Roger-Bennett-new-photo-with-scarf-cropped-low-res-263x300.jpg(Former) Columnist for ESPN and occasional talking head for Morning Joe.
  • Lover of Everton Football Club
  • Football is his game. Ping Pong is his passion.
  • His self-appointed nickname is Toilet.
  • Tweets at @rogbennett
  • Is a dues-paying member of the Asheville chapter of the American Outlaws (11/27/2013 pod)
  • Favorite US Women's National Player is Amy LePeilbet, who jersey he squeezed into during the 2011 Women's World Cup (from the 7/14/11 pod).
  • Played the cello as a child. (source: SiriusXM show 2/18/13). No mention of Yo Yo Ma during that admission.
  • Terrible with phone numbers. Can only remember his mother's phone number. (Rog, if you read this, the MIB SiriusXM # is 877-629-4614)
  • Roger is apparently a Chicago Bears fan in the NFL as detailed here On the 4/26/13 SiriusXM show admitted that he adores the Chicago Bears (so does this Wikimate's father). Rog lived in Chicago after college.
  • On the 9/6/13 SiriusXM show revealed he spent a summer in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park as the result of having a pen pal there. Rog re-confirmed his support of the Chicago Bears on this show (and Sir Arlo White also confirmed his own allegiance to the Chicago Bears on the same show)
  • Roger revealed in comments on the SiriusXM show of 2/22/13 that he does not like the musical stylings of Sheryl Crow.
  • On the 2/27/13 pod, stated that if statues were ever made of himself and Davo (ala Mario Balotelli style) that he hoped they'd be side by side on horseback with both front hooves raised to indicate that they died in battle.
  • On the 3/1/13 SiriusXM show during the An MLS special, he indicated he is looking for a team to support.
  • On the 3/4/13 SiriusXM show stated that John "Cougar" Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" sounds like America to him.
  • Provides insights into his partnership with Davo and the origins of the Men In Blazers in the February 27, 2013 interview with EPLTalk More information as to the origin of their partnership was referenced on the 3/22/13 SiriusXM show. Davo also states that he will never take a cruise again as a result (Roger is also put off by the idea of a cruise and cited the Achille Lauro for his reticence)
  • Rog credits his meeting Davo as helping him understand what fascismreally meant (source: SiriusXM 4/5/13 show)'
  • Stated that everytime he goes to Munich, he gets arrested. (source: SiriusXM 5/3/13 show)
  • Is the dual winner of the 2012-2013 EPLTalk Reader's and Editor's Choice for Best Podcast Pundit. As stated: "The Men In Blazers podcast continues to grow in popularity with soccer fans, especially Stateside, hanging on to Roger Bennett’s every word as he waxes poetically about break dancing, Kung fu fighting, Downton Abbey and the English Premier League. As a result, Bennett is this year’s recipient of both the Readers’ Choice Award and Editor’s Choice award."
  • On the 7/3/13 pod, stated he loves America more than Kid Rock does
  • Reveal in the 10/23/2013 pod that he was a "tagger" of grafitti during his Liverpool College Breaking Crew days, under the name "King Rog Rock."
  • In an August 27, 2013 interview with EPL Talk stated that he read a lot Roald Dahl books as a kid and had to read a lot Philip Larkin poetry as a youth so he became hooked on character and narrative which the English Premier League and US Mens’ National Team deliver in spades.
  • Next to Roger's desk is a series of 1950s Argentinean football posters and a picture of British wrestler Shirley "Big Daddy" Crabtree. (EPL Talk interview of August 27, 2013)
  • On the August 30, 2013 SiriusXM show stated that he would never allow his father to golf with Davo.
  • On the September 30, 2013 SiriusXM show announced that ABC's "The Look of Love" might play at his funeral
  • Stated in response to Davo's question about ice hockey that he is a Washington "Crapitals" fan - SiriusXM 9/30/13
  • Once hitchhiked to Wembley to catch a Grateful Dead show when he was 15 or 16. The experience did not make him want to drop out of college and use crystals as deodorant. Source: Pod 10/2/13
  • On the 10/7/13 SiriusXM show stated that he loves a kettle drum in pop music in reference to the playing of The Dream Academy's "Life In A Northern Town"
  • Stated on the 10/9/13 pod that he would have preferred to be named "Harvey" as opposed to Roger.
  • Stated that his name as part of the Liverpool College Breaking Crew was "King Rog Rock" Source: 10/23/13 pod
  • Stated that when Christmas carols were sung at school, he (and app. 10 Muslim students) were sent to "Jewish Room" Source: 10/23/13 pod
  • On the 11/1/13 SiriusXM show stated that he loves and fears the Welsh. "They are like the Scottish but even more angry. ... Proper bonkers." Also stated that he got smashed for the first time at age 6 at Goodison Park
  • Fears runner's nipple. Source: 11/6/13 pod (app. 31min mark) Occasionally suffers from nipple sweat (11/27/12 pod)
  • Believes Jonjo Shelvey suffers from halitosis and would require a tongue scraper. Also believes sheep are beautiful. Source: 11/6/13 pod (app. 33min mark)
  • Stated that he loves Scritti Politti on the 1/10/14 SiriusXM show
  • On the SiriusXM show (1/3/2014) we found out Rog was court martialed out of the army's "cadet force" because of a "shooting incident" involving James Kay, who shot a child on a rifle range with an air rifle. Rog took the blame so Kay could be head boy. Kay's mum, Maggie, told Kay, "I told you not to hang around with that Roger Bennett. He's trouble!" In the end, Rog was forced to sit in the library and read ("a lot of poetry"), which in his mind meant that he and Kay both won. This story was largely repeated on the 2/5/14 pod after the coming back from a break and listening to the Kinks "David Watts"
  • A graduate of Leeds University.
  • Stated that Disneyworld fills him with dread because he does not like being told that he has to be happy. He stated that he would enjoy a John Hughes theme park and he would get a lifetime pass for it. All Disney characters repulse him. Pod 1/23/14
  • Stated that he has a yellow belt in Karate (Davo has a yellow belt in karate) pod 1/30/14
  • Rog's regrets not having learned the banjo - pod 1/30/14
  • Described the January 28, 2014 Merseyside Derby as a biblical smiting of Everton. "It was very much in the face." pod 1/30/14
  • On the 2/7/14 SiriusXM show stated that he hates the phrases "kicked on" and "fizz on into the box"
  • Stated that he is enthralled by "ginge on ginge" violence as per 2/10/14 SiriusXM show. Does not like to mock people suffering from conjunctivitis ("pink eye").
  • On the 2/26/14 pod stated that his mother always used to say that life is better when you make a souffle
  • Has never seen the movie "Ghostbusters" - SiriusXM show 2/28/14
  • His heroes are "Moonlighting" era Bruce Willis, "Bachelor Party" era Tom Hanks, Cameron in Ferris Bueller, Luc Longley of the Chicago Bulls and Matthew McConaughey 10 years from now. - source: Pod 3/5/14
  • On the 3/10/14 SiriusXM show revealed that he wants to learn to play the banjo. He then sang "Jody, Jody Davis..." to the tune of "Davy, Davy Crockett" which further affirms his knowledge and love of Chicago.
  • Has recently been mistaken for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Source: 4/1/14 pod
  • Appears to be knowledgeable of WWII military history and in particular the Battle of Kursk source: 4/1/14 pod
  • Revealed that he is a fan of Stewart Copeland, the drummer for The Police. Source: 4/4/14 SiriusXM show
  • Stated on the 4/28/14 SiriusXM show that he would like to beat Phil Collins to death with Eric Clapton. Expressed an admiration for the song "Horse With No Name" to which Davo proclaimed that critics of the song find the lyrics "too casual"
  • On the 5/9/14 SiriusXM show in response to Coach David indicated that the official high school team in El Paso, Texas would the the El Paso Eastwood Troopers (aka "The Boys that Make No Noise"). Coach David was experiencing an electricity issue at the time of the call.
  • Also on the 4/28/14 SiriusXM show told Davo that he wants to tour battlefields and host shows with him at various battlefields (starting with the American Civil War, then World War I and finally storm Gold and Juno beaches with Davo). Claims that the Men In Blazers pub takeover on 5/11/14 was only being staged to diminish Davo's enthusiasm for owning a pub.
  • During the 6/2/14 Men in Blazers On Broadway pod, proclaimed that he loves America more than Kid Rock does.
  • Loves polka-dot trousers. Source: 6/23/14 World Cup Boot Room Extra
  • Revealed that September 3rd is his favorite day as it marks the day he emigrated to America
  • Links to pictures of Roger's childhood bedroom can be found here here here here and here Clearly he has been an American for a long time
  • on the 9/3/14 pod stated that there are two kinds of people: Summer people and Winter people. Rog is a Winter person has it marks the return of tweed and corduroy. Davo remarked that he loves wearing corduroy.
  • Rog claimed to have filled out his form for U.S. citizenship on the 9/3/14 pod despite his hatred for paperwork. Numerous questions on the form entertained and flummoxed him. He later stated that when he is feeling terribly low ("at [my] lowest), he puts on the first album he ever purchased: Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" and listens to "I Am A Rock" He broke up with a woman he was dating when she revealed that the song is ironic in nature. Stated that with the departure of Luis Suarez from Liverpool, it makes Daniel Sturridge the equivalent of Dennis Franz from "NYPD Blue" (app. 27:30 mark). The musical selections were also confirmed in Raven #6 sent 9/4/14.
  • On the 9/9/14 pod stated that in a post-apocalyptic world without football that he would either a poet, urban planner or a life model.
  • On the 11/12/14 pod they sampled for first time Guinness blonde American lager. Both Rog and Davo seemed to enjoy it.
  • 11/12/14 pod - Rog stated that he is a big believer in sound effects
  • Additionally from 11/12/14 - Rog stated that Landon Donovan watched 10 minutes of the Men in Blazers TV but stopped because it was crap
  • From 11/19/14 pod - GFOP Nigel Bennett (who may or may not be Rogs brother) sent a raven in "is Davo going to Tennessee a bit like us driving from Liverpool to Cairo, Egypt distance wise? Wtf? No dogs in New York or New Jersey?"
  • Also on the 11/19/14 pod, Rog discussed his law school colleague Andy Myers, a double jointed Ginger who could fellate himself. Also revealed is that Rog hates fist bumps (Davo will indulge in a fist bump and/or high five though they are a little awkward - he then advised Rog that some folks engage in fist bumps to lessen the risk of picking up an infectious disease from a standard handshake. Rog was unaware of this fact, now documented
  • Also on the 11/19/14 pod, Rog and Davo discussed a recent interview given by Jaden and Willow Smith. It cannot be summarized properly on this wiki.
  • 11/19/14 - Rog and Davo teased the upcoming release of the Men in Blazers tie and revealed that GFOP Matthew Cox was the winner of the GDOP naming contest
  • On the 2/25/15 pod revealed the angst he had waiting in line for tickets to see 9 1/2 Weeks underage. Rog's voice was also hampered by a cold on this pod.
  • Also on the 2/25/15 pod proposed designing a Men In Blazers patch for Gingers. Stated that he was terrible at bureaucracy and cited that as a reason for the delay in processing his American citizenship. Enjoyed a holiday in Turks and Caicos.
  • On the 7/23/15 pod special with #GFOP and #LFC fan John Green noted that all fathers with surnames named after colours have amazing life advice (when noting the similarities in advice received by John and Lord Arlo White of the North about "coal mining")
  • on the 8/5/15 pod stated that the 2015 Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea and more specifically Wenger v. Mourinho was like Leonard v Hearns 2 and/or Ali v. Frazier 3.
  • Also on 8/5/15 Pod Rog revealed he has an Instagram account but he's keeping it a secret since it only has pictures of him crying.
  • At the beginning of the 8/19/15 pod a conversation between Rog and Guy Ritchie took place. In Hebrew. Also on that pod, Rog revealed that he grew up idolizing Major Steve Austin, the $6 Million Dollar Man
  • On the 10/21/15 pod admitted that he cannot use chop sticks. Davo suggested that Rog get a Sensi to assist him in learning how to properly use them
  • On the 11/4/15 pod expressed his admiration for LFC player Philippe Coutinho
  • On the 11/11/15 expressed his disdain of Phil Collins (but does admire his drumming and his acting on Miami Vice). Reiterated that he would like to beat Phil Collins with Eric Clapton (wielded like a a baseball bat). Rog has an Enemies List. Davo does not. Rog's enemies include Collins, Bieber.
  • On the 11/25/15 pod, Davo suggested that Rog is a Jewish monk. Rog stated that he likes a good scotch, a good Malbec and a good Everton goal. Davo disputed that Rog actually enjoys Everton goals. Stated that one of his new goals is to receive a hug from Jurgen Klopp. Note: this goal was achieved in May 2016
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  • On the 1/6/16 pod stated that he starts every year hoping his year will be better than C. Thomas Howell's (app. 1:30 mark) Wants to find a climate where he can wear more tweed. Davo laughed and reminded Rog he lives in NYC. Davo wants to finda warmer climate
  • On the 1/11/16 pod when discussing the unfortunate passing of David Bowie stated that he would like to be bitten by the Brazilian Walking spider as his preferred way to go (app. 1:30 mark). On his tombstone wants to have the top of a bald head carved in and remembered as a man who represented his people, "the balds" well. Promulgated the "Turtle theory" where the world is balanced on the back of a turtle while discussing the Manchester United FA Cup win. Said that Louis Van Gaal was to visionary football management as Sean Penn was to ethical journalism. (app. 24:02 mark). Mentioned their other podcast, "Juicing Today" after Davo discussed his wrist rehab routine involved the new juicer he put in the MIB Amazon Emporium. Davo is a juicing proponent. Rog was noncomittal.
  • On the 1/27/16 pod stated that he was not a fan of cold and wet and that he does not like swimming pools. He also stated that his swimming ability depended on whether he was drowning or not ("I am the YaYa Toure of swimming, most of time I don't give a crap but when it comes to the crunch..."). Also stated he does not care for snow. Signed autographs at a NY Rangers game - in the toilet. Discussed his Bar Mitzvah as a bit crap - shoved into a three piece suit and feeling like a tiny worried little accountant during tax season. Rog then stated he had never admitted before on the pod that he is a huge Cat Stevens fan. Davo then wondered aloud if Cat had gone to many Bar Mitzvahs. A bizarre - even by their standards - of East German youth bedrooms then ensued. Rog remarked that one of those bedrooms looked exactly like his own childhood bedroom. Davo asked what the dress code was for the bar mitzvah and Rog stated that Davo should wear lederhosen
  • On the 2/10/16 pod when discussing the recent Super Bowl, Rog equated James Milner to Coldplay's leader singer, Chris Martin. Further stated that he imagines that Wade Phillips looks like St. Peter (or vice-versa). Speculated that Wookies have sensitive nipples.
  • The 2/23/16 pod started with a discussion of Hitler's deformed micro-penis.When discussing Paul McCartney's denial from Tyga's Grammy after-party, related it to his own denial from entering a pub at age 13 when he attempted entry with the ID of his 73 year-old kosher-butcher grandfather Sam.
  • On the 12/15/16 pod disclosed that Connecticut is "possibly one of his least favorite states." This is due to their roadsides. Davo has no issues with Connecticut.
  • Stated on the 2/14/17 pod that "Comfort You" by Van Morrison is the greatest love song. Stated his first love was not Val (his mum) but Dana Plato. His second love was Dave Thomas (not the Wendy's founder). Rog then referenced their political podcast "Keeping it 1700" henceforth name changed to "Pod Save the Queen" they also announced "Men In Blazers Over America" (undoubtedly inspired by the "Wings" album)
  • On the 3/23/17 referenced the concept of the "Turtle head" (ed. note some call it the "tortuga cabeza"). Rog also referenced their other podcast "Trout Catching Today" which is a favorite pod of Dabo's. This was all in reference to Rog catching a fish at Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle which is here The MIB also announced the creation of a US National Football Museum (aka "The Davonium")
  • On the 3/29/17 pod described Bruce Arenas coaching style as preparing a stir-fry when contrasting with Klinsmann's style.
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  • the 5/6/13 SiriusXM show, Rog gave this wiki and its founder GFOP @GregBPoola shout out
  • From the EPL Talk interview, a shameless plug for this Wiki:
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  • Recently given a bobblehead by the Chicago Fire of the An MLS (please note the Alexi Lalas figurine photobomb). On the 7/3/13 pod revealed that he first lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago his first four (4) years in the states because he thought that would be a fun area to live in. The bobblehead reminded Rog of death via a Larkin poem
    • This is the Roger Bennett bobble head the gents talk about in this week’s podcast. The Chicago Fire sent it. And while Rog appreciated the gesture, its similarity to James Lipton made him think about his own death.
      This is the Roger Bennett bobble head the gents talk about in this week’s podcast. The Chicago Fire sent it. And while Rog appreciated the gesture, its similarity to James Lipton made him think about his own death.
    • Rog and Sir Ian Darke, patron saint of GFOPs everywhere
      Rog and Sir Ian Darke, patron saint of GFOPs everywhere
    • Rog and Lou Reed (and Moog pioneer Gershon Kingsley of Popcorn fame)
      Rog and Lou Reed (and Moog pioneer Gershon Kingsley of Popcorn fame)
    • Rog asks Santa Darke for a larger transfer budget for "Nigel"
      Rog asks Santa Darke for a larger transfer budget for "Nigel"