I. Men in Blazers Mood Table (Beep Bop Bow Beep)
Last month, we unveiled a project that has been rattling around our bald, hollow heads for years. A Premier League table, based not on points, but on the mood of each club’s collective fan base at the final whistle of their last game. Last month, the Men in Blazers Mood Table became a reality. This week’s table sees Everton surge from worst to first thanks to Big Sam’s 2 - 0 debut win over Huddersfield. The Big Sam Bounce, one that’s a 10, regardless of Richter Scale.
Since launching the Mood Table last month, we’ve received a lot of questions. Who? When? Why? Whither? We are happy to say that this human triumph came to fruition, like so much of what we do, thanks to a GFOP. Matt Gordon is a Spurs fan from Lexington, Ky. He is also a data architect and consultant (Here’s what that means: 1. He designs hardware and software to store data. B. He uses that data to answer questions and make business decisions. iii. He is smarter than us.) for a company called DMI, which is actually helping out with this project. Check them on Twitter, HERE.
Football hasn’t always been Matt’s sport of choice. But when his son was born in 2009, he found himself up at odd hours with not many viewing options. So he turned on Premier League coverage. In need of a team, he put the question out to soccer converts. He wanted a side that could play nice stuff, but wasn’t a bandwagon club. The answer, for better or worse, came back a resounding... Spurs.
Fast forward eight years and Matt is full-on hooked, a co-chairman of Lexington Spurs, leader of American Outlaws Lexington, and a consumer of our crap. While catching up on Pods during a work road trip in October, he heard us bandying around the idea of the Mood Table, and being a person of action, rather than token gestures, he tried it.
Here’s how it works: Matt setup a program that collects all Tweets containing a club’s official Twitter handle sent within roughly 5 minutes of either side of the final whistle of that team’s latest match. The program then scores those Tweets based on the positivity or negativity of the language. Each team receives a score based on their fans’ collective optimism/pessimism. They are then ranked to make the Mood Table. For those slightly more technically-inclined, Matt has a blog that explains this at a high-level HERE. For those very technically-inclined, a deep dive can be found HERE. These went live just before this Raven took off.
In a Garry Kasparov-themed, machines are not perfect example… Matt did reveal a quite enjoyable flaw of sorts in the system when Everton were battered 4 - 0 by Southampton, but still, somehow, weren’t dead last. This was because so many fans were Tweeting out they were “happy” it was David Unsworth’s last match. Asked about other surprises, Matt cited his beloved Spurs and the fact they have been finishing relatively low on the mood table in recent weeks, even in instances where they haven’t been woeful.
“We’ve been spoiled the last couple of years. We expect to win every week, every match day.”
Statistical proof that Spursyness is back.
II. MiB MixTape Vol. 13: 2017 New Year Edition
Rog Writes: 2017 has been a year of challenges. In the world. And even more importantly, on the football field. When I look back at the music I have listened to a ton this year, the melancholy just edges the tracks that can renew hope.
You can listen to the new MIB Mixtape on Spotify HERE. The track list is:
Look at What the Light Did Now - Flo Morrisey and Matthew E White (Rog) The single track I have listened to more than any other.
Movie - Tom Misch (Davo) Best thing out of South London since Wilfried Zaha.
Don't Huzzle for Love - The Apostles (Rog) The great energizer that got me through the Koeman wilderness months.
Forging - Xylouris White (Rog) This track is just sensational. Give it a chance. Use the back half of the track in emergencies. Play it in the last half of a run and you are guaranteed a PB.
Sign of the Times - Harry Styles (Davo) Just like KDB, not fashionable, but brilliant all the same.
Tangerines - Peckham Boys (Rog) This reminds me of Davo.
K. - Cigarettes after Sex (Rog) This song got me through the Gold Cup.
SGL - Now Now (Davo) Not sure if this was from this year. Don’t care.
Crash - Hogni (Rog) A reminder of everything that is good about Iceland, who will win the 2018 World Cup.
Shallow Digger - Siv Jakobsen (Rog) Rarely has someone who sounds like an Everton player from the 1990s created something so beautiful.
Forget Me Not (JW) - Brian Fallon - Featuring GFOP and Watford supporter Ian Perkins on guitar.
Wolves - Selena Gomez
Bad and Boujee - Migos
III. The People’s History of American Soccer Hall of Fame
Your amazing artifacts continue to pour into the CPOS for The People’s History of American Soccer Hall of Fame. Good news, everyone! It’s visor week. And not just any visor. We’re talking a New England Tea Men visor. The short-lived NASL team only played three full seasons in the league (not including indoor) before relocating to Jacksonville, Fla. GFOP Niall Quinlan sent them to us and tells us, “Growing up in New England, I’ve been a Revolution fan since Alexi Lalas’s swashbuckling red hair was zipping around Foxborough. So, needless to say when I learned that there was not only a team before the Revs, but that they were called the Tea Men, I had to see if I could find some merch for the American Soccer Hall of Fame.” Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Please keep sending the American soccer flotsam and jetsam that is gathering dust in your finished basements and attics with a note telling us about its meaning to you. We are sending patches to everyone who contributes. Please post everything to:
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New York, NY 10013
This week’s edition of #PatchAtThePark features submissions from Arsenal’s 6 - 0 bludgeoning of woeful BATE last night in La Europa League, a first voyage to Goodison to see Big Sam’s Big Head, and a frigid Friday night in Bloomington to see Indiana take on Sparty in the NCAA tournament. Oh… and this one from Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund (eyes emoji).
But our favorite comes from GFOP English Bob who put us in the holiday spirit and brought his patch to meet and greet Santa Claus.