So, by popular demand (OK, one reader) to help pass the time, here are the two promised goose stories from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, told yesterday after training.
"When I brought in Emmanuel Ekpo – he was a player from Nigeria that I brought into Columbus -- there were a lot of geese that sort of walk around, especially in the summer. And so he was driving with one of his teammates some place and they had to slow down because there was this troop of about 15 geese that walked in front of the car, and he kept asking the player, ‘Whose geese are these?’ And the player goes, ‘I don’t know. They’re wild geese.’ And he goes, ‘No: Whose geese are these? Who is the man who owns these these?’ He goes, ‘I don’t know, they’re just wild geese.’ (Ekpo says), ‘I must know the man who owns these geese because man who owns many geese is wealthy man in Nigeria.’ So that became sort of a slogan within out team: Whenever we saw geese, we’d say ‘Who owns these geese.’
"Then my other goose story – I have two goose stories – is my youngest son spent a year at UDub, and one of the coaching assignments for the freshmen was to pick up the geese stuff – poop – from the field. And he was there with another freshman, who will remain nameless. And they’re picking it up. And the other guy says, ‘I just don’t understand it.’ My son goes, ‘What?’ The other guy goes, ‘The gates are closed. How do they get in?’
"Needless to say, the other guy left the school academically at the end of the year."