the player after the game.
The football? Meh. It wasn’t exactly English Premier League standard, but they do let you drink beer in your seat so that’s something. It must be pretty weird for Beckham if every one of his games is like last night’s. The crowd cheered and screamed every time he touched the ball, and he got covered in paper streamers and confetti every time he took a corner kick. The percentage of the crowd who understood the offside rule was pretty low, but then again you could say the same about the Whitecaps in the first half1.
BC Place is a cool venue though. The roof is supported by air, so it’s a bit of a scrum trying to get out of the tiny exits that are designed not to let too much of it out, but when you do make it you’re rewarded by a huge rush of air that pushes you through the door. Awesome.
1To be fair to the Caps, I’ve seen them destroy an alleged Premiership team before – the Mackems on a pre-season tour. It was excellent. I wore my Newcastle United shirt and got lots of abuse from the travelling fans, most of it friendly. They have some decent players (the Whitecaps, not the Mackems) and I think I might start going to some more games.