#Instapurge 2014 was a bloodbath

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You may have noticed by now by either reading it somewhere or noticing it when you were thumbing through the gram over the last day or so that you follower count has changed. Earlier this week IG notified us that they were changing course a little bit and tightening up their users by getting rid of spam bots and starting to verify users.

I dug it and actually think its great because there is nothing worse than getting that, “Oh! Oh, word?!” babe follow and then thumbing through and seeing that she has only one follower and mad posts about getting your follow count up. Thats disappointing, but I digress.

The crazy thing when I first saw it go down was that I thought to myself that if I had the time, I’d look on some of these instagram model pages and see what their follower count went to after the purge, but then realized that one, I dont have the time. two, I wouldnt know what their previous count was so it would be a waste of time. and three, I really, actually, didn’t care that much.

But, alas, there was someone thinking like me that cared about the Top 100 and their follower count. Apparently, some big names took some pretty big haircuts.

My guy M A $ E, took it the worst. So bad, that dude had to get off of ig. He went from over 1.6m to a couple thousand. Dammit man.

Our soccer guys in the top 100 took some lumps too, but nothing that bad, Neymar lost about 300k, but he is still close to 13m followers. Cristiano dropped about 300k followers but is still close to 10m. Leo lost about 200k and is still around 8.3m. James (hah-mis) barely lost 50k and is making a strong push in his count with close to 6m. David Luiz lost about 100k to settle around 5.5m.Real Madrid is in there, Barcelona is in there….

Major takeaway from all this is that the biggest soccer stars are killing the game by the way. Check out the full list at the link below.

INSTAPURGE Data collected by @zachallia · z@64px.com

* Side note, I used Instapurge as a reason to unfollow a whoooooole bunch of folks! #winwin

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Trailer Alert :: “GET HARD” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

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A businessman hires a tough guy so he can learn how to survive his upcoming prison sentence.

GET HARD stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley, and Craig T. Nelson

* True story, I was at the movie theatre this past weekend and I was watching TOP FIVE, Kevin Hart has a part in that movie… during the trailer part before the movie started, there were three movie previews that starred Kevin Hart. Dude is working his ass off, but this movie looks hilarious.

I was waiting for it to post on the internets so that I could post it on TOW. Can’t wait to see this, so much potential!

* At the movie theatre, I didn’t notice that Alison Brie was the shorty on the bed. Now I GOTS to see this.

get hard movie

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Soccer In America – A Photographic Journey

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Office space. #soccer #futbol

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Office Space.

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Alexi Lalas Joins The Colbert Report’s Final Goodbye – ‘We’ll Meet Again’

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Alexi Colbert

~~  Pretty much a who’s who in terms of cameos…. But shouts to our guy Alexi Lalas for representing!!

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Joe Hart Re-Ups With Manchester City Through 2019

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

~~  All the talk coming into the 2014/15 season was about Joe Hart’s role underneath Manuel Pellegrini after Wily Caballero was brought in during the summer transfer window….

Looks like Hart was finally won Pellegrini over.

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Sepp Blatter Says FIFA To Release ‘Appropriate’ Form Of Michael Garcia Corruption Report

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

Sepp Qatar

~~  While no one is sure what an ‘appropriate form’ means, it is pretty interesting to see this Blatter statement coming to life just two days after Michael Garcia announced his resignation publicly….

Can’t wait to see what Michael Garcia’s next statement is following up on this ‘FIFA Release’.

via FIFA

Based on the recommendation from Domenico Scala, the independent Audit and Compliance Committee Chairman, I have asked the FIFA Executive Committee to vote in favour of the publication of the 2018/2022 inquiry report by the investigatory chamber. The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously agreed to ask the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to publish the report in an appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against individuals are concluded. I am pleased they have agreed. It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical. We have always been determined that the truth should be known. That is, after all, why we set up an independent Ethics Committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative. At the same time we also need to remember that while the report is complete, the investigations flowing from it are not. We must ensure that we do not jeopardise those investigations and the proceedings against various individuals already initiated by the independent Ethics Committee. Participants in the investigation also deserve to have their rights respected.

It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA. Part of this is due to the fact that we have been deliberate in the way that we have moved through the process. We need to ensure that we respect the rules of our organisation and that we do not breach confidentiality in a way that will prevent people from speaking out in the future.

Now it is important that the work of the Ethics Committee continues and that any instances of wrongdoing are fully investigated and their perpetrators pursued and sanctioned. I have been informed that various cases against individuals for alleged rule violations have been opened by the investigatory chamber and are currently under review by the adjudicatory chamber. The organisation fully supports the rigorous pursuit of these cases. And, while FIFA as an organisation does not have prosecutorial powers, we have provided information and the full report from Mr. Garcia to the Swiss General Attorney’s Office and have pledged our cooperation.

But the report is about history and I am focused on the future. We will not revisit the 2018 and 2022 vote and a report by independent, external legal experts commissioned by Mr. Scala supports the view that there are no legal grounds to revoke the Executive Committee’s decision on the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. We are already in the process of incorporating recommendations made by independent experts including the Ethics Committee for how the FIFA World Cup selection process can be improved so that everyone can be confident that the 2026 bidding process will be fair, ethical and open.

The work over the past two years of the investigatory committee led by Mr. Garcia has played a valuable role in ensuring that FIFA rules are upheld and has resulted in a series of sanctions against individuals. Although we are disappointed that our work with Mr. Garcia has ended this way, I want to make it clear that our commitment to ethical standards is stronger than ever. As such I am pleased that the FIFA Executive Committee today appointed Cornel Borbély as acting Chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. Mr. Borbély will be responsible for leading the ongoing procedures and ensuring that they are pursued to the fullest extent.

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Trailer :: Knight Of Cups starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & Natalie Portman

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~~  Some heavy hitters in this one…. And one of those movies that hits somewhat home for us Cali kids…. LA can be a dangerous and easy place to lose your way if you’re not careful.

Knight of Cups is a story of a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess from director Terrence Malick. Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick?s (Christian Bale) father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?

Writer / Director: Terrence Malick
Release: 2015
Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

Trailer - Knight of Cups

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MLS Releases 2015 Opening Day Schedule

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

~~  Some big ones to start out the 2015 calendar…..

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake

Orlando City vs NYCFC

Seattle Sounders vs New England Revolution

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