~~ Tip of the hat to our man Luke Wileman for giving us here at Bumpy Pitch the heads up that Toronto FC / USMNT’s Michael Bradley was rocking one of our Seventeen Seventy-Six shirts during their sit-down interview ahead of the weekend on TSN.
One of the questions that we get from time to time with Bumpy Pitch is, why is there a volleyball in our logo. The answer is always the same. It’s a vintage soccer ball. We dig the look and feel of these vintage soccer balls. The question and answer pretty much remain the same in this situation.
Late last year we did a collaboration with Port Long Beach, and one of the items that we did, which to this day is one of my favorite Bumpy pitch items, is this vintage ball.
It’s basically the exact same ball that inspired our logo. It’s vintage. And black with a silver embossed logo. I love this ball.
Anyway, we got hit up on Twitter by ScandiNavy alerting us to this video. Which I think is a pretty rad video. I’m a sucker for behind the scenes videos, and especially old behind the scenes videos of anything soccer related. This video shows the same type of ball being made back in the day and a manufacturer that had been making soccer balls for a very, very long time. And now, I feel like I can point people to this post when they ask if the ball in t he Bumpy Pitch logo is a volleyball.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the return of Didier Drogba. The striker has signed a one-year contract.
Drogba of course needs no introduction.
When he came to the end of his previous contract in 2012 it was only weeks after he had stroked the ball from the penalty spot into the Bayern Munich net to place Chelsea on top of the European summit for the first time.
His earlier equalising header in that Champions League final was his 157th goal in 341 appearances, a total placing him fourth in the club’s all-time highest-scorer list.
On signing his contract, Drogba said: ‘It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.
‘My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.’
Jose Mourinho said: ‘He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.’
I don’t know what to make of this. On one hand it doesn’t make any sense at all. On the other hand, I guess it makes some sense. And on the third, other, hand, it makes all the sense in the world. TMZ is reporting that Tenuchi will be starting an agency that works with PolarisSports, a company with CAA and GestiFute – through which Ronaldo’s current agent Jorge Mendes operates that will handle Ronaldo’s sports management affairs in the United States. *
From branding to marketing and endorsement deals to modeling.
The picture above from Ronaldo twitter feed has the PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN and all of his people there throwing up the Young Money hand sign (@YMCMB) and he is shouting out people in the YMCMB camp, S Rod and Euro…. on SRod’s tw he says that he dared CR to get the Prime Minister to do it. He definitely is big in Japan right now if he can get the high cat to do that.
By the way, if you haven’t seen the video below yet, stop everything and just press play. Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe this tv appearance. Jimmy Fallon wonders how they made it so awkward.
I love Japan by the way.
* Just greasing the skids by the way. I don’t know when its going to happen, but I have said this for the last 3 years, one day – and sooner than people believe – Cristiano will be playing in the United States and its going to be incredible. His English has gotten a million times better and he is opening up so much more than he used to.
Obviously, there is no way that financially it makes any sense because the kid makes like 75 mil a year right now, but all in due time the money will begin to make sense over here (on AND off the field).
Here is the other thing…. and obviously we are especially sensitive to things like this because on some level we are seeing a lot of people getting in to our lane and coming around our corner of this popular culture meets soccer moment because now its popular, even though we’ve been here doing this thing for almost a decade. People like Lil Wayne and his team, people like Jay Z, people like LeBron James, seeing soccer stars get big deals and features on ESPN and on Late Night talk shows and all of those sorts of ancillary things from being huge in a big moment like the world cup only tells us that the time is coming.
They don’t get in to businesses for sport. They get in to businesses for the potential. They see potential in soccer now, that wasnt there before. It will be interesting to see how it all works out for people that are getting in on the early stages of the gold rush and juxtaposing that against the people that you and I know that were here from the beginning of this modern wave of soccer in America and have been instrumental in building it to what it is right now and what it will be going forward.
Jay DeMerit speaks to media after announcing his retirement, ending an improbable and inspirational 10-year professional career.
In a letter published on whitecapsfc.com, Jay announces his retirement from the game before having the press conference that you see above:
Today, I announce the end of my career as a professional soccer player.
Eleven years ago, I can remember feeling excited about what might be next.
After years playing the game I love as an amateur, first for the Howard Hurricanes in my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and then at the University of Illinois-Chicago, professional soccer scouts had passed on me. I sat at O’Hare Airport in Chicago with about $1200, a full backpack that my parents had just bought me as a present for graduating from college, and a plane ticket to London.
I think about those first years in England, sleeping in the attic of my friend Kieron’s house in London, broke, sharing bath water, and all alone trying to find a wall to kick my soccer ball against in my neighbourhood so I could work on my touch and footwork. I remember playing games in the middle of the winter, muddy, with nothing but a couple of cows and five people in the stands.
I think about the struggle to make it, the ability to always stay positive, and how eventually all of those experiences would make me so much stronger as a player, and most definitely as a person…
The letter is a really strong read and you should take about 10 minutes out of your day to read it. Thanks Jay. We appreciate you.
New York City FC, Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion team, is thrilled to announce the signing of England National Team and Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampard. One of the most illustrious and respected English Premier League midfielders of all time, Lampard becomes the team’s fourth team member, as the Club continues to assemble a competitive and dynamic squad ahead of its inaugural season next year.
Lampard, whose signing was officially announced at a community event in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning, brings with him the highest level of football ability and a wealth of experience to the new franchise which makes its debut in March 2015.
New York City finally has a soccer team of its own and their season tickets are now on sale. They set up this pretty sweet seat viewer, that isn’t anything new to the season ticket game, but I guess I’m just excited about it because its at Yankee Stadium.
Obviously, they dont have a soccer specific stadium built yet, and playing in the Bronx is special.
The most interesting thing to me, is just how reasonable the ticket prices are. Yes, there are some pretty high prices for the perfect seats that you would imagine costing well into the high $2000s for a season, but there are also some really, really good seats for just a couple hundred bucks.
I’ve already gone in an “bought” a whole bunch of different seats in different areas just so I could go to the full view thingy and see what the angle would look like. Too bad I live 2800 miles away. Anyways, if you are in the NY metro area, seems like a no-brainer to me.
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