Local Media, Americans and the World Cup

As this World Cup comes to a close, I have been watching a lot more than just the glorious display of the Beautiful Game on display here in Denver. Here are a few things to note about my perception of Americans (or people who live in America) and the media in Denver during this World Cup:

1. In the main, supporting the country of one’s ancestors seems to be more important than the country one is born in. This could be a fallacy, but I have seen more Americans in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, France and the other South American country’s shirts than I have the US one. I will say that in a few, rare cases some of this is because of a true love of football as a whole (I myself had a Pele shirt in the 90’s). My prime example is RMB’s own Greg Lepetsos as he shows us all his pain while wearing his Brazil tee during that 7-1 capitulation to Germany!

2. When the US lost to Belgium, the World Cup finished for those who were only supporting the American side because ‘Murica. It’s like they believed the World Cup existed up until they lost, which is a shame, considering the amount of passion we saw from a lot of US fans. Those who have invested time in following a league team, however, have been following the whole tournament and have been treated to an event far better than South Africa, four years ago. This is just an observation of the casual fan who only shows up when there isn’t any American Football or Hockey on. They will disappear as soon as social media dies down and their twitter page isn’t inundated with facts they can repeat as necessary. This is the kind of fan we need to educate more and get on board full time. They know the score, but don’t have the base to stick with it.

3. The 9News Sports department is decades behind the rest of the world and a good section of Denver, too. By only focusing on the World Cup until the US went out they missed a huge opportunity to connect with an already large and continually growing part of Denver’s community. I don’t even think someone of them know that US had to go through a quite arduous qualification process to make it to Brazil, you certainly can’t have a decent conversation with a few in there without getting the usual misinformed rubbishing you get from those who don’t know the game. More importantly, they are missing out on the chance to forge a link with the community, especially seeing as we have live Premiership football broadcast on our station. @nil_nil00 was contrived, cheesy to those already in the Denver football community, but he was a step in the right direction and I hope he returns soon, so get your #savenilnil hash tags ready, my friends. Here I get ribbed by the unidentified reporter for predicting a Brazil win over Germany:

4. Telemundo Denver’s approach to the World Cup has been perfect. They have done everything that 9News should have and I think their general viewer base will grow because of that.

5. I was given the chance to work on air with Susie Wargin on her show with Dave Logan at KOA radio. I enjoyed myself immensely and got to advertise my abilities, but more importantly I thought it was a good step for them to take as it engaged with the community. As football continues to grow, I think it would be a great foot in the door to build and have someone (not necessarily me) on a regular basis to cover the Premiership, La Liga and other leagues and cater more to Denver’s already passionate football community.

And here we are now at half time in the World Cup Final with everything to play for. Just 45 or 75 minutes away from being able to take a deep breath and focus on what’s really important – Chelsea’s pre-season training and our impending campaign to bring the Premiership, FA Cup, Mickey Mouse Cup and Champions League where they belong – the trophy cabinet at Stamford Bridge.

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How Much Chelsea Swag Do You Have?

I’m Sam, and I’m a Chelsea fan.

Hi Sam!

It all started innocently enough, with a home blue strip. Then there was a scarf. Next thing you know I was dealing with a full-blown addiction. Probably I’m not the only guy with more Blues gear than I can really make a rational case for, and the other day I found myself counting. How much Chelsea merchandise do I have, anyway?

Here’s the inventory, not counting keychains (1), snow globes (1), flags and banners and the like. Continue reading “How Much Chelsea Swag Do You Have?”

(Shed End) Seattle Diary: I Was Wrong (and Mikel Scores!)

Shed End Seattle

Last weekend I was near despair. As I wrote Sunday, I had marched forth in search of a Chelsea FC community here in my new city only to come up empty. Given the vibrance of the Rocky Mountain Blues supporters club in Denver, I was not exaggerating when I explained the emptiness and disappointment I was feeling.

Within a couple hours of posting my lament, I heard from Jason Smith, the man in charge of Shed End Seattle, the city’s main (and perhaps only – the existence of the Northwest Blues is very much in question at present) CFC group. Continue reading “(Shed End) Seattle Diary: I Was Wrong (and Mikel Scores!)”

Dear RMBs: do not take your community for granted

When my marriage fell apart in 2010 I quickly realized just how much of my social life was tied to my wife’s friends and family. I had friends of my own, of course, but most were married with families, or they lived way the hell out in the ‘burbs. Very few were of the “let’s go grab a quick beer” variety, so the result was that I spent a lot of time alone.

Let me amend that. I spent all of my time alone. And given the upheaval that divorce represents, not just in your routine, but in your soul and in your psyche, it’s probably safe to say that I have never felt quite so totally alone in life. Her family had become my family, and all of a sudden my family was taken from me. No family. No tribe. No community. Continue reading “Dear RMBs: do not take your community for granted”

RMB Select Predictions!

So I got with a few of our lads and we decided to make our predictions for the season! I have to apologise to everyone for not getting these up sooner, but they are here at last!

Please join in with us and post your predictions for the season – I’ll give you guys a week or so to get them in but you’ll have an advantage over us as we did these before the season started and the transfer window closed. Continue reading “RMB Select Predictions!”

RMB Tour: Indianapolis – Pre-game meet ups.

So it has taken me a couple of days to recover from an exciting, entertaining and thoroughly exhausting rollercoaster trip to Indianapolis. Michael and I got checked into the Canterbury just after finding out its bar was rated as one of the top five sexist bars in Indianapolis. Naturally we were mildly fearful of being objectified, but we knew we could take it in the name of Chelsea.

Continue reading “RMB Tour: Indianapolis – Pre-game meet ups.”

RMB On Tour: Indianapolis – The Flight

Michael Leaves and I are embarking on a pseudo pilgrimage to see our beloved Blues. Unfortunately we’re not headed to Stamford Bridge, but we will see them play Inter Milan at the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

We have plenty in common with our Chelsea history up until the mid ’90s when Michael moved over the Colorado and I joined the British Army. Lots of games down the Bridge either in the Shed or on the benches from a young age in the sun and rain. So let’s compare some of our firsts, favorites and most memorables… Continue reading “RMB On Tour: Indianapolis – The Flight”

My Blue Heaven!

With a possible new trophy in the making here it is, a brief guide to my pre-Abramovich Chelsea cup finals. I’m focusing on the pre-Abramovic era as many of the RMB crowd  like a story from the good old days when we were shit. Well, it wasn’t all bad, even if there were some low points for us at the Bridge. Continue reading “My Blue Heaven!”

Interview with Newcastle GK Coach, Andy Woodman

Andy at Southend United’s rivals Colchester United just after he left Roots Hall

Andy Woodman is a class guy. We’re not best friends, we’re not in regular contact, but we do catch up every now and then on Facebook and Andy always makes time to ask how the family are doing when we do. I’ve been writing for the RMBs for a few months now, and when I saw the Chelsea/Newcastle fixture was coming up I knew I had to ask him for an interview. “Woody” embraced the request with open arms. Because you know, he’s that kind of chap.

I first met Andy in the East Stand Bar at Roots Hall, home of Southend United, about two hours before kickoff for the third division encounter against Scunthorpe in September of 2000. Andy had joined the Shrimpers on loan from Brentford and had been a regular starter, but had had a few bad games between the sticks, most notably in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln City at home and a 2-0 loss to Darlington away, despite keeping a clean sheet against Birmingham City in a league cup match at St. Andrews after they had thumped us 5-0 at home in the first leg. Things weren’t bad, but they weren’t great for Southend, either. Continue reading “Interview with Newcastle GK Coach, Andy Woodman”