The football again provided superlative theater over the weekend. Goals, pitch invasions, blood, Scientological sightings — the Manchester Derby had it all, even if it did feature two teams neutrals love to loathe. In this week’s pod, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett brave the apocalyptic 12/12/12 to recap all the action from the Premier League, a place where, as Tottenham realized yet again, dropped points hurt more than a straight loss.
But the true attraction to this week’s pod is a guest appearance by FIFA Player of the Year finalist Alex Morgan. The U.S. striker has reached rock-star status since winning Olympic gold in London and joins the Blazers from the road during the final matches of the Fan Tribute Tour. Morgan offers her thoughts on her growing celebrity, playing at Old Trafford, nicknames, and the launch of the next professional women’s soccer league. Courage.
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Abby Wambach at the Montana Air National Guard. If she’s Maverick, does that make Rapinoe Goose?
Football has returned, as if it ever really went away. In this week’s pod, Michael and Roger welcome the return of the English Premier League like an old friend. A friend that always makes you pay for drinks, sleeps with your wife, and reverses its Hummer over your dog. But still, somehow, the love endures.
The opening weekend was as unpredictable as the Blazered Men predicted. Roger’s beloved Everton spoiled the debut of Robin Van Persie in a tartan Manchester United kit, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers wished he was still in Wales, and Tottenham’s loss to Newcastle proved Andres Villas-Boas’s project was still alive and well. But all this is really just the appetizer to the pod’s main course. Inspired by Augusta, the Men in Blazers are joined by their first Lady Friend of the Pod. Fresh off the Olympics, U.S. Soccer’s Megan Rapinoe drops by to offer her thoughts on crazy goalkeepers, Sir Ian Darke, and the fate of women’s professional soccer leagues.
Do Abby Wambach and Brienne of Tarth visit the same hairstylist? Who do you think would win in a fight?
As soccer’s blogosphere breathlessly welcomes this week’s TIME Magazine with the peerless Lionel Messi on the cover, some outlets have forsaken basic research and overlooked this July 19, 1999 edition featuring the World Cup winning U.S. squad. Let us never forget.
Lionel Messi wins third successive FIFA Ballon d’Or award today.
More importantly, look at that purple velvet perfection.