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Gretzky's L.A. stage different than Beckham's

Updated: July 20, 2007, 6:42 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

What was the name of that movie?

"Bend it Like Bettman"?

David Beckham spent much of his time this week in the colonies -- when he wasn't making repeated visits to In-N-Out Burger in the Los Angeles area and perhaps asking Angelinos whether Tommy's Burgers are as good -- making ambassadorial media appearances and talking about "growing the game."

Beckham sounded very much like a certain diminutive NHL commissioner who has been doggedly determined to expand the influence ...

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