How we wish there was a sequel to Being: Liverpool.
Ahead of the Derby… GFOP @zane_rm sent in this @buzzFeed image of Everton fans in 1927. Rog is the one with the sign.
The Battle for Third and Fourth is now officially under way. On Monday, Manchester United and their ragtag ensemble wrapped up their 20th league title in impressive fashion (move over, Don Nelson, the mad scientist officially resides at Old Trafford). Still, few headlines were devoted to Sir Alex & Co.’s accomplishment. Earlier in the weekend, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez once again proved there was still plenty of crazy left in England’s top flight when he gnawed on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the course of a 2-2 draw. In this week’s pod, Michael and Roger review the implications for Liverpool and their American owners as well as what’s in store for Suarez’s 72 pearly whites.
The Men in Blazers revel, as always, in their weekly telegrams from GFOPs across these fine lands, inquiring about footballers’ peculiar sweating habits and how to best consume a midgame pint or five, and end the pod with breaking news about the Men in Blazers National Team. Courage.
From GFOP Matt Golubieski, who writes:
I thought you guys might enjoy this program we found in my grandfather’s old things from 1948. Apparently I wasn’t the first in my family to enjoy watching soccer over here.
Another reason to love/hate Liverpool. Lana del Ray pictured here with Steven Gerrard.
From GFOP @michaeljowardjr: Everton’s Tony Hibbert and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard as kids.
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.
GFOP Chris Howard solves the mystery of one of the envelopes.
Liverpool legend Bill Shankly rocking the Subbuteo.
On this week’s pod, we wondered what 15 year old Brendan Rodgers was like. GFOP @AggerDoDoDo does the honors: “Listened to the pod. Not sure if Brendan Rodgers was into magic as a kid but he looked like he was.”
Apparently, England’s antiquated past is the new present here in the U.S. The weekend offered a welcome return of everyone’s favorite aristocratic family, the Crawleys, of PBS’s Downton Abbey. We laughed, we cried, we gasped at the audacity of Sir Anthony’s bold sexual advances upon Lady Edith’s virtue. Elsewhere on the dial, the FA Cup made its network broadcast debut in suitably dramatic fashion, proving there’s still life in the old dog yet. Needless to say, both developments brought much joy to the Men in Blazers in this week’s pod, as Michael Davies and Roger Bennett borrow George Michael’s Sports Machine, traveling across the English countryside to recap these far-flung matches featuring the likes of Mansfield Town and Cheltenham. Get ready for a geography lesson, America.
Of course, the biggest story from the weekend was Luis Suarez’s handball game winner, dashing the hopes of Mansfield’s escort turned CEO. To examine just how Liverpool supporters can stomach their morally dubious striker, the Blazers welcome GFOP, comedian, and Liverpudlian John Oliver back to the pod to offer his thoughts and expectations for his beloved club. If you’re a fellow fan of the Reds, prepare to lower the bar.
Luis Suarez on the cover of Glamour magazine. Football is everywhere.
GFOP Lee Simmons Radke asks, “Is Brendan Rodgers on E?” The photographic evidence from Being: Liverpool is troubling.