As you all know by now, the MLS is coming to Atlanta in a couple of years. As some of you may know, I went to college down in Atlanta. A few months back when the whole MLS to Atlanta train started picking up a lot more steam, I started to get excited.
When the Beckham-franchise-to-Miami press conference Q+A got into further expansion and potential sites, I perked up when I heard some really favorable words which sounded like a team in AT was going to happen and going to happen soon.
Now that it is official, I’m going to double down on these tweets above that I posted back in December. This song along with a few more Atlanta anthems have been going on in my head all day today.
“Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play…..”
I have a special place in my heart for Atlanta, and I obviously have a special place in my heart for the game, so I think it only fitting that I and we, do my, and our, best to help the game succeed in the south. I’m going to start cooking up some ideas and see how the BP_TOW can get involved with this.
We love the expansion into the south to go with Miami’s squad and all the things that are going on down there.
The American south has a rich history in the game and some of the most passionate fans that we have in all of the United States. Youth soccer is big in places like Florida and Georgia and Tennessee and North Carolina and all over the south.
No need to bore you with stats and analysis because obviously MLS has really smart people doing really smart things and they have researched the area a ton and wouldn’t just be going down there for no reason.
With an owner like Arthur Blank, who has done an INCREDIBLE job with the Atlanta Falcons, one can only imagine the kind of success that he is going to have with this new side. And he has been wanting to be in with MLS for a while, like 8 years, a while. He wanted this … and a guy that wants a team that bad is going to do some great things with it. I’m excited to see what he has in store.
Anyways, I’m excited, its going to be a lot of fun, and I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the AT.
There is no doubt that some very talented musicians and artists have come out of Atlanta. The list is way too long to even try and fully put together. But with MLS heading to Atlanta, we figured we would take a look at some of the artists that are from Atlanta and compile a top ten list of who would make for some great options when it comes to writing a theme song for the new Atlanta franchise.
112 - It’s been awhile since 112 have come out with anything but it would be hard not to include them. Not only can they sing but they can write and produce, which in a case like this is important to be able to do all three things. And imagine a 112 reunion on stage opening day for #MLSAtlanta in 2017.
Cee Lo / Goodie Mob – This is kind of a toss up here. You could go Cee Lo Green as a solo artist or you could go with Goodie Mob. I think I would go with Goodie Mob, but I can see Cee Lo as a solo artist getting this gig.
Gladys Knight- I don’t really even need to say much about the legendary Gladys Knight. If she did the theme song I’m sure it would be strong and soulful and sound incredible.
Jermaine Dupri - JD has always held down Atlanta and he absolutely had top be included on this list. Plus he’s the “MBP most ballinst player.” Plus he literally has a song called Welcome To Atlanta. And he has had a major hand in the Atlanta sound over the last 15 or 20 years.
Lil Jon - One thing Lil Jon does better than just about anyone out is bring the energy. Imagine how hyped the crowd and the team would be if Lil Jon performed the theme song right before kickoff! He’s got a song called Shots, Shots, Shots so change the meaning of what shots refers to and you’re half way there. Plus, he made a song with four lyrics get people to go crazy. Turn down for what?
Ludacris - Another guy who represents ATL heavy. He’s been on plenty of Atlanta based songs and always shown plenty of love for his hometown. And now he’s a pretty legit actor as well, so you’re getting someone who has been able to crossover from music to acting as well. Something I think soccer in America is always trying to get. That crossover appeal. I’m eagerly anticipating a player from Atlanta celebrating a goal with a ”throw them boes” routine.
Outkast – I’m pretty sure this is an internal TOW first choice right here. Possibly the greets hip hop duo off all time. Besides the incredible body of work as a duo, they each have done their thing solo, but their sum is greater than their individual parts. And they just headlined Coachello and which opens them up to an entirely new generation of fans.
Sugarland – A different vibe here for sure, but Sugarland are a force to be reckoned with. They have sold north of 14 million albums and have a Grammy under their belt.
T.I. - T.I has had his issues over the years and this one could definitely be a controversial pick. But in his own words, he’s “the king of the south” so you have to recognize that. And he’s another crossover artist who has had success in music, acting and even the entrepreneurial world. And he’s got Rihanna on this track, so that’s a win.
The Black Crowes – They have sold over 30 million albums and the magazine Melody Maker called them ”The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World.” They have had countless hits and personify rock ‘n’ roll.
Usher – Usher Raymond IV is up there as one of the best selling artists of all time having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He’s another guy who crossed over and has his hands in a lot of ventures. One of those happens to be a part owner in the Cleveland Cavaliers. That might seem odd to pick an artist who is a part owner of a team in a different sport, but again, crossover appeal. Usher has a wide range of fans that would be more than worth tapping into.
There are plenty of other options and plenty of talent available to make something happen in Atlanta when their MLS franchise kicks off in 2017.
Tim Howard’s outstanding service for Everton has been rewarded with a contract extension which will see the US shot-stopper remain a Blue until 2018.
The goalkeeper, 35, has been a mainstay of Roberto Martinez’s side this term – providing a series of outstanding performances in what has been a hugely memorable campaign for the Blues.
And as the side embark on their final assault for a top four finish with just four games of the current season remaining, Howard has been provided with the deserved boost of a two year extension to his existing deal – ensuring he will remain at Goodison at least until the age of 39.
Already ranked 22nd in the Club’s all-time appearance list, another four seasons at Goodison will ensure he joins the ranks of the Club’s most loyal servants. Howard is likely to have the opportunity to reach the prestigious 500 appearance mark – a feat only achieved by three players in Everton’s long history.
Originally signed on loan from Manchester United in 2006 before making the move permanent in early 2007, the USA international has been a model of consistency throughout his time with the Blues. And this term, as well as regularly making key saves and marshalling his backline in typical fashion, he has been given the opportunity to captain the side in the absence of Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman.
Howard’s previous deal was due to last until 2016. The news thrilled manager Roberto Martinez, who described the American as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
Hear From Roberto Martinez On Timmy Howard after the Jump……..
Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman and Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley excel in essential roles for their respective clubs. Their intelligent play makes the two central midfielders strong candidates to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team in Brazil this summer. MLS Insider provides a deep dive into the athleticism, acumen and artistry that each brings to the field.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hal) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family?s safety when Freddy?s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.
Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir by Jim Mickle (“We Are What We Are”), this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. “Cold in July” is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas sum
~~ This one right here has all the signs of being INCREDIBLE.
Neymar Jr picked up an injury in the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid. The player sustained a contusion that caused an edema in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot.
The player will begin treatment and will be out of action for four weeks. If Neymar will be able to participate in the last match of the season, against Atlético Madrid, if recovers in the estimated time.
This is Neymar’s second injury this season. He sustained a tendon sprain in the 1/8 round of the Cup, against Getafe.
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