S-X x Childish Gambino :: Free At Last

Filed under: Childish Gambino, Culture & Lifestyle

~~ We’ve got this online crew that gives each other the heads up when coming across a Childish Gambino drop that hadn’t been heard before….. This is a very good crew to be a part of.

And then there’s the Soundcloud stream you find yourself on for the rest of the day…..

Added on September 24th, 2014 by

ICYMI :: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals vs. Elche

Filed under: Cristiano Ronaldo, Goals, Highlights, La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo had a good night. Just a few days after securing a hattrick this weekend, the kid goes out and lights up Elche for four more La Liga goals as Real Madrid mopped washed those dudes 5-1.

For him, it was just another days work and the credit goes to his teammates:

“To score four goals is very difficult. I thank my teammates for passing me the ball so I am able to score. I have done it two or three other times. It is about the team. Things are coming off for me at the moment, thanks to my teammates for helping me so much. The matchball is for my son.” – Ronaldo

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

The MLS Announces MLS Cup Playoffs and FINAL Dates

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

mls cup 2014 banner

Today, Major League Soccer announced the dates for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T.

The playoffs will kick off on October 29 and for the second consecutive year, the MLS Cup Final will take place on December 7.

For the full schedule including the conference semifinals and conference championships dates, go to mlssoccer.com for more info.

The Final is on a Sunday? Well, you know what that means: that you probably want to get in to whatever town the Cup is in, on that Thursday or that Friday… because there may of may not be a BP_TOW activation…

……who are we kidding. Of course there will be something. We’ve done it for 6 years straight.

As usual, it is all about getting together with old friends, meeting new folks and celebrating the sport that we love! Stay tuned.

This was last years : Our MLS Cup Party In Kansas City :: ‘The Pre-Game’

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

20 Years of EA SPORTS and FIFA

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EA SPORTS, Soccer in America, Technology, Video Games

EA SPORTS officially dropped their latest installment of FIFA today. The FIFA franchise is one of the most popular video games on the planet, and I believe it is the best selling sports video game. Like many of you who are reading this, I have spent countless hours over the years playing FIFA. When I was playing professional soccer in Holland, my roommate was a teammate from Brazil. He didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Portuguese very well, but we passed time and became friends playing FIFA. I’ve played the game with teammates, old friends, new friends, cats I didn’t know, etc. I’ve played it first thing in the morning with coffee and late into the night with beers. It’s been a part of my life for a very long time and I imagine it will be going forward.

We have a conversation around here all the time about helping build the sport in the United States. About the mechanisms that help fuel the growth of soccer. Having touching points along the way that introduce new fans to soccer in non-traditional ways. FIFA might just be the greatest example of this. I think FIFA might have created more new soccer fans than just about any initiative that has taken place within the sport domestically in the last twenty years. And there has been some great work done by some great people, but FIFA might have moved the needle as much as anything else when it comes to generating new fans.

Here is an example of what I mean by this. And this is just one example. This exact same scenario has played out with countless people that I know. And it always goes something like this.

Sometime around 2008 or so, a friend of mine named Justin got his first taste of FIFA. And Justin was not a fan of soccer. He grew up in the midwest, was and still is a massive Green Bay Packers fan, and had zero interest in soccer his entire life. Then one day he ends up playing a game of FIFA with another buddy of ours. Justin gets his first taste of soccer in a new way. He doesn’t have to sit and watch a game that he doesn’t understand for 90 minutes. Instead he’s a part of the game. He might not really know what is going on, but he gets to play a short match and his interest in the sport is piqued.

Justin knows I’m a soccer dude. So when I see him later that week he tells me he has been playing FIFA all week and that he is getting into it. I’m stoked about this because it is one new person taking an interest in the sport. Or at least in the video game.

Another week or so passes and I see Justin again. This time he tells me he has picked a team (I think it was Chelsea) and that he is in full “I want to build a rad team” mode. So he asks me about a couple players on his team. Asks about formations, a little bit about tactics. He is now actively involved in the game.

Next time I see him, he has started waking up early to watch Premier League games because he wants to watch Chelsea. His team in the video game has now transitioned into a real life interest and he wants to know all he can about them. He’s starting to tell me about his players. Which players he is starting. Who is getting left on the bench. He’s curious about who to pick up in the “virtual transfer market” and he is now understanding the sport like he never has before. He realizes how difficult it is to score in a soccer game. He gets the offside rule. He knows the difference between a 4-4-2 and a 3-5-2. He’s locked in now.

What started for him as a way to pass time with a homie and play a video game has become something much bigger. He was becoming a fan of the sport.

And this has happened countless times with people I know. So I can only imagine how many times a similar scenario has played out across the country.

FIFA is like a gateway to the sport. It’s a lot easier for a non soccer fan to sit down and play a FIFA match for five minutes than it is for them to sit down and watch a 90 minute game that they don’t understand. FIFA is easy to digest. It’s fun. It’s engaging and interactive. It teaches people about the sport while delivering one hell of a good time. If people find themselves liking FIFA, the logical next step is to watch a real game.

I don’t think anyone would have realistically imagined the sport of soccer being where it is in America 20 years ago. Hopeful that we would see the sport grow? Yes. But realistic that it would be where it is now? I’m not so sure.

FIFA has helped drive that growth. I’m not trying to say we can credit EA SPORTS and the FIFA video game with all that has happened here, but we would be naive if we didn’t give the game it’s proper due for helping the sport grow.

And as technology becomes an increasingly more important aspect to the game, EA SPORTS is delivering an unbelievable product that is at the forefront of technology within the sport. Just look at that trailer above. It’s ridiculous. I was lucky enough to play FIFA 15 a couple of months ago. Before it was even a finished product. And the scope and scale of what they have done with this game is amazing.

I feel like professional coaches could use the game to better understand their opponents and prepare for matches. It’s that good and realistic.

Shouts to the folks who have worked on the FIFA franchise over the years. You guys have certainly helped shape the American soccer landscape and you deserve a lot of credit for helping move the needle forward. I can’t even imagine what you guys have planned going forward.

And one last thing I would like to point out about FIFA. The music is always on point. Soccer + music are probably the two things I enjoy the most. And they are brought together in an amazing way in the FIFA franchise. I’ve always been impressed with the musical supervision on this game.

And with that, I need to get out and go get myself FIFA 15.

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

Three Nutmegs in Ten Seconds

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Manchester United, Skill Check, Skills, Videos

If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it's missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

I really appreciate a good nutmeg. If you have ever played soccer with me, you will know that at least once a game I’m trying to meg somebody. Always have. Always will. Kind of my own challenge to myself whenever I play. It’s kind of my thing.

So seeing this video of three nutmegs taking place in ten seconds makes me very happy. And this isn’t in some Sunday rec league. This is the Premier League. This is Manchester United getting punked by Leicester City. This is terrible defending from United, but amazing stuff from City. I can only imagine the City players getting a really, really good laugh out of this in the locker room after the game.

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Music

The first single from Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated sophomore album has finally landed. His first album, good Kid m.A.A.d. City, was one of the better hip hop albums that has been released in the last few years, so his follow up has hip hop cats eagerly anticipating the release. This first single called “i” showcases Kendrick’s flow over a soulful track. Lyrically this is about as positive and uplifting as we have heard in a while. No official info on a release date for this album, but I’m guessing it will be a Q4 release of this year in time for the holidays.

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

Trailer :: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~ Saw this trailer last night while watching our guy Donal Logue on the series premiere of Gotham….. Looks LEGIT.

Feature trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service showcases a new track from Iggy Azalea featuring Ellie Goulding.

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Release :: October 24, 2014

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton & Samuel L. Jackson

Trailer - Kingsman

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by

Video :: DJ SKEE Reviews EA Sports FIFA 15

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

DJ SKEE

~~  ISPS, Beans and I have been saying this for years…. EA Sports FIFA is one of THE most important bridge builders in the game, bringing the game of soccer brand awareness and celebrity together year after year.  And this video speaks to just a fraction of what the future is and can be.

Doesn’t mater what your background is, if you do play or don’t play the game on the field….. A video game like FIFA changes the scope of understanding the game in ways the media has failed.  And as always, the biggest fight (even with a guy like SKEE) is getting people talking about not just the big names in the world game…. But our players here in the US / MLS.

DJ SKEE reviews FIFA ’15 and shares the game improvements, new features and more.

If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it's missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

Added on September 23rd, 2014 by