On Tim Ream, Marquez & Emperor Palpatine...
There's a nice piece about Tim Ream in the Miami Herald today that mentions him as a Rookie of the Year candidate and, at $40K a year, a total and complete steal. Like I said, it's not bad and you should read it if you have a minute.
You know what I really find interesting is that with Rafa Marquez now conscripted to Hans Backe's Taurine Army, the player that some -including myself- are tipping to be the heir-apparent to Carlos Bocanegra & Gooch in the U.S. back line has the opportunity to be tutored by the player that has been the biggest pain in the ass for our bitterest rival for the last 8 years. It is akin to Luke Skywalker doing an apprenticeship under Darth Vader; the New Hope gets the chance to learn the dark art of defending from the Not-at-All-Phantom Menace.
Obviously I know that Ream hasn't been capped yet and this is all supposition and so forth but it's pretty crazy when you think about it. And honestly I can't be the only one that thinks that Red Bull Arena looks like a starship and that Backe bears a shocking resemblance to Emperor Palpatine (and the pope for that matter) so there is obviously something there.