Men in Blazers
Men in Blazers is a collaboration of the British 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."
The two met at a wedding reception for a mutual friend. The reception was held during the final match of the 2006 World Cup. Bennett noticed Davies sulking and struck up a conversation. Davies was a contributing writer for ESPN at the time.
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 10pm EST and streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
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.
NBCSN television show episodes
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.
Every podcast, the duo drinks a Guinness when getting "to the football."
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).
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