[In the event Bill Simmons is actually reading this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org]
An American Outlaw that is.
Recently, we wrote a review piece on the Bill Simmons – Alexi Lalas podcast. As the discussion progressed in the comments, I made the following statement:
Simmons covers sports from the (super) fans perspective which means interesting story lines, game experiences, drafts, etc. I think we need our friends at the Outlaws to invite him to sit with them at a WC qualifier in the states or bring him in their next march on Soccer House.
Reader “Garbogas” picked up on this and then issued a challenge:
Brothers TSG, can you make that happen? Seriously. Pull every string you can to get Simmons to go to Rio Tinto on Sep. 5 to watch the Salvador game…
(Thankfully, Garbogas then realized that the October 14th game in D.C. versus Costa Rica was more realistic.)
So today we start the campaign with our friends at the American Outlaws. We have 45 days to convince Simmons to be in the stands with the American Outlaws at RFK Stadium to watch the US avenge their earlier loss to Costa Rica in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Stage 1 of the campaign is email and Twitter (@sportsguy33). Please write a polite message to Mr. Simmons at ESPN.com or Twitter asking him to join in support of US Soccer, in person, on our soil with its most passionate supporters. In the subject line of the email or Tweet, write Hey Bill, support the USMNT at RFK and copy this link into the message: http://bit.ly/BStoRFK. Stages 2 – 25 (approximately) are under development, but rest assured we aren’t going to just leave it at electronic correspondence.
Why are we doing this? If you don’t know, Bill Simmons (aka The Sports Guy) has attracted on of the most rabid followings of sports fans due to his witty, knowledgeable and pop-culture-laden commentary on sports (and culture) in America. In the last four months or so he has been attracted to soccer and through his writing (regardless of how your feel about the content) helped to elevate the visibility of the game in America. Simply, we want to keep the momentum going for Simmons fledgling soccer fandom, the American Outlaws quest to increase the USMNT fan base, and ultimately soccer in America.
To give you our perspective on the American Outlaws (read a quick thank you here), the extremely genuine founders, Justin Brunken and Korey Donahoo, of the group reached out to my brother and I a few months ago with this message: We are focused on growing the organization and support off the USMNT and have not been able to devote the time to creating US Soccer content that our members deserve…can we direct our readers to your publication?
Needless-to-say, we were honored. More importantly, these guys live and breath USMNT fan support. And all we’ve seen since then is the Outlaws going to all lengths to increase the fanbase for the Nats. (In fact, they now have airline discounts for travel to watch the USMNT with Continental Airlines–I, mean, that’s pretty amazing.)
So, let’s get our keyboards smoking with those (polite) messages and check back for more info.
Importantly, don’t forget to tell your friends, share it on message boards, text it or walk around LA with it on a sandwich board…whatever it takes.
(For another article on the American Outlaws, go here.)