“I am the best footballer on the podcast.”
With four former Premier League players and a U.S. international on the latest Premier League on NBC Group Chat podcast, there are plenty of ways to find an answer to that statement.
Without much news across the soccer world, NBC’s Premier League broadcast crew played a game of “Guess Who” in this week’s group chat. Each participant sent in three facts about themselves into a producer and they spent the hour guessing who sent in each statement.
As the former players all squirmed when trying to determine which one of them had the nerve to send in the statement “I am the best footballer on the podcast”, host Rebecca Lowe was sitting in the middle smiling and laughing, knowing that she sent in the statement. The jabs and knocks were flying fast and furious in all directions and Lowe was trying to hold it together before the big reveal. The laughter that ensued was one of many fits of happiness throughout the podcast.
Here's what we learned: Lee Dixon finished second in a Shirley Temple competition at the age of seven. "That was when I started to say that second is the first loser,” he said. We also found out that Arlo White was once invited to a NASA rocket launch by an astronaut who is a big Manchester City fan and that Kyle Martino “looks like a drunk octopus swinging a golf club” according to Dixon.
There was time for seriousness too, with the story of a metal plate in Robbie Mustoe’s head from a collision during his playing days that led to a depressed fracture of his cheekbone (and yes, he did finish the game). There was an incredible story of Kyle Martino getting hit by a car while crossing the street with Mustoe, escaping uninjured and landing on his feet as he rolled over the hood from one side of the car to the other.
Apart from the brief moments of seriousness, the overwhelming theme of the podcast was hilarity, especially in the video version as Robbie Mustoe revealed that he had finished sixth in the British Schoolboys Olympic weightlifting competition in the 56kg class to uproarious laughter.
As his fellow podcasters singled him out for the level of detail in his statement and his reaction, he tried to contain his laughter and then interrupted Dixon mid-answer by saying “alright, let’s bloody finish this one” as he stood to reveal his muscles and showcase the techniques that landed him sixth place. This is one you are going to have to watch to believe.