I admire Jose Mourinho. Of course he gets to couch rich teams and hand picks his players. But at the level where he couches, his success is astonishing. His latest win of the 3 championships with the Inter is the best proof. In my opinion, he is the best (at least this year) and Guardiola will probably acknowledge that.
Football couching has changed a lot. Benitez and Mourinho are technocrats that approach teams like a machine. I would really like to know more about his methods. Perhaps one day he will write about them.
While he has been controversial, his latest move is one that I finally feel uneasy about. If he signs for Madrid, and it looks like he is, he will finally turn to the Dark Side of the Force. I can't wait to see what happens during the next season at La Liga. My loyalty, however, will stay with the children of La Masia, on the Bright Side of the Force.
P.S. This World Cup, for the first time since I can remember, my loyalty has switched from the team of Cruyff to the country that adopted him---and whose core is from the team that he loves.
P.S.S. 2010 05 29. I just watched the way Valdes chases Mourinho after Inter eliminated Barza in the semifinal of the Champions. How despicable! Add on top of that the sprinklers. Mourinho was right: "After all, when you're not used to losing, it can be hard to lose." From the stadium administration, I can accept that, but from Valdes? It reminds me of Bobby Alomar when he spat on the umpire.
This weekend I watched "The People vs Larry Flint". One of the scenes is:
Larry: You guys read Playboy?
Friend 1: Well yeah.
Friend 2: Sure.
Larry: Uhmm . . . Did you, uh--excuse me, baby. Did you enjoy this month's article on how to hook up your quadraphonic stereo system?
Friend 3: I think I missed that one.
Larry: And, uh, did you follow their advice on how to make a perfect martini?
Chester: Hey, Larry, c'mon man, move over.
Larry: Who is this magazine for anyway? I mean, ya know, it's like if you don't make twenty thousand-plus a year, you don't jerk off. Seven million people buying it, and nobody's reading it. Gentlemen, Playboy is mocking you!
Today I opened the New York Times Travel Magazine, that is included with the Sunday edition of the paper (yes, I get the paper version). I found an editorial for the Yves Saint Laurent's Travel Adapter, at a list price of 450 US. The description reads: "Considering how long stylish travelers have had to cart around less-than-beautiful electrical doohickeys, it's a wonder that fashion hasn't come to the rescue sooner."
I wonder if it is mocking me.
And I haven't even mentioned the ads for many of its products.