27
May

PUMA throws flashmob for Dortmund, team could not care less

First thing’s first: You have to give PUMA some credit for supporting their team, even when they are down. Their timing, however, could not have been worse.

Borussia Dortmund had just lost the UEFA Champions League final. It was their biggest game of the year, and probably the biggest game of many of the players’ careers. When they arrived at the check-in counter at the airport before heading home to Germany, they were greeted with a singing and dancing PUMA flashmob.

The Dortmund team and staff could not have looked less interested. After coming off one of the biggest disappointments of their career, this was surely the last thing they wanted to see.

The strangest part of all: Everything was sung in English. There was even a “we’re proud of you” sign written in English. Not only were they subjected to this dance number, but it was all performed in a foreign language. How unsettling and different to Bayern Munich welcome back home:

18
May

Trecker’s Travels, Day Twelve: The Fall

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By: Jamie Trecker

LONDON, ENGLAND

Shanna called me from the States yesterday. It was her birthday and it was hot in Chicago, 86ºF and rising. Unfortunately, it’s still October here in London, and I have been dodging the twin plagues of downpours and frost. Anyway, she wanted me to get her a nice gift.

So, I did what any sensible person would do: I looked in the NME, and then headed out to Clapham Junction to see The Fall on the twin grounds that it is always warm in a pub and the Fall are freaking great.

For once, I was not the oldest man at a punk show. This is due to the band’s longevity: they’ve been about since the late 70s and are currently touring in support of their 30th LP, “Re-Mit”. Their core audience –- anorak-wearing record collectors suffering from varying stages of male-pattern baldness – is almost sweet in its uniformity. All of us in that bracket got there right at 7 when doors opened, and then dutifully went right to the merch table. Greybeard after greybeard bought the band’s newest album on vinyl, some for the second or third time, and then held onto those purchases for four hours during the show.

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