Yokohama Rubber New Chelsea Shirt Sponsor Starting 2015/16

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

~~  Listen, it’s all a cash grab now…. There’s no loyalty when it comes to ‘Front Of Jersey Sponsor/Naming Rights’…..

And when Chelsea’s official website drops the fact that this deal is ‘one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed’, that’s carrying some SERIOUS weight behind it.

‘Global Brands’ bring in #MonopolyMoney when it comes to selling these rights and Yokohama Rubber is dropping a rumored £40million-a-year agreement (doubling Samsung’s current deal) and one that comes in behind Manchester United’s £53m agreement with Chevrolet.

You’ll see Yokohama Rubber’s logo on the front of Chelsea’s jerseys / training gear at the start of the 2015/16 season.

Added on February 26th, 2015 by

Liverpool & Tottenham Knocked Out Of Europa League

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

~~  Another dissapointing night in #EuropaLeague for both Liverpool and Tottenham after both EPL sides fell on the road in the second leg to see themselves eliminated in European Competition once again in the knockout rounds….

~~  Everton on the other hand…. Timmy Howard & Co took care of Young Boys after their first leg demolition in Switzerland… #Lukaku with 100 professional goals by the age of 21… Think about that for a second.

Added on February 26th, 2015 by

Grant Wahl – 1 on 1 With Jose Mourinho

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

I can pretty much watch interviews with Jose Mourinho all day. He’s just that dude. Charismatic. Engaging. Never really sure what he is going to say. But also passionate and a true lover of the game. In this video SI’s Grant Wahl sits down for a one on one conversation with The Special One. It’s crazy to think that he started out as a translator before he became a manager. There is never one specific path to get anywhere. Jose certainly is proof of that.

Added on February 26th, 2015 by

Nike Tiempo Legend V Premium

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Nike

I am a long time admirer of Nike Tiempos. I have written about my love for Tiempos more than once. Let’s just say it is my go to boot. So when I saw this announcement from Nike today, my heart skipped a little. Because these Tiempos right here, and the accompanying story line that goes with them…I’m all about.

So here is the low down on the Nike Tiempo Legend V Premium

Nike’s relentless innovation ethos ensures the best boot is the next boot. But across the brand, there are treasured icons that stand the test of time. 

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First introduced as the Tiempo D in 1985, the boot has evolved significantly while remaining instantly recognizable to fans and players alike. One of its signature features, the oversized fold-over tongue, gained immense popularity after eight Brasil players wore it in the 1994 World Cup Final in California.  The original purpose of the fold-over tongue was to provide a flat surface atop the laces for a better strike of the ball. As boots and laces evolved, this was no longer necessary and the iconic tongue was retired with the launch of the Tiempo IV in 2011. 

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Let’s stop right here for a minute. How great are these OG Tiempos from back in 1985? I’m not sure about this next statement, but these had to be one of the first boots that got away from traditional black and white. The gold swoosh and gold heel tab couple with removable gold studs. Fire. And that big old floppy fold over tongue. Classic.

And then there is this particular interesting nugget of information.

Nike packaging has long included the statement: “Engineered to the exact specifications of championship athletes.”  One of those championship athletes in particular, Francesco Totti, has continued to request the iconic Tiempo tongue on his boots and Nike has delivered for him through the years. Now, with Totti as Nike Football’s muse, a limited-edition Tiempo Legend V Premium will be available that features the Tiempo tongue while honoring the player who wears it. 

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“I have always played with boots that had a tongue and for me, this detail on the product is very important. I wear the Tiempo because it is a comfortable boot with a soft leather upper that adapts well to the foot’s shape and grants a great touch of the ball. It’s a classic boot that helps me perform at my best when I’m on the pitch.” - Francesco Totti

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“This specific version of the Tiempo has a beautiful color since it’s a perfect mix between classic elements like the black upper and more innovative ones like the chrome details on the Swoosh and the tongue. The tongue itself makes this boot really unique and is a key element for me in a football boot.” - Totti

The Tiempo Legend V Premium features exquisite craftsmanship and quilted Alegria leather. It is protected by Nike Hypershield and resists overstretch, retaining the Tiempo’s timeless shape and performance.

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Three-thousand individually numbered pairs of the Tiempo Legend V Premium will be available on nike.com and at select retailers March 5.

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Under The Crest – Inside Chelsea FC With Grant Wahl

Filed under: Chelsea, Culture & Lifestyle, Didier Drogba, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Jose Mourinho

Grant Wahl gives us an inside look at Chelsea FC, Jose Mourinhop and Didier Drogba in a really great expose on the club. Big clubs like Chelsea don’t seem to give access like this often, and specifically to an American outlet, which is a shame because this piece is really good. It’s insightful. It’s beautifully shot. It shows some of the history of the club while exploring the current status of Chelsea. If clubs from around the world want to build their “brands” here in the US, doing more content pieces like this is a pretty good thing to do.

More from Grant Wahl and his look into Chelsea FC shortly…

Added on February 25th, 2015 by

Watch :: Robbie Earle Speaks on the battle to end racism

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Racism

Stemming from the recent incident at Chelsea, Robbie Earle gives his take on the battle to end racism in soccer and how far the sport has come in eradicating it.

* Wise words from a man who has obviously seen incidents during his career.

This conversation was had on NBC over the weekend and there were a lot of strong points made by everyone on the panel. This is the clip available.

Here is the thing, racism is stupid af. There is not other way to put it. There are plenty of things to not like people for (like choosing a team based on kit colours or not wanting to support Chelsea) but hating someone and becoming physical with them or discriminating them based on something they have absolutely no control over, just doesnt make sense. It never did, and never will, but for some reason there is a small segment of society that thinks differently. It is our job as sensible human beings to act and live our lives to show them how stupid and unreasonable they are and how they are living their lives miserably by thinking that way.

It has all been here and in the game for a really long time, and it wont be something that is stamped out immediately. Not in Europe, not in other countries, not all over the place. Not immediately, but it will be stamped out. Its good to have the conversations.

Added on February 25th, 2015 by

Trailer :: “Son of the Congo” – Serge Ibaka

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Random Soccer in Random Places, Social Issues

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Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In ‘Son of the Congo,’ he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying. – GRANTLAND

This looks like another outstanding piece from Grantland as they follow along with a rising NBA basketball player back to his hometown. Interesting to me that seeing something like this is strangely familiar with the narrative that we see in soccer a lot. A young man with incredible talent is noticed by a sports league and get paid incredible sums of money which he wants to do nothing more than give back to his hometown, country, and people.

One of the things that Beans and I always talk about is the indomitable spirit that many of these athletes from Central and South America and Africa and places of extreme poverty have in giving back and how much an effect they have on their native lands because the areas are so poor. These areas are in real poverty and its great to see the change. Its heartbreaking to see the current day situation, like kids playing basketball in torn and overworn soccer jersey and in their bare feet, but encouraging to think of what will be.

* If we are not in America, and sports comes up, any sport, at some point, you are going to see the influence of soccer.

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Added on February 25th, 2015 by

BPFC Laurel Crest Hoodie – Skyblue with Red

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle

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In an effort to help keep our folks around the country a little bit warmer in these very cold times, we are offering up this skyblue BPFC Laurel Crest hoodie. Layer it under a heavier coat in these cold days, and then rock with it on it’s own all the way through spring. The French terry lining gives this an extra soft lining that goes perfectly with the extra soft fabric this hoodie is constructed with.

Stay warm friends!

Added on February 24th, 2015 by