Men in Blazers x Bumpy Pitch Limited Edition T-Shirt

March 13th, 2014

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We love the Men in Blazers around here. Rog and Davo are an absolutely must listen to Podcast and we tune in every week. Recently, Roger and I had a chat about doing a shirt for them. But doing it as possibly the most limited edition soccer t-shirt ever. Not making it for sale and only making a handful. So with their approval, we went ahead and did just that. We used a photograph of Rog and Davo, turned it into a silhouette, embellished it with their signature patch and added glasses for Roger. We then printed it on the inside of the shirt so the print didn’t overpower the color of the shirt. And boom – the Men in Blazers x Bumpy Pitch limited edition t-shirt.

Here’s the deal, there are only five in existence. Roger and Michael each got one, we kept one for ourselves and they will be giving the remaining two away. Here is a bit about the contest and what you need to do to enter:

On this week’s pod, we launched a search for a song for USA Brazil 2014. Spurred into action by the news of Mexico’s World Cup single (“Voy a Ganar” recorded with rock band Moderatto) we invite all budding songsmiths to send us lyrics that could inspire the nation to believe.

The World Cup song has a rich tradition in football history. Long before “The Super Bowl Shuffle” was even a twinkle in Jim McMahon’s eye, soccer teams from around the world made the act of recording a crude yet infuriatingly catchy single a sporting tradition. Here are four classic examples

  1. Rod Stewart and Scottish World Cup squad: “Ole Ola” (1978)
  2. England 1982: “This Time We’ll Get It Right” (PS They did not)
  3. German World Cup Squad and the Village People: “Far Away in America
  4. New Order and England 1990: “World In Motion

The competition is open to all GFOPs. A panel of experts will choose the winner. You simply have to write lyrics that fit a well known pop tune, showtune, or classic of any style — from country to hip hop, or even write your own original composition.

We have remarkable prizes for the winners including the world’s only Men In Blazers customized XBOX 1 Courtesy of EA Sports and a limited edition Men In Blazers T-Shirt (Only five exist in the world) from our friends at Bumpy Pitch.

Send entries via raven to MENINBLAZERS AT GMAIL DOT COM

If you have some ideas for a US themed song for this years World Cup, put it on paper and get it to the good guys over at MIB.

Cheers to Rog and Davo for the opportunity to work on this!

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Clint Dempsey Repping Bumpy Pitch

February 27th, 2014

Yesterday we saw our boy Sacha sporting some Bumpy Pitch gear, and today we see our guy Clint Dempsey wearing a Bumpy Pitch t-shirt. Sacha was in the Bumpy Pitch x Port hoodie and we see Clint in our signature BPFC Laurel Crest graphic tee. Much love to both of them for their support. Good looks!

Make sure and follow Clint on Instagram.

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The Terrace Collection

February 26th, 2014

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A terrace or terracing in sporting terms refers to the traditional standing area of a sports stadium, particularly in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. A terrace is a series of concrete steps which are erected for spectators to stand on.

Its significance carries particular importance in football where terraces were located in the areas behind the two goals as a cheaper alternative to sitting in the stands, which were traditionally located at the sides of the field. Naturally the price of standing in the terraces was much cheaper than a seat with the result that over the decades they became the most popular spectators’ area for younger working class men and teenage boys to watch the game.

Due to safety concerns related to terraces, they have fallen out of favour in many places. Terraces were banned from major football grounds in England in the early 1990s, are currently not used during major tournaments, and for a long time were generally not included in new stadium designs. There is currently a growing demand for a reintroduction of terracing, based on the modern stadia designs in Germany and other European countries, dubbed “safe-standing areas.

That’s how Wikipedia defines the old terraces that were prevalent at old stadiums. There was a time when terraces were the heartbeat of soccer stadiums. It’s where the “real” fans stood. The prices were a  bit cheaper. There were no seats. I imagine lots of singing and drinking took place. When I read soccer books or articles from people who stood on the terraces, the vast majority of them are overwhelmingly positive. The memories people have from those days seem to be pretty incredible. Before there was huge money in the sport. Before corporate boxes and VIP suites were in every stadium. The terrace lived.

This collection celebrates those moments. The simplicity and beauty of the sport. Loving the game for what it is. Not about the money, or the fame or the celebrity that comes with the sport. But a pure love for the sport for what it is.  That is something that we all have around here

These shirts are priced lower than our normal shirts just as the tickets to get in the terraces were priced lower than the tickets for the seating areas were. The quality is the same, but the pricing is based on the idea of the terrace pricing.

We have wanted to do something like this for a long time and we’re pretty excited with the Terrace Collection. We love celebrating the history of the sport in a variety of ways, and this is another way for us to do that.

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The Terrace Collection is priced at $25 and available in the Bumpy Pitch online store  as well as at select soccer retailers around the country.

Check the rest of the collection out after the jump.

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Sacha Kljestan in Bumpy Pitch

February 26th, 2014

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Our extended family out in Europe, Sacha Kljestan and Matt Taylor, out in Germany grabbing lunch. Sacha posted this to his Instagram. Shouts to him for sporting the Bumpy Pitch x Port sweatshirt we did. Appreciate the support as always! What up Sacha!!

Make sure you are following Sacha on Instagram.

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Look of the Day

January 22nd, 2014

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Bumpy Pitch x Port LBC sweat pants. Good looks all around…

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Bumpy Pitch Abroad

December 24th, 2013

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We’ve been friends with Josh and Laura for quite awhile and they are two of the greatest people around. They recently got married and are spending a few weeks in the UK celebrating Laura’s birthday, the holidays, NYE and taking in a number of matches. One of the matches that they went to was the Arsenal v Chelsea match which is pictured above. Laura even made sure and repped Bumpy Pitch at the game. We appreciate the support and we wish you both all the best on your trip and in life!

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Bumpy Pitch x Port LBC Capsule Collection

December 20th, 2013

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About a year ago we started having a conversation with Jim Leatherman over at Port LBC in Long Beach. We had been connected by mutual friends who knew that we both had our own brands and that we shared a love for the beautiful game. We met over tacos in his hood and chatted about the game, running brands and a share interest in working on a collaboration together. As many things do, it took us some time to get things where we wanted them to be. Schedules, design, sourcing…they all took some time to get dialed in. But we know that at some point we would get things right where they needed to be. And that’s where we are now.

When we first started talking about this collaboration we explored the idea of items that are essential to any soccer player. Sweats, track suits, a bag and ball. We knew what those items were, but we also knew we wanted to present those essential soccer items in our own way and style. We also had a shared desire to make this essentials pack have a certain feel based solely on the colors we chose. We kept it very simple and classic. Dark colors, almost entirely grey and black (with a hit of blue on the vintage track suit.

The capsule collection consists of a pullover hoodie, a vintage tracksuit that has a great story behind it (that’s for another day), a canvas duffel bag and an incredible hand sewn leather vintage ball. Which if you notice, is the same ball that we use as part of our Bumpy Pitch Laurel Crest.

This collaboration came about in a way that great collaborations do. Respect for one another. A shared passion for something. A desire to create something that both sides believe deeply in. Port LBC is an incredible store and brand led by a genuinely good dude and I think that comes through in this offering.

Each of these pieces is highly limited so if you see something you like, don’t sleep on it. These are all one time offerings and when they are gone…they are gone. This collection is available in the Bumpy Pitch online store, the Port LBC online shop and at their retail location at 402 St Louis Ave in Long Beach, CA.

Shouts to the good folks at Port LBC on helping make this a reality.

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A Look Back At Our MLS Cup Party In Kansas City :: ‘The Pre-Game’

December 10th, 2013

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Just over five years ago (Late November of 2009) we were in Seattle for MLS Cup between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. We had started The Original Winger less than a year before and and had released our first collection of shirts with Bumpy Pitch that year, and we were lucky to have already met some great folks in our short journey. Some of those early folks we had linked up with had been running their own sites for longer than we had and they were guys that we looked up. Each had their own outlook and unique perspective on the sport. We connected with them and vibed and decided to throw an impromptu party on the Friday night of MLS Cup weekend (the game was on the Sunday). Shouts to Shawn Francis, Adam Spangler, Bruce McGuire and Ives Galarcep.

On a cold and wet night in Seattle we all got on our phones and social media platforms and reached out to whoever we could and invited them down to Kells Irish Pub. Slowly but surely the bar started filling up and what once intended as a one night get together ended up with is duplicating the scene the next night and making it a back to back session of parties at Kells.

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Fast forward five years and we find ourselves throwing our fifth party on the weekend of MLS Cup. And this year the party we hoisted kept the same theme of doing it with friends. This time it was with EA SPORTS and KickTV, with a special appearance by our boy Robbie Rogers and his Beyond “it” foundation.

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This time around we chose a renovated venue in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City that some locals weren’t even aware of. Half production offices and photo studio and half event space, The Guild turned out to be the perfect place to celebrate MLS Cup, hang with old friends, make some new ones and hold our fifth MLS Cup party.
Shout to our friends / fam / colleagues and fans that were able to make it out and have a good time with us.

MORE PICTURES AFTER THE JUMP……

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CyberMonday Sale

December 2nd, 2013

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We offered up to 40% off on Black Friday and then kept offering deals right through the weekend. But we run an online store, so we have to do something for #CyberMonday. The last two years we did a mystery pack, and we decided to go ahead and do that again.

So here is the deal.

- We are offering a three pack of shirts for $45. That’s 50% off the normal price of our shirts. But here’s the deal. It’s a mystery pack. You order the size, and we pick the shirts. There’s an element of mystery involved (maybe we call this #mysterymonday instead?). This is the perfect opportunity to get some seriously marked down shirts. $45 for what would typically be a $90 value. Keep one or two and give the rest as gifts? Don’t worry, whatever you choose to do with this great deal is your business, we won’t tell.

Head to Bumpy Pitch to grab a Mystery Pack.

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Black Friday Sale

November 27th, 2013

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It’s that time of year again when every brand and retailer has a big Thanksgiving weekend sale. And we are apparently no different in that regard as we will be having our annual holiday weekend sale. As we like to do, we make Black Friday the biggest discounted day of the weekend. Items in the store will be up to 40% off. That drops to 30% on Saturday and tails off at 20% on Sunday. It’s definitely worth checking out the Bumpy Pitch site on Friday if you are looking for some gear for yourself or some gifts for others at a very nice discount.

Previously you have needed a discount code to get the price reductions, but this year we have made it easy and everything will already be discounted in the store. So no need to worry about remembering a code or emailing us asking how to enter said code upon checkout. All that is taken care of for you so all you need to do is figure out which items you want.

For this sale all other discount codes can not be used in conjunction with the sale prices.

The sale may or may not start tomorrow (Thanksgiving night) so you may want to keep an eye on your social media platforms. We’ll tweet out when the sale goes live. If you aren’t following us on Twitter, here’s that info:

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