TOKYO (April 27): What is the connection between Naoshi Nakamura and a round-the-world holiday of a lifetime?
Well, there isn't one at the moment.
But there could be in a few days' time if the exciting Nagoya Grampus Eight player scores the 10,000th goal in J.League first division history.
For some reason, while studying the fixtures for the next few rounds of games, Nakamura's name came to mind as a likely scorer of that landmark goal.
After last weekend's games, the grand total of goals in the first division since the league kicked off in 1993 is 9,922. That means there's only 78 more to score.
In the seven rounds of matches this season, 183 goals have been scored at an average of 2.91 goals per game.
If this trend continues--and, of course, anything could happen in any game, like Gamba beating FC Tokyo 5-3--then the 10,000th goal should come in the 10th round of games, on May 4.
This Thursday...this coming Sunday...surely too early, unless Emerson can find his scoring boots.
So the J.League is preparing for a May 4 celebration.
Looking at the fixtures that day, the late kick-off is Grampus at home to Oita Trinita, a match made for Nakamura to score this historic goal.
Of course, I could be way off the mark, but it's all good fun trying to work out the possibilities.
So where does the holiday of a lifetime come into this?
As many fans know, the J.League is running a competition to guess the scorer of the 10,000th goal, and so far over 100 different players have been nominated in over 100,000 votes.
Emerson is the top choice, followed by Masashi Oguro and King Kazu down at Vissel Kobe.
First prize--not for the goal scorer, but for the fan who guesses right--is a travel voucher up to the value of 5 million yen. The lucky winner can go anyway they want, and take with them whoever they want, on a customised travel ticket.
The closing date for entries is April 30 (Saturday), by which time the guessing game might be a bit clearer after Thursday's matches.
Good luck....and don't forget that o-miyage!