The song remains the same. Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, and Chelsea all managed wins. But while there wasn’t a change in the Top Four, the weekend wasn’t without its drama. Gareth Bale was like clockwork in Spurs’ all-important triumph over Arsenal, leaving their North London rivals with more lingering questions about the club’s direction. In this week’s pod, Michael and Roger analyze all the ramifications from the derby, turn their attention to the relegation battle, and reflect on the opening weekend of MLS.
If that wasn’t enough, the Blazers also speak with iconic ESPN broadcaster and jolliest man alive Bob Ley about his days as the public-address announcer of the Cosmos, how the culture has changed in Bristol over the years, and what truthfully is the secret to eternal youth. Horse placentas are about to have their moment in the sun.
Via @AmyLawrence71: Lovely graphic about #Giggs and how old his team-mates were when he made his debut from Italian TV (via @PIERPARDO)
From GFOP @michaeljowardjr: Everton’s Tony Hibbert and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard as kids.
GFOP Adam Franklin writes:
Every possible group with a camera in America may have done this video but what makes it amazing is the absolute stoicism and supreme confidence emanating from Berba’s facial expression as he stares through the camera directly into your soul. My only regret is that Clint Dempsey wasn’t around to participate.
In honor of the start of Major League Soccer’s 18th season on Saturday, we’re launching what’s arguably our most tantalizing contest yet — The Great Becker, Man Hair Swap.
To enter: As mentioned on this week’s podcast, listeners are encouraged to transplant Kyle Beckerman’s iconic ‘do on other figures or, give the Real Salt Lake captain a new look from somebody else. Dust off your photoshop skills and drop Kyle’s locks on the likes of Angela Merkel or perhaps, graft Victor Moses’ pigtails onto Kyle’s saintly cranium.
Among the prizes are the following signed goods — RSL jersey, ping pong paddle, and a comb. That’s right, folks, Kyle Becker, Man signed the above “all-purpose styling” instrument. $2.29? Please. Try like $200.29, give or take.
Gareth Bale. Scores. Celebrates as AVB commands.
GFOP David Singerman likes how busy the monogrammer has been with Andre Villas Boas’ wardrobe. Hat, coat, and even snood have been AVB’d.
From GFOP @phirrup via 101 Great Goals: The front cover of Frank Lampard’s new children book, “Frankie’s Magic Football.”
Fascinating watching this video of David Moyes listening to Gary Neville deconstruct his team’s defending (2 mins 26 secs in).
From GFOP Matthew John Cressler, a photo entitled “My daughter reacts to the shock of Jordan Henderson scoring.”
Matt writes: “Even in the midst of her exuberance, you can see the disbelief deep in her eyes. “Wait, that was Jordan HENDERSON?!”We are calling Child Services Matt.
Subbuteo launches limited edition Hazard figure.
Via GFOP @black_bile
Amare Stoudemire throws his support behind Man United. Single tear. (Via GFOP @Donald_K3)
It was a snowy weekend of mid-season football in the Premier League, with the weather providing a cleansing effect for Clint Dempsey in Tottenham’s home meeting with Manchester United. After close to 93 minutes of disappointing form, Deuceface slotted home the equalizer as America, Andre Villas-Boas, Manchester City, and Under Armour all rejoiced. In this week’s Men in Blazers podcast, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett review the title race that’s back on, only because it was never really off. But it’s not only the glory of the top of the table that’s up for discussion. The Blazers also consider the relegation battle and bid sacked Southampton manager Nigel “Happyface” Adkins farewell.
To add a modicum of intelligent insight, Fox Soccer’s very own Rob Stone drops in to recap the Brek Shea saga and shed light on what life is like these days for a soccer- and cheerleader-lovin’ American at the network that gave us Cleatus the dancing robot.