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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Everyone’s thinking these days…and it usually involves boxes of some sort. "Thinking inside the box", "Thinking outside the box"…well not to be outdone the Timberlog presents a new feature.

Thinking inside the box, although the ref being blind as the preverbial Chiroptera, decided that the tackle was outside the area and therefore it’s …

...”Thinking at the Edge of the Box"!!!

How's this for starters...

Cash in on Ichiro-Fever by signing a star from Japan’s J-League (everyone seems to be signing at least one these days!). What about “Cheeky” Chikara Fujimoto, Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s hot striker. Or what about the timberlog’s favorite * J-League player Masashi “Gon” Nakayama, Jubilo Iwata’s top goalscorer and the top scorer in the J-League…if you ignore the Brazilians, Koreans and a Croatian!! Imagine...plane loads of Japanese youth flying in each week (INS willing!) and loads of airtime on TV news.

* [check out this from top "Gon" fan website biography]

Like R.Baggio for Italians, Julie Andrews in musical theatre world, Nakayama seems to have cemented his legendary status in Asian football scene. Guiness record holder for hattricks in four consecutive games in J-League.The first World Cup scorer ever from Japan squad. Decisive goal scorer which led his Júbilo Iwata to Asian championship.
Where there's history, there's always a "Gon-gol".

Being known as a funny person as he is with silly jokes and big high-toned voice (Think of Barbra Streisand singing Arlen tunes in her 2nd album) , his performances on the field prove he's a lot more than a spokesman of football world toward this baseball-land.
He KNOWS when and where to be, what to do, and simply DO it with an incredible poise, intelligence and concentration that's there all the time, and these professionalism and skill of his help his teammates and coaches a great deal. For them, for fans and for everybody, his presence itself is the will to win.

posted by the timberlog at 1:30 PM



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