Men in Blazers

Men in Blazers is a collaboration of the English duo Roger Bennett and Michael Davies that exists as a website, weekly podcast and NBCSN television show about English Premier League and international soccer "driven by the belief that Soccer is America’s Sport of the Future. As it has been since 1972."[1]

The two met at a wedding reception in New York for a mutual friend. The reception was held during the final match of the 2006 World Cup. Bennett mentions in their book, the Encyclopedia Blazertannica, that he had just seen Zinedine Zidane sent off in extra time for headbutting Marco Materazzi but had to leave before the penalty shootout at his wife's urging. When he was at the wedding, he noticed Davies sulking and struck up a conversation. Davies was a contributing writer for ESPN at the time.[2]

The podcast started on the Grantland network before ESPN included the Men in Blazers during their 2014 World Cup coverage.[3]

The NBCSN television show and podcast are recorded in the SoHo area of New York City. The television show debuted Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET[4] and streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app.[5]

In July 2015 they commentated on and did post-run interviews at the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain for the Esquire Network (sister channel to NBCSN) in the US.[6]

Podcast

The Men in Blazers produce a weekly podcast. It is available on iTunes, BuzzSprout, TuneIn and SoundCloud. Many podcasts are also posted to YouTube.

For the 2014 World Cup, they were featured on Grantland and ESPN.

Explanation of terms and people referred to on the Podcast can be found at fan-driven site: http://meninblazers.wikispaces.com/.

NBCSN television show

For the half-hour television show, the duo recaps the weekend's games, looks ahead at the upcoming weekend and features a guest who is a fan of soccer. They also highlight tweets from fans of "GFOPs" (Great Friend of the Pod). They try to predict game scores by eating pies.

Episodes

The episode which aired on April 8, 2019 featured a celebration of the 100 Premier League red cards issued by the great (in his own mind) Mike Dean

Episode 20 aired February 23, 2015 and featured Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs as a guest. They discuss his Liverpool fanhood as well as his new show.

Episode 18 aired February 2, 2015 and featured NFL Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as a guest. They spoke of books and beards.

Episode 2 aired September 29, 2014 and featured Brandon McCarthy of the New York Yankees as the guest. They had McCarthy, a Liverpool fan, compare MLB teams to their English Premier League equivalent.[7]

Episode 1 aired September 22, 2014 and featured Adam Richman as the guest.[8]

Episode 102 aired on February 26, 2018 and featured the Swiss international and New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier. They forgot to commemorate their 100 episode in January of the same year. Therefore, the 102nd episode was used to celebrate this landmark.

Sponsors

Every podcast, the duo drinks a Budweiser when getting "to the football." The podcast was previously sponsored by Guinness.

Men in Blazers have worked with Mini on videos, like NFL kickers trying out for soccer teams, a special with Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning (who was a guest on the podcast in 2014).

The Golden Blazer

In the Encyclopedia Blazertannica, the Men in Blazers also explain that they give out a golden blazer once a year to someone they credit with helping grow soccer, especially in America. So far, the recipients are:

  • 2015 – Julie Foudy, US women's national team captain, FIFA Women's World Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist and ESPN soccer commentator and journalist
  • 2019 – Megan Rapinoe, US women's national team co-captain, FIFA Women's World Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist

In other media

Davies and Bennett were included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup official game as a channel on EA Sports Talk Radio, where players can choose one of three channels, each featuring a pair of pundits commenting on user-controlled teams' progress and answering e-mails, texts and tweets. The other channels' pairings included Andy Goldstein of TalkSPORT and Ian Darke of ESPN and Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves from Saint and Greavsie on ITV'.[9]

In May 2018, the pair also published their first book together, the Encyclopedia Blazertannica (after the Encyclopedia Britannica), a guide to soccer in their own words, through Penguin Random House.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Men in Blazers". Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  2. ^ Celeste, Eric (January 2015). "Head Cases". American Way Magazine.
  3. ^ Rath, Arun (20 September 2014). "From Podcast To Broadcast: 'Men In Blazers' Gets The ESPN Bump". NPR.
  4. ^ "NBCSN to Premiere New Series THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW, 9/22". Broadway World. 17 September 2014.
  5. ^ Prince-Wright, Joe (17 September 2014). ""The Men in Blazers Show" set for kick off on NBCSN".
  6. ^ 'Running of the Bulls 2015', Esquire TV
  7. ^ Bonn, Kyle. "WATCH: Men in Blazers recap derby weekend, visit with Brandon McCarthy". ProSoccerTalk.
  8. ^ Bonn, Kyle (22 September 2014). "WATCH: Men in Blazers show debuts on NBCSN".
  9. ^ Seven Reasons To Start Your 2014 FIFA World Cup Early EA Sports
  10. ^ Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972 Penguin Random House

External links

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (video game)

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2014 U.S. Open Cup Final

The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on September 16, 2014, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The match determined the winner of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. This was the 101st edition of the oldest competition in United States soccer. Seattle Sounders FC won the match, defeating the Philadelphia Union. The crowd of 15,256 saw the teams go into extra time level at 1–1 before the Sounders scored twice more to end the match 3–1.

Philadelphia and Seattle both play in the top tier of American soccer, Major League Soccer (MLS), and bypassed the initial stages of the tournament with entries into the fourth round of play. The Sounders were in the midst of a Supporters' Shield-winning regular season, while the Union's start was so poor that their coach was replaced a week prior to their first game in the competition. Philadelphia secured its berth in the final by defeating the Harrisburg City Islanders, the New York Cosmos, the New England Revolution, and FC Dallas. Seattle's road to the final included victories over PSA Elite, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Portland Timbers, and the Chicago Fire.

The coaches both chose strong squads in their attempts to win the trophy, though Sounders forward Kenny Cooper, later selected as Player of the Tournament, did not appear in the final. The Union's Maurice Edu gave his team the lead with a goal in the first half, but the Sounders equalized with a second half strike by Chad Barrett, and the match went into extra time. Although Philadelphia controlled periods of the match with chances throughout, Clint Dempsey took the lead for Seattle in the first extra time period, and Obafemi Martins sealed a Seattle victory with a late goal. Seattle earned a $250,000 cash prize, as well as a berth into the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League. Philadelphia received a $60,000 cash prize as the competition's runner-up.

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Julie Foudy

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From 2000–2002, Foudy served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2006, she co-founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, an organization focused on developing leadership skills in teenage girls. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame with her teammate, Mia Hamm. She is currently an analyst, reporter and the primary color commentator for women's soccer telecasts on ESPN.

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Roger Bennett (journalist)

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He is the co-host, with Michael Davies, of the Men in Blazers. The duo records a weekly podcast (formerly on the Grantland network) and a show on NBCSN. The weekly half-hour NBCSN television show "The Men in Blazers Show" covers the English Premier League. It debuted on September 15, 2014, and is filmed in a studio in the SoHo area of New York City. They formerly had a show on Sirius XM.

Running of the bulls

The running of the bulls (Spanish: encierro, from the verb encerrar, 'to corral, to enclose'; Occitan: abrivado, literally 'haste, momentum'; Catalan: correbous, 'street-bulls') is an event that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six but sometimes ten or more, that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets, usually as part of a summertime festival. Particular breeds of cattle may be favored, such as the toro bravo in Spain, also often used in post-run bullfighting, and Camargue cattle in Occitan France, which are not fought. Actual bulls (non-castrated male cattle) are typically used in such events.

The most famous bull-run – what a capitalized "the Running of the Bulls" most often refers to in English – is the encierro held in Pamplona during the nine-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin. It has become a major global tourism event, today very different from the traditional, local festival. More traditional summer bull-runs are held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain and Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and in the Occitan (Camargue) region of southern France. Bull-running was formerly also practiced in rural England, most famously at Stamford until 1837.

The origin of this event comes from the need to transport the bulls from the fields outside the city, where they were bred, to the bullring, where they would be killed in the evening. During this "run", youngsters would jump among them to show off their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.

Spanish tradition holds that bull-running began in northeastern Spain in the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created and stands to this day.

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