Megan B Playing FIFA – Random Soccer in Random Places

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, FIFA, Random Soccer in Random Places, TOW Social Soccer, Video Games

#Fifa ????

A photo posted by Megan Bernard (@megan621) on


Every once in a while you peruse the instagram and you see something special. This is one of those times.

Megan Bernard is am a model, athlete, friend of the BP_TOW family, and philanthropist from the 504. She’s been on the TOW pages before and here she is again. She was Miss COED 2013, been all over the internets, a mainstay on The Chive and her twitter and instagram are (fire emoji)! (fire emoji)! (fire emoji)!

Here she is playing FIFA. I imagine she wins a game or two with this strategy. I’m the idiot trying to figure out if I want to play a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 and she’s just there standing like that.

Game over.

Anyways, this is the epitome of Random Soccer in Random Places, would have never been expecting MB to be playing FIFA. Well, she is. Just another reason to love New Orleans…

Here is all of her social stuff, you should be following her anyways. : Megan Bernard on IG : Megan Bernard on Facebook

Megan Bernard on twitter

Added on May 6th, 2015 by

Watch :: Messi’s second goal against Bayern Munich / Jérome Boateng

Filed under: Barcelona, Bayen Munich, Champions League, Lionel Messi

* this is autoplay and no matter how much we hate that ish and this its silly for embeddable videos, I’m going to leave it on the first page because this deserves to be on autoplay and then played again. And again. And again.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich were involved in a pretty epic Champions League match today which looked like it was headed for a pedestrian 0 – 0 draw until a couple of moments of brilliance from Lionel Messi.

His first goal, came quickly and deftly, and broke the scoreless draw but that’s not nearly the point of this post.

His second goal, less than four minutes later, the one you watched above, will be the one talked about for days. And days. And days.

I would suggest that Mr. Jerome Boateng not go on twitter today. Or tomorrow. Or the rest of this week. His mentions have to be so reckless and coming in so hot right now….

I’m positive his battery is already dead at this point.

Twitter reacts. There are literally thousands of twitter comedians that I didn’t even bother posting that many. Just picked out some faves and threw them up here. Follow everyone.

Kobe tweeted about it…

When one of your teammates, a guy that was arguably, legitimately, in the conversation of top players in the world at one point in his career say this, that should tell you something.

(rough translation: Blah blah blah, Messi is the best in the world)

Maybe my favorite:

And this mans expression from the video explains it the best.

He’s basically sitting on the moon, but even from the nosebleeds he knew that what he saw was incredible.

Messi v Boateng


This one is the best

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Real Madrid is the Worlds Most Valuable Soccer Club of 2015

Filed under: Barcelona, Bayen Munich, Business, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid

most valuable soccer forbes 2015

Today FORBES released their annual valuation of the most valuable soccer clubs in the world. Real Madrid, to no ones surprise I don’t think, is top dog. In what FORBES describes as the “super six” they are joined by Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, and Bayern Munich as the biggest and best.

The team valuations as stated by FORBES are:

Real Madrid, $3.26b
Barcelona, $3.16
Manchester United, $3.1b
Bayern Munich, $2.35b
Manchester City, $1.38b
Chelsea, $1.37b

FORBES ranks the teams not only by the money they bring in on gamedays and in sponsorships, but they also account for social media outreach and profitability from that. All of these clubs are very active socially and in turn they monetize that:

The top 20 are led by what I call the “Super Six.” Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid rank in the top 10 in five crucial areas: social media following, matchday revenue, broadcasting revenue and commercial revenue” says Mike Ozanian writer for Forbes Staff and Sports Money.

One of the things that I find so interesting in this is not necessarily the value of the top line clubs, but the value of some of the others that make up the top 20. According to their calculations, the 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.16 billion, but that is helped by the top line sides making up the bulk of those figures.

Check this out, the 20th ranked team is Galatasary, with a team value of just $294 million. That is a far jump from the top where RM is over 3 b’s.

Its also interesting to me if you put it into perspective of other sports, American sports at least, and look at the values of our clubs in basketball, football and baseball.

The average NBA team is worth about $1.1b with the Lakers being the most valuable at $2.6b with the least valuable being the Milwaukee Bucks at the 30th ranked basketball team at $600m.

The average MLB team is worth $1.2b with the Yankees being the most valuable at $3.2b with the least valuable being the Tampa Bay Rays at the 30th ranked baseball team at $625m.

The average NFL team is worth $1.43b with the Cowboys being the most valuable at $3.2b with the least valuable being the St. Louis Rams at the 32nd ranked football team at $930m.

What does this tell me…. it tells me that there is a lot of money in sports. There is a lot of money in the United States. There is a lot of interest in the game of soccer around the world and in the United States too.

And obviously, there is a lot of money in sports in the United States. See where I am going with this here?

Obviously our MLS Clubs aren’t nearly the bread winners that the other major sports leagues are in the United States, but these teams didn’t have these kinds of valuations years ago either. They built there values on stadiums, TV Deals and each sport finding its experience a particular place in the culture and making it consumable.

Also, the fall off from our sports teams are not as drastic as we see it in the soccer clubs. That’s important I think. That is something as an American audience that we like to see as important, right? We want parity in clubs. One of the things that I always beef with AND DON’T GET MAD AT ME FOR SAYING THIS but I wonder how good Cristiano and Messi are and how good Barca and Real Madrid are in comparison to other clubs around the world because their clubs have sooooooo many more resources than the lesser clubs in their leagues.

And I know that you will point out that Real Madrid and Barcelona are in the final four of Champions League RIGHT NOW, so that should tell us everything we have to know about how good they really are. But I might argue that even though we know that they are great and we know that the teams are really well put together, couldn’t one say that having really deep clubs and going against really poor teams at the bottom of their league amounts to having extra time off, extra rest, making your stats look better, and when you play against other top teams, you are at an advantaage because their domestic league is so much tougher day in and day out? But anyways, thats not really the point of this post.

The point is that again, Real Madrid, a soccer team is the most valuable sports team in all the world.

Real Madrid Tops Ranking Of The World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams – FORBES

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Gatorade | FC Barcelona: Story of the Rondo

Filed under: Barcelona, Bayen Munich, Champions League, Lionel Messi, Videos

Ahead of today’s Champions League encounter between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Gatorade gives us a little insight into what makes Barca so good. And apparently it is the “rondo.”

The style of FC Barcelona is both utterly distinct and deeply embedded in the identity of the club — the heart of its game rooted in the precision clockwork brought forth by the players.

Here historian Ángel Iturriaga explains how a simple exercise called the rondo translates to some of the most beautiful and complex football the world has ever seen.

Illustrated by Golden Cosmos | Animated by Vranizan Design | Produced by Howler Magazine

That all sounds simple enough. Knock the ball around the center circle and get a better understanding of time, space and a great first touch. Create a system that is based on triangles and ensures there is always an open player. Makes complete sense. If only it was that easy…


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Rio Ferdinand Releases Statement Following Passing Of His Wife

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News

~~  Devastating news trickling out over the past couple of days with former England International Rio Ferdinand losing his wife Rebecca to Breast Cancer….

via QPR
‘My soul mate slipped away last night. Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.

Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months.

I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Marsden. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.

Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.’

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain & Kieran Gibbs Take Tyga On Emirates Tour

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News


A photo posted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (@alexoxchamberlain) on

~~  Rappers want to be athletes…..  Wonder who’s next to co-sign on ‘our game’?

Shout out to @kierangibbs @alexoxchamberlain @arsenal ??

A photo posted by Tyga / T-Raww (@kinggoldchains) on

Field Dreams

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Dope picture.

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Soccer x the 36th Annual Sports Emmys

Filed under: Awards

The Sports Emmy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American sports television programming, including sports-related series, live coverage of sporting events, and best sports announcers.

The awards went out tonight for 2015 (awards ceremony, presenting Emmys from the previous calendar year) and there were several soccer events / programs that were singled out for their excellence.

Here are the soccer related winners,

Outstanding Technical Team Studio : English Premier League Soccer – NBC/NBCSN

Outstanding Camera Work : FIFA World Cup on ESPN

Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement : FIFA World Cup on ESPN

Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish : FIFA World Cup on Univision

Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish : Futbol Central – Univision

* Side note, Ernie Johnson might be the best guy in the planet. Do your googles and enter “Ernie Johnson sports Emmy’s.” The guy is all class.

For a full list of winners of the 36th Annual Sports Emmy’s, go here:

NBC, ESPN Win Big At 36th Annual Sports Emmys – Deadline

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“Life is Great.” – Mario Balotelli

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Mario Balotelli

Life is great.

A photo posted by Mario Balotelli???????????????? (@mb459) on

Super. Mario.

Added on May 5th, 2015 by
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