Sunday, November 29, 2009
Biggy brought soccer newbie Shawn with him on the journey from San Jose to Seattle and they represented the FBM and American soccer in style. Here is Biggy's "free beer mover" story:
So we pretty much took the Free Beer Movement everywhere we went in Seattle.
Saturday we hit the Seattle Underground tour, and we found even gnomes and gremlins like free beer. Probably because they generally don't use US currency, so beer for free is their only option.
We then hit up the gift shop and among all the sweet signs there was a warning for free beer!
We headed down to Pike Place to scope the sights and even the pigs were all about the FBM, and honestly who could blame them. It is hard to drink though if you are made of metal, so we kept the beers to ourselves and they kept the swine flu in return.
Our friend at the sports shop on Pier 57 was all about the FBM, he even stashed his sticker right by the register, which is pretty legit. I was impressed at all the jerseys they had on sale, particularly the Sounders gear that dominated the store. Surprising coming from San Jose but it's awesome what soccer is doing in Seattle.
On gameday I got my buddy Shawn involved in the movement by hooking him up with a free beer as it was his first professional soccer match. He likes soccer now almost as much as he likes beer. He likes beer a lot, so that should tell you something. I bought myself a tasty refreshing cold one as well just so I could be one of the cool kids.
Of course, the NES (North End Supporters) are all about soccer and beer, so they wanted in on the action as well. Some fine fan support out in Seattle.
Then we got in a different sort of Free Beer Movement, the Free Beer related Wristband Movement, which is solid.
We found an RSL fan from LA at the bar, and he embodied everything we were all about all weekend, unfortunately he already bought his beer.
Many stickers were given out, many beers were enjoyed, and we really hope RSL downed at least one beer outta that bad boy.
The FBM x Constantly Offside were just part of the epic movement that is the MLS and American Soccer, in general. Cheers from Biggy at Constantly Offside dot com! Make sure you get to an MLS Cup in the near future, one of the greatest experiences of my life for sure.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Well.... not quite yet, but through your efforts we can be. We've been sending our FBM stickers to all corners of the nation and now we're starting to see them pop up in some pretty cool places.
If you've already got one (our Free Beer Movers) we want to see where you've put it; your car, your computer... we dunno... your cat? Drop us a line with where you've plastered the FBM and we'll post it on our site with our new feature called "Found Free Beer Movement".
If you don't have one yet then send us your free beer stories and pictures (with your mailing address) and we'll drop one in the mail for your efforts on behalf of the Free Beer Movement.
We know, we know... didn't last week feature Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who of course is a total MILF? Yes, but we've got even more attractive ladies in this week's episode.
These lucky ladies are definitely deserving of a beer bought courtesy of the FBM for their efforts in promoting soccer in the US of A. And frankly, given how ugly we are I think maybe more than one free beer would be in order to make us tolerable.
On to this week's list!
1. Jessica Alba
The silver screen star (like the alliteration there?) recently penned a column for The Huffington Post promoting the 1Goal: Education for All campaign
This World Cup, we’re asking fans to sign up to give 75 million children a fair chance in life. Education beats Poverty – and gives people the tools to help themselves.
Global football stars, the football world and its governing body, FIFA, are behind 1GOAL. This World Cup is a moment for us to shine – let’s leave a legacy of education. We don’t want your money – we just want you on our team. Write Your Name for those who can’t. Join1GOAL.org
1 GOAL is an ambitious and important campaign that will change the lives of children living in poverty by helping to give them an education. We’re campaigning in over 200 countries from now until the FIFA World Cup final in South Africa in 2010.
1 GOAL is quite simply a global team that will voice our wishes to world leaders to keep their promise of giving everyone an education by 2015.
One recommendation is that I'd scrub Thierry Henry's picture from the homepage of the site. I doubt you're going to get any donations from Ireland for a while until you do.
2. Kate Perry
Soccer is never lacking in beauty. You've got great footwork, heart pounding strikes, superb saves, and, of course, WAGs. But add a different element to the equation: team-specific lingerie (and no I'm not talking about Austin Aztex cotton thongs).
American singer Kate Perry recently debuted an outfit for her boyfriend and West Ham United fan Russel Brand at the MTV Europe Music Awards and now you can purchase the same little thang for your special Hammers fan. According to the WHU site the team shop will be selling a 50 limited edition "outfits" for about $480.
I may go to hell for this, but you know who else is a West Ham United fan? Maybe he'll get a nice X-mas present from the missus?
3. Ben Olsen
Olsen's presence on and off the field will be sorely missed, but his departure leave only a few of Major League Soccer's old guard left (Hejduk, the Fire's Brian McBride are the two that come to mind). And while his departure is a bitter pill to swallow for DC United and the league's fans it draws our attention back to the next generation of American soccer stars.
For all that Olsen has contributed in bringing great American soccer to the greater nation. Thank you. Here's a raised glass (and hopefully a bought brew) to you, Ben Olsen.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This precipitous rise for TSG has not gone unnoticed by the larger soccer blogging world as they were recently nominated in one of USSoccer.com's "best of..." awards (Full Disclosure: I voted for TSG in the "Best Soccer Blog" category and you should too!). Having been a reader, commenter, and fan of TSG from the earliest days of their site, this is something I take great pride in.
Along with another site, TSG is my first stop before and after any USMNT game. Their embrace and support of the Free Beer Movement has been uncompromising (in fact, they were the first to suggest Frankie Hejduk as our spokesperson). Their willingness to try and get into Major League Soccer and the quick growth I've already seen in their appreciation of our fledgling domestic game (and how it connected to the larger National Team equation) is encouraging.
Lest this turn too much into a "love" piece about TSG (something I'm totally fine with) I wanted to highlight their latest column that dropped right before this Thanksgiving holiday. It is titled "What I'm Thankful For" and it is a great piece that spells out coherently (even if the author doesn't think so!) what it means to be a American soccer fan (both in the USMNT sense and beyond) and what is fundamentally right about being one.
Go and read it now; it might be the best post I've read all year (except ours here, of course!). Enjoy it, embrace it, and add your two sense and become a part of their unbelievable community.
Link: The Shin Guardian's "What I'm Thankful For"
Monday, November 23, 2009
This batch is supposed to be ready about mid-December just in time for some holiday cheer in the void that is non-American soccer winter. We'll have a full run down on its (fingers-crossed) deliciousness).
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
The South American nation's government forked over $155 million to purchase the rights to all of their national team's game an televise them for free. (Link: National Public Radio)
President Fernández de Kirchner (MILF?) announced this summer that Argentines would no longer be subject to pay-per-view matches or congregating at bars in order to catch Los Albicelestes.
Given the fiasco with the Honduran TV rights last month US President Barack Obama might want to take a page out of her political playbook. Think health care will lock in votes for Democrats? Just wait until he gets the soccer fan vote!
2. The Irish
The Guinness and Irish whiskey factories are going to have to kick it into overdrive after their national soccer team was gut-punched by France and striker Thierry Henry's extra-time handball.
There's nothing like not qualifying for the World Cup, then there's missing qualification by such a blatant touch on the ball as Henry's. This will probably go down as one of the most notorious no-call touches in the history of the game (alongside Maradona's "Hand of God" in 1986).
To add insult to injury at least Maradona was more coy in admitting his offense where as Henry comes off a bit less-than-impressive ("I will be honest, it was a handball. But I'm not the ref.")
3. Frankie Hejduk
Was given the arm band in the 71st minute of the international friendly against Denmark earlier this week.
While his defensive performance (Soccer By Ives said "Frankie Hejduk is still in the match. Is this one of these matches where you give a veteran the full 90 and then after the match you tell them 'See, you don't have it anymore'?") left a lot to be desired we'll definitely give him a round of applause for captaining the USMNT (his 1st time we believe).
That's always a special moment, no matter the circumstances.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Our boys in the red, white, and blue take to the pitch again today; this time from Aarhus, Denmark. And while we'd love to publish our game-day feature "Today's the Day", it seems a bit "over-the-top" for a test match at the end of 2009.
Television Note: Coverage begins at 2:25 EST / 11:25 PST on ESPNClassic. Upon the conclusion of the 2nd leg of the Ukraine / Greece WCQ which is being shown on ESPN2, the USMNT match will be simulcast on both ESPNClassic and ESPN2.
What we do hope for is a solid game against another World Cup-bound opponent, Denmark. Several of the USMNT regulars are away for Bob Bradley will tinker with the line-up to give a few other options the run out. And maybe FRANKIE HEJDUK!??!!?!
Before we get to into it, we have to remind you that we're not an analysis site (we're a American soccer loving and beer drinking site) and so we'll direct you to some people who actually know what they're talking about from a nuts-and-bolts perspective of this afternoon's match.
- The Shin Guardian, as always, has their Orange Wedges pre-game set up.
- The American Outlaws and their scouting report.
- ESPN Soccernet with their whatever. I mean the top story on the sidebar is that Robin van Persie is undergoing "placenta treatment". I think that speaks for itself.
Enjoy, we'll be catching all the action on tape delay this evening.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Listen to that crowd when Frankie scores the first time.
So why not celebrate Frankie's third place finish by signing our "Frankie Hejduk for FBM Spokesperson" petition.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. Section 8 (Chicago Fire supporter's group) chairman Ben Burton
Watching last night's game with a few soccer newbies, they were stunned at the atmosphere that Chicago hosted. They were stunned at a packed American soccer stadium and were blown away when the flares went off during the second half.
Even though it looks like Mr. Burton has a beer right now (ha!), we'd love to buy the next one for him. Section 8 and the Chicago Fire fandom is in good hands.
2. Winning Ugly Radio Host Scott Bornstein
After appearing on Episode 51 of Winning Ugly Radio I think we owe Scott a nice cold one. The host was great as FBM Prez Dan got to share the stage with Sandra Franz and Ginge (of the soccer blog, Ginge Talks the Footy)
Bornstein put up with Dan's antics for quite a bit including a crashing Internet, bad microphone, and offensive lines (which didn't make it on the show... thank goodness!).
We'll either buy him a pint of his favorite beer or maybe a "Coking, Choaking Argentini".
By now the soccer world and beyond has heard for Ms. Lambert's outrageous "defending" during a college soccer match against BYU. I mean, even my uncle sent me this clip and he thinks soccer is a lefty, socialist attempt to destroy America.
And while the world lashes out at Lambert we're not going to condone her actions, but certainly try to get her past them. I think a nice cold one will bring everyone's frustration-level down quite a bit.
Lambert is suffering a lot right now, but beyond her actions the fact that this was allowed to go on for so long is a poor reflection of not just her, but her coaches who clearly knew this was how she was playing. This time she just got caught which I'm sure the coaching staff wasn't betting that their little approval of her actions would be broadcast on ESPN.
In the end, its the coaches who deserve the brunt of our criticism and Lambert a beer to settle what I'm sure has not been an easy end to her collegiate career.
This one is not sympathetic, but celebratory.
Our guest-hosted "Free Beer Match Day" was held by New England Revolution blogger MidnightRevs who cracked open a case of post-Halloween night beers for the Major League Soccer playoff match against the Chicago Fire at Gilette Stadium in Boston, Mass.
MidnightRevs was kind enough to share his story on the blog and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. And you can be too!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sunday, Nov 1st, All Saints Day... also known as Post Halloween Sugar Crash Day.
I was packing up the car to go to Foxboro to watch the New England Revolution take on the Chicago Fire in the first leg of the MLS Playoffs, and realized that my cooler was still full of beer from the night before. Halloween is always a big party in my neighborhood, and so I was well stocked to provide refreshment to those adults accompanying their kids out trick or treating. And it occurred to me - I should use my beer to aid the Free Beer Movement. So I sent out a post on Twitter, and headed down route 1 to Foxboro.Heading to gillette for #revs. Will be there by 1:00.#freebeermovement will be in effect.@FreeBeerMovemntNow the tailgate party at Gillette Stadium is usually pretty well stocked with beer, even at Revolution games. And it was a pretty nice November day by New England Standards - Warm (meaning above 50 degrees) Sunny (i.e. NOT raining) and just a slight hint of Autumn (leaves stuck on your windshield wipers). I was hoping for a big crowd - but it never showed up. Maybe it was the fact that it was Sunday, and usually the Patriots are playing, or maybe there was a youth hockey tournament, or maybe everybody was just suffering from post Halloween meltdown disorder... but the crowd was minimal. The Midnight Riders of course showed up, and they were getting their rowdy faces on. Other small tailgating groups were already in full grill out mode - I broke out the cooler, made a quick sign, and let 'er rip.
Friday, November 6, 2009
FBM Prez Dan was one of the guest panelists on this week's episode of Winning Ugly Radio, a show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network.
On the show Dan talked about the Free Beer Movement, but mostly it was all fun and games with host Scott Bornstein and other guests Ginge (of Ginge Talks the Footy) and Sandra Franz.
Dan talks the curse of England's over-inflated sense of self-worth (and how that translates to penalty kick woe), a super STD between Paris Hilton and Cristiano Ronaldo, the "Coking, Choaking Argentini", PANCAKES! and other hilarious answers.
Listen Now: Episode 51 of Winning Ugly Radio (click on any of the links in the post).
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
News Watch: Numbers in the Stands, Numbers on TV, ESPN Ups its WC Coverage, Eastwood a Soccer Fan? and More
This is great news given the current economic situation in the nation. All of the major sports leagues are suffering due to the down turn, but MLS's modesty seems to have helped it through the worst part of the storm.
The National Football league is struggling to sell tickets and Major League Baseball saw its attendance drop 6.9%, while MLS fell only 2.9%. The bad news is that if you take new franchise Seattle out of the figures (who averaged 30,897 per game) the league attendance suffered a 9% drop. The other bad news is that established clubs on, average, suffered more than the league's newer clubs. Long-struggling clubs like Kansas City, FC Dallas, and New York Red Bulls continue to lose fans not only because of the recession, but because they're just bad.
Back to the upside. The Summer of Soccer put American soccer on the map. Not 1994 World Cup on the map, but between the high profile matches and the USMNT's run the Gold Cup and Confed Cup it drew larg number of people to the sport and in the stands
* Even as attendance numbers are a mixed bag, TV ratings for soccer are pretty straight forward: a big jump for the footy. Fox Soccer Channel saw huge boosts for its English Premier League numbers and modest gains for its MLS broadcasts. Just keep in mind, its not worth it to compare the two.
* More good TV news: ESPN is going all-out for its World Cup coverage in South Africa next year.
* And how is that big going?
* A great "shoe on the other foot" perspective of American basketball from the Brits.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Our "marketing director" Craig was kind enough to lend the services of the print company, Sign Satisfaction, where he works to print the stickers for us. We highly recommend them if you're in the Austin, TX area.
We want to know how free beer has bridged the soccer gap for you and your friends. Write to us, send us your pictures, and we'll send you a FREE Free Beer Movement bumper sticker to put where ever you like. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and your story could be the next on our site!