How to Watch the World Cup

The good folks over at Onward Reserve and I were talking the other day, and they asked my opinion on how Americans should watch the World Cup.  Actually, it’s a great question.  Here we go:

Once every four years, something amazing happens.  Yes – there is a presidential election every four years.  Yes – the Olympics are every four years.  I’m not talking about either of those.  I’m talking about the ultimate bandwagon event: the World Cup.  99% of Americans can’t tell you what “off sides” means, but when it’s time to start kicking the ball around in the global tournament, they are HUGE soccer fans.  Huge.

Honestly, this is the biggest sporting event in the world.  This year, the host country is Brazil, which makes sense, as they have won the thing five times.  The World Cup consists of 32 teams that play in a round-robin tournament where each team plays the other three teams in their same group (there are eight groups).  The top two teams from each group move on to the next phase.  It’s done on a point system, where three points are awarded for a win, one point is awarded for a tie, and zero points are awarded for a loss.  The knockout phase is a single elimination tournament where teams play each other in on-off matches.  It starts with a round of 16, and the winner in each group plays against the runner up of another group.  Finally, the quarterfinals, then the semi-finals, the third place match, and the final match.

Now, here’s how to watch it.  First and foremost, there is no way you should miss a USA game.  You’ll know when they play because ESPN is promoting it more than anything LeBron (which is in itself shocking).  When watching the USA games, show some pride.  Wear red, white, and blue.  Paint your face.  Drink Budweiser.  As for the seemingly million other games, catch what you can, but after five minutes and a strong desire to turn the channel, fight it.  For all practical purposes, these are the best athletes in the world, and their skill at soccer is unmatched.  It’s really a sight to see – everything from their skills on the field as well as their Bill Laimbeer-ing fake injuries.  It’s magical.

Now, let’s be honest.  The USA is not going to win the World Cup.  We rarely make it out of the first round.  Why?  Well, our opinion is that for every other country in the world, their best athletes play soccer (or ‘football’ in their country).  Our best athletes don’t play soccer.  Instead, they play real football, basketball, and baseball.  What if it were different?  What if our World Cup team consisted of the likes of RG3, Barry Sanders, Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Neon Deion Sanders, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter?  It’s safe to say that we would whip some serious ass.

So who’s going to win?  Well, all the major countries are getting quite a bit of hype this year.  Defending champion Spain has already been eliminated, much to the surprise of nearly everyone (including Chileans).  The Netherlands, Germany, and Argentina are getting a lot of chatter, but the major favorite is Brazil, who happens to also be the host country.  We’re going to go with the experts on this one and say that the championship trophy stays at home.

They liked it so much they ran it in their Gazette…thanks so much.  As for where I’ll be watching – with my buddies at Chubbies at the Big Sky party.  Sha-BOOM.

Chubbies World Cup Party : This Sunday

From the Chubbies Man Cave:

The Chubbies team is teaming up with their friends at Big Sky Buckhead and throwing a World Cup party this Sunday from 5-8PM, and they’d love for you to join them and help cheer on the good ol’ USA.

Where:

Big Sky Buckhead
3201 Cains Hill Place NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

When:

THIS SUNDAY
June 22nd from 5-8PM

^^This guy gets it.

There will be free giveaways and a couple pairs of their most bodacious ‘Mericas will be raffled off.  The more Red, White, and Blue you have on the better.

Let’s get fired up,

Jon-Mark ‘I bleed Red, White, and Blue’ Craddock

Store Location Info:

The Chubbies Man Cave
at Onward Reserve
3072 Early Street
Atlanta, GA 30305

Mon-Sat: 10-7
Sundays: 12-5

Summer Style: Dinner & Drinks

I’m all for comfort, but not as an excuse for being lazy.  I’m not talking about people that live in Under Armor shorts/shirts/etc. like a professional exerciser.  I’m talking about the “it’s hot outside, so I’m going to wear as little as possible”.  Comfortable?  Yes.  Limited?  Absolutely.  As men, we should dress like men, which not only shows respect for ourselves, but respect for those in our party.  Personally, I wear a coat and tie to church every Sunday.  Respect.  This type of mentality should be applied to all facets of our lives.

Situationally, for those 7:30PM dinner reservations with your significant other and friends…the temperature will go down enough to dress like an adult for dinner and drinks.  Instead of showing up in shorts and a polo, dress like a man.  Be the best looking guy in the room.  Your significant other will appreciate it, which makes all the difference.

You can lose the jacket at dinner, and roll up your sleeves when dinner is served.  Here’s how to do it right:

From top left:

1. Loro Piana Woven Hemp & Wool Blend Blazer:  A light tan or cream blazer is an absolute must this time of year.  It’s not a tired look, but a necessary neutral that allows you to dress up other pieces of your outfit without being too loud.  Get something good.
2. Ledbury McDaniel Chambray Shirt:  Chambray is the workhorse of shirts, but they don’t have to be cut like a work shirt.  Ledbury knocks it out of the park with the McDaniel – point collar, slim fit, good buttons… A+.
3. Armani Acqua Di Gio Cologne:  This is a great summer scent.  Not too much…just enough so she’ll notice.
4. Krewe du Optic Charles Bengal & Iridescent Purple Sunglasses:  Just came to know these guys through Onward Reserve.  Outstanding looking glasses – a very classic look, with great lenses that feature a subtle purple tint.  These are a great, grown up version of sunglasses…eventually you have to stop wearing the neon cheep-o’s.
5. High Cotton Seersucker Gingham Pocket Square:  Don’t let that jacket pocket get lonely.  Just make sure the fabrics are season appropriate.  The cotton seersucker is perfect in a blend blazer (better than silk – and much more useful).
6. Levi’s Made & Crafted Tack Selvedge Jeans:  Nothing but the best…
7. Sir Jack’s Pelican Hook Belt:  A good belt like this is such a good finishing piece to an outfit.  The attention to the details makes all the difference.
8. 1950′s 18K Patek Philippe 130 Chronograph Watch:  Old watches are just cool.  And this one is about as cool as it gets.  Be ready to receive random compliments from strangers.  This one is a unicorn.
9. Martin Dingman Jameson Matte Alligator Credit Card Case:  Slim jeans need a slim wallet.  If you need to carry around more than what fits in this card case, you need to re-evaluate.
10. Res Ipsa #10 Wool Loafers:  The perfect ‘flare’ piece for the outfit.  A great pair of wool loafers that are unique, stylish, and extremely comfortable.  It’s not hard to pull these off any almost any outfit, so own it.

What say you?

Streaker Sports ‘Merica Visor & Koozie Giveaway

In honor of the World Cup (and USA’s BIG win over Ghana), we’re teaming up with Streaker Sports to give away one of their Streaker Flag tour visors and a pair of matching koozies.

Leave a comment to this post to enter, and help us out with the following:

  • Leave a comment to this post with your favorite quote about America
  • Follow Streaker Sports on Instagram and on Twitter

The contest will run until next Monday night, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday at lunch.

Good Luck!

Thanks to the good folks at Streaker Sports for supplying the goods for the giveaway

 

Filson X Magnum Camera Bags

I had heard some rumors that Filson was toying with the idea of producing a line of camera bags…  By no means am I an innovator, but I talked about this a while back.  I currently use one of their Medium Field Bags with a Domke padded insert and it provides all the room I need.

From the Filson website: “Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey and Steve McCurry know that photography is about taking risks, getting close and being ready for anything. That’s why we worked with them to design photography bags for those who refuse to stay indoors. We combined the craftsmanship used to develop our rugged luggage with the decades-deep expertise of Harvey and McCurry to create durable camera bags built for use in the field, with weather-resistant fabric, an understated appearance to deter gear theft and modular padded dividers to keep items organized and accessible.”

Although I haven’t touched one of the bags from the Filson line, I am very familiar with their products.  The Camera Field Bag (pictured above) looks great…and would be the direction I’d go.

What say you?

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there…  Sit back, fire up the grill, and enjoy a cold one.  You deserve it.

Friday Jam: John Lee Hooker – “Boom Boom” (Live)

Listen to this…I dare you to tell me it gets any better.