Pulisic to Giroud. Pulisic to Giroud. Pulisic to Giroud.
I write with fingers that feel resilient and fragile in equal measure. A reminder of the surreal toll this year has taken, and the strange yet wonderful love we have shared in supporting each other through this chaotic, unknowable journey. I was very touched to read this piece as the sun rose over the fields outside my house this morning. “This year will end eventually. Document it while you can.” A New York Times article examining how museum curators and archivists are grappling with one of the most daunting challenges of their careers — telling the story of the pandemic, followed by severe economic collapse and a nationwide social justice movement. As a result, they are imploring individuals across the country to preserve personal materials for posterity, and for possible inclusion in museum archives. I love the notions embedded in this story -- that the “ordinary” has become “extraordinary,” and that “we are all field collectors.” For good or for bad -- mostly both -- all the memories and experiences we are logging will shape the future and our understanding of it.
I say this as a reminder to take action. Document everything. Take photographs of even the most mundane things. Keep hold of your ephemera if you are that kind of person, a hoarder like me. And even if you are a maniacal organizer like my wife, fight that impulse and preserve things. “We don’t know what the puzzle looks like yet,” says one archivist from the National Museum of American History. “Yet we know that each of these pieces might be an important one.” This obviously is not just about musea. The notion of the ordinary becoming extraordinary extends also to your inner life. Most importantly: Keep processing that. Keep talking. Do not let your feelings lie inarticulate. Let them out by talking to partners, friends, kids, loved ones. And if you have no one to talk to, write to us. The ideas, challenges, hopes, fears can only do damage if you keep them in.
2. Men In Blazers. More Anticipointment Viewing.
i. Our HBO Succession Podcast is out now. The first episode WITH BRIAN COX (Logan Roy) is up now. So proud of this. Thanks to all who have SUBSCRIBED, RATED, REVIEWED. If you have not, please do so. A moment from your day will enable us to create more, more, more because it really helps. If you value this newsletter as part of your daily regimen, please take a second of your day to do this now.
ii. The MEN IN BLAZERS TV Show keeps crapping its way onto your screens, returning THIS FRIDAY at 5:30 p.m. ET to break down all of this week’s action. We’re also joined by Canadian Young Gun Alphonso Davies and his interview is genuinely magnificent. And Monday, you will be glad to know, it’s our season finale. 5:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN.
iii. Call (646) 450-9472 and your brilliant questions on football or life could be sloppily answered by Moi on WGFOP: The Bald this Friday.
ii. In England, the Majority of Women's Super League clubs have spoken out against the idea of a Premier League takeover of their competition. The issue is fascinating in its own right, but also because of the refraction it has on the ongoing USWNT legal fight in the USA. “The belief is the focus would be total commercialisation without the wider investment and work, such as coach and player development and dual career pathways, that the FA champions alongside the league’s development. That has led them to favour independent leadership that can take a more holistic approach towards the growth of the game and its sustainability.”
iii. These aerial images from Vermont will take your breath away for reals. Too much real life. Need to look at nice pictures. On another note, I normally go up to Maine every year right around now. I ache for that place deeply in my bones.
v. Can't Stop Switching From One Quarantine Hobby to the Next? You are Not Alone in flickering intensely between obscure pastimes. I love this article. I wrote in my memoir how when I grew up, my Dad, who believed in working hard and playing hard, relied on an eclectic set of classically English hobbies -- bird watching, stamp collecting, model train setting, and winemaking -- to fill the crevasses of downtime in his weekend. I now understand why.
One last note. If you need a lift today, watch this beautiful video. Former Arsenal teammates Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla reunited in the tunnel before Real Sociedad played Villarreal and their emotions will give you life. It is honestly like Witnessing the rebel forces after destroying the Death Star. Just happiness, ewoks, and tapas all around. Even Spurs fans will have to admit it gives them the feels. This is friendship. One forged on and off the field. Who can forget this genuinely spectacular casual game of medium-range keepie-uppie the two posted. I have watched this 100 times. The most wholesome relationship at Arsenal since Wenger and Gunnersaurus. Cazorla scored for Villareal, but Monreal's Real Sociedad ran out 2-1 winners. Santi Cazorla. What a human being. He will forever be a Premier League player in the Men In Blazers Theme Song…“Here comes the magic spray.”