Last year, more than a few people commented on the lack of press bang leading up to First Kick 2008. The same certainly can't be said about 2009 though. The Beckham saga, as obnoxious as the whole exercise was, served well as a scouting mission letting people know that after a few months off the league is still doing it's thing. During phase 2, which took place earlier this week, Seattle and it's famed Corporal Drew Carey warned everyone that the season is coming...and soon.
Now comes the 3-step shock & awe phase of Operation: Dominate the News Cycle, which relies heavily on a full-frontal assault in the Pacific Northwest theater led by General Don "G. Love" Garber.
- Step 1: during a 1pm EST raid on the Westin Hotel, announce a second opening on the Canadian front with the liberation of the Vancouver Whitecaps on 3.18.09.
- Step 2: in a show of force, parade your newly-recruited 30K+ army in Seattle on live, prime-time national TV 3.19.09.
- Step 3: send a message to all doubters that you mean to take the entire region and leave no (USL-1) survivors by announcing the seige & capture of Portland on 3.20.09.