For one night, even I felt like I was "Livin' The Dream."
At Wednesday's 2016 Golden Blazer, Presented by MINI, Davo and I had the honor of sitting beside the Nation's Footballing Dad, Bob Ley, as he lifted our spirits by re-living his three favorite moments from a lifetime spent broadcasting the US National Team. Metallica's Lars Ulrich then talked about being proper Chelsea and reminisced about the romance of Stamford Bridge in the 1970s. Paul Carr predictably Blew our Mind. And the iconic Arlo White discussed his recent studio stint, Leicester City (objectively), and whether the word "unbelievable" might soon be brought back into service.
The evening's highlight was announcing Loretta Lynch, Attorney General/FIFA Slayer as the recipient of the 2016 Golden Blazer. An honor given to the American who has done the most to grow the game we love in this country. Ms. Lynch is a remarkable human being and it was incredibly humbling to be able to celebrate her. To hear the crowd start chanting "USA, USA, USA" and then segue into "DOJ, DOJ, DOJ," was a true footballing first.
Even the British Embassy here in the U.S. showed their support of the Attorney General.
The night ended awash with Guinness at the Brass Monkey where we raised a glass with Arlo White and the company of hundreds of GFOPs from around the country until closing time. To see so many football shirts -- not just the Uniteds and Arsenals, but the Bournemouths and Crystal Palaces as well (along with the requisite Jeremy Roenick throwback jersey!) -- on listeners who flew in from all points to be with us was an honor in itself.
To all who joined us -- a massive thank you. You made the night a slice of magic. To those who could not get in, an extended Loretta Lynch interview will run on The MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. The entire interview with the Attorney General will drop as a Pod Special Thursday, April 21. And our Golden Blazer Pod Special featuring all of the aforementioned guests drops Thursday, April 14.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Men in Blazers' first ever Blazer Drive. GFOP's who brought a blazer, suit or sport coat to donate to Hope For The Warriors' Transition Services Program, support the goals of service members, veterans and their families, as they move from military careers into professional roles. For those who could not attend the Golden Blazer, but still want to make a donation, you can send it directly to Hope for the Warriors (address below).
Attention: Jennifer Friedel
Hope for the Warriors
55 Water Street, Concourse Level
New York, NY 10041