Video :: Carli Lloyd “Polar Bear” Is the Queen of the ICE BATH

Filed under: Training, US National Team, us soccer, US Women

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Some U.S. WNT players love ice baths, some hate them. Almost all of them take the plunge when they do regeneration work. Put midfielder Carli Lloyd in the former category as she takes to ice baths like polar bears to arctic waters.

I’m going to be honest… I’ve done an ice bath, once. It was just to see what it would feel like, and I will never do that again. I’m not a pro athlete and never was one, and don’t need to make varsity again ever in my life, so I’ll just throw on some anti-inflammatory something if it ever gets that dramatic.

I salute her though – doing that every day is incredible. This was on her IG last week.

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Great things never came through comfort zones! #letthegamesbegin #recovery #ice bath #worldcupqualifying

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From Wiki : In sports therapy, an ice bath or sometimes a cold-water immersion or cold therapy is a training regimen usually following a period of intense exercise in which a substantial part of a human body is immersed in a bath of ice or ice-water for a limited duration. While it is becoming increasingly popular and accepted among athletes in a variety of sports, the method is controversial and potentially dangerous with little solid scientific evidence to support or refute its usefulness or to understand its method of operation within the body, although there is speculation about processes within the body regarding vasoconstriction.

Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, in particular the large arteries and small arterioles. The process is particularly important in staunching hemorrhage and acute blood loss. When blood vessels constrict, the flow of blood is restricted or decreased, thus retaining body heat or increasing vascular resistance. *

So, it would seem to make sense and be useful.

Added on October 19th, 2014 by

Watch :: Mario Balotelli Misses WIDE OPEN Net

Filed under: Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

Its been a tough go for Mario Balotelli ever since he got to Liverpool.

Many have expected, and hoped, that the Italian striker will find his form sooner rather than later, but today, he again drew a blank for Liverpool in their 3-2 win over QPR on Sunday.

The problem today, was that there was an absolute bunny that he missed. I love Super Mario, but man alive, get it together bro.*

* By the way, many like to think that he is pressing a little too hard in an effort to replace Luis Suarez. Many, think that he is out there Cadillacing it and not giving a full effort. I, actually, think it may have something to do with the Fanny situation.

We know he’s an emotional dude and breaking up with a chick like that, can do things to a man. He was already a football savant and things just came to him pretty easily, but if you are kind of aloof already, and then you break up with your missus, you might be on some whatever shit for a little while. Get your head in the game pimpin!

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Beats by Dre :: “LeBron James RE-ESTABLISHED 2014″ and other thoughts on Athletes Making a Difference

Filed under: A Fans Perspective, Brands, Social Issues

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The words “Akron Est. 1984” are inked on LeBron James’ body.

Moving back to Cleveland in 2014 is the re-establishment of his legacy in Northern Ohio. He now embarks on the next and greatest chapter of his career. This offseason, with Powerbeats2 Wireless, LeBron has re-established his body through intense training. He’s also re-established his legacy and connections to the community in Akron.

Powerbeats2 Wireless combines the emotion of Beats and the power of wireless to allow athletes to be free to test their limits and play as hard as they can.

* You allow us to go off the board sometimes here on TOW, and spoiler alert, this is one of those times…. but I promise to bring it back to soccer and make it make sense.

I stopped hating on Bron Bron a long time ago. First of all this commercial is great, so we could’ve posted it just because, but its deeper than that to me.

We always hear people talk about “where I’m from” and represent their place of birth like they own it, when the reality is, they don’t.

Often, you see that they continue to ‘represent’ where they are from, but other than shouting out their city all the time, they no longer live there, they no longer go there and they aren’t really affecting change but only continue to perpetuate what many would consider the folklore of where they are from but not necessarily do anything to advance where they are claiming to still represent.

Not all of celebrities and athletes and popular people, but a whole lot of them act a certain type of way that I think is silly when you hear the things coming out of their mouthes.

The one thing that I respect about this kid, and I think he HAD to go to Miami to realize it – or maybe it was always part of the plan, but I don’t think it was – is that in some senses he was in a position of great power and he did have an entire city or an entire region “on his back.”

Its an interesting position, extremely unique, and one that I think could only happen in a few cities across this nation, but his presence will truly effect change. From everything that I have read and everything that his team continues to produce content wise, it is very apparent that this is the vision.

Athletics, professional sports in particular with the money that is now out there available to the athletes, continue to be a major driving force in the cultural evolution of our country. Maybe I’m reading way too much into this commercial, but I bet when its all said and done, LeBron and his team will own half Ohio and if not that they will definitely be the billionaire boys of Akron, literally. But its deeper than that.

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Trailer – The Culture High (Documentary)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

Trailer - The Culture High

The Culture High Official Trailer (2014) for the Marijuana Documentary directed by Brett Harvey.

Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.

Release Date: 17 October 2014

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Where I Get Most Of My #Kicks

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

Nike Nappy

~~  If you’ve been stopping by TOW for the last couple of years, you know we’ve got some serious problems when it comes to shoes aka #Kicks aka #SuitKicks.

And pretty much every where I go, I’m rocking Hi-Tops… ESPECIALLY when I’m wearing a suit.

So the question that I always get asked is ‘Where do you get your shoes from?’.   Obviously we’re pretty fortunate with the relationships that we’ve built over the years on the #InterWebs, but one of our go to spots is ThePremierStore.com

And a perfect example of what’s in stock is the picture above.  I just copped these Nike SB Dunk High Pro – Nappy Suede / Gym Red / White – Turbo Green #Kicks this past week for only $50.

If you stay up on it, you can find some serious pick ups……

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Updated MLS Playoff Scenarios

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

MLS Playoffs

~~  Been another ‘interesting’ regular season campaign in Major League Soccer….. The surprise teams eliminated from playoff contention – Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC and potentially the Portland Timbers… The surprise teams clinching a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs – DC United, Columbus Crew and potentially the Vancouver Whitecaps.

And maybe the most interesting question of them all, can the Seattle Sounders hold off the LA Galaxy in the final home and away two game series to end the regular series and clinch the Supporters Shield?

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Hans-Joachim Eckert To Deliver His ‘Report’ To FIFA On 2018/2022 World Cup Bids

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

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~~  So many questions, so little public answers….. But at the end of the day, raise your hand if you think Michael Garcia’s findings about the flawed 2018 and 2022 votes see the day of light at some point in the ‘near’ future?  I just can’t see how, if this report is as explosive as it seems to be, it doesn’t see the light of day….  Someone HAS to get a hold of it, right?!?!

But here’s the thing… FIFA operates as essentially a stand alone right?  But when does the angle of THE MONEY being passed around come into play from an international law perspective?

via FIFA

The investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has conducted an investigation, led by chairman Michael J. Garcia, into the bidding process for the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. The resulting report was delivered to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, in September, since when repeated demands have been made for the report to be published. At the present time, Hans-Joachim Eckert is preparing his statement on the investigatory chamber’s report, and he has answered some questions for FIFA.com in this regard.

FIFA.com: When can we expect your statement?
Hans-Joachim Eckert: The report of the investigation into the bidding process for the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups comprises hundreds of pages as well as numerous annexes. Carefully working through all this material takes time. As things currently stand, I expect the statement to be ready by mid-November at the latest.

What exactly will the statement include?
The statement will contain an overview of the investigation report, a summary of the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report, as well as a brief evaluation of the same.

Why will Michael Garcia’s report not be published in full?
Firstly, it must be pointed out that the main report has been produced not by Michael Garcia alone, but also by the deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee Cornel Borbély. In fact, the report into Russia and the USA was produced solely by Cornel Borbély. This is because Michael Garcia was unable to take part in some parts of the investigation due to the possibility of conflicts of interest, for example in the case of the American bid (as he is a US citizen). Publishing the report in full would actually put the FIFA Ethics Committee and FIFA itself in a very difficult situation legally. What is more, we have to respect the personal rights of the people mentioned in the report, which in the case of full publication of the report would in all likelihood not be possible.

The impression has sometimes been given in the media that you and Michael Garcia are in disagreement about whether the report can be published or not. How do you see this situation?
No, that is not the case. Michael Garcia has never said that the report should be 100 per cent published. He merely said that the ‘appropriate’ publication of his report should be authorised. The deputy chairman of the adjudicatory chamber and I now have the task of drawing up this appropriate form for publication. Part of my current examination involves deciding what form this appropriate publication should take, whether this means issuing a statement regarding the investigation report or whether certain parts of the investigation report will be published while maintaining anonymity, or indeed a combination of these possibilities. This decision is exclusively a matter for the adjudicatory chamber – neither the investigatory chamber nor the FIFA Executive Committee can decide. The main requirement is that personal rights must not be damaged.

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Video :: Southampton Scores 8 Goals on Sunderland – Highlights

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

The Saints demolished Sunderland on the way to their biggest ever Premier League win with an 8 (eight) – nil win at St Mary’s. The first half was bad enough for Sunderland with an own goal and two legit goals, but a second half explosion of 5 made this match laughable by the end. *

Southampton :: Santiago Vergini (OG 12′), Graziano Pelle (18′), Jack Cork (37′), Liam Bridcutt (OG 63′), Graziano Pelle (69′), Dusan Tadic (78′), Victor Wanyama (79′), and Sadio Mane (86′)

* Do they not like their coach?

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