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Beatlemania vs. Beckham-mania: A Tale of Two British Invasions


Of course I may be treading on sacrilegious ground by drawing connections between the robots and the Fab Four, but here goes.

On February 7th, 1964, when the Beatles arrived at JFK, a line-up of the fanatical American public greeted the British celebrities. Forty-three years later, at LAX, they send their emissaries, the paparazzi.

Plenty has changed in all that time, except perhaps the style of metal barricades.


The arrival, after the jump...


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  1. There's a huge difference between genuine fans who would trek all the way out to JFK vs. a throng of papparrazi & press.

    David Beckham is hot but will NOT sell Professional Soccer to this country & his wife is utterly worthless.

    I'd rather eat my own shit than pay any more attention to them.

    Posted by: Shirley | Jul 13, 2007 9:29:15 AM

  2. Umm, these two events have ZERO to do which each other.

    Posted by: protogenes | Jul 13, 2007 9:31:53 AM

  3. Uh, Shirley, I think the huge difference is the whole point of this post.

    Posted by: dan | Jul 13, 2007 9:34:59 AM

  4. Jeez, lighten up Shirley. At least they are actual 'celebrities'. She was part of one of the most succesful groups of all time (not to everyones taste of course) and he has been playing at the hightest level of the world's most popular sport since he was a teenager. He's a global superstar, and sweet-natured with it. Not to mention hot! So if we have to have celebrities foisted upon us everywhere we look, lets make it David, Oh ok, Vicky too.

    Posted by: Ror | Jul 13, 2007 9:50:17 AM

  5. I just got the W mag with the new pics, soo much better than the pics posted online. That man is beautiful.

    Posted by: Davey | Jul 13, 2007 9:50:55 AM

  6. He's now over on this continent, so that technically means I'm moving closer to sleeping with him.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 13, 2007 9:53:31 AM

  7. Ha! I love Shirley! Tell it.

    P.S. ROR - "global superstar?" If you say so. And, the Spice Girls were one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, not "of all time." (shudder)
    From your post I am guessing you are about 15 or 16 - at least mentally. ;-)

    Posted by: shane | Jul 13, 2007 10:01:12 AM

  8. LOL Dan & Ror. Surely you are mistaken as to who posted what, and don't call me Shirley.

    Posted by: protogenes | Jul 13, 2007 10:01:58 AM

  9. I'm looking forward to watching Beckham play for the LA Galaxy. I've watched only a few MLS games, but adding a European soccer star to the roster could convince me to watch regularly.

    Anyone who says he's not going to change soccer in America is just flat wrong. Ticket sales to Galaxy games have already doubled.

    Posted by: chrisb | Jul 13, 2007 10:06:21 AM

  10. Does she ever appear in public anything less than perfectly done up? Love her!

    Posted by: Brandon | Jul 13, 2007 10:14:37 AM

  11. True story:

    I love them.

    Posted by: David | Jul 13, 2007 10:21:45 AM

  12. I still don't understand why we are supposed to care about them.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 13, 2007 10:22:01 AM

  13. Yawn.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 13, 2007 10:23:53 AM

  14. Here's another bit of info: LA Galaxy has already received 250,000 pre-orders for the Beckham jersey. They cost $80 each. That's $20 million in revenue, and he just arrived today.

    Posted by: chrisb | Jul 13, 2007 10:29:20 AM

  15. beckam has washed out over in the UK. he is getting too old to compete against other european soccer players let alone be up to snuff to play with his younger and quicker former team mates.

    This is his way of trying to stay relevant and well paid while getting long in the tooth for an athlete. Sports are a young man's game.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2007 10:42:18 AM

  16. PS

    Yes that is a slap at american soccer players. Our soccer players SUCK when compared to teams outside of the US. beckham has slipped in ability down to US soccer talent level, and you all are getting sucked in by the slick ad campaign.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2007 10:45:10 AM

  17. as much as i'd like to spend a Hard Day's Night with the guy...
    ...can't wait to see all the pics of him sporting uggs and a trucker hat, with starbucks in hand.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 13, 2007 10:45:33 AM

  18. meanwhile, why do all the Lewis Payton posts have the comments disabled ??

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 13, 2007 10:50:25 AM

  19. "posted by andy in david beckham"... tee-hee.

    Posted by: sean | Jul 13, 2007 10:53:27 AM

  20. Probably because of all the useless, nasty comments they generate from jealous, self-loathing queens. I haven't seen one LP post that hasn't turned into a nasty bitter divided catfight.

    Posted by: carter | Jul 13, 2007 10:53:48 AM

  21. Enjoy your meal, Shirley -- I'm sure it suits you.

    ROR -- spot on.

    And to the courageous ANON, re "slick ad campaign" -- so what? What's the worst this "campaign" could do? Get people interested in soccer and out playing it (which could help Rep. Allan lose weight and score better in bathrooms)...promote his soccer camps for poor kids in the UK and US...sell some of his wife's sunglass designs...maybe move a few units from the Spice Girls back catalogue...

    Not smoking, drinking too much, watching John Travolta movies or other nefarious crap.

    I could be wrong, but so much of the hating of these two seems to be knee-jerk jealousy or 'joining the choir" versus studied consideration of the pros and cons of these two.

    The guy is a hot, fantastic athlete. The gal is a clever and stylish (eye of beholder) woman who knows branding.

    Get over it.

    Posted by: Becks07 | Jul 13, 2007 11:21:01 AM

  22. Anon: You might want to actually learn something about English soccer before posting your ignorant comments.

    In June, David Beckham was recalled to the English national team after 11 months away. In a game against Estonia, he provided 2 assists, which led to England's 3-0 win. He is considered the savior for England's Euro-2008 qualifying campaign, and Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatović reportedly tried to find a way to cancel his Galaxy deal.

    He is by no means washed up.

    Also, grow some balls and stop posting anonymously.

    Posted by: chrisb | Jul 13, 2007 11:23:04 AM

  23. becks I do not denegrate what beckham does. Just pointing out he is nowhere near the stellar young athlete he once was. He was going to be forced to quit playing back in the UK because he could no longer keep up with his younger team mates, so he ran head over heels here to america to play with athletes that can't compete with him even if he had a walker and a colostomy bag on. Compared to US soccer players Becks is still a soccer god. In the Uk not so much.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2007 11:25:22 AM

  24. Wow - I didn't think this topic could bore me more than it already had until I read the new posts.

    Posted by: shane | Jul 13, 2007 11:34:41 AM

  25. Interesting ANON -- I will grant you he is older, but Becks -- as I am SURE you know -- was never a pace player. He was a passer, crosser and set-piece producer, as well as dressing room leader. He himself says so.

    As for fading away, yes, his days are less than they were at his debut but Giggsy, Scholesy, and others are older than him and still performing magnificently. And let's not forget that Becks performed an almost Tevez-like resurrection for Real and has performed with distinction after reinstatement to England.

    Far from being a shadow of his former self (cf Best, Beckenbauer and, yes, even Pele) who came over here to party at Studio 54 and get laid, Becks is here still in the sweet spot of his career and he's trying to make soccer a bigger factor.

    You seem to be interested in soccer -- isn't the bigger story here the increased visibility of the sport for America and can't you put your disdain behind you and be happy about that outcome? The worst that can happen is the quality of play you find so abysmal will increase and more kids will want to make a career of it and...in a few years...maybe the USA will be in the World Cup final (where they will lose to England LOL)?


    Posted by: Becks07 | Jul 13, 2007 11:37:34 AM

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