If you’re in the dark and don’t know who or what Men in Blazers are, you need to be enlightened.
Roger Bennett and Michael Davies are two incredibly talented TV pundits who cover soccer, mainly the Premier League, for NBC Sports that more people should be talking about. Together, they make up Men in Blazers.
MiB is a podcast turned into a weekly TV show on NBC Sports, highlighting the peripheral moments of the Premier League weekend.They still put a pod out every week, staying true to their roots.
The podcast is without the restraints of a 30 minute television program laden by commercials. “Hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett believe soccer is the American sport of the future. As it has been since 1972,” it reads on their website.
Rog and Davo can turn anything into a laugh. They speak with a perfect blend of diction that is both complex yet you don’t need to listen with a dictionary next to you like Stephen A. Smith. They don’t hide who they support, but homerism is never an issue. They ridicule their own teams, as they do with every other team, player and manager.
Men in Blazers don’t rely on vulgarity or immaturity for laughs (I’m looking at you, Dane Cook). They’re truly intellectually hilarious. They find connections to everything. For instance, Rog likened a poem by Philip Larkin (full disclosure: I’m not feigning for a second that I have even the slightest clue who that is) about a man who accidentally ran over a hedgehog with a lawn mower and felt terribly about it, to convey his inner feelings about the Premier League season wrapping up.
Rog routinely deploys a wide range of similes to movies, TV shows the NBC pregame analysts, other sports, fantastically funny medieval references and hilarious poetry occasionally (to reiterate: I’ve never read poetry outside of requirements for academics nor do I particularly enjoy it, that’s why it’s all the more funny when he does it and I laugh, there’s no inherent interest for me.) They two of them don't just have a fastball: they have four or five pitches in their armory.
On their latest podcast, wrapping up the final week of the Premier League season, where NBC spread all 10 games live on their different channels and rationalized the extraneous logic as to why NBC chose what went where. For instance, Arsenal were on Bravo because, as their jerseys are uncomfortably tight, they reveals some raisin smuggling in the chest region. Bravo, of course, has Real Housewives programmed regularly.
Self-deprecation always provides a laugh yet often emits a desperate plea for someone to swoop in and reassure that “no, you’re not fat!” But, it’s overt to hear they’re not insecure nor fishing for compliments. For instance, they nearly jokingly started a campaign on their podcast to get Men in Blazers off the air. They refer to their studios as “the crap part of Soho” and regularly integrate the word sub-optimal into their work, about themselves.
They have a loyal cult following of fans, referred to as GFOPs (Great Friends of the Pod), and that’s not by accident or dumb luck. They had their podcast on ESPN’s Grantland then helped with ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage, which put them in the public eye.
If you’re a fan of soccer and laughing, then tuning into Men in Blazers is you’re easiest decision since watching the World Cup. Nothing I say could ever do MiB any sort of justice, therefore you just need to tune in and try it out for yourself. Watch a video or listen to an audio at www.meninblazers.com, it will brighten your day.
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