Ol’ Rog returns to the Crap Part of SoHo, a little worse for the wear after spending the last few weeks weathering the unrest in Brazil for the Confederations Cup. Still, he endures. On this week’s pod, our July 4th Special, the Men in Blazers praise this new, winning Brazilian squad, consider the end of Spain’s dominance (was it all just a mirage?), and finally acknowledge Roman Abramovich’s 10-year anniversary at Chelsea.
But the real focus of the pod is not Brazil, England, or even Tahiti for that matter. Here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Beckerman, the real focus of our latest suboptimal offering is the mighty US. As the men’s national team gathers, via minivan, in San Diego for the Gold Cup, midfielder Stuart Holden joins the blazers for a quick chat about which American bakes the best apple pie. It’s exactly who you think.
Happy Independence Day, America. The Men In Blazers admit, you won that one fair and square.
There’s too much football, so says MLS commissioner Don Garber. But for the Men in Blazers, there’s not hardly enough. In this week’s pod, Michael and Roger consider it all — from these fine shores to Prussian dominance on the continent — before returning to recent developments in the English Premier League. It’s around the football world in 60 minutes of suboptimal podding.
We start things off in the US of A, dateline 2013. Michael and Roger hail the reported news that MLS will soon welcome a proper oil sheik to its mix of owners — all it needs now is a Russian oligarch with an affinity for miniature giraffes to be considered a bona fide top flight. And in keeping with the Stars ’n’ Stripes palette, Good Morning America’s Josh Elliott returns to the pod to discuss the agony and fleeting ecstasy of being an Arsenal supporter. Though he’s a recent convert, his apocalyptic prescription for the season’s conclusion shows he’s true Gunner through and through.
With Michael Davies away, Rog goes solo, welcoming USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the pod. Fresh from the March of the Penguins win against Costa Rica, and a gutsy draw in the Azteca thunderdome, Klinsmann candidly discusses his own identity, management style, change strategy, and vision for American soccer’s future. He is also willing to broach the big topics: the heroic role Kyle Beckerman could play for the US team at World Cup 2014 in Rio.
Normal suboptimal Men In Blazers service will be resumed next week.
In light of today’s World Cup qualifying clash between the U.S. Men’s National Team and mighty Antigua & Barbuda, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett were graced by the dignified presence of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on this morning’s SiriusXM program. His Excellency surveys his own national side, explains the whole Barbuda thing, and soothes the Blazered Ones’ concerns for piddling England.
More from the MiB archives. Here’s our interview with El Rey Ray Hudson of GolTV. In these divine 13 minutes, Ray waxes poetic on Newcastle, the Brazilian league, and repeated overtures for collaborating with The White Stripes. A true role model for today’s American youth.