For Your Consideration :: Jimmy Conrad Hall of Fame

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Hall of Fame, Jimmy Conrad, Legends

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Jimmy Conrad NEEDS to go to the US Soccer Hall of Fame. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Let’s make sure others agree. SHARE THIS VIDEO. Get Jimmy in the HALL!

You’ve got out vote brother!

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Global Pitches

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Global Pitches, Los Angeles

Recently I encountered some pretty incredible looking soccer pitches. It got me thinking about how many amazing + unique pitches, parking lots, back alleys, rooftops, etc there are around the world where soccer is being played. Some may be pristine grass pitches with all the amenities you could hope for. Others may be just a couple of sticks in the desert. But they represent the beautiful game and the countless locations that it is played around the world. So I wanted to explore this notion more and share them with you. I started doing this on the Bumpy Pitch Instagram page, but now I want to bring them to TOW as well. In addition to just images, we will try and share some info on each pitch. Location. Any clubs (amateur, professional or otherwise) that may be associated with the pitch. Any interesting facts about them. It’s a big world and a global sport so there are bound to be countless amazing places to play soccer all over the world. If you happen to see one that piques your interest, send us a couple photos along with any relevant info you can and we’ll include it in the series. And follow Bumpy Pitch on IG for all the #globalpitches posts.

These pitches are also a reminder to get out there. Travel and explore. Bring a soccer ball. Find a couple of sticks or rocks and make your own goal. Start an impromptu pick up game. See the world and experience the sport in as many interesting places and locations as possible. It’s the global game. Be a part of that.

These pitches are another reminder of  just how beautiful the beautiful game is.

Today’s featured pitch in the series is located in our backyard here in Santa Monica. Truth be told, I took this photo awhile ago and it was included in our Soccer in America series. It’s a reminder for me that soccer is being played all around us. It’s dope to look at photos from around the world of ill soccer pitches and locations that I want to visit. But there’s also rad locations right in front of us. In each of our communities where we live soccer is being played in some pretty unique locations. All we need to do is explore a little bit and be open to all that is around us.


As we (both us and hopefully all of you) explore the world trying to find new soccer experiences, let’s never forget that the sport is alive and vibrant in the communities that we live in. This was the perfect location for a 7 v 7 game. Legs would be heavy. Sand would be everywhere. But memories would be heavy.

I won’t even front. I haven’t been to the beach in Santa Monica in awhile so I don’t know if these goals are still up. I’m sure someone from the westside could chime in on that. I hope that they are. What a sick place to spend an afternoon kicking the ball around. I  might need to get out to Santa Monica soon…

Submit pitches to be included in this series to bp [at] bumpy pitch [dot] com. Include some info and as much detail as you can and we will include in our #globalpitches campaign.


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WATCH :: Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story Ft. Eminem, 50 Cent, & Dr. Dre

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Documentary, Legends, Music

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Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent all reflect on how Shady Records became one of the most dominant labels of the 2000s.

* You are going to want to carve out 45 minutes today and watch this video. Great work from the team over at Complex. Not a lot of this is particularly new information but looking back on things and seeing the whats and hows of a particular point in time, straight from the source, is always good.

This is s wonderful throwback Thursday video and especially nice for us to look at because we witnessed all of this happening. I think over the last maybe 5 or 6 years, the whole Eminem thing has become watered down and we somewhat forget how incredible he was at the time. It was genuinely shocking, when we all first saw Eminem. There wasn’t anyone rapping like that, with the content, with the skill, with the ability that Em was rapping. This is a good look back.

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Luis Suarez & Fernando Torres To Return To Anfield For Gerrard All-Star Game

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

LFC All Star

~~  Great idea for the local Liverpool Charity and paying due respect to Steven Gerrard & Co for the loyalty and service….  And then the additions of the loved / hated tandem of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres… VERRRY interested to see what that ‘reception’ looks like.

via LiverpoolFC

A unique charity football match to benefit the people of Liverpool will take place at Anfield later this month, which will include two All-Star line-ups of some of Europe’s elite players.

The event, which has been organised by Liverpool FC’s official charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, will bring together two teams that will be selected by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher as some of the most influential players they have played with or against.

Gerrard will take on the role of captain for one team, while Carragher will take on the same role for the other All-Star side. Managers and the final line-up of each All-Star team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Player recruitment is well underway, and players confirmed include Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, John Terry and Didier Drogba, to name a few.

Current Reds first-team players who are not on international duty will also play some part, as well as some of the Academy’s brightest stars, plus the club’s backroom staff will also be on hand to offer support.

Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season and this special match will give fans the opportunity to see him alongside some of their favourites – all to raise funds for the local community.

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Trailer :: Self/Less starring Ryan Reynolds

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~ Fascinating concept for sure…. How about Ryan Reynolds for a quick second…. Dude is just manning up the roles nowadays with some really interesting roles.

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body?s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Release :: July 31st

Trailer - SelfLess

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Off The Grid – Joshua Tree

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle

Life is hectic. It seems that there are always countless things to do. That we are being pulled in multiple directions at the same time. So sometimes we need to get away and unwind. Put the laptop down. Take a deep breath. Decompress. If you are looking to do that, might I suggest getting off the grid in Joshua Tree. There is a whole lot of this kind of view out there…


There are some random abandoned houses that dot the desert landscape. Kind of creepy at times. But they make for some pretty cool photos and they beg to be explored.





There is a fair amount of art to bee seen out there. An outdoor art exhibit literally in the middle of nowhere desert? Yeah, they got that. I give you the Noah Purifoy Foundation.



Potential goal posts in the desert? I can see that…



If you do end up out there, make sure you get out to Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. You need to experience that place at least one time in your life.



See you again soon…


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Papiss Cisse & Johny Evans Charged By FA Over Spiting

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

~~  Honestly… I’d rather you punch my in the face or tell me what I can do to my own mother instead of spiting at me… This has to be one of THE most disgusting things you could ever do to another player on the field.

‘Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have both been charged by The FA following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.

The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other.

The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.’

Cisse has already admitted to the charge and is looking at SEVEN games!

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New MLS Deals Announced :: Sky Sports / Eurosport TV & Audi

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

~~ With the CBA done and dusted between the league and players, more information about the new side deals MLS has been finalizing are starting to see the light of day…..

Yesterday, Sports Business Journal dropped news of the Audi deal and today MLSSoccer confirmed the Eurosport TV deal on the backside of the Sky Sports announcement that came through late last week.

Regardless of your position of the outcome of the CBA (which when you see the final version, you’ll understand), MLS’ growth direction is setting the framework for a frightening amount of $$$…..

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