at least it's not just us?
Cool Red Berenson hockey throwback jersey.
The games start in about 20 minutes. NBC has a pretty good pre-game show.
Who is your team!? Go Gunners!
After painstakingly going through and sending hundreds of emails I believe I have now communicated with or provided a book to everyone who backed us on the Kickstarter.
If you a.) Backed us on kickstarter, b.) don't have your stuff yet, and c.) haven't heard from me recently, you should:
Check which country you live in. Look at the ground beneath your feet. Does it exude the sweet air of freedom mixed with hotdogs and beer?
Most common error: A lot of international orders get backed up in customs and stay there for days. Apparently our information is so good other countries don't want you to have it!
Solution: We have all of these orders tracked so if you're international AND remember sending us your address already, email me and we'll figure out where yours is. Of those we've looked at so far most are due to arrive in 1-3 days from today.
Go back to the kickstarter and find your order:
Most common error: started to buy and then didn't, or credit card expired before we charged it.
Solution: Buy the book now.
Check ALL the email addresses you use. You're looking for a prolific deluge of "WHERE ARE YOU HOW CAN I GET YOUR STUFF TO YOU?" emails from Kickstarter and myself going back to June. Trying to log into kickstarter is a good way to figure out which email you used.
Most common error: "Oh, I used my spam email address." Or even "I created a new gmail account that is like menormally+kickstarter@gmail"
Solution: check it and respond.
Check if you moved recently. You know what's slower than 3rd class mail? 3rd class mail that needs to be forwarded to a new address. If you were a just-a-book or just-both-books order and didn't spring for rush shipment your book went 3rd class batch and we have no way of tracking your order, but if you were in any higher tier we can.
Most common error: "I only ordered a book but moved and gave you my old address."
Solution: Email me and we'll see if we can help you out. If you have a hoops book coming in October you can give me your new address now, or we'll email you eventually to confirm your address for that.
Check your t-shirt order. If you ordered something that isn't currently in the MGoStore, e.g. the photobomb shirt, that means we had to reprint it, and your order may have moved to the back of the line so we could process more orders faster.
Most common error: You requested last year's HTTV shirt with the Brian photobomb. You may even know Brian personally, in which case he probably requested an opportunity to talk you out of that shirt. You should call him and see what you can get out of this.
Solution: Wait another couple of days. The last of these went out Aug. 8.
Books are still on sale, and The Draftstreet Deal is still going. Also let me know if your book came damaged because we bought the insurance for that.
So for those of you unaware, the EPL (highest level of British soccer/football) starts this Saturday. I consider myself a casual fan but that may change. For the first time ALL games will be nationally televised. This is huge. This isn't even the case in England (for comparison think of having all NFL games televised without having to buy some $250 package). Because we have a narrowing window before the good stuff (college football) starts and selfishly I need some help picking my rooting team*, I thought it'd be entertaining for those of you into the EPL to draw some analogies. To get the creative juices flowing here is an article from Bill Simmons with some background on the teams (its old so some teams have been relegated) and many comparisons are drawn to MLB teams
*I somewhat randomly have chosen Liverpool to root for, but now that I can see any team I thought it a good time to reconsider rooting for a team that wears red-on red-on red.
So what I'd like to do is to draw an analogy (with explanation) for an EPL team & their associated B1G team (or elsewhere in college football if there is a better one). My suggestions to get us started:
Manchester United: The most titles and generally regarded as most successful=well us probably. That would make an easy one for MSU/the little brother in the rivalry=Man City. However, their fans are regarded as arrogant (unfortunately could still be us), and this team is widely hated by many other fan bases...so OSU? If you go outside the B1G then I'd say Alabama & to make Man City Auburn.
Liverpool=U-M. Hey! then I'd not have to change my allegiance. Also very successful, but recently had some tough years & have had to shuffle coaches recently after being absoluely dominant in the 70's & 80's behind fantastic coaching (sounds familiar?) I think that we are back to success more quickly than them. Would make Everton the little brother/cross-town less successful 'rival'/MSU...would make Man U OSU as THE rivalry.
Sunderland=Iowa. Slow, plodding, boring style.
Arsenal=Wisconsin. Sneaks in and wins titles when other teams with more talant don't put their seasons together the way they should.
PSU=Rangers. 1 of 2 teams outside of EPL (or B1G) that would love to be considered part of the league but never fully embraced. Now hammered by penalties and not a factor (makes Celtic=ND...obviously)
Rutgers/Maryland=the 2 Welsh teams...what the hell are they doing here in the league?
Outside the B1G:
Chelsea-Oregon. Completely irrelevant until about 10 years ago when a Billionaire poured $Millions into the program & now they have success.
If anyone has any other good ones, even non B1G or EPL let em rip...like:
USC-Juventus. Many titles, long history of succss. Slamed by penalties & trying to crawl back to the top.
Cannot believe that we lost to Grand Rapids Griffins. At least, it is good that MSU lost to Plymout Whalers.
In battle of logos.
As of just a couple minutes ago, college sports season is officially underway again! The Michigan women's soccer team kicks off the new sports year with an exhibition against WMU. They will play another exhibition against Dayton on Friday, and then a week after that actual competitive action will begin against UW-Milwauke. The summer has been long and painful, but it's finally coming to an end!
Score is nil-nil, about 10 minutes in.