In a Men In Blazers Special, Rog and USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann take to the stage at SXSW to kick off their inaugural sports conference. An Liverpudlian and a Stuttgarter bonding over a shared passion for US Soccer.
Rog writes: “SXSW gave us the opportunity to chat free from the constraints of short-term questions about specific players, injuries or match-ups. That felt very liberating.
Jurgen is a very sophisticated thinker. To be able to engage in big picture questions about his own identity, philosophy, change management, and leadership strategy was a real treat. For the audience, the sight of a German and an Englishman bonding over their shared passion for US Soccer glory must have been surreal.”
Rog is appearing at South by Southwest on Sunday, interviewing Jurgen Klinsmann at 12:30pm to kick off the inaugural SXSports. Great photo of Jurgen.
More info on the session.
John Brooks is a German American born Center Back who plays for Hertha Berlin and the USMNT. Rog spent some time with him today and sent us this photo of Brooks’ tattoos. His left elbow has a map of Berlin marked with a star over Brook’s exact birthplace. The one on his left is Illinois, marked with a star over Chicago, the place of his father’s birth, where the American side of his family reside. No finer way to capture the nuance and texture of Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States National Team tapestry.
We were already salivating for the return of Game Of Thrones then these arrived via GFOP Hunter Volpe who writes “I was very bored and made some sigils for you guys.”
We are moved to have our own Houses. But for the record, Rog is a Crannogman.
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…
Listen to the pod here
It’s official. Wiki doesn’t lie.
From GFOP @JoshDeaver
Honored to have Korey Donahoo, Founder and President of the Mighty American Outlaws join us on SiriusXM this morning (Click on Link to hear part of interview.) What they have built together is on of the greatest stories in American football. Here Korey talks about what sets American Outlaws members apart within the pantheon of American Sports Fandom. For more on the Outlaws click here.
Rog and Michael relive Panama’s heartbreaking loss to the U.S. and cautiously celebrate England’s World Cup qualification. MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy stops by.
Listen to the podcast here.
Thanks to Allstate Insurance, we have TWO TICKETS to give away to watch USA thrash JAMAICA in Kansas City on Friday October 11.
(Tickets to game only, winners must get themselves to Kansas).
To win the tickets, simply send us photographs of the most creative sign you would take to the game to inspire the Von Trapps to victory. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night…
Winner will be announced on Monday.
Brandon Monzon (@SneakyMoustache) won two tickets to attend the Mexico match in our Allstate Insurance CREAT THE BEST BANNER TO SCARE THE MEXICANS contest. His winning Ian Darke inspired-slice of magic here.
Brandon drove to the game from Ann Arbor, MI and sent us this moving report from the field.
"This is me holding the reason why I was lucky enough to be in Columbus in the first place. I really need to thank Sir Ian Darke, Pink Floyd and Google Translate, I couldn’t of done it without them."
"Early in the match I noticed that the two fellows sitting next to us looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I had seen them before. Then right before the Landon Donovan goal, they noticed my poster and asked if I was a GFOP. I responded in kind and found out that their names were Mike and Dave and they had actually come in third place in the poster contest. So for the rest of the match we were chanting and talking about all the things that GFOP’s talk about. They were very nice and they drove to the game from New York."
"After the game I was starting to brainstorm how to tell my experience and share it with others going forward. This was my very first professional/international soccer game and it will always be etched into my memory. As we left the game we encountered the ESPN FC crew doing their post-game analysis. On the left side of the stage was the one and only Roger Bennett. As the FC crew discussed the game I held my sign high and with pride. During a break Rog happened to turn around and see the sign. Recognizing it and knowing it had won the contest, we shared a look and a thumbs up. It was in that moment that I knew what this experience had meant to me.”
"I had always "liked" soccer when I was younger but never really delved in. Then I stumbled across this podcast with two chaps who talked football, but were funny and peppered tons of pop culture into their discussions. Davo and Rog made soccer fun and all encompassing to anyone who listened. They made it okay to be a newcomer, but made you want to immerse yourself deeper in soccer so you could get all of the references and laugh along with them. When Rog gave me the thumbs up I felt like I had arrived and was truly in the club now; I was a real GFOP."
"I cannot express how thankful I am to have had this great opportunity to see the VonTrapps take down Mexico. Thanks to Allstate for supplying the tickets. Most importantly, thank you Men in Blazers for making me look like a weirdo in my office because for one hour on Wednesday I am chuckling away in my cubicle with my headphones on.”
A big win for the U.S. deserves a big pod. In our World Cup special, the Men in Blazers praise America, mourn England, and tag on a bonus interview with Bob Bradley.
Listen to the podcast here.
From GFOP Brian Stokes: Missing US v Mex due to birth of my son. Here are his male guides through life. Notice anyone?