This pair of smurfs just taped this week’s pod in Crap Part of Soho. Thanks to Nike for USMNT hats which made Rog and Davo channel their inner Graham Zusi
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.
Jurgen Klinsmann is interviewed by Rog… and survives.
The Mighty Von Trapps. A true masterpiece by GFOP Joel Erkkinen.
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.
The Men in Blazers go global in this week’s pod as Roger Bennett reports live from the most violent city in the world (in 2011) ahead of the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Merry Hexmas one and all!
Meanwhile, over on the other continent, the Blazers recap a weekend of Premier League football marred by dropped points for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Everton. The pod’s dual attractions include an update on the Men in Blazers National Team, and a no-holds-barred interview with one of football’s most powerful men, a representative of football park staple Pukka Pies. Michael and Roger then offer listeners a chance to win their very own case of pies — the last obstacle to America becoming a true football nation will soon be a thing of the past.
American soccer fans battling the Black Dog after last night’s eye-acher against Canada can find solace in the one thing our nation does astonishingly — producing a pipeline of the world’s finest follicularly challenged goalkeepers. In this week’s pod, the Men in Blazers sit down with USMNT and Everton’s Tim Howard for an expansive interview. The New Jersey native reflects on the American style of goalkeeping, shares how he first journeyed to England via Manchester United, and pegs Fabian Johnson as a young Von Trapp to watch. His confidence will be the perfect remedy on this day of midwinter discontent.
On happier matters, Michael and Roger mourn the passing of Lady Sybil and delve deep into the resurgence of their beloved FA Cup as the likes of Brentford, Luton, Oldham, and Leeds finally have their day of glory on the pod.
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.
Geoff Cameron even pours tea Quarterback Style.
via GFOP @Evan_C_25
Nothing quite says the holidays like silly, reckless consumption. So, to do our own small but vital part in reviving the American economy, we proudly present the 1st Annual MiB Gift Guide. But like everything we do, this is a collaborative effort, so if there’s something we’ve forgotten, please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for the much anticipated part two. Don’t forget that all our favorite books and movies are always listed in the emporium and that ALL your shopping needs at Amazon should be done by clicking here.
After what has felt like an eternity, the boys are back, blazer-to-blazer, to recap another strange week in the English Premier League. It seems taking the lead early has become entirely blasé, as both Manchester clubs relied yet again on reluctant supersubs to earn the full three points. And while most of the soccer world has focused this week on the Chelsea-Liverpool draw and the loneliest goal celebration of all time, in this week’s pod, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett also consider the staying power of the other Merseyside representative, Everton, who’s sitting comfortably in fourth place.
However, the real reason why anyone indulges in the suboptimal pod to begin with is for the telegrams. This week, the Blazered Ones field an unkindness of restless ravens. Among the topics covered: soccer’s advertising clout, the history of “caps,” supporter-on-supporter relations, and much more.
Send your telegrams via raven to the Crap Part of SoHo, reach us @MeninBlazers or drop an email at email@example.com. You can subscribe to the pod in iTunes or via our RSS feed.
Evidence that Brad Freidel was once a gingey.
Thanks to GFOP Aaron Leavy.
Looking for Last Minute Halloween costume? Plenty of good looks here in this USMNT ‘94 nugget from GFOP Ian Thompson.