After spending 10 days pitching my script for Love Guru 2, traveling to Estonia, starting my 2012 presidential campaign, being knighted, embarking on a "mission from God," catching Bieber fever, trying to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon or spending a week unplugged with my family ... I have returned.
I didn't miss anything ... right? Well, besidesthe "official" signing of Omar Bravo
,the U.S. soccer hall of fame induction of Preki
,a coach for the Comets
,Brazil 2-United States 0
,the beginning of the EPL season
andthis excellent Sam Mellinger column about Jimmy Nielsen
(really, that was fabulous).
Okay, so I missed a lot. This was a complete vacation-planning fail. Massive thanks to my colleague Pete Grathoff for filling in and keeping this ship afloat.
Speaking of ships and floating...
I heart Starjnan. Those crafty Icelanders.
Don't forget, Champions League fires back up this week. Here are some matches of note: Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Auxerre (11:30 a.m. today on DirecTV), Dynamo Kiev vs. Ajax (1:45 p.m. today, FSC), Tottenham vs. Young Boys (1:45 p.m. today, Fox Sports), Werder Bremen vs. Sampdoria (1:45 p.m. Wednesday, FSC) and Sporting Braga vs. Sevilla (2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Fox Sports).
Make sure you check back in throughout the day and the rest of the week. I'm rested and have two Wizards matches on DVR to watch this afternoon.