When I first heard
Because, for all his flaws, Guevara is entertaining. An unpredictable genius with a penchant for whining when things turn sour -- he makes for fantastic rubbernecking, a la
It's not that there's any reason to dislike
Guevara has the ego of a World Cup runner-up and the petulance of kid who was told he couldn't watch
So when Toronto director of soccer
So far, Carver has walked the walk. Toronto is 3-0 since El Lobo came onto the scene. He has fit in nicely with the Canadians' other major signings, former EPLers
Guevara had an assist in his first game, setting up
And in his third game, he delivered a masterpiece on Saturday, scoring two goals in TFC's 2-0 thumping of Kansas City, which was then leading the Eastern Conference. (Click on "game highlights"
The K.C. victory gave Toronto a winning record for the first time in its history, and introduced the crazies at BMO Field to their new hero. Actually, not a new hero. A hero. Period. Sadly, until now, the Red Patch Boys and their brethren haven't had much cause for hero-worship.
But Guevara, with that spooky widow's peak and those wondrous attacking skills, is the kind of talisman to which a fan can justifiably devote hours and hours of Web-surfing, blogging and MySpacing. He will make you cheer, swoon and gasp. Maybe, if you're really passionate, he will make you howl.
He'll also eventually make you cry. Yes, the meltdown will come. It always has with Guevara, and although the Honduran might have learned a little humility in self-exile in the piddly league of his home country, the ego is a fickle creature. It can easily ramp up. And all the screaming adulators at BMO Field will be like high-octane fuel thrown onto the fire.
One of my favorite movies of all time is
Maybe we should reconsider Guevara's meltdowns. Maybe we need Guevara's meltdowns as much as he needs our cheers. After all, like genius, it's a form of passion, expressed in a different way. And if you've got a coach who can handle it, then it's only going to turn out for the good.