Video :: Rick Rubin Returns To His NYU Dorm Room

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Rick Rubin

~~  I could watch stuff like this All. Day. Long……. Just an incredible trek back through time and listening to a man (and men) who literally created some of the most influential music of the last thirty years…..

‘Def Jam was started 30 years ago in Rick Rubin’s NYU dorm room. Watch him go back to the place where it all began for the very first time.’

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Watch :: Episode 3 of “Gamedayplus” from adidas Football

Filed under: Adidas, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Uncategorized

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In this episode of “Gamedayplus” take a looksee at Bastian Schweinsteiger teaching host Roman Kemp how to take a perfect freekick, then Roman goes and swings some bats with Steven Gerrard on the driving range and talk about the UEFA Champions League and the listen to Gareth Bale’s thoughts on life so far with Real Madrid C.F. with Layla Anna Lee. *

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If you are wondering what Gameday Plus from Adidas is, its a series they started where every Monday, when it’s a UEFA Champions League week, they drop a new video at 20:45 CET for unrestricted access to Europe’s top clubs, interviews with football’s greatest stars competing on the ultimate stage, and chances to win signed merchandise every show.

Some of the Adidas clubs and players: Chelsea FC, Bayern Munchen, AC Milan, Real Madrid CF, AFC Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Basel 1893, FC Kobenhaven, FC Schalke 04 and Olympique de Marseille, Swansea FC, with players that include: Leo Messi, Xavi, Alves, De Rossi, Bale, Robben, Van Persie, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Alonso, Gerrard, Lampard, Kagawa, Lucas, Torres, Kaka

You are going to want to check in with this on Champions League weeks.

Head over for more info.

* Full disclosure, I didn’t hear a thing Gareth Bale said. – isps

* Just kidding, its actually a really good interview. I thought where he was talking about why some guys don’t look to play in other countries was pretty telling.

* Hi Layla!

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Bluesmart :: Personal Carry-On Travel Assistant

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via IndieGoGo

Bluesmart is a high-quality carry-on suitcase that you can control from your phone, like a boss. From the app you can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits. You can also charge your phone 6 times over with a built-in battery. Isn’t that awesome?

~~  NO.  It’s more than just ‘awesome’… It’s ridiculously amazing.  This just became my must have carry-on for next year.  Done.

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The Sound A Rock Makes Skipping Off Icy Lake

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Ice Rock

~~  SUPER RANDOM… But amazing nonetheless….

Head to 3.35 and start watching.

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Sunderland PLAYERS refund Travelling Supporters after 8-0 Loss to Southampton

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from Sunderland AFC [dot] com

Travelling supporters who attended defeat at Southampton offered ticket refunds.

Sunderland’s players have today offered to refund supporters the cost of their match tickets, as well as supporting a local charity, following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.

Fans who do not wish to claim a personal refund will have the cost of their ticket donated to Sunderland-based children’s charity Grace House, which provides respite services for children and young people throughout the North East region, who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.

Speaking on behalf of the squad, Sunderland AFC’s captain John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.”

Anyone wishing to claim a refund should contact the club before 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. Supporters are kindly asked to return their match ticket either in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by post: SAFC (Refunds), PO Box 165, Sunderland, SR5 1WF. Supporters must enclose name and address details, along with their customer number.

After the November 5 deadline, the outstanding money not claimed by supporters will be given to Grace House.

* Its being reported that over 2,500 fans travelled and attended the game so math suggest that the players are dropping about £60,000 in this refund giving each ticket holder £24 for the ticket cost.

Gotta say that this is pretty damn good. Sucks that the team got blasted, but at least there is some accountability felt by the players here. I’ve always been a skeptic with athletes, sometimes feeling that they dont care as much as fans do – even though I know they do – but sometimes it feels good to get some reassurance.

The guys had a really bad day, and I’m sure they feel worse than anybody. It will be interesting to see exactly how many supporters actually try and get a refund.

I like to give athletes the benefit of the doubt some times when they have bad games because lets be honest, sport although something that we as fans look at like the greatest gig in the world, on a professional level, is their job.

I’ve had a bad day or two at work. We all have. There have been times that I’ve just not wanted to be here because its 76* in SoCal and I have friends posting pictures from the beach on instagram and I’m sitting in a cube under bad lighting looking at spreadsheets on two different monitors…. #truth.

Athletes have bad days too. Rare that they all have a bad day at the same time though. But this statement from keeper Vito Mannone keeps it all the way 100:

“We should do it because we didn’t put our foot [in], we didn’t work hard. We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel – and I include myself.”

He was the guy who sparked the idea of paying the fans back for it. I like this Vito guy, he gets it.

Read more:

Sunderland players to refund fans £24 ticket cost after 8-0 thrashing at Southampton – Independent.

* By the way, just as a side note, this is another one of those things that I chalk up to ‘soccer players are different’ . I was having a conversation this morning with someone at work about this very thing. He happened to be at the Galaxy v. Sounders game over the weekend and he bid on one of the game worn jerseys. He won the bid. But what happened after that was interesting.

All of the folks that bid on all of the team jerseys, were escorted down to the field, where each player signed the jersey on the pitch, then took pictures with the people who bought the jersey. He was shocked by this (and giddy) because his guy even said, “give me your phone” and then proceeded to take selfies with it.

I look at that and I think the same thing that Beans and I always talk about with MLS and Soccer in America. We’re in an interesting place with the game. The league gets it. The players get it. The supporters get it. MLS does an incredible job of giving thanks and love to the supporters. Not that the other sports leagues don’t, but I think its magnified in soccer.

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Soccer In America – A Photographic Journey

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Landon Donovan saluting the US fans after his last match, in Hartford against Ecuador.

~~ @aljomitchell  :: Alex Mitchell

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Harry Redknapp vs Adel Taarabt War Of Words :: Who Ya Got?

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~~ This is just flat out amazing…… It all started with Ol’ Arry dropping some ‘fat jibes’ at Adel Taarabt….

“He’s not injured,” Redknapp said. “He’s not fit. He’s not fit to play football, unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can’t pick him. I pick people who want to try, who deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, who come in every day and want to work, train and show a good attitude. When he starts doing that, if he ever can do it, maybe he’ll get a game. “I can’t keep protecting people who don’t want to run about and train, and are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying? Keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week and don’t train? What’s the game coming to?”

Then Taarabt sat down with the Daily Mail, lifted up his shirt and drop his own quote sheet.  The kid’s got a right to respond to something like that right?!?!

And O’l Arry’s response definitely got a few laughs :: “The only reason he has lost weight is because he has had tonsillitis. That’s the only way we could get any weight off of him. “He is not fit to play a game, that’s the truth. He is the worst professional I have ever come across and I have been his only ally at QPR for the past three years.”

~~  At the day, this has that feeling of a coach that’s finally fed up with protecting one of the most talented players in England… ESPECIALLY after dude comes back from AC Milan, playing alongside Balotelli, Kaka, Robinho & Co and from the quote sheet, seems to just be mailing it in. At least we know this war of words isn’t over.

Even the owner is throwing his two cents around on twitter and retweeting ::

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Frank & Oak x Toronto FC and Flagship Location

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This is one of those stories that is actually two kind of big things rolled into one. Where the sum is greater than it’s parts. It’s not just about the online retailer, Frank & Oak, launching their flagship store in the soccer hotbed of Toronto. Nor is it about them launching a collaboration with Toronto FC. It’s about both of those things. And both of those things are pretty rad.

For those of you that might not know, Frank & Oak is a menswear brand from Canada that has been making some big moves over the last couple of years. What started out as solely an online brand and retail experience is now evolving as Frank & Oak are opening their premier brick and mortar location. And this location happens to be in Toronto.

In addition to moving from solely an online shopping destination, Frank & Oak also recently launched a collaboration with MLS side Toronto FC. The collection, which you can see above, looks really fresh and is nearly sold out already. I highly suggest checking out the collection and getting an order in soon if there is something you see that you want to cop. This collection will not last long.

Full press release on the flagship store:

Frank & Oak, the leading menswear brand and online retailer, announces today its premier brick and mortar location which will open its doors on November 13 at 735 Queen Street West in Toronto.

Born online in 2012, Frank & Oak has quickly earned its stripes as the lifestyle brand for the creative and digital generation, leveraging technology to deliver immersive and easy-to-use web and mobile shopping experiences. Following a recent $15M round of funding, the brand has set its sights on redefining the in-store experience and offering customers a new channel to interact with the brand.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our flagship location in the vibrant city of Toronto,” explained Frank & Oak co-founder and CEO Ethan Song. “It’s rooted in everything we stand for—culture, a sense of community, and entrepreneurship—and we are passionate about developing this local approach in the context of the digital world.”

The Toronto flagship will carry Frank & Oak’s monthly menswear collections and special capsule collections, and will host a variety of community-oriented events. The 2,600-square-foot space will also house a café (featuring Portland-based Stumptown coffee) and a full-service barbershop, making it the perfect neighborhood spot to shop or unwind with friends.

Customers accustomed to shopping with Frank & Oak online will find the same personal approach at its flagship location, with online and mobile experiences integrated in-store (allowing shoppers access to order histories and online style profiles), and complementary appointments with style advisors.

“We’ve always been focused on offering a simple and seamless customer experience,” noted Song, “and this storefront further contributes to our vision of being an advisor to our customers.”

Starting November 13, visit Frank & Oak’s flagship location at 735 Queen Street West:

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

Thursday – Friday: 10am – 9pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

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