David Beckham calls it quits

David Beckham is truly one of the greats, and he’s also a very classy dude. The game of football will miss him.

Women love David Beckham

Yeah, that’s not a shocker. But this tidbit is still interesting:

Those crazy folks at, who were once banned from airing a commercial during the Super Bowl, recently did a poll in which they asked more than 13,500 women across America which athlete they would most likely cheat on their husband with. David Beckham was the winner (not sure if that’s the right term to use here, but we’ll go with it anyway) with 43.1 percent of the votes. The man, the myth, the legend, Tim Tebow, came in second with 19.6 percent, while Tom Brady (did you know I interviewed him last week?) rounded out the top three at 17.9 percent. The rest of the top 10 looks like this: Derek Jeter (16.5 percent), Alex Rodriguez (13.2 percent), Cristiano Ronaldo (11 percent), Michael Phelps (10.5 percent), Peyton Manning (9.6 percent), Aaron Rodgers (9.5 percent), and Kelly Slater (9.2 percent). Tiger Woods came in 15th (6.1 percent). There’s a joke in there somewhere.

What, no Diego Maradona? Are fat, middle-aged ex-athletes out of the mix when it comes to dating?

Classic David Beckham assist

This is just beautiful. David Beckham gets the ball to Mike McGee who scores the game winning goal.

Los Angeles Galaxy wins MLS Cup

The Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate their win over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Nov. 20, 2011. The Galaxy won 1-0. UPI/Lori Shepler.

The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center. Above you can see Landon Donovan celebrating, as he should.

It was inevitable that this year’s MLS Cup would be all about David Beckham. His presence alone at the Home Depot Center on Sunday was enough to send fans, league officials, journalists and photographers into a tizzy. It was as if there was no one else on the field, as if no one else mattered. Five years after Beckham came to our shores to spread the gospel of soccer, this final was to be his crowning achievement. In truth, it was a personal victory for another player.

That player is Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan. While Beckham was looking for a Hollywood ending to cement his legacy a few years after his commitment to the Galaxy had come into question, Donovan is no stranger to winning in Major League Soccer. The Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo to win MLS Cup put Donovan forever in the pantheon of this country’s greatest soccer players. For the 29-year-old midfielder, scoring the game-winner and lifting the trophy capped a great season and put an end to a personal dry spell dating back six years.

This game capped off a very successful season for the MLS which should continue to build the popularity of soccer in the United States.

Beckham leads Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (23) injures his back as he collides with New York Red Bulls midfielder/forward Dane Richards (19) and Dax McCarty, left, in the MLS Western Conference Semifinals game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Nov. 3, 2011. The Galaxy won 2-1. UPI/Lori Shepler.

Is the David Beckham investment finally paying off?

David Beckham promised to repay the Los Angeles Galaxy’s faith and investment in him by finally ending the organization’s painful wait for an MLS Cup title.

The Galaxy have not tasted success since Beckham arrived in 2007 and now, in the final year of his lucrative contract, stand just two games from winning it all.

Beckham was outstanding Thursday night as the side overcame the New York Red Bulls 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate) in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal, setting up Mike Magee for one goal and winning a penalty that was converted by Landon Donovan for the second.

If he can produce a similar effort at home to Real Salt Lake in Sunday’s winner-takes-all Western Conference final, it will put the Galaxy in a strong position to move into the title game.

It would be a great story.