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Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica

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From the wildly popular soccer pundits, a hilarious and informative guide to the ever-more popular game.

For more than a decade, the "Men in Blazers"—two balding transplants from Britain named Rog and Davo—have stood at the center of our growing national obsession with soccer. Hundreds of thousands of fans tune in weekly to their podcast and television broadcast to get thei
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Liz Reichart
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entirely sub-optimal. The final nail in the coffin of the publishing business as we know it.
Courage to all readers who embark on this heartless work, devoid of all human emotion and clearly ghost-written by Zlatan.
MH
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much more than a well-illustrated collection of jokes about pie and hair loss, the encyclopedia format serves as a backdoor biography for the two men, "an optimistic Londoner who believes everything is possible" and "a negative Liverpudlian who sees Cossacks lurking behind every door" (x), told through entries on family, football collectibles, and especially childhoods in England spent dreaming about America. There are plenty of jokes for GFOPs and football fans, of course, but there's also a ...more
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
I am barely able to properly convey how essiiiiiited I am to read this. 😁😁😁😁😁
Joyce
While I can't say I'm a fan, I was familiar with Rog and Davo before I came across this delightful recording. Honestly, there's no point in bothering with the print version, unless you're a real soccer/football fan, because, as they meander through the alphabet in their encyclopedia, they offer a taste of their favorite sport--the athletes, the teams, the highs and lows--and personal recollections and witty byplay as they go. The encyclopedia--and their performance--is quirky, smart, and insight ...more
Thekelburrows
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Balds win! Balds win! BALDS WIN!
Phil
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a delightful accompaniment to any English Premier League (EPL) or World Cup soccer viewing experience, as it provides a source of much needed entertainment during the 89.5 minutes of tedium generally on display during a typical 90+ minute “football” match. The short A-Z entries are mostly amusing and informative, but unfortunately (for the authors and their creditors) the book was published in the the US market at almost the exact moment when the American team failed to qualify for ...more
Ric
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rog and Davo have outdone themselves here. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more suboptimal than the podcast and the tv show, they release this book that is as crap as the rest. And I couldn’t have possibly enjoyed it more.
Jen
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Listen to it on audio! While they don’t read every entry, I could listen to Rog and Davo talk soccer to me any day of the week.
Ian Hamilton
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bennett and Davis' show and podcast are consistently entertaining, but unfortunately Blazertannica feels as though it was hastily thrown together to ride the wave of the duo's popularity. The jokes are inconsistent, and the "encyclopedia" is a smorgasbord of largely dull and superfluous entries. Much of what makes the comedic pair so strong is their delivery and ability to feed off one another on air; unfortunately this formula isn't replicated in this book.
Tim Hoiland
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
From "Accents" and "Achilles Feet" to "Zaha" and "Zidane" this book is as lively and weird as its authors. If you've listened to the podcast or watched the show, a lot of this material will be familiar to you. Best suited for those who find themselves on the verge of soccer enthusiasm but in need of a nerdy, humorous nudge.
Ryan
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sub-optimal crap has never been more enjoyable.
Michael J.
You'll learn a lot more than just football/soccer in this highly entertaining and often funny collection of short articles (from one paragraph to several pages) on various and sundry topics - - some only loosely related to football/soccer.
Just like the Men In Blazers television show, Rog and Davo go off on tangents and that's what gives this book it's unique charm. If you're looking for a comprehensive overview of soccer, including a complete history of the sport and a detailed explanation of
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Leah Rachel von Essen
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was fun. It made me laugh a good number of times, and I shared many of the best stories with Nick. It's full of stories not just about soccer, but also about Rog and Davo's lives, where they come from, what makes them up as people. Highlights included a diagram of best penalty kicks that was all iconic missed penalties, a new soccer vocabulary, and new and better knowledge of world and English football. I can't blame it too much for its Western focus naturally, or its jokes at the expe ...more
Spencer
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved soccer for a long time. In the buildup to the last World Cup in 2014, I discovered a podcast by two English gents call "Men in Blazers". I immediately fell in love with Rog and Davo, their football knowledge, their incredible sense of humor, and of course, their delightful accents. I haven't missed a Men in Blazers podcast in the past four years. Not only have they brought more enjoyment to the World Cup and subsequent international tournaments, but they have provided thorough educa ...more
John Matthew
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a suboptimal book full of crap.

And if you are a fan of Men In Blazers, you will love it.

p. 28: The Game of Our Lives by George Turnbull
p. 32: Chelsea fans will respond by bellowing "Speak F--king English! Why don't you speak F---king English?"
p. 35: Chelsea: "There are also some less savory connections to do with anti-Catholicism, pro-Ulster unionism, loyalist tendencies, fascism, racism and gang-related violence."
p. 40: "You can change your husband or wife, you can change your underpants,
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Paul Carr
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soccer
Nothing I say will persuade you to or dissuade you from buying this book. If you don’t know or like the Men in Blazers, you won’t get most of the jokes, and the humor will seem bizarre. If you are a Men in Blazers fan (as I am), you will relish the sub-optimality and understand that reference. I laughed out loud many times while reading this, and I smiled or chuckled countless others. Their ability to blend soccer, comedy and pop culture is an art, as are the accompanying illustrations. Size the ...more
Colona Public Library
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april, non-fiction
I love the show Men in Blazers. If you do too, then you have to pick up this book. The humor is the same. The book is formatted like a real encyclopedia. It starts with A and ends with Z. There are tons of photos and drawings through out the book. You also get to learn more about Roger and Michael. You can read every entry in this book or just skip to the bits that you are interested it. You will enjoy this book either way. This book will make a great addition to any futbol or soccer fan's books ...more
Brandon Anderson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the Men in Blazers at their finest. It's a coffee table book. If you're a diehard listener or viewer, you won't find much new here. There are a lot of jokes and references you've heard before, but that's ok -- that's why we come back every week. If you're newer, you'll enjoy getting the background on a lot of the usual sayings you've gotten used to. These guys are hilarious as always. You'll get sports and culture, history and present, fictional and real, and you'll laugh all the way thr ...more
Peter Smith
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to the Men in Blazers podcast for years now so I was totally in the tank for this book even before it was written. But I have to admit that I'm surprised just how good their comedy encyclopedia on soccer turned out. There's some great stuff about the history of the game, some surprisingly inspirational life advice (Davo's work, no doubt), and of course, the same sense of humor that brings me back to their podcast every week. I don't know if I would be half the soccer fan I am ...more
Philip
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Encyclopedia Blazertannica' by Roger Bennett and Michael Davis, better known as the "Men in Blazers", have for more than a decade, stood at the center of Americas' growing national obsession with soccer or as an Englishman, I would say 'football. Hundreds of thousands of fans, including my self, tune in weekly to their podcast and television broadcast to get their analysis of the previous week's matches and soccer/football news. Rog and Davo fill in all the gaps with this hugely entertaining an ...more
Philip Looney
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This felt like part memoir, part love letter to GFOPs everywhere. Much of the content will be familiar to long time listeners, but there is lots of behind the scenes photos and stories that let you get even more inside the mind of Rog and Davo. I enjoyed learning more about 70s and 80s England football culture and fandom, like the part on Subbuteo and Bobby Moore. Best book for prepping for the 2018 World Cup out today.
Dan
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious!! To be fair, I’m biased. I like their podcasts, their shows, their commentary, their humor, and I LOVE the sport of soccer. So, it’s easy for me to score this one highly, but they do such a great job of intertwining real history with their own differing opinions while still sharing detailed personal stories that endear the reader to the authors as well as to the sport. If you’re a soccer/football fan with a sense of humor, this is a must read.
Steven
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To all who embark on reading this sub-optimal pile bald winning schlock, I say courage.

Is that your analysis?

Read this one when it came out in advance of the 2018 World Cup. Although I have heard a lot of these stories and thoughts as part of their podcast, the book was well worth the read. About fandom and what makes one a soccer fan (day drinking) and about life, love, and life lessons. And also redheads and sad naps and grief bacon. Could not ask for more.
Matt Mitchell
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the words of Davo, this is a brand extension. A hilarious and comedic one at that, explaining many of the tropes and quips of this soccer commentary duo. The only knock is that if you don't know the show, this won't make nearly as much sense as it does to a GFOP like myself who listens regularly. That's OK though. If you like soccer, particularly the English Premier League, these gents are top-notch crap (by their own admission and branding, of course).
Ken
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun build up to the World Cup.

It brings me more joy to have than it does to read, if that makes any sense. Consuming tons of the Men in Blazers podcasts and tv episodes creates value for this as a piece of merchandise. It’s like a really cool concert poster.

If you are a GFOP, it’s worth getting.
Jay Hanewald
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
A good companion book to GFOP. Encyclopedia Blazertannica is ideal for someone who can't get enough Men In Blazers. For a wider audiance, this books lacks enough substance or laugh-out-loud moments to be worth more than a casual glance at Barnes & Noble before moving elsewhere in the soccer section. ...more
Tom
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant piece of crap that is a total joy to read. Essential for any fan of world football, or soccer, especially the Premier League. For a taste of the information that humorously jumps off every page, watch “Men in Blazers” on NBCSN, or listen to the MIB podcast. Or just open the book to any page. It’s arranged alphabetically, so you can read it in short bites.
RD
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Finally finished this crap book when my neighborhood had a blackout. Surely an acceptable time to read this crap.

In all seriousness, this book hasn’t aged well in terms of info, and did the illustrator miss a memor when the book characterizes Mourinho as a “F1 driver” when he’s drawn as a boxer? (Read the book.) Still a great read, though.
Poppy
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could anything be better.

Could anything be better. Hours & hours of football & laughter. I've sat with this all day. I will continue to enjoy it and share it with my kids & laugh with them. If only it came with pies.
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Robin
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the Men in Blazers, and this was a fine complement to the first week of World Cup 2018. I’m just sad I won’t be seeing them every night from Bob Ley’s Panic Room, where I first found them four years ago...
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