The Fox Saw: Man Utd v R Madrid

August 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Fox had a very busy week, followed by an even busier weekend. He capped it off with a trip to Ann Arbor…to see his Manchester United take on Real Madrid in the International Championship Cup at The Big House. 109,318 fans from around the world gathered on 2 August at Michigan Stadium to see these two power house teams battle it out in, well – it was a friendly match, but it was still a great match.

Some of The Fox’s football heroes started the match for Man Utd; Rooney, Welbeck, Mata and De Gea were in fine form Saturday. Man Utd drew first blood as Ashley Young scored in the 21 minute, after several minutes of a grinding Man Utd assault. Real Madrid evened things up in the 27 minute as Bale scored on a penalty kick. The Reds weren’t having it, and Ashley scored a beautiful goal in the 37 minute drawing another rallying cry from the fans. The substitutions in the second half took Rooney, Mata and Velencia off the field, allowing the future of the team to exhibit their impressive skills. Chicharito, Kagawa and Lingard created and converted on a scoring opportunity in the 79 minute, even as the world-renowned Ronaldo had taken the pitch in the 72 minute for Real Madrid. Ronaldo appeased the crowd, for the first time on the team’s U.S. tour by taking the pitch and showing off the fancy footwork he is known for.

The match ended 3-1 Man Utd, sending The Red Devils to the Championship game in Miami on Monday night. Cheers to a fantastic match, and more football to come in only two weeks time.

The Barclay’s Premier League 2014/2015 season kicks off as Man Utd takes on Swansea Saturday 16 August at 12:45 in the Old Trafford.

 

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The Fox Saw: Jack White

August 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This past Wednesday started out as most any other The Fox has seen; it ended with a three hour, 35-song, mind-blowing, eardrum shredding, gut wrenchingly awesome show at The Masonic Temple Theatre. The Fox approached the theatre with trepidation as the line to enter was already wrapped around the building, but as luck would have it, The Fox had a golden ticket for early entry (aka he won a contest and had a print out of the congratulatory email). Within minutes he was rushing the merch table, making some tough purchase decisions, and scrambling to get to the theater to grab a front row spot. After nearly two hours the opening act came on and blew the crowd away. Benjamin Booker is an astounding talent, plays like he has a chip on shoulder, and is proof that rock is not dead. It’s just hiding out, biding its time in the small venues all over America.

As the curtains were drawn in preparation for Jack White’s second Detroit show in three days, the crowd buzzed with anticipation. There were nervous exchanges touching on how tough the show at The Fox Theater had been two nights before, how Jack had left the stage for several minutes only thirty minutes into the show due the difficult nature of the venue for energetic live performers like himself. There were excited smiles and giddy conversations, hopes that favorite songs would be played, for a lively crowd and an even longer set then the two and a half hour 25-song set Jack White gave to his first and last show at The Fox Theater. Soon enough the curtains shivered, were pulled open to the guitar heavy Fell In Love With A Girl, and The Fox realized he would never be the same again. Jack and his five-piece band played for two hours straight, showed no signs of tiring, were relentless as they pounded out some of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and Jack White’s solo best works. Jack shredded the guitar, exhibited his unforgiving vocals and was constantly orchestrating the show with signals both on and off stage. After a short five minute break, the man and his band returned for an eleven song encore, capping off the evening with one of the best Seven Nation Army performances the world has surely ever seen. As Jack ended the night, he shouted “That’s the Detroit I know!” and we all felt the exact same way. Detroit is home to some of the most groundbreaking musicians in the past century, and Jack White is proud to be one of them – imploring fans to drag their “friends who don’t go south of 10 Mile to get their asses here!” Make sure you do just that; it’s always worth the trip.

Do Detroit proud and listen to some Jack White.

And make sure you check out Benjamin Booker while you’re at it.

Rock on.

 

 

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