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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Bruce Arena, Eric Show make our All-Concert Team


For the smokers in the crowd, pull out your lighters. For everybody else, the phone will do. We're playing an encore set with Page 2's All-Concert Team.

Albert Hall: Although not royal, our Albert Hall, who shares his name with the celebrated London music venue, did hold court in his own way. Sadly for Albert, his gigs were seldom sellouts. His career spanned the 1980s with the Atlanta Braves.

Bruce Arena: The former U.S. national team coach has been in MLS through most of its existence, directing D.C. United to a title in the league's first season. Before those jobs, he coached the University of Virginia to four straight NCAA championships. In other words, he has seldom been anything except a headliner.

Bill Graham: He saved neither souls nor games, of which he pitched only six in the Majors, but Graham presented himself for more than 1,000 innings for eight teams in the minors before finding the big stage briefly. Unlike the San Francisco-based concert figure, this Bill Graham probably wasn't much of a promoter. He worked to a 2.63 ERA in 27 innings but never made it back to the bigs after age 30.

Eric Show: The former San Diego Padre was in the spotlight for allowing Pete Rose's record-breaking 4,192nd hit on Sept. 11, 1985, but that link obscures a pretty solid (101-89, 3.66 ERA) career.

Tony Bethel: The former Georgetown and N.C. State basketball player may not know it, but the town with his last name is the closest metropolis to the (in)famous festival known as Woodstock, the 1969 rock spectacle in which half a million people attended, one or two (depending on the accounts) were born and two died. The town of Bethel, N.Y., by the way, was none too pleased with the event's arrival and subsequent controversy. Voters ousted their county supervisor in the election a few months later.