Fox Soccer’s Warren Barton joined the Men in Blazers on this morning’s SiriusXM show from the rainy streets of London to help preview Saturday’s Champions League final. Barton will call the game from Wembley alongside Gus Johnson — Dortmund v. Bayern, 2:00pm ET Saturday on FOX.
We’re only days away from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and their legions of supporters descending on London for the all-German Champions League final. And to help contextualize the occasion, the Men in Blazers welcome everybody’s favorite German, Dirk Nowitzki for a special, extended interview. Dirk offers Michael and Roger his thoughts on the Mavericks’ footballing equivalent, what Mark Cuban can learn from Dortmund, Jurgen Klinsmann’s Teutonic streak, and ultimately weighs in on LeBron James’s questionable claims to the beautiful game.
One would expect the rest of the pod to be devoted to the final weekend of the English Premier League. But one would be wrong. Though the pod was a timeless classic, due to some technical difficulties, it’s gone on to podcast heaven. May it rest it peace.
GFOP Paul Collins eagle-eyed the one and only at the 1:13 mark. He writes, “I noticed something appalling/titillating. It was our precious Lady Physio being attacked! Get your male parts off of her, Michael Essien!”
The drama of the Real Madrid-Bayern penalty shoot-out as experienced by Chad Ochocinco. That bloke lives and dies with Real Madrid but still makes time amidst the drama to giggle at some toilet etiquette. (via Sam Alcarez)
Barcelona’s defeat was a shock to all. Devastating to some. Simply put, when Ray Hudson is not commentating, Barca don’t seem to know what to do. Ray’s thoughts on the symbolism of last night’s game are below.
From: Hudson, Ray
Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM Subject: Re: ARE YOU OK, RAY? To: Bennett, Roger
The golden era has ended. But how grand and glorious it was.
This was Barça’s Triple Crown: Chelsea/Real Madrid/Chelsea. They lost every leg. They wound up as a mile and an eighth squad asked to run a mile and a quarter.
After the game I went to Joe McGinniss’s pub nearby, and he told me this, which, after 14 more pints I started to see his wisdom; “In mathematics, all deviations from the mean display a propensity to return to it. This is expressed by the following equation, in which s represents standard deviation.” Joe then chalked this up on the blackboard behind the bar…the truckers sat on either side of me gazed on…
Well, Rog, I’m going back to bed. I’ll watch the Manchester derby on Monday, and will marvel over how two teams that left Chelsea in their dust in the Premiership could have been so humiliated by European lesser lights, when Chelsea could legitimately outplay Barça over two legs.