I’d like to officially nominate Andy Williams for at least an ESPY, and perhaps an Oscar, for his portrayal of Cuauhtemoc Blanco during Wednesday’s training session. During the team’s 20-or-so-minute 11 v 11 scrimmage at the end of practice, one player on the team emulating (oops for the earlier mistake) Chicago wore a yellow penny to let everyone know he was Blanco. During the first 10-or-so minutes Dema Kovalenko wore the jersey and did a good job of roaming all over the field. After mixing up his projected starting line-up slightly, Williams wore the yellow penny for the final 10 minutes. Let’s just say, he did outstanding job of embellishing both fouls and non-fouls, and of course sat on the field afterward each time and threw his arms up in the air in disgust at the imaginary referee. On several occassions you could hear a teammate from afar shouting either, “shut up Blanco” or “get up Blanco.” The scout-team drill was taken very seriously, but William decided to add a little fun into it.
Practice at Xango Field on Wednesday was very intense, with the team working quite a lot on possession, but also meaningful possession pushing forward into the offensive third.