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The Happy Hour: 2-4-1 Links

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

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Today's Soccer Specials

SB Nation (Noah Davis)“Last champions of the Third Reich”

In 1944, with the German Army on its heels, the domestica league played out the last final under Adolf Hilter's reign. Read the incredible story as a part of SB Nation's new “longform” project.

ESPN FC (Jason Davis)“Surrounded by masters, rookie is king”

In the MLS playoffs D.C. United coach Ben Olsen is the new kid on the block and giving his team the same dogged personality he had as a player

Football Intellect “Herculez Gomez and the question of national identity”

With Chivas rumored to be in the hunt for USMNT and Santos Laguna forward Gomez does the California-born of Mexican parents break with the club's historical “Mexicans-only” tradition? Or is it evolution of identity in this globalized world?

The Classical“The greatest goal of all-time”

Or was it?

Today's Video Specials

KCKRS“Zlatan scored the best goal you'll ever see and that's not hyperbole”

FIFA – “USA 1950: The Miracle on Grass”

Kick TV – “Jimmy Conrad sings terribly about Michael Bradley”

Today's Beer Specials

Fortune – “Big beer dresses up in crafter brewers' clothing”

Giant corporations trying to fool consumers into thinking a product they manufacture (note, not “craft”) has creativity and authenticity? Stop us if you've heard this one before.

Austin Chronicle – “Home's A Brewin': Do You Hear the People Drink?”

The backwards beer laws of Texas, FBM HQ's home state; where brew pubs can't sell to stores and breweries can't sell to consumers on-site. And that's just the tip of the stupidity iceberg.

Beer Pulse “Goose Island Founder, CEO steps down”

InBev (Budweiser's parent company) buys successful Chicago craft brewery 20 months ago, increases distribution, but “streamlines” them. Will install InBev guy as new head. Is this the beginning of the end for the Goose?

Beer Street Journal“Oskar Blues & Ska Create oSKAr the G’Rauch”

Best beer name of 2012? This smoked IPA collaboration between two Colorado canned craft breweries may take it.

Tags: Beer, Happy Hour

FBM Happy Hour: 2-4-1 Links


“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

 

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

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Top Drawer Soccer – “Abby Wambach and Carlos Bocanegra in the ESPN Body Issue”

And begin to feel self-conscious about your physical appearance in three…. two… one…

Soccer Cleats 101 – “adidas Euro 2012 Spanish Champions Video”

They might be the best national team in soccer history so this tribute video from jersey sponsors is fairly appropriate.

Ministry of Soccer – “Soccer Players Get All the Hot Chicks: Carlos Bocanegra”

Why is Boca's wife so hot? See the two links above and that'll answer your question.

Grantland (Andrew Lewellen) – “The Future of U.S. Soccer, Part II: The Age of Determination”

November 19, 1989. The dawn of the modern era for the U.S. men's national team. What a 35-yard strike in Trinidad and Tobago meant for the next twenty years of American soccer.

New York Times (Jack Bell) – “Investing in Soccer, but Not for a Profit”

The San Antonio Scorpions are building American soccer (and might make it to MLS), but for a profit, but for a Cause. Their fascinating story, surprising rise in their first season in NASL, and “Soccer for a Cause”.

ESPN (Jeff Carlisle) – “Read for London”

The U.S. women's national team is off to the 2012 summer Olympics with two things in focus, avenge their heartbreaking Women's World Cup loss and capture gold again.

Gwendolyn Oxenham – “Pelada: Pickup, the Essence of a Game

The author of “Finding the Game (our interview of her here) reflects on the growing strength of pickup soccer in the U.S. and it's romantic notions around the world. 

Pro Soccer Talk (Steve Davis) – “Cautionary reminder for D.C. United, Portland: success can be elusive in evolving MLS”

As our domestic league grows in strength, stature, and skill it's important to managed expectations for clubs like D.C. United (new investors) and Portland (Spencer fired) when big changes come about.

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The FBM Happy Hour

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

 

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

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Soccer Cleats 101 – Sepak Takraw; “Football Tennis”

Ancient sports loosely related to soccer are pretty sweet. Wonder if they'll start a FBM for it as well.

Top Drawer Soccer – “Hilarious photoshopped pics of Mario Balotelli goal-scoring flexing”

The title says it all. Check out these images putting Italian striker Mario flexing all over the place.

Ministry of Soccer – The Bob Marley Soccer Shoe by Puma “EvoSpeed”

Surprised it took this long, but a soccer shoe company is releasing a shoe “honoring” soccer fan and reggae singer Bob Marley. Someone call Frankie Hejduk and let him know.

The Score (Jason Davis) – “Hope for big TV jackpot behind MLS’ enthusiasm for New York, New York”

Why is Major League Soccer so dead set on putting a team in New York proper? It's all about the TV money (and a few other things). 

The Red Letter – “The Fenwayification of Anfield”

Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox share the same owners and John W Henry's success at Fenway Park might be in the plans for Anfield as well.

MLS Soccer – “MLS eyes possibility of goal-line technology by 2013”

They talked a big game about it before FIFA approved it and now Major League Soccer is looking to be one of the first leagues in the world to implement goal-line technology. Comments from league VP Nelson Rodriguez.

Tags: Happy Hour

The Happy Hour: 2-4-1 Links

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

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Soccer Cleats 101 – “Pick Up Soccer: How to Find a Game or Start Your Own”

We all want to keep on playing for as long as possible, but sometimes you're eaching for a game. Tips on how to get games going in your community.

Ministry of Soccer – “Euro 2012 With String Animation”

What if key Euro moments were made with string? It looks cool for sure.

Top Drawer Soccer –  “Chinese Fan Dies After Attempting to Watch Every Euro Match”

A Chinese man died last week after staying up for 11 straight days combining “alcohol, tobacco and exhuastion”. He would get up each day at 3am then go to work after the games. Err… ummm…. 

New York Times (John Godfrey) – “US Soccer Check-In: 10 Things We Know”

Where does the USMNT stand with a “friendly” in August against Mexico and World Cup Qualifying resuming in September? Here's a few things we know.

Wall Street Journal – “Pro Soccer Nearing Net in Flushing”

Is Major League Soccer finally close to landing a second (first, really) team in New York City. The latest from the WSJ says a run-down spot in Queens might be the league's best hope yet.

Soccer America – “Fans Flocking to Summer MLS Action”

Following up on an ealier Happy Hour piece, MLS attendance numbers continue to look super promising and are on track for a league single-season record. Multiple high gates at mid-week games (usually pretty low) and several sell outs in week 16 show a promising trend.

*** Don't forget! The U.S. women's national team plays their final game before heading to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. They'll face Canada in front of 15.000+ at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will be NATIONALLY televised on NBC at 1:00pm CT.

Tags: Happy Hour

The Happy Hour – 2-4-1 Links

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

 

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

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Soccer Cleats 101 – “How to Blackout Your Boots”

You've seen the pros do it and now you can find the best way to give your cleats that “blackout” look.

Ministry of Soccer – “Top Ten Goals of Euro 2012's Group Stage”

Sure we've moved on to the quarterfinals, but there's nothing wrong with looking back at the best goals so far. For some countries its all they've got.

Top Drawer Soccer – “Messi Picks North Carolina Freshman as World Freestyle Champion”

Sick moves from Indi Cowie, a freshman this fall at UNC, who was recently named the winner of the 2012 FIFA Street vs. Street World Soccer Freestyle competition by none other than Lionel Messi.

Cosby Sweaters – “Ukrainian Coach Challenges Reporter to Have a 'Man Conversation'”

Pretty sure that means he wants to fight. It's always tough to let down your country and see the host nation eliminated. 

The Shin Guardian – “Toting the Old Ball 'N' Chain: Player Development in America”

What's wrong with youth soccer development in the United States and how can we fix it.

SPIN Magazine – “Clint Dempsey is Changing the Image of the American Soccer Star Abroad”

Deuce, in his own words, talks about chasing the game and standing up for American soccer in England.

ESPNW – “The Essence of Mia Hamm”

Former teammate Julie Foudy pens a wonderful tribute to Mia Hamm, recently chosen by ESPNW as the best female athlete in the last 40 years (since the passage of the landmark Title IX).

MLS Reserves – “Off The Bench: Episode Ten”

A little self-promotion here. FBM Founder, Dan Wiersema was on MLS Reserves' podcast this week. Check it out for the story of FBM and how we're “building American soccer one beer at a time”.

MLS Reserves is also a just a solid blog for coverage of MLS and North American soccer, in general.

Tags: Happy Hour

The FBM Happy Hour – 2-4-1 Links

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

Soccer Cleats 101 – “Every Euro 2012 Jersey Featured and Reviewed

Bryan Byrne of “SC101” and “The Original Winger's” Ben Hooper review gear for KickTV's “The Gear Show”. They comb through all sixteen Euro teams and help you decide which are the best.

Ministry of Soccer – “Sweden Fans Teach Mikael Lustig How to Guard the Post Properly”

Lustig couldn't do it when Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko slammed his second goal, and the game winner so Sweden fans are taking pictures to show him the proper way. Is this the new “planking” in Sweden?

Top Drawer Soccer – “Kristie Mewis is the future of the USWNT”

The U.S women's national team is loaded with young talent like Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan. Here's one more name to keep track of in the near future.

Sports Illustrated (Grant Wahl) – “Now Is The Time in Soccer When We Dance”

The Jurgen Klinsmann revolution is taking place not only on the field, but in the yoga studio. An inside look at what the U.S. National Team is working toward when he says he's looking to change soccer in America.

Washington Post (Paul Tenorio) – “MLS is Struggling to Get Young Players on the Field, Hurting U.S. soccer's Development”

When the Homegrown Player (and the return of the Reserve League) rules were announced by MLS they were met with much fanfare. THIS was how American soccer would start catching up with the world. Despite this a large number of “developmental” players aren't seeing the field for their sides. What's going wrong and what effect is that having.

ESPN Women (Tom Farrey) – “Too High a Price to Pay”

Take a quick look at the U.S. national women's soccer team roster. How many minority players are there? Shannon Boxx, Sydney Leroux, and…. If you thought that the American soccer club structure made it hard for minority boys to climb the ladder, just wait until you read about the massive hurdles minority girls face.

Non-Soccer Link Special:

Cosby Sweaters – “NBATV Dream Team Documentary”

American soccer fans can only hope and dream that someday we assemble a team on the world stage as dominant as the 1992 Olympics basketball squad.

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The FBM Happy Hour

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

 

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

Ministry of Soccer – “Eric Wynalda's Best Quotes About His Cal FC Misfits”

Cal FC's merry band of misfits may have gotten smashed by Seattle in the Open Cup with week, but that doesn't make this collection of quotes from their coach any less stunning/interesting.

Top Drawer Soccer – “Soccer is Facebook's Number One Sport”

It's number one in the world so it's no surprise that soccer dominated the world's largest social network. Still pretty cool, though.

Soccer Cleats 101 – “Adidas Summer Colorways vs. Nike vs. Puma

It's summer and that means free time to play soccer. Nike, adidas, and Puma have all released crazy colors of their most populat boots. Check 'em out.

Nutmeg Radio – “The Klinsmann Economy

Imagination is the name of th game for Klinsmann. Dream big and perhaps big things will happen.

The Score – “The State of Analytics: A Simple Guide for Using Rudamentary Stats in Football Analysis”

Like numbers? Learn how to use them effectively in writing about soccer.

SB Nation – “MLS Attendance Ticking Upwards on Last Year's Record Pace”

What. What. After a couple of years in the doldrums, last year's Major League Soccer attendance was a record for the league. Guess what? We're on track to best that.

New York Sports Journalism – “Q & A With MLS Digital Head Chris Schlosser”

MLS is kicking ass all over the internet. Read the ins and outs of all the super cool ways American soccer is making waves in the digital world.

Outside the world of soccer link of the week:

Cosby Sweaters – “Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood Remixed”

Follow the link… you won't be disappointed. Or maybe you will. It's not for us to decide.

Tags: Happy Hour

The FBM Happy Hour – 2-4-1 Links

“2-4-1 links”. Get it? Like a 2-4-1 drink deal only it's links to websites… ugh.. nevermind.

It's Friday. You're staring at the clock. Working on something, but not really working. Probably looking for a distraction. Most definitely thinking about that post-work Happy Hour.

The FBM Happy Hour is your savior. A few of the week's best stories to whet your whistle and waste some time before the REAL happy hour begins.

The Cosby Sweaters – “Streaker Gets Treated Not So Friendly During US-Brazil Friendly”

A little advice… just don't run on to a sports field. Never in the history of trying has it ended well. Need evidence… see this guy get rocked. Bonus…. watch it a second time and see USMNT midfielder Kyle Beckerman chew out the linesmen for not calling Pato offsides on Brazil's fourth goal (that's when the pitch invader came on).

Ministry of Soccer – “Seven Habits to Stay Fit This Summer

It kind of sounds like we plucked this article from the pages of Men's Health, but it's not. Health advice for the soccer-minded individual. If you're a beer-along-with-your-soccer kinda person then these tips are even more important to prevent breaking your tailgate chair.

Soccer Cleats 101 – “Pre-Euro Clearout Sale

This site is the go-to place for reviews and deals on the latest soccer shoes. Bryan Bryne gets tons of sample shoes from all sorts of boot companies and passes them on to his followers at pretty sweet deals. Check out this post and his eBay store and score some sweet soccer swag.

Check out all the great FBM gear in our “Swag Store”.

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