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Arsenal snap out of their Premiership doldrums and embrace their FA Cup killer instinct as they slowly turn the screws on the Toffees and produce a memorable 4-1 win in the process, a result that seals their passage to a Wembley semi-final against Man City, of course Wigan. Joining us to discuss the effect of Ozil’s new best friend on the right wing and Arsenal’s methods for foiling an impressive Everton side will be Kyle and Michael from theQueen City Gooners, followed by Sam Limbert of SamsMatchReports.com on the FA Cup’s newfound energy and balancing momentum with injury concerns ahead of Bayern, plus some prematurely Scummy Wankers of the Week and a new location for this week’s contest…
Arsenal slump figuratively and in some cases quite literally to an underhanded horde of Orcs at the Britannia Stadium as they lose 1-nil, a result that sees them go four points adrift of the Premier League summit. Talking handballs that don’t really matter when you don’t score, competition prioritization and the return of the King (Ramsey, that is: the other one does it every winter so it’s not really that big of a deal) will be returning guest and ArsenalAmerica.com writer Chris Jenkins, along with the usual Wanker guff and a prize contest designed to jolt your mind out if its depressed, Premiership stupor…
In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. Madison, Wisconsin branch ASC Madison is working to help change that with their fund raising effort for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“All types of childhood cancers combined only receive 4% of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. That’s a pretty large gap,” says Liam Smith, chair of charitable giving for ASC Madison. “This will be the second year we’ve partnered with St. Baldrick’s to raise funds, and we think it’s pretty incredible that last year they were able to fund over $25 million in research grants without any help from the government. What they’re doing literally saves the lives of kids with cancer; who then get a chance to grow up, fall in love and get married, create beautiful art, and who knows, maybe even be the next Arsenal captain. We just want to be a part of helping with that.”
Branch manager Andrew Schmidt explains a little about ASC Madison’s charity work: “When ASC Madison was officially founded it was done so with the intention of having a focus on charitable giving. We just figured that the club has such a great thing going with the Arsenal Foundation; we should try to mirror that in some way. Not a lot of fans know about the club’s history regarding giving back. Arsenal’s early matchday programs were sold for a penny to raise money for Homes for Working Boys in Beresford Street, in Woolwich. They’re still at it today with the David Rocastle Trust, Treehouse, Teenage Cancer Trust, and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity among others. We just know as a branch if we’re going to grow and call each other friends, what we’re about has to progress beyond a couple of hours on match days. And it’s been incredibly rewarding.”
On Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 9am – 10am before the North London Derby, ASC Madison will host a head-shaving event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation at their home pub, Coopers Tavern. Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, “shavees” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation show their support by voluntarily having their heads shaved, and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support childhood cancer research. “For last year’s St. Baldrick’s Day we raised over $4500 between 3 shavees,” Says Liam. “Imagine what we can do with 2-3 times as many people. This year we want to beat $10,000 and this is your chance to help us achieve something great.”