September 30, 2014

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Off the Beat 07/21/07

Ladies crazy over Becks, even injured
An injured ankle may keep drop-dead handsome soccer star and fashion icon David Beckham from making his U.S. debut today.
But no matter. He seems to cause a ruckus on or off the field.
Beckham was sitting in a suite at Thursday’s MLS All-Star Game a stone’s throw from Mike Ewald, a certain 25-year-old Amherst native you may be more familiar with as the “older son” in the Monday columns of his mom, Managing Editor Patti Ewald.
Mike works in Denver for the Bonham Group, a sports and entertainment marketing firm that naturally has a handful of tickets to just about every Colorado sporting event, including Thursday’s soccer match that was at the new Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver.
“Our company seats were snatched up faster than you could say ‘Posh Spice,’ ” Mike said.
“When the news broke that David Beckham would be there, I knew I didn’t have a chance at our company’s 18th row, midfield tickets, as the women of the office seemed to be instantly transformed into die-hard soccer fanatics. I only managed to swoop up a ticket when our office’s Bachelorette No. 3 left early feeling sick.
“After the girls hurried me to get to our seats, we looked up and there HE was. David Beckham. No more than 20 feet from us. Peering over his luxury suite, waving to fans, smiling for pictures, clad in a custom suit. The girls couldn’t even take their eyes off of him to watch the five fighter jets fly over the stadium.
“Throughout the game, the stairs leading down to our section were constantly trodden with camera carrying fans, but Beckham didn’t retreat from all the hoots and hollers. Instead, he sat outside in the front row of the suite, enjoying conversation with other men in suits while occasionally clapping for a play on the field. Just before halftime, a white tent — set up for Rob Stone of ESPN2 to interview Beckham — pulled fans out of their seats like a magnet pulls metal filings.
“As I left the stadium, I thought to myself, ‘I get it now.’ David Beckham embraces his fans and embraces the sport. I have never considered myself a soccer fan, but I am looking forward to the excitement that Beckham will bring to the United States.
“If only I can get my hands on those company seats when the Galaxy visits next month," Mike said.