Golden Globes, Ballon D’Or, Michael Bradley goes Don Cherry, Our hero Jason Puncheon, The Premier League’s James Bond, a bit of Premier League football, and Sunil Gulati…
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A Barnicle Brothers movie. A slice of An MLS magic.
This is the Roger Bennett bobble head the gents talk about in this week’s podcast. The Chicago Fire sent it. And while Rog appreciated the gesture, its similarity to James Lipton made him think about his own death.
We knew all about Alexi Lalas’ fine album "Ginger"
but this is a piece of Smithsonian worthy football memorabilia via GFOP Ben Kulo, who writes, “I’ve got a trove of Lalas memorabilia. As my bro was buddies with him in college and it was already clear he was going to be a legend. I found this cover art from his first studio album (I believe I’ve got the actual cd in another box somewhere) and I thought you guys might be interested.”
Interested. Damn straight. For us, this is like finding the Ten Commandments somewhere in Sinai.
We love Landon. Few athletes in sport would be bold enough to be shot like this, however great the cause.
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.
Bold marketing ahead of Colorado-Salt Lake clash. GFOP Christopher Hood barks, “You can’t disrespect Kyle Becker-Man and get away with it….”
The creativity of our GFOPs continues to astound. From the hundreds of entries we received for the Great Becker, Man Hair Swap, we’ve undertaken the impossible task of selecting our 10 favorites. But in the end there can be only one winner. And while we received dozens of Downton Abbey / Kyle Beckerman mashups, GFOP Chris Campbell’s Mista Ca’Son is a treasure to behold. The discerning eye will even notice the blazer patch. We’re indebted to Real Salt Lake for providing the signed prizes - a ping pong paddle, comb, and RSL jersey.
- 2nd Runner Up - Tony Meolaman: Joel Erkkinen
- 1st Runner Up - Winston Beckerman: Andrew Waldrip
- Grand Prize - Mista Ca’Son: Chris Campbell
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.
From GFOP Mark McClellan: @BarackObama with @KyleBeckerman’s dreads. My contribution to @MeninBlazers photoshop challenge. #RSL
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.
Look who we found in the Crap Part of SoHo? Kyle Becker, man. His interview will be featured on An MLS Special the week of Feb 26.
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.
Major League Soccer, purveyor of some of the strangest promotional stunts, maintains its well-crafted street cred. (Andy Mead, MLSsoccer.com)