Before heading into the stadium I checked out the shop at the stadium – no skort, or wrap, or whatever it is. The guys working there laughed when I asked if they carried it. Looking at the pile of Marta shirts, I found myself contemplating not the name on the back, but the name on the front. Amway? I decided I’d rather wear a Brazil shirt.
[Note to the Galaxy/SOL marketing folks: Why don’t you sell national jerseys for all your international players – that’d be half the SOL squad. How great would that be to see national kits on display (and for sale) for Duan, Miyama, Frisk, Abily, Marta, Wagner, etc.?! China, Japan, Sweden, France, Brazil, and the US?! Seems like a no-brainer to me. I’d have picked up a bunch of those for my nieces.]
Amway is a SOL sponsor – and, well, just look at their wikipedia entry, which has a whole section on the “controversy” pertaining to their not-illegal pyramid scheme, and the cult-like culture of the organization which lures people in to work as distributors for their products with promises of the money they will make as they lure more people in to work as distributors for their product. Sound familiar? It should: Herbalife works the same way, and that name is plastered on the front of the Galaxy shirts. From the Guardian’s obit for that company’s founder (Mark Hughes: Purveyor of Californian Health Cures to the Credulous/June 19, 2000):
During the next few years the firm [Herbalife] was formally criticised at least three times by the United States Food and Drugs Administration, and subject to a CNN television exposPowered by Sidelines