Posts Tagged ‘ Michigan Bucks ’

Strip Club–BYOB Edition

When I heard the Michigan Bucks were hosting the Chicago Fire in a US Open Cup game in the spring of 2012, I thought, I missed the Carlos Valderrama experience in 1999, so I didn’t want to make the same mistake again.  I immediately got online and picked up two tickets for the game at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI.

After having a few beverages with the Motor City Supporters, we headed into the arena and were immediately confronted with a merch table.  $12 for a jersey.  It wasn’t official or match worn but it was a souvenir from what turned out to be a memorable night.  I won’t try to recap the game as Tavio at Motor City Supporters did a great job. The opening goal of the match was scored right in front of us just minutes into the match and from there it was 120 minutes of tension and excitement and disappointment and joy.  The Bucks won 3-2 in extra time and moved on to the round of 16, where they lost to the Dayton Dutch Lions.  The Supporters Section had about 30-50 people standing it, banging drums, singing songs, chanting, making a nuisance of ourselves, while a group from Chicago was doing the same thing on the opposite end of the field.

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Two months before the match, the club signed with Admiral to supply their kits in a six year deal.   The cotton top I picked up is very simple, adorned with an embroidered logo of the manufacturer and screened team crest.  I like the green of the kit I found at the Admiral website and may have to pick one those up in the future.

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Strip Club–Personal Kit Collection

Ever since I started following the Beautiful Game, I have loved kits. Different than American jerseys, they seemed so exotic with different designs and shirt sponsors. I started buying ones I could find in the mid-90s and haven’t stopped. However, I have had to create some rules now that I am a family man. Of course, they say rules are meant to be broken, but a couple of years ago, as a means of managing my kit habit, I made the following self-imposed guidelines:

  • I would only buy a club or international kit every three years.
  • I would only buy international kits of the United States Men’s National Team.  Why?  Because I’m American, if only by an accident of birthplace.
  • I would not buy “hero jerseys”.  If they were personalized, then it would be with me—JUNIOR 7.
  • I would not buy kits at full price.  Instead I would buy them on sale (promotional or otherwise) or wait until the release of the following set of kits.

With that mind, inspired by twitter, I took pictures of my kits.  I believe they are in chronological order by category.  Feel free to share your comments.

Manchester United

manchester united

FC Barcelona

fc barcelona

Juventus FC

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National Teams

national teams

Miscellaneous

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Please visit my Strip Club page as I review each of the kits plus jerseys I would love to own.  Please feel free to share your comments about the kits I have reviewed or your favorites.  Also, you can follow me on twitter @AustinLong1974.

 

 

Old Futbol Buffet–Piss on the Fire

When I heard the Michigan Bucks were hosting the Chicago Fire in a US Open Cup game, I thought, I missed the Carlos Valderrama experience in 1999, so I didn’t want to make the same mistake.  So I immediately got online and picked up two tickets for the game at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI.

Ultimate is an indoor facility with three full fields, a bar, training facilities, the works.  It’s also where my 30+ team played our State Cup Final last July, so as we walked in (having a few beverages with the Motor City Supporters beforehand of course), I realized that this was happening.  A minor league team was playing a professional team on a field that I played on.

I won’t try to recap the game—Tavio at Motor City Supporters did a great job—but want to share a couple of thoughts regarding the experience and atmosphere.  The Supporters Section had about 30-50 people standing it, banging drums, singing songs, chanting, making a nuisance of ourselves, while a group from Chicago was doing the same thing on the opposite end of the field.

The opening goal of the match was scored right in front of us just minutes into the match and from there it was 120 minutes of tension and excitement and disappointment and joy.  When the finally whistle went, everyone knew that the Bucks had accomplished something.  And now thanks to Dayton’s upset of the Crew, one of these non-MLS teams will be in the QuarterFinals.  Don’t know if I’ll be able to make it back down for the game next week, but you never know.  What a night!

For more information on the competition, listen to Josh Hakala on Beyond the Pitch podcast and visit the site http://thecup.us/

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