~~ Two more days…..
~~ Damn…. Another reminder that this is James Gandolfini’s last film…. But at least it looks like it’s got some serious potential alongside Tom Hardy.
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
Release :: September 19th
I love a good sports rivalry. And tonight one of MLS’ best is taking place – DC United v NY Red Bulls. I also happen to have a thing for customized soccer boots, and we will be seeing those on the field tonight as well.
A few players from both teams will be sporting customized adidas boots in tonight’s match including Perry Kitchen and Bill Hamid from DC United and Dax McCarty and Jamison Olave from NY. These limited edition boots were customized via mi adidas and they look pretty rad. I’m always down for limited edition and custom boots.
The top picture are the boots that will be worn by the DC United players, and below are the boots that will be worn by NY Red Bulls players.
LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez shows off his cooking skills with one of the top chefs in LA!
The chef referred to, is none other than Chef Ludo Lefebvre, one of my absolute favorite chefs here in Los Angeles. I first got hip to Ludo on Iron Chef America and some appearances later on Top Chef Masters, but really got hip to him when I started my foodie phase in the mid to late 2000′s.*
Chef Ludo is heavy in LA. What he does, are these pop-up restaurants, for a few months at a time (ticketed reservation only by the way) and then he moves on to a new spot / the next restaurant. Its genius. And it keeps the people coming back. The spot where they filmed this, is Trois Mec, look it up.
* I don’t do the foodie thing anymore… I’m almost an anti-foodie. Not necessarily because of Chefs like Ludo, because when you go to a restaurant of his, or some of the other high flying chefs in LA (and there are a LOT of them) it makes sense, the food is worth it. My problem is with all of the hacks. And all of the wannabe top chefs in LA. And all of the restaurants that overcharge for things just because they put truffle oil on something or because they want to use nitro for some molecular gastronomy technique when its totally not needed.
This is kind of a sore spot for me, and this is totally a first world problem, but theres a certain point where this stuff just gets ridiculous.
Every Fall, thousands of high school athletes return to the sport they love. Before they take the field, they’ll have to survive the hardest week in all of sport. Follow La Cueva HS in the scorching heat of Albuquerque New Mexico as they endure a week of hardcore training in preparation to win back their title as state soccer champs. – DSG
* This video series and this video are awesome. Can’t believe that I missed posting this when it came out. I know that I’m not the end all be all on dynasties and especially high school soccer team dynasties but I’d never heard of this squad. Incredible preparation, incredible athletes and incredible coaching all the way around.
Its crazy how just watching this video, and all of the videos in the HELL WEEK series, bring back that feeling like I’m 14 years old again trying to make varsity. I remember running stadiums and cursing my coach out in my head and catching an ill leg cramp in the middle of the night and all that jazz like it was yesterday.
Its crazy to think of how much we dreaded those times, but absolutely loved the results and the glory that came with it. Its also crazy, and I even remember having these thoughts at the time, it felt like absolute hell and it felt like you were literally going to die out there, but 20 minutes after you were done and you were jamming your face with pizza, it was all good and you were ready to go another hour.
This team, and this coach, are pretty intense. I’m super impressed with them and will be following along. I wonder if they have a twitter or facebook page.
* I also wonder if Allie made the team… no particular reason…. just curious.
Usually in sports we have certain coaches at certain times in our lives. Youth team coaches, high school, maybe an academy coach, etc. Not very often do we get to play for the same coach at multiple levels. But that is the situation that Darlington Nagbe has found himself in with Caleb Porter. Having been recruited by Caleb while in high school, Darlington went on to play for Caleb at Akron and then was reunited with him at the professional level at the Portland Timbers.
It is pretty evident that Caleb has had a major role in Darlington’s development as a player and as a man. And that’s what the great coaches do. They inspire us. They teach and coach of us in the ways of the game but also in life. They are there when we need advice and they help guide us on our journey as athletes and human beings.
Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.
Support those that support soccer.